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Nonfiction: 'Lynching' darkness
by Cleve Wiese
The Brooklyn Rail Translate This Article
9 April 2007
On 9 April 2007 The Brooklyn Rail reported:
Responding to the natural 'impulse to reflect at a certain point in one's life, to make sense of and, to an extent, explain everything that's happened', noted filmmaker David Lynch, in his new book, Catching the Big Fish, 'lets readers in on the . . . secret of his unbridled creativity and blissful peace of mind: Transcendental Meditation'.
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The Brooklyn Rail reviews Mr Lynch's narration of his long experience with Transcendental Meditation. He learned TM in Los Angeles in l973, and felt the effects from the very first meditation. 'I sat down, closed my eyes, started [the technique], and it was as if I were in an elevator and the cable had been cut. Boom! I fell into bliss—pure bliss. And I was just in there.'
Since then he has not missed one session, morning or evening. 'We waste so much time on other things, anyway. Once you add this and have a routine, it fits in very naturally.' The result is that one can tap into the 'ocean of pure vibrant consciousness' where creative ideas—the 'big fish'—can be caught.
The Brooklyn Rail notes that Mr Lynch apparently has no difficulty reconciling his work 'with his claims of perfect bliss in personal life'. Of his work, Lynch says in the book, 'They're stories. Stories are always going to have conflict . . . . The filmmaker doesn't have to be suffering to show suffering.'
The Brooklyn Rail also explores Dr Lynch's interest in Transcendental Meditation in the light of widespread adoption in the West of Eastern concepts. According to Mr Lynch, says the article, '. . . meditation can be effective for Wall Street stock brokers and Hindu monks alike precisely because it can be as integrated with or divorced from religious practice and cultural context as the practitioner desires.' In Mr Lynch's words, quoted from his book, 'Transcendental Meditation itself is not a religion—it's not against any religion; it's not against anything.'
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