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David Lynch: Transcending increases positive emotions
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 November 2012
In recent years acclaimed film director David Lynch has made no secret of his practice of Transcendental Meditation and its importance in his life. On a 16-country worldwide tour in 2007-2009, Mr Lynch spoke often about the relationship between meditation and creativity.
Questions posed to him on the tour, and his responses, were captured by young filmmakers in each location and transformed by Mr Lynch into the new documentary, 'Meditation, Creativity, Peace'.
In the film, a student in Sofia, Bulgaria, asked Mr Lynch about the experience of transcending during Transcendental Meditation. She said, 'When you settle down your mind and transcend, where do emotions go? What happens to emotions? Are they beneficial to you?'
Mr Lynch responded, 'When you transcend, you go beyond thought. You just experience pure consciousness. It's like silence, but lively silence; it's dynamic.'
Diving in is like that, he said; and when you come out, the 'splash' of that diving in is 'bliss'.
'Bliss is also intelligence; bliss is love, bliss is energy. . . . you can feel it as intense happiness, and the mind can sing with bliss.'
The experience of this bliss from transcending is beneficial, said Mr Lynch. 'All these emotions that are positive in life just get more intense.'
Transcending also helps in reversing negative emotions.
'Everybody knows some people who are just sad . . . ,' explained Mr Lynch. 'Let them just start diving in and experience the big ocean of bliss and happiness, and that sorrow will lift away.'
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