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On June 18, 2016, Maharishi International University was honored to have filmmaker extraordinaire David Lynch participate in the 2016 commencement ceremony, where he directly answered the questions of the graduating class.

Read on for Dr. Lynch’s top 5 recommendations for “catching the big fish.”

  • On creating leaders:
    “I think this is the definition of a great leader: someone who inspires others to learn Transcendental Meditation, to become a light unto themselves and … sending them out there to get [Transcendental Meditation] to other people so that we can have peace on earth.”
  • On understanding intuition:
    “[Intuition is] knowing when something isn’t quite correct and then knowing a way to make it correct… I always say, intuition is the number one tool for an artist, for people in business, and for human beings. As Maharishi says, ‘There are no problems, only solutions.'”
  • On success:
    “[I] meditate regularly. And then the second thing I do is drink coffee.”
  • On catching a great idea:
    “I equate ideas to fish; we don’t make the fish, we catch the fish… It’s very fortunate when one catches a great idea… Once you get one fragment [of an idea], it’s like bait… You drop the line into the beautiful ocean of consciousness.”
  • And the number one piece of advice from Lynch’s 2016 commencement speech, on life lessons learned from film sets:
    “Always have the final cut!”

Congratulations to all our 2016 graduates! Watch Dr. Lynch’s full Q&A session below:

Tamlin Day is a writer and a contributor to the MUM Blogs.