David Lynch's Peace Plan

The filmmaker discusses his love for Transcendental Meditation--and why he's seeking $7 billion and 8,000 meditation students.

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What is involved in practicing Transcendental Meditation?

In Transcendental Meditation, you’re given a mantra, and Maharishi did not make up these mantras. They’re ancient. Transcendental Meditation is an ancient teaching. It works if you’re a human being.

"You sit comfortably..."
You sit comfortably, you close your eyes, and you start your mantra. And that mantra, word, thought, vibration, turns the mind within, and you start to experience subtler levels of mind, intellect, and then, there, at the source of thought you transcend, and you experience that ocean of pure consciousness—sometimes called “pure bliss consciousness” or the “absolute” or “being” or “divine being.” Pure consciousness there, at the source of thought, and the source of thought also happens to be the source of a tree, a fish, a star, a universe. It’s the source. It’s the self. In Vedic language, that pure consciousness—that ocean of pure consciousness—is called “atma,” meaning, the self, the self of us all. And when you experience this pure consciousness, you enliven it, you unfold it, and it starts to grow in the individual. So whatever consciousness you had when you start this process, now that consciousness is growing.


You’re really and truly expanding your consciousness. You go beyond the field of relativity and you experience the non-relative absolute. You go beyond duality, and you experience oneness. You go beyond boundaries, and you experience the unbounded, infinite, eternal, unified field, pure bliss consciousness. And also, this field has the qualities of pure intelligence, pure creativity, pure love, pure energy, power, pure harmony, pure coherence, dynamic peace. It’s all there, and you can unfold that and grow in that.

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