Director David Lynch is best known for his avant-garde films such as Blue Velvet and Eraserhead and the TV series Twin Peaks. In this week’s Newsweek, Lynch discusses his path to “inner peace” and how to “change the world ‘to a good one.’”
Lynch is a longtime practioner or TM or Transcendental Meditation. On July 21, Lynch, “the father of three officially launched the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education.”
His goal: to raise enough money to train any U.S. child who wants to learn how to practice Transcendental Meditation – TM.
It’s a noble vision, in my opinion. Yet, it’s a vision that may not play well with the fundamentalist types in the Red States. I can hear the groans from Sponge Bob attacker James Dobson, now…
Lynch’s concept makes a lot of sense to me, a parent with a teenager in an inner city Los Angeles public school. But, I’m a liberal with a deep reverence for the spiritual arts, those that transcend the confines of most traditional churches and religions.
Here’s a couple of excerpts from the interview titled The Magic of Meditation, with Newsweek’s Karen Springen, including Lynch’s view on the war in Iraq:
Newsweek: You’ve said you’d like kids to learn TM so they can reduce their stress level in school. Did you feel a lot of stress in the classroom as a kid?
Lynch: It was less stressful then than it is now. My schooling was a total waste of time, even though I went to what was a very good high school. I wish that I’d had consciousness-based education. I would have been a lot further down the road. The problems and the stress at younger and younger ages–it’s getting worse instead of better.
Newsweek: Why do this now?
Lynch: It was a very private thing to me. One thing I loved about Transcendental Meditation is it’s a private thing–you just add it to your life, and go about your business. [But] I thought I’ve got to do my part and make this happen. It’s absolutely possible to have peace on earth. People usually think peace is about the absence of war. But real peace is about the absence of negativity. You don’t bring peace by killing people. You bring enemies by killing people. This is real peace, it’s right there.
Newsweek: How do you feel about the war in Iraq? Do they need some meditation over there?
Lynch: It is kind of the height of absurdity to kill for peace. [By] killing someone, you’re creating hate, anger, sorrow, despair. All kinds of negativity comes from each killing. The sadness of the mothers and fathers, the brothers and sisters, the friends, turning to anger. You’re creating more enemies with every death. It’s absurd and not the way to go. The way to go is to start these peace-creating groups as quickly as possible and watch what happens.
Newsweek: I understand you want to start “peace universities” in the Middle East and Russia.
Lynch: The formula for peace on earth is a group the size of the square root of 1 percent of the world’s population. Since there are 6 billion people, you’d need a minimum of 8,000 peace-creating experts doing their job, uninterrupted. This group would be like a factory. It would produce peace on earth.
Peace Is The Way, was inspired by a saying from Mahatma Gandhi: “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.”