Jim Carrey 2014 commencement address Maharishi University

Recently, Jim Carrey presented an inspirational speech to 2014 graduates from Maharishi University of Management. Carrey’s speech was delivered to hundreds, bringing both laughter and tears. His passion for art, self discovery and life purpose brought enlightenment. During his speech he reminds others to move forward in life with great enthusiasm and reminds others that we are a part of a larger self.

“I used to think Jim Carrey is all that I was.
Just a flickering light, a dancing shadow.
The great nothing masquerading in something you can name.
Seeking shelter in caves and fox holes, dug out hastily.
An archer searching for his target in the mirror.
Wounded only by my own arrows.
Begging only to be enslaved.
Pleading for my chains.
Blinded by longing and tripping over paradise.”

He goes on to warn, “Now FEAR is going to be a player in your life, but you get to decide how much. You can spend your whole life imaging ghosts, worrying about the 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 am saying, I am the proof that you can ask the universe.”

Carrey’s father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him. Instead, he took a safe job as an accountant. When Jim was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and his family had to do what they could do to survive. What Jim came to realize is that you can still fail at what you don’t want, “so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love.” The effect of his fathers love and humor changed the world around Jim. His father treated Jim’s talent as if it was his second chance. Jim realized at the age of 28, while he was in Los Angeles, that his purpose in life had always been to free people from concern. He dedicated himself to this mission.

He encourages others to find their service to the world, to consider what others need that your talent can provide. He believes that the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is, “everything else will rot and fall apart and all that will be left is what is in your heart.” His milestones got him up to the top of his mountain and he encourages other that they can do it too.

Here’s how…

He encourages others to find out who they are, just as he had to do. The only person he hadn’t freed’ was himself. It wasn’t until he questioned who he would be without his fame, questioned what others would think if he said things people didn’t want to hear or what they would think if he defied others expectations of him – that he began to search. Jim was concerned to go out in the world and do something bigger than himself, “until someone smarter than myself, made me realize there is nothing bigger than myself.” He goes on to say, “My soul is not contained within the limits of my body, my body is contained within the limits of my soul – one unified field.”

He believes that to find real peace you have to let the armor go, “your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world.” He states, “Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form, risk being seen in ALL of your glory.”

Jim’s painting, titled “High Visibility,” is big for a reason, he says. It is telling the story of picking up the light and daring to be seen. He goes on to describe that the trick is, everyone is attracted to the light. The party host who thinks unconsciousness is bliss and is always offering to drink from the bottles that empty you. Misery, below her, despises the light, can’t stand when you are doing well – wishes you nothing but the worst. The queen of diamonds, under him, needs a king to build her house of cards. The hollow one, on bottom, will cling to your leg and say, “please don’t leave me behind, for I have abandoned myself.” He states that even those who are closest to you, the most in love with you, the people you love most in this world – will find clarity confronting at times.

Painting is one of the ways that he rids himself from concern, and stops his world from total mental/spiritual/physical involvement. He explains, that we are the light that shines through and that all else is smoke and mirrors; distracting, but not truly compelling. He wishes sometimes that people can realize all their dreams, wealth and fame; so that they see that this is not where they will find their sense of completion.

He believes the mind is always creating stories and manufactures scenario’s both good and bad. The ego tries to trap you in the multiplexes of the mind. He explains that our eyes are not viewers, they are also projectors that are running a second story on top of the picture that we see every time – fear is the author of that script and the title is “I will never be enough.”

Between the laughter and praises, he sought to remind people to relax and dream up a good life. It’s about letting the universe know what you want and working toward it, while letting go of how it comes to pass. Your job is not to figure out how its going to happen for you, but to open the door up in the your heart and when that door opens up for you in real life – just walk through it. Don’t worry if you miss your cue, because there is always doors opening – they will keep opening. When he says, “life doesn’t happen to you – if happens for you”; he really doesn’t know if that is true, but he makes a conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial so that he can deal with them in the most productive way. He believes it’s important to finding your own style and take a chance on faith (not religion) – faith. Not hope he clarifies, faith, “hope walks through the fire, faith leaps over it.”

He says, “You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world.” He goes on to say, “You only ever have two choices, love or fear – choose LOVE and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”

View the entire speech here: