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Catching The Big Fish: The approach of David Lynch

bigfishWhere do ideas come from?

Filmmaker David Lynch (Wild at Hearth, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) wrote a little book, Catching the big fish, that provides a rare window into his method as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation.

Lynch describes the experience of “diving within” and “catching” ideas like fish – and then preparing them for television, movie screens, and other mediums in which he works.

Do you have any methods that are bringing you closer to your ideas? If so, I love to read those in a comment below. I really appreciate it when people reply with thoughtful comments. Honestly, it makes my day.

Catching the big fish is an intriguing little book for those who wonder how they can nurture their own creativity.

He turned one into gold: Interview Project

And he did’t with a Webby Award in 2010. In my eyes, it’s a very original blog. I loved it, and watched many episodes. Every episode of the Interview project gives you a small glance on ordinary and less ordinary lives of american people. Watch some, when you need some distraction, most of them touches you on a deep emotional level.

In conclusion

What I hope you take from this little blog post is that you know you are free and able to do anything you set your mind to. Ideas are floating around. You just have to grab them. Living is easy.

“ Life is a very simple game, and in that simplicity you enjoy. Life is not for thinking, it is to be lived and enjoyed. And if we think too much then we complicate the heart and mind and we spoil the game.”
~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ~

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4 Responses »

  1. Well, René, talking about methods of increasing your creativity: I’m a meditator too. I have to write articles weekly for magazines. Sometimes I’m tired and wrestle with a writers block. My method to get out and ‘receive’ ideas like David Lynch is: take a rest for my body and brains, do something in the household or I go gardening or shopping. And: early to bed.
    In the morning I meditate, think about nothing and flash: ideas come up without asking. Or during the day, sitting in front of my PC and looking for words or original storylines, I close my eyes, tune in and wait. Just wait and listen with inner ears. Mostly within five of ten minutes, answers come in. It always comes with a nice feeling, which reassures me that I am in the right direction. It gives me inspiration and energy and the writing is a pleasant job at that moment. Words and sentences flow out of my fingers and unto the screen.
    So, writers, don’t force your brains, don’t panic, don’t think you have to do it all by yourself, and … you will be guided. Trust your intuition and native creativity. Start a routine to feed, ‘visit’ and communicate with that realm – e.g. by meditating.
    Give it a try and you will ‘see’.
    Han

  2. Hi René Luijk,

    Thanks for this Blog! I do meditation twice day and yoga, and I’m working on a book at the moment of Raw and Ayurvedic cooking recipes.

    I am constantly looking for new ideas and they come as I am out looking at what is fresh in the market or in the garden what is in season and looking pranic, full of goodness.

    Walking is another great tool for me to get great ideas, as it usually helps to clear the brain and also focuses the breathing with foot steps as you go, you are present at that is what helps the mind create.

    If you are interested please look at my recipes on http://www.diningwith-thedivine.com

    All the best
    Emma

  3. Hi Emma,

    Thanks for sharing. Hope your trips to the market will give you a lot of creativity for your Raw and Ayurvedic cooking book. I will try the walking technique today in my lunch walk in the park.

    By the way I like your site, very nice layout and fine working. The overview of your youtube recipe movies looks really nice. http://www.diningwith-thedivine.com/#!video_reel/c1e39

    Rene

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