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Finding Enlightenment through Music and Meditation
by Erik Martin
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24 October 2014
I'm a music guy and a David Lynch fanatic. I not only know his films deeply, but I'm also intimately familiar with Twin Peaks, his interviews, paintings, music, sound design, weather forecasts . . . all of it. And then there's Dumbland, perhaps his most jarring work. I remember seeing it and wondering, 'What's going on here?' A renaissance of consciousness, that's what!
I didn't know anything about meditation a few years ago, nor that David Lynch was a practitioner. I didn't know that he felt it had enormous value for artists and, more universally, for all human beings. What I did know was that The Beatles had met with Maharishi in India and that an explosion of creativity (The White Album) sprang forth during their time there.
Fast forward to three years ago. I saw a screening of David Lynch's documentary on 'Meditation, Creativity and Peace,' which features highlights from his conversations with college students around Europe about Transcendental Meditation and filmmaking. I was gripped by David's descriptions of happiness and creativity and expanding the 'ball of consciousness.' I had to have it. So, I signed up for a TM course and proceeded to release my stress and emerge as myself.
After a visit with my meditation teacher, I chose to attend a fundraiser supporting the David Lynch Foundation—which happened to feature performances by artists that I represented at my then job as a talent manager at Opus 3 Artists. During the show, I was fortunate enough to hear the words of Dan Burks, a Marine veteran who killed 14 people in a small village in Vietnam and suffered years of disabling flashbacks and anxiety from his combat tour. There was an unbearable pain in his voice. But, as he described his experience of learning TM and finding relief from PTSD, an incredible lightness came over his voice. I decided then that I had to do something more significant with my life.
So, here I am today, producing concerts for DLF Live, along with my dear friend Jessica Wisk. Our mission is to produce events that raise money to heal trauma and to explore the natural link between music and meditation, which we consider to be the language of the soul.
We've had an incredible year, thanks to the generosity of artists who believe deeply in the Foundation's work. . . .
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