David Lynch Creates a Very Surreal Plug for Transcendental Meditation

While fans wait with increasing dour moods on the future of the Twin Peaks reboot, David Lynch is busy doing…something. When the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards honored the director for his work as founder and chairman of the David Lynch Foundation, it turned out Lynch couldn’t make the evening.

Instead of the usual apology email, the man who once turned some test footage into a weird short film made a quick video to screen at the award show. It’s…Lynchian.

The video features a Barbie doll—-renamed Trixie for this short—-lying on a purple blanket and taking a call from Lynch, who is out shopping for Trixie’s makeup. Hearing Lynch’s version of a woman’s voice is strange enough, but he goes on to chastise the young girl when she suggests sunbathing nude is a form of meditation. Then follows Lynch’s pitch for Transcendental Meditation, which he’s been using as a creative boon since before Eraserhead. See our previous post: David Lynch Explains How Meditation Enhances Our Creativity. And also: David Lynch Talks Meditation with Paul McCartney.

The video ends with some mechanical birds singing. Possibly they’re from a place where there’s always music in the air, or, most probably, from Digi Birds.

Incidentally, this isn’t Lynch’s first Barbie video. In 2011 he promoted his new coffee line with a similar video which you can check out here.

Until the Showtime/Twin Peaks negotiations are finally solved, any new Lynch is worth checking out.

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Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the FunkZone Podcast. You can also follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, read his other arts writing at tedmills.com and/or watch his films here.

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  • Oytun says:

    I’m sorry if this is going to disappoint you, but unfortunately Transcendental Meditation is a charlatan religious organization, which is promoted by this Hollywood character, who allegedly seems to be interested in brain science. If you are really standing for the awakening of the whole human race, please do not support groups or individuals, who lie to people, and expose their hopes, and selling ancient knowledge as if their own by promising higher enlightment levels.
    I want to believe that you’ll understand what I mean.
    Please check my claims by watching the movie “David Wants to Fly” by director
    David Sieveking: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1598782
    and reading this web-page written by an old TM Instructor:

  • Kay says:

    Very funny and sweet.

  • Oytun says:

    If you will watch the documentary and read the web page, and then make your own research, you will witness, that the people behind are increasing their own wealth by exploiting those, who falsely believe in their wisdom.

    If you are looking for a better meditation method for your own improvement, you really don’t need to pay anything to these kind of people. Yes, meditation is scientifically very benefical for every human being, but it can also be used as a manipulation tool. There are important figures like Jon Kabat-Zinn, who spent great efforts in making mindfulness meditation a valid therapy method within the medical communitiy. You can even find their recommended 8 weeks Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for free; http://palousemindfulness.com/selfguidedMBSR.html

  • Dejan says:

    Mr Lynch,

    You are ready to come to Serbia…
    Please do come…

  • Rosi says:

    Thank you for the meditation link .

  • Itadude says:

    The song from the birds… is an italian comunist folk song. Wut?!

  • Enrico Galard says:

    Hey, it’s amazing, Really useful information. Great work.

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