In true Lynch fashion, black coffee and a sugary quilt of donuts lay before us prior to the screening, I can at least speak for every Twin Peaks fan in the room, there was an inner scream of delight. In even truer Lynch fashion, the donuts actually held some relevance in the documentary.
David Lynch has been described as one of the most important film directors of our time, receiving a vast multitude of recognition for his work including the Palme d’Or for best director,Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing, and Oscar nominations for best director for Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr. and The Elephant Man. As well as awards for cult classics Eraserhead, and the off-beat hit TV show Twin Peaks.
In the documentary, Lynch spoke about his creative process and the profound effects TM has had on him in the past 40 years not just as an artist but as a person. He spoke to thousands of students, about using TM as a tool to be more creative, deal with stress,and unlock our full potential as human beings. His message went even further to suggest that the more people who practice this meditation technique the closer we could be to living in a world of peace. This is somewhat off putting coming from a man who’s work is characteristically known for deeply disturbing and surreal imagery that leaves a stain on your subconscious–but as Lynch has said before, “Anger and depression and sorrow are beautiful things in a story, but they’re like poison to the filmmaker or artist.” He describes the experience of transcendence as diving within ourselves and experiencing the “the unified field” a term first coined by Einstein.
“It takes you to an ocean of pure consciousness, pure knowingness. But it’s familiar, it’s you. And right away a sense of happiness emerges-not a goofball happiness, but a thick beauty.” – David Lynch
Since 2005, Lynch has put his creative efforts into yet another medium of passion through the David Lynch Foundation which promotes consciousness-based education and world peace. The foundation provides transcendental meditation as a tool for improving personal health and performance and overall well being to endangered members of society such as at risk youth, veterans suffering from ptsd, women and girls who are victims of violence, at risk American Indians, the homeless, prisoners, and even African ptsd victims. In schools across America, the foundation has created the “Quiet Time Program” where TM is practiced by students and teachers alike
The TM program does cost a fee, and this can be problematic for many which is a subject brought to Lynch’s attention in the Q&A post screening. David responded by instructing anyone who cannot afford this program to write to the David Lynch foundation, because this is its sole purpose: to make sure anyone who is interested in learning to meditate can do so. There are also need-based scholarships available at your local TM center which you can learn about at one of their introductory talks. San Antonio has become sort of a hub for the TM program’s “student initiative” also. The goal is to make transcendental meditation a part of student life on any campus interested in participating and its starting in San Antonio and rapidly spreading across the state. Currently, thanks to the generosity of a local donor, any full time college student who is attending a college or university in San Antonio is eligible to learn TM at an amazing scholarship rate. The center is located at 4219 McCullough Ave #2 in Olmos Park.
For more information about transcendental meditation and find a center in your own city you can visit: www.tm.org
To learn more about the student initiative and future TM events in and around the San Antonio area visit: http://www.tm.org/sastudents/