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Victory Day brings David Lynch to Belfast
by Global Good News staff writer

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28 October 2007

While Victory Day celebrations took place on 21 October at the headquarters of the Global Country of World Peace in Holland, Dr David Lynch, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, visited the Northern Ireland capital, Belfast, to bring a message of peace to this long-troubled part of the world. It was one of many stops on his global tour, which has already taken him to France and Israel where he was honoured by heads of state and presented his plans to bring Consciousness-Based Education to students everywhere.

Dr Andrea Gribben, National Leader and Founder of Invincibility for Northern Ireland, described the enthusiasm of Belfast Arts Festival Director, Graeme Farrow, on hearing the news that award-winning filmmaker David Lynch and singer/songwriter Donovan Leitch could attend the Festival. The Director had for many years been screening Dr Lynch's films at the Festival, which is the largest of its kind in Ireland, and a highlight of Belfast's cultural calendar for the past 41 years. He was delighted to host David Lynch and Donovan in person. A venue for 400 guests was quickly changed when tickets sold out within hours of the announcement, and a larger hall for 1250 was selected.

Following a lively presentation with David Lynch speaking about his book, 'Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity' (Tarcher/Penguin), his career in film, and his interest in the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme for helping schools cope with high levels of stress, Dr Lynch invited and skillfully answered an assortment of questions. Donovan then thrilled the audience with a beautiful medley of his music. The 1250 guests responded with a resounding standing ovation.

Attending a private reception after the Festival were leading figures in education for Northern Ireland, who expressed a keen interest in the possibilities for instituting Consciousness-Based Education in schools.

Accompanied by Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, and Dr John Hagelin, world-renowned quantum physicist and executive director of the International Center for Invincible Defense in New York City, Dr Lynch then visited a site owned by the Global Country of World Peace on the Belfast Peace Line. The Peace Line consists of a series of barriers separating the city's communities and has long been a powerful symbol of unresolved sectarian divisions, and of the long history of conflict in the province.

Dr Gribben reported that although they were in an area which recently would have been avoided, even during the day, there was a feeling of 'great peace' at the site. Here, in the last hours of daylight and into the early evening, Dr Lynch prepared the ground for the Foundation Stone of the Tower of Invincibility for Belfast. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, who was connected by telephone to the group, encouraged them to 'ring the bell fast for Belfast'. At this point, the bells of Belfast were heard pealing in the distance.

Following the highly successful visit, Dr Gribben received numerous requests from large colleges and schools of Belfast, expressing their interest in beginning programmes in Consciousness-Based Education. It was felt that the day had been one of great significance in the history of Belfast, heralding a new era of greater harmony and positivity in the city and for all of Northern Ireland.

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