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Maharishi's global peace programme featured in United Airlines' Hemispheres magazine

David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace    Translate This Article
8 March 2006

Press Release: David Lynch Foundation

Interview with David Lynch reveals filmmaker's long-time practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation program, support for Maharishi's education and peace-creating programs

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's global peace initiative to bring the Transcendental Meditation rogram to every school and establish groups of peace-creating experts in every country is highlighted in the March 2006 issue of the award-winning United Airlines in-flight magazine, Hemispheres.

Maharishi's global peace program is the focus of an in-depth interview with world-renowned filmmaker David Lynch, a 32-year practitioner of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation technique who recently established the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to fund Maharishi's global education and peace programs.

Extensive published scientific research has shown that practice of the TM technique optimizes brain functioning, improves academic performance, increases IQ, improves health, and reduces stress, anxiety, and depression among meditating students. Published research also shows that group practice of the TM Programme and its advanced techniques, including Yogic Flying, reduces societal stress and promotes positivity and coherence throughout the surrounding population.

Maharishi's global peace plan calls for opening schools in every country where students will practice the Transcendental Meditation program and Yogic Flying in groups to create coherent national consciousness—the basis of peace and invincibility for the nation. Mr Lynch's foundation aims to raise $7 billion to establish and fully endow these peace-creating educational institutions throughout the world.

The Hemispheres article cites a few of the thousands of schools in the US and throughout the world where students practice Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation program, including:

• Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit (K-8), a public charter school that has offered the TM technique to hundreds of students.

• Chelsea School (K-8), a private school for children with ADHD in Silver Spring, Maryland, which uses the TM program to reduce anxiety.

• Public high schools in Augusta, Georgia, where the TM program was taught as part of a federally funded study to reduce blood pressure in African-American teens.

• Maharishi School (K-12) in Fairfield Iowa, where for 20 years all the students have practiced the TM technique and regularly score in the top 1 percent of the nation on standardized tests.

David Lynch in Hemispheres

The following are excerpts from the interview with David Lynch in the United Airlines in-flight magazine, Hemispheres.

Q: What's the purpose of the Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace?

David Lynch: The first goal is to get 10,000 students practicing Transcendental Meditation in the US to create a wave of peace in America that will be a catalyst for peace in the world. It will be a peace-meditating group like a factory that pumps peace around the world.

Q: Why are you so interested in working with students?

David Lynch: Today, with school violence on the rise and with metal detectors in many schools, classroom stress is at an all-time high. So, at some inner-city schools, children are practicing TM and diving within. These kids are happy. This is from the inside, and it grows, and these kids excel. This growth of consciousness is palpable.

Q: You also want to establish seven Universities of World Peace. What, exactly, will they be like?

David Lynch: Imagine a university with at least 8,000 students. Imagine them all knowing how to dive within, enliven the unity within themselves, and know themselves. Then they do their program together in a group, and that group is very powerful. Eventually, they will bring harmony and coherence and peace in the world.

Q: You've been practicing TM for more than 30 years. Do you remember the first time you meditated?

David Lynch: Like it was yesterday. My sister called, and she had started TM, and I'd been looking into different forms of meditation. And there was something in my sister's voice—less stress, and more happiness, and there was some sort of little lilt in her voice like something good. And I said, 'I gotta have that.'

Q: How much meditation do you do each day?

David Lynch: Twenty minutes in the morning and twenty at night. I meditate in my office or in a chair in another room.

Q: What does it feel like to meditate?

David Lynch: It's the superhighway to the gold. This causes negativity to go, like sunlight causes darkness to go.

Q: How would you like to be known? As a great filmmaker, as someone who helped spread peace throughout the world, or as something else entirely?

David Lynch: I'm a helper. That's what I am. The reason I'm out talking to people is that life just gets better and better when you start to experience your own ocean of pure bliss.

Q: Anything that you'd like to add?

David Lynch: Think about what you've read. See if it rings a bell inside. If you want to be part of the David Lynch Foundation, to bring Transcendental Meditation to students, and work toward real peace on earth, let's do it—together. We need help, we need support, and we need to change the world.

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