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> Lynch speaks on mind matters
> David Lynch visited campus to raise money and spread awareness about 
> meditation
> By Emily Smith
> News Reporter
> November 09, 2005
> David Lynch, the director of dark films that often leave audiences in a 
> disconcerted state, has found inner peace through transcendental meditation 
> for 32
> years.
> This is why he has started a foundation that raises money to provide college 
> students with scholarships that will help pay the costs of learning 
> transcendental meditation and why he came to speak to University students 
> Tuesday
> night 
> in Columbia Hall.
> The talk in Columbia 150 was not only sold out, but had a large audience 
> overflow in the EMU Ballroom, where people watched a live broadcast of the 
> talk. 
> People at Oregon State University and Western Oregon University also saw the 
> broadcast.
> The concept that two audio speakers, when close together, produce four times 
> the sound of one, is the same concept that when applied to groups of people 
> practicing transcendental meditation will usher in world peace, Lynch 
> believes.
> Lynch did not prepare a speech, but asked audience members to get things 
> rolling by asking questions.
> When asked if he would consider re-releasing some of his films with a director
> ’s commentary, the answer was “no.â€?
> “You work so hard to get a film a certain way. ... It should stand 
> alone,� 
> Lynch said.
> Other audience members asked for some clarification on the meanings and 
> messages of his films, but he did not give answers to the questions they 
> asked.
> One spectator brought up the cost of learning transcendental meditation — 
> classes cost about $2,500 — and asked Lynch why he wasn’t trying to do
> something 
> to lower the price. Lynch said that if someone wants it bad enough, they will 
> find the money to pay for it, and the high price is why he is raising money 
> for meditation scholarships.
> Lynch said it makes sense to start the spread of peaceful consciousness in 
> Washington, D.C., where 500 students are about to embark on transcendental 
> meditation classes available through scholarships provided by the David Lynch 
> Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
> Lynch was joined by quantum physicist and president of his new foundation Dr. 
> John Hagelin, who was recently featured in the film “What the Bleep Do We 
> Know?�
> Hagelin explained how the coherence of electrical activity in the brain 
> directly affects memory, emotional maturity, creativity and IQ levels and how 
> transcendental meditation helps to build patterns of that activity.
> “Everything good about the brain relies on electrical synchronicity,â€? he 
> said.
> He said that when a person’s brain doesn’t operate in this fashion, the 
> person is living in bondage, a bondage that has that person completely bound 
> to 
> the object or problem in front of them. Whether they like the object of their 
> attention or dislike it, that bondage controls the person’s entire reality 
> at 
> that moment.
> Neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis, director of the Center for the Brain, 
> Conscioussness and Cognition at the Maharishi University of Management, in
> Fairfield, 
> Iowa, showed what happens to the brain during transcendental meditation by 
> measuring the brain waves of a student on the overhead as the student 
> meditated 
> in front of the audience.
> People watched as his brain waves went from being erratic and unsynchronized 
> to more even and synchronized in a matter of seconds.
> Travis said that the frontal executive system, the “CEO of the brain,â€? is 
> extremely important in decision making. He showed a scan of a violent 
> criminal’s
> brain and the frontal lobe was inactive. He said that when a person, like a 
> college student, is under constant stress, they aren’t using their frontal 
> executive systems. He said transcendental meditation strengthens this part of 
> the 
> brain.
> Travis said the way a person uses his or her brain today affects the brain 
> they will have tomorrow. He left students with an image from the “Wizard of
> Oz,�
>  in which the Scarecrow is being handed a piece of paper by the wizard after 
> enduring a perilous quest for a brain.
> He told students, “Don’t be content with just getting a piece of paper 
> from 
> college.�

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