|David Lynch to speak
at 'world peace conference'|
Interview with David Lynch (7 min)
director with a reputation for making violent, bizarre films
is headlining what's billed as a world peace conference in
southeast Iowa this weekend. Known for movies like "Mulholland
Drive," "Blue Velvet" and the T-V series "Twin Peaks," David
Lynch is also on the board of directors at Maharishi
University in Fairfield. He says perpetual world peace will
result by assembling eight-thousand people to continuously
practice transcendental meditation. Lynch says "It brings
peace, real peace, and peace is not just the absence of war.
This real peace, being enlivened, drives negativity away like
light drives darkness away."
Lynch says he's
practiced T-M for more than 30 years. He says "The greatest
machines on earth are human beings, built to dive within and
enliven that field of unity and project it out. On the
individual level, this leads to higher states of consciousness
and enlightenment which is the birthright of every human
being. On the world level, it leads to peace, real peace, on
earth." The plan for perpetual peace is not Lynch's. He
credits Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who's likely best known as the
Hindu guru to the Beatles four decades ago. Lynch says the
large group of T-M-practicing people will not be easy to
"Eight-thousand people together is a small
city and it needs setting up and it needs to be set up so it
runs perpetually. This is the goal." The 58-year-old Montana
native first won acclaim with the movie "Eraserhead" in 1980.
Since then, his projects have ranged from "Dune" to "The
Elephant Man" and "The Straight Story," which is based on the
real-life journey of an elderly northern Iowa man who drove a
lawn mower hundreds of miles to visit a sick brother.
Some may wonder how Lynch he got involved with the
small school in Fairfield, Iowa, being a big-time Hollywood
director. "When I heard about the real possibility for this
technology making peace on earth, I just couldn't sit still. I
wanted to get involved and try to help make this happen."
Other speakers at Sunday's "Creating Peace" conference at the
Fairfield campus include a former Assistant Secretary General
of the U-N, a former presidential candidate from the Natural
Law party, and a host of other scientists, politicians,
artists and musicans.
Creating Peace Website