David Lynch Says TM Will Cure Soldiers of PTSD – Tonic: The Anti-Gossip

David Lynch Says Transcendental Meditation Will Cure Soldiers of Post-Traumatic Stress

By Jo Piazza | Monday, December 6, 2010 9:36 AM ET

We made a valiant effort to chat with David Lynch about the amazing work his foundation is doing to spread Transcendental Meditation. And we only asked him about ‘Twin Peaks’ twice. We’re still fuzzy on who killed Laura Palmer.

On December 13, Hollywood director David Lynch will be joined by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Dr. Mehmet Oz to launch the David Lynch Foundation’s Operation Warrior Wellness, a national initiative to help 10,000 veterans overcome post-traumatic stress disorder through Transcendental Meditation.

Suicide, divorce, domestic violence, crime and substance abuse rates among veterans at home are skyrocketing. With the support of Dr. Oz and Eastwood — both avid meditators — along with veterans from World War II, the Vietnam war, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the aim of Operation Warrior Wellness is to help soldiers use Transcendental Meditation to cope with PTSD and other effects of combat.

The David Lynch Foundation has been providing scholarships since 2005 for over 150,000 inner-city students, veterans, homeless adults and children, American Indians, and inmates and guards in maximum-security penitentiaries to learn TM over the past five years. Lynch himself has been meditating for more than three decades. We took some time with him last week to chat about how TM has changed his life and how he really, really, really believes it can change everybody else’s.

Tonic: What exactly will Transcendental Meditation do for returning vets suffering from PTSD?

David Lynch: From what I have heard, the veterans with PTSD are suffering big time. I have learned that 18 veterans commit suicide every day. One of the treatments is to show veterans programs of violence until they finally get numb to them. This to me is inhumane. You give them Transcendental Meditation and it is like giving them the key to the treasury within every human being. They sit comfortably. They chant their mantra and they dive within. With each meditation they get more of this consciousness and more peace. This is modern science’s unified field. It is a field so beautiful and positive that when you experience it in meditation you grow in all positive qualities. Tension, anxiety, sorrow, hate and anger all start to go away.

Tonic: How did you first get into Transcendental Meditation?

Lynch: I heard a phrase: true happiness is not out there; true happiness lies within. I felt a truth to that but the phrase doesn’t tell you where the within is.

I got interested in meditation because I thought that was a way of going in. Maharishi Mahesh has said most of the forms of meditation out there don’t deserve the name meditation. The Transcendental experience is one that utilizes the full brain. I looked into all kinds of meditation and one day my sister called and said she started Transcendental Meditation and I heard a change in her voice. I heard more happiness and I heard more self-assuredness and I said this is what I want. And I went out and got it. You’re an expert from your first meditation. My first meditation was so beautiful I have been doing it twice a day for 36 years.

Tonic: So can anyone learn it?

Lynch: If you’re human you can learn it. You need a legitimate teacher. But it is easy and effortless. It takes about four days to learn and then you have this technique. But if you are meditating correctly it will work.

Tonic: What is the cost for the average person to learn?

Lynch: Right now the cost is $1,500 but if it’s a hardship, because now we have the financial downturn, you can get it for $750. If you write to the Foundation chances are you can get it for $375.

Tonic: Has it helped your creative process?

Lynch: The field within the unified field is the ocean of pure consciousness. It is a field of infinite creativity. When you experience it you will grow in creativity. Life gets better. You get more creative and your IQ goes up. It’s a technique that opens the door to the deepest level within which is all positive.

Tonic: What are you working on besides your work with the Foundation?

Lynch: A bunch of music and paintings and trying to catch the next idea for a film and working on a documentary of Maharishi.

Tonic: Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas are all joining you in Operation Warrior Wellness. Do they meditate too?

Lynch: Clint and Martin do. I’m not sure if George does. Clint is really behind helping the veterans.

Tonic: Do you ever get sick of everyone asking you questions about Twin Peaks?

Lynch: [Laughs] Not at all. I love that people still love that world. I love that world too.

Photo courtesy of the David Lynch Foundation.

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