Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

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Penguin, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 180 pages
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In this "unexpected delight,"* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David Lynch's Catching the Big Fish provides a rare window into the internationally acclaimed filmmaker's methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Catching the Big Fish comes as a revelation to the legion of fans who have longed to better understand Lynch's personal vision. And it is equally compelling to those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.

Catching Ideas

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.

I look for a certain kind of fish that is important to me, one that can translate to cinema. But there are all kinds of fish swimming down there. There are fish for business, fish for sports. There are fish for everything.

Everything, anything that is a thing, comes up from the deepest level. Modern physics calls that level the Unified Field. The more your consciousness-your awareness-is expanded, the deeper you go toward this source, and the bigger the fish you can catch.


-from Catching the Big Fish

  

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Review: Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

User Review  - Anton - Goodreads

Seen in the most favourable light, this book gives some interesting little insights into the creative process of the famous filmmaker David Lynch. I like it when artists talk about how they work and ... Read full review

Review: Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

User Review  - Lindsay - Goodreads

This is an intriguing quick read from maverick film director David Lynch. For fans who are not aware that he has been practicing transcendental meditation for decades, this book is an introduction to ... Read full review

Contents

The First Dive
3
Suffocating Rubber Clow Suit
7
Starting Out
9
The Art Life
11
A Garden at Night
13
Curtains Up
15
Cinema
17
Interpretation
19
Suffering
93
Light of the Self
97
A Tower of Gold
99
Religion
101
Drugs
103
Turn On the Light
105
Industrial Symphony No1
107
Lost Highway
109

The Circle
21
Ideas
23
Desire
25
Consciousness
27
Translating the Idea
29
Los Angeles
31
Eraserhead
33
The Pace of Life
35
Yogis
37
Bobs Big Boy
39
The Angriest Dog in the World
41
Music
43
Intuition
45
The Unified field
47
The Fourth State
49
Getting There
51
Modern Science and Ancient Science
53
Anywhere Anytime
55
Identity
57
Final Cut
59
Therapy
61
Dreams
63
Angelo Badalamenti
65
Sound
67
Casting
69
Rehearsal
71
Fear
73
All Together Now
75
Twin Peaks
77
The Continuing Story
79
The Red Room
81
Ask the Idea
83
Test Audience
87
Generalizations
89
Darkness
91
Restrictions
111
Mulholland Drive
113
The Box and the Key
115
A Sense of Place
117
Beauty
119
Texture
121
Working with Wood
123
Having a Setup
125
Fire
127
Light on Film
129
The Straight Story
131
Heroes of Film
133
Fellini
135
Kubrick
137
INLAND EMPIRE
139
The Name
143
A New Way to Work
145
Directors Commentary
147
The Death of Film
149
DV for Young Filmmakers
151
DV Quality
153
Future of Cinema
155
Common Sense
157
Advice
159
Sleep
161
Keep at It
163
Success and Failure
165
Gone Fishing Again
167
Compassion
169
ConsciousnessBased Education
171
Real Peace
175
In Closing
177
True Happiness Lies Within
179
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Three-time Oscar(tm)-nominated director David Lynch is among the top filmmakers of our era. He recently received a Golden Lion Award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival, adding to a long list of honors and awards. His popular and critically acclaimed films have been credited with propelling independent and avant-garde film into the mainstream. Lynch speaks regularly to standing-room crowds on a variety of topics. In 2005, he founded the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace (www.davidlynchfoundation.org), which raises funds to promote consciousness-based education for children.

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