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David Lynch is spreading the gospel of Transcendental Meditation
by Celia Goodnow
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5 November 2005
On 5 November 2005 Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported:
David Lynch, known as a reclusive artist with a fear of public speaking, has started the second leg of a tour of major East and West Coast universities to spread awareness of the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation Programme (TM), a technique he practises twice a day.
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'It sounds strange at first,' said Lynch. 'But then when you start doing it and see your life getting better and better, you can't believe it. You had anger, and it goes away. When that blanket of fear, stress, and anger starts lifting, this is freedom. '
Reporter Celia Goodnow noted that Lynch's commitment to the meditative practice was clearly not a passing fancy. His immediate goals include raising $20 million to teach TM to inner city college and schoolchildren as a way to lower stress. Ultimately, Lynch plans to raise $7 billion to create seven 'universities of world peace'.
Many scientific studies have confirmed the health benefits from TM, and the Lynch Foundation is working with some mainstream universities for further study.
Goodnow talked to a psychology professor at the University of Washington, Alan Marlatt, who agreed that there is well documented research showing the technique's effectiveness in improving a variety of problems. Marlatt practised TM during the 1970s and '80s after his doctor suggested it as a way to lower his blood pressure. He found the technique very relaxing and said that his blood pressure did in fact go down.
In a research study, Marlatt found that heavy drinkers who practised TM showed 'significant reduction in alcohol consumption'. Marlatt, who now heads the Addictive Behaviors Research Center and has no connection to Lynch's initiatives, says, 'It's a very helpful, effective way to manage stress.'
All of the seats for Lynch's Monday night appearance at Kane Hall, which holds 720 people, were taken up in 2 1/2 hours. Quantum physicist John Hagelin and neuroscientist Alarik Arenander will join him to talk about research findings.
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