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David Lynch and film producer Joni Sighvatsson transform the destiny of Iceland
by Global Good News staff writer

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23 May 2009

Renowned filmmaker Dr David Lynch created a stir in Iceland earlier this month. Dr Lynch* has been promoting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes to create world peace through Consciousness-Based Education around the globe.

During an impromptu two-day visit, thousands of Icelanders turned out to hear Dr Lynch speak about improving life and creating positive change in the nation through the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Programme. As a result of the enthusiastic response, the Global Country of World Peace is preparing to teach the technique to thousands of people, and create invincibility—peace, prosperity, coherence, and success—for the nation. Please also see Part I.

The inspiration for the trip came from Icelandic businessman and veteran filmmaker, Sigurjón (Joni) Sighvatsson. A close friend of Dr Lynch, Mr Sighvatsson asked him recently, 'Is there something we can do for Iceland?' The nation has experienced long-standing problems, for which the Global Country of World Peace has a proven solution: establish a coherence-creating group of Yogic Flyers. Research shows that positive trends increase, and negative trends decrease, when the square root of 1 per cent of a nation's population practises the advanced Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, in a group.

The Raja (Administrator) of the Global Country of World Peace for Iceland, Dr Tom Stanley, praised Mr Sighvatsson and Dr Lynch for 'transforming the destiny of the nation'. Mr Sighvatsson, who practices Transcendental Meditation, lives in Los Angeles where he is Honorary Counsul General of Iceland.

'Joni knows all the top leadership of the country. He paved the way for the entire project. It was remarkable how he opened doors and made things happen,' said Raja Stanley. 'The events were covered extensively by the press. Everyone in the entire country knew about David's visit and presentations on Transcendental Meditation.'

In addition to meetings with government and civic leaders, Dr Lynch gave a public presentation to over 1,000 people. 'We weren't sure how many people would come. We were hoping there wouldn't be too many empty seats,' said Raja Stanley. 'As it turned out, we had to provide additional video screens for hundreds and hundreds of people in the lobby.' He continued, 'The crowd absolutely loved the clips from the Change Begins Within benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York.' (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr headlined the historic April concert for the David Lynch Foundation, which raised funds to teach one million at-risk children Transcendental Meditation.)

Follow-up activities are underway to implement the project. A businessman has offered facilities for Iceland's coherence-creating group. A filmmaker is interested in following the progress of the programme over the coming months and years, documenting the transformation of the country from its economic difficulties and social problems into an integrated, invincible society.

Click here for a video on YouTube of Dr Lynch speaking to a large audience in Reykjavik about the Transcendental Meditation Technique.

* David Lynch received an honorary Doctorate in World Peace from Maharishi University of Management in the United States.

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