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There are two things you should know about David Lynch. First, and foremost, Lynch is still one of the greatest directors on the planet. But secondly, the man loves Transcendental Meditation, aka TM. And in a new interview with Yahoo, Lynch discusses why he thinks that TM has not only made him a much better creator but could also cure some of society’s current ills.
Lynch wants to make it abundantly clear that the misconception that an artist must struggle and experience darkness to somehow create is a bunch of BS. In fact, TM has not only brought Lynch a new type of peace he hadn’t experienced before but the practice also opened him up to produce better work.
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He explains, “People say, ‘David, if you’re so happy, how come you make these [disturbing films]?’I say the artist doesn’t have to suffer to show suffering. I used to worry: ‘Am I going to get all calm and easygoing and not want to work anymore? Am I going to make goody-goody-two-shoes things and feel-good things?’ But no. You get more of an edge when you dive within. You get way more energy to do your work. Negativity, you see, is the enemy to creativity. People say, ‘Oh, suffering artist!’ and all that, and it might sound like a romantic thing, but suffering is really not that enjoyable.”
The filmmaker also starts to explain how he believes that TM could help the current differences between men and women, with the rise of toxic masculinity and the #MeToo movement. “It would bring out that thing: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ It just would bring that out. Men have certain urges and women are a certain way, and this has caused a lot of trouble, but if men were meditating every...
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