Small Book, Big Ideas

  • Books on My Shelf 2013

Welcome back to SunnyRoomStudio.  This week I’m picking a book by David Lynch from my shelf: Catching the Big Fish — Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity (2006, Penguin).

Lynch is creativity personified.  Oscar-nominated filmmaker, visual artist, musician, author, and so on, Lynch is someone nearly everyone has heard of in one context or another.  Yet, I doubt too many would call him “mainstream.”

It seems like he has always worked the creative edge in his extensive career including establishment of the David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.  

From a one-page chapter called, Advice, Lynch writes:

“Stay true to yourself. Let your voice ring out, and don’t let anybody fiddle with it. Never turn down a good idea, but never take a bad idea. And meditate. It’s very important to experience that Self, that pure consciousness. It’s really helped me. I think it would help any filmmaker. So start diving within, enlivening that bliss consciousness. Grow in happiness and intuition.”

But what does the book title, Catching the Big Fish, refer to?

Lynch believes that ideas are like fish.

Shallow waters are where the smaller ideas reside.  But the deep water harbors fish (and ideas) that are more “powerful and pure.”

“If you can expand the container you’re fishing in–your consciousness–you can catch bigger fish.”

  • Whether or not you know his work or not (like it or dislike it), Lynch is tapping into bigger ideas that could change the world.

“One of the main things that got me talking publicly about Transcendental Meditation was seeing the difference it can make to kids. Kids are suffering. Stress is now hitting them at a younger and younger age, at just about the time they get out of the crib.”

Where do you go for ideas?  Ever explored the deeper waters?

Lynch mentions the Unified Field.  A term actually coined by Albert Einstein, physicists continue to explore various explanations and possibilities, like string theory, that enfold and support a Theory of Everything — a framework that encompasses all forces and all matter.

Fascinating work.

And Lynch suggests that as your consciousness–your awareness–expands, the deeper you go toward this field.  This source.

  • Clearly, we live in a world that needs better ideas for just about everything.  So, go fishing, right?  But maybe you’ll want to avoid the shallow waters.  Let you consciousness explore new pathways.

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Looking for book suggestions? 

I maintain an informal list here in SRS.  See top menu or click here.

See you again next Friday, October 25th, as our 3-month review of the books on my shelf continues.
I hope you are also digging into the books on your shelves.  Dust them off.  Open to page “whatever.”
Sit down, read your favorite chapter.  Read the first page, the last page.

Journal about your discoveries.  A book is just a book until you read it for the second time.

Enjoy the journey. ~ dh

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