Oct 24, 2018

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/24/2018

Transcendental Meditation, David Lynch, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Cult Recovery

"When the David Lynch Foundation held a gala for Transcendental Meditation at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last year, it drew a star-studded crowd. Comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Margaret Cho were there. So was the singer Kesha, as well as White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, who had recently published a self-help book which included a section extolling TM's benefits."

" ... The organization also takes credit for ending Mozambique’s civil war in the early 1990s, having set up an “international peacekeeping group” of advanced yogic flyers in India. Knock-on effects in Mozambique created by the group practicing roughly 4,000 miles away included a 12.4 percent economic growth rate, inflation that fell from 70 percent to 2 percent, and a zeroing out of the national debt, they said."

" ... In 2014, an independent meta-analysis of meditation research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association for Internal Medicine found “insufficient evidence that mantra meditation programs [such as TM] had an effect on any of the psychological stress and well-being outcomes we examined.” An earlier review of TM data by the NIH also found insufficient evidence that TM lowered blood pressure as claimed."

"Other assertions have been fact-checked to TM’s detriment. The organization’s American home base of Fairfield, Iowa has a population of roughly 10,000 residents. In 1993, reporter Scott Shane inquired about the crime rate in the area, figuring that crime must be virtually non-existent what with all the advanced meditating going there on all the time. “Crime here is about the same as any small town in rural America,” Fairfield police chief Randy Cooksey told Shane. In fact, Cooksey said, 'I’d say there's been a steady increase. I think, based on my statistics in Fairfield, I can show they have no impact on crime here.'”

" ... Dennis Roark, the former chairman of the physics department at Maharishi University has described TM’s research as “crackpot science.” Roark said he resigned his position after being told to link TM’s effects to legitimate physics—a notion he described as 'preposterous.'"

“The style of research they use is what I call ‘painting the bullseye around the arrow,” says ex-TMer Patrick Ryan, who attended Maharishi International University, the progenitor to MUM, against his... [Navy Master Chiefs] father’s advice, and spent 10 years in the movement as a “spiritual warrior” before quitting in the 1980s. “If a bunch of TM meditators get together and the stock market goes up, TM made it happen. If there’s another course and crime rates go down, or if accidents go down, TM created that. Find a positive thing that’s happened and take credit for it.”

" ... David Lynch's Festival of Disruption returns to the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles Oct. 13, offering a dizzyingly eclectic lineup of musicians, filmmakers, and artists. All proceeds from the two-day event will go to the David Lynch Foundation (DLF), which works to eliminate trauma and toxic stress through Transcendental Meditation (TM), a form of mantra meditation developed by guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that Lynch has been practicing since the early 1970s."

"Some people might be surprised to learn that director David Lynch has been a passionate advocate and practitioner of Transcendental Meditation since 1973. After all, many skeptics associate any type of meditation with a hippie-dippie mentality, and Lynch’s incredibly dark and twisted cinematic classics, like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, and Twin Peaks, aren’t exactly about peace and love and hearts and flowers."

"A woman who said she was repeatedly sexually assaulted throughout her childhood by a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fortuna, an experience she recounted in a televised documentary in May, has now launched a nonprofit organization to help fellow survivors of sexual abuse."

"Romy Maple has registered SAFE 707 — which stands for Sexual Assault Fighters Elite — as an official nonprofit."

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