You Don’t Make the Fish, You Catch the Fish

December 26, 2008

One of my favorite creative people is filmmaker David Lynch, who created beautifully bizarre cult classics such as, but not limited to:  Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, and more recently, INLAND EMPIRE.  Lynch is also a visual artist who creates paintings, photographs, sketches, drawings, and doodling in his trademark  fashion: strange and mysterious to say the least.

David Lynch is also an avid believer of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and has been practicing this technique for over 30 years. He even founded a non-profit, The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace that provides scholarships to implement in school TM programming, as well as funding for universities to research the effects of the program on creativity, intelligence, academic performance, concentration, stress reduction, and managing anxiety, depression, etc. throughout the US and globally.

Lynch often lectures on concepts related to creativity, idea making, and consciousness which I find rather interesting to listen to and motivates me to perhaps take another go at really learning meditation, which I have never been able to get the hang of, but could probably benefit from.

The video below showcases Lynch talking about his thoughts on where ideas come from and how the awareness or “catching ideas” is impacted by your level of consciousness.  He uses the concept of fishing to describe this process further:  it’s just not good enough to bait your hook to attract the fish (seeking the idea), but it is also influenced by how deep your fish line goes (diving into consciousness). According to Lynch, the fish/ideas that “catch” directly relate to your level of awareness.

“You don’t make the fish, you catch the fish…. There are no original ideas– just the ideas you caught”.   David Lynch

Here’s to catching lots of fish and being aware enough to know that the fish are biting!  Check out Lynch’s book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity for more.


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