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David Lynch on Meditation and 'Catching the Big Fish' May 18, 2017
Twin Peaks director David Lynch is famously elusive about what his movies and tv series mean, or where his ideas come from. In films like Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet and The Elephant Man, he submerges us in the dark and foreboding currents of the subconscious. So how does he come up with this stuff? Well, the way he tells it, every morning since 1973, he has gotten up...closed his eyes…slowed down his breathing…and 'gone fishing' in the ocean he calls the 'unified field,' using Transcendental Meditation. He spoke to Mitch Horowitz, on this tenth anniversary of his book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity.

Lynch's new season of Twin Peaks debuts on Showtime on May 21. This interview originally aired in November, 2016.

David Lynch, film director, screenwriter and visual artist. Founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace
Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life

Produced by Laura Kwerel

Self portrait, 2006

"Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful."

Mitch Horowitz in the Argot Studios in New York.