Actor Jim Carrey is well known for being a funny man, but how many people are aware of his deeply profound, wise and enlightening side? I’ve always admired his jovial, care-free spirit, but not until recently did I realise the depth of wisdom it springs from. See for yourself in his highly entertaining, yet profoundly enlightening commencement speech for Maharishi University’s class of 2014. He encourages graduates to think big and to choose love rather than give into fear. Many said it was the best commencement address they’d seen, and I’d be inclined to agree.
While his entire speech is inspiring, we jumped to 10:18, where the punch to the heart begins. Below that is a transcript of parts that really captured my heart.
Carrey on choosing between LOVE and FEAR:
”Fear is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about your pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear…
So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it.
My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.”
”I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”.
Carrey’s words echo one of my favourite quotes, below. I love this because it dares you to dream, because as Carrey’s explains, unless you believe it’s possible, chances are you wont even try.
Carrey on discovering your Life Purpose:
When I was about 28, after a decade as a professional comedian, I realised one night in LA that the purpose of my life had always been to free people from concern….
What’s your life purpose? How will you serve the world? What do they need that your talent can provide? That’s all you have to figure out. As someone who has done what you are about to go do, I can tell you from experience…the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is.
Everything you gain in life will rot and fall apart, and all that will be left of you is what was in your heart.
My choosing to free people from concern got me to the top of a mountain. Look where I am — look what I get to do! Everywhere I go – and I’m going to get emotional because when I tap into this, it really is extraordinary to me — I did something that makes people present their best selves to me wherever I go.
Carrey on discovering our True Nature:
I am at the top of the mountain and the only one I hadn’t freed was myself and that’s when my search for identity deepened.
I wondered who I’d be without my fame. Who would I be if I said things that people didn’t want to hear, or if I defied their expectations of me? What if I showed up to the party without my Mardi Gras mask and I refused to flash my breasts for a handful of beads? (laughter) I’ll give you a moment to wipe that image out of your mind. (laughter)
But you guys are way ahead of the game…
You already know who you are and that peace, that PEACE that we’re after, lies somewhere beyond personality, beyond the perception of others, beyond invention and disguise, even beyond effort itself.
You can join the game, fight the wars, play with form all you want, but to find real peace, you have to let the armor fall. Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world.
Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.
This beautiful video compilation below really epitomises Carrey’s wisdom and insight. I hope it inspires you the way it does me.