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Thursday, February 01, 2007

A Fantastic Game

Well who would of thunk that David Lynch would be such a great advocate for meditation? I mean, if you've ever considered taking up the practice, and it's all seemed a little intimidating, or boring, or well, just not a Western-type thing to do, let good, old David kind of take you through the paces.

I mean, this guy's up there with the Dalis and Yogis, the holy men, the madmen, the fools. All those crazy, edgy folks who make it all worthwhile. I've read many a book on meditation, from Alan Watts to Herman Hesse to Peter Mathiessen, (the Snow Leopard is one of the great books on Zen), to Eugen Herrigel (Zen and the Art of Archery - a classic) to Krishnamurti to Thomas Merton to Jack Kerouac to Ginsberg to Gary Snyder to well, a cornucopia of Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan sages. But how many of those guys manuevered in the land of agents and femme fatales and movie moguls? How many of those guys made movies as bad as "Dune," and as disturbing and sublime as "The Elephant Man," "Blue Velvet," "Eraserhead," and "Mulholland Drive"?

Here's the Dali Lynch on Transcendental Meditation: "it's a simple, easy, effortless technique that allows any human being to dive within, to experience subtler levels of mind and intellect, and to enter this ocean of pure consciousness, the Unified Field - the self. It's not the intellectual understanding of the field but the experiencing of it that does everything.

You dive within, and by experiencing this field of pure consciousness, you enliven it; you unfold it; it grows. And the final outcome of this growth of consciousness is called enlightenment, which is the full potential of us all." D. Lynch "Catching the Big Fish."

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