136 Effortlessly : this is how the action of the Genius is defined, in the ancient sources, for the one who creates by infused grace, by manifestation of a natural gift, where others suffer and struggle. Effortlessly is also the act of Transcendental Meditation, through which one can draw from that nothingness - that is nothing but pure potential - the source of creativity . The discovery of Transcendental Meditation, in David Lynch ’s biography, stems from a tear in its connective tissue - when anxiety, depression, anger and frustration haunted him during the complex gestation of Eraserhead and his private life was falling apart. Once safe, Lynch will confess to having understood that serenity and happiness are essential conditions in one's own creative process, and in counter-trend with the stereotyped image of an artist prolific only when suffering, this pure contemporary genius, which we also discover deeply meditative, writes: a lynx at the source: the david lynch foundation «Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water, but if you want to catch the big fish you’ve got to go deeper [...] down deep, fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful. I personally look for a particular type of fish I can translate into cinema; but in deep waters swim lots of them, one for everyone: just dive to the deepest level, where you can find the Unified Field 23 » «Anger and depression and sorrow are beautiful things in a story, but they are like poison for the film-maker or artist. They’re like a vice-grip on creativity. You must have clarity to create. People have asked me why - if meditation is so great and gives you so much bliss - are my films so dark? And I reply:' I fall in love with ideas as with stories, but the artist doesn’t necessarily have to suffer to show suffering' 23 ». It is from this director’s kind of state of grace and infinite creativity that stems that pantheon of obsessions and nightmare creatures represented by his characters: the Woman in the Radiator 24 , the Lady of the Log 25 , the sordid Frank Booth 26 all emerge from these deep waters, where they received baptism before entering the plots of the artworks they inhabit. The director’s convinced militancy in the ranks of Transcendental Meditation led him to create in 2005 his own headquarter, the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace , with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Fairfield, Iowa, as well as his own chronicle from the frontline entitled Catching the Big Fish 23 , in which Lynch describes the process of ideas’ materialization during meditation, such as those that shaped rabbits and prostitutes in Inland Empire , or Fred Madison in Lost Highway . Latter, only in chronological order, is Curtains Up [2018], a short film available on nowness.com in which Lynch, directed by his son Austin in collaboration with Stella McCartney , describes in ten minutes, by means of metaphors and mental associations, the essence of the concept of creativity in relation to the act of transcending. 23 David Lynch, Catching the big fish: Meditation, consciousness, and creativity , ed. TarcherPerigee, 2006 t h e O ’ s p a