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.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

David Lynch’s Sur­re­al Com­mer­cials

David Lynch Teach­es You to Cook His Quinoa Recipe in a Weird, Sur­re­al­ist Video

David Lynch Takes Aspir­ing Film­mak­ers Inside the Art & Craft of Mak­ing Indie Films

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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