[I] asked her if she practices the Lynch Foundation–sponsored practice of Transcendental Meditation. "Should I lie to you?" McGowan asked us with a smile. "You know they’re all lying. None of these bitches meditate. Are you kidding me? This is fucking Hollywood; we put on lipstick. That’s what we do. It’s a fact." So if you did meditate, what kind of stressful events would trigger a session? "This kind of thing, really. I don’t do drugs and I don’t drink to get through it like most other people. Not only are these people lying about meditating, they’re all drunks and alcoholics. And drug addicts." - "Party Lines," New York Magazine, December 15, 2010
Things got a little weird at the Change Begins Within benefit on Monday at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, but what do you expect when it's hosted by the pro-Transcendental Meditation David Lynch Foundation?Interesting tidbit: Reportedly, Rose's parents were in the Children of God "cult," today known as The Family International, in the mid-1970's.
One guest who wasn't exactly buying the "Blue Velvet" director's affinity for TM was actress Rose McGowan. "I don't meditate for sh—," the hellacious hottie told us on the red carpet, adding that "most of the others" on the rug who would claim they did meditate are "probably lying and drunk." - "Gatecrasher," New York Daily News, December 15, 2010
As I suggested earlier, you can't assume that anyone in the audience at David Lynch's TM-promotional events has the slightest clue about what he's talking about, much less actually be practicing TM or having any knowledge of the TM organization's history of unsupportable claims and high weirdness. They may be there for any number of other personal reasons having nothing to do with TM, including the career absolute necessities of keeping one's name out there and networking with others in the industry. Since Lynch has no control over what the celebrity audience says to reporters, he's successfully managed to trivialize the product, advertised its shortcomings, cast doubt on it (does anybody really meditate this way?), and gotten it confused with just casually closing one's eyes, as with this quote from actress Lara Harring in the New York Magazine column (see her picture caption in the slideshow):
Do you meditate? “I learned it from David [Lynch] at the Cannes Film Festival when I was very nervous at a dinner. He said, ‘Lara, close your eyes for five minutes.’ He made me close my eyes, and in five minutes I felt fresh.”David Lynch is not known to be a TM teacher; it appears, from the testimonials of a few recent inductees into TM, that a number of high-profile meditators, including Dr. Mehmet Oz, were initiated by Bob Roth.
Meanwhile, Tom Chivers, film columnist for The Telegraph (UK), summed it all up in a title: "David Lynch and Russell Brand hawk meditation for traumatised veterans: is that really wise?"
But what they recommend is not visiting a psychiatrist, but the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or one of his disciples. Because Lynch, Brand and Eastwood are pushing transcendental mediation (TM). ... it should be a trained professional who recommends meditation instead of, say, anti-depressants or cognitive behavioural therapy, not a levitating Yogi or the director of Mulholland Drive. So while I’m happy to see Lynch et al encourage veterans to seek treatment, maybe they could leave the more specific prescriptions to the medics.It's worth mentioning again that most of the medical professionals the TM movement trots out in public these days to endorse its programs have been connected with the TM movement for decades, and they all seem to share the late '60's - early '70's TM initiation date time frame during the peak of TM's pop-culture popularity, as I wrote about last week. Generally, it's only the devoted, long-time followers of Maharishi who offer up completely unqualified endorsements of TM's validity as a panacea for anything that ails you.