Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity: 10th Anniversary Edition

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Penguin, Dec 27, 2007 - Self-Help - 208 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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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

David Lynch makes films. Odd films. Zany films. Nevertheless, I’ve run across many people who are creative yet cannot write and still try to write. It’s okay. David Lynch is not one of these. Read full review

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User Review  - MissCrabtree - LibraryThing

I must confess I haven't read the book, but that is because I have the audio version, which is fantastic. Lynch has such a quirky vocal style that it really makes his quirky stories come alive. He ... Read full review


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Three-time Oscar™-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 (, which raises funds to promote consciousness-based education for children.

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