When you think of spirituality, ascension and consciousness, I bet Hollywood megastar Jim Carrey is far from the first person that comes to mind.
But it seems like the brilliant actor has been through quite some life journey and came out a different man, and here we are now waiting for the next great piece of advice he has to share with us.
Feeling surprised, to say at least, is inevitable. Jim, whose recent bizarre appearance on the red carpet took the world by storm, seems like he has completely rediscovered and reinvented himself as a human being.
He will definitely blow your mind open to what he has to say about this complicated, fun, difficult, and beautiful thing we call the human experience:
After spending years in the spotlight, Jim came to some eye-opening realization: there is no point in building a specific identity. It’s all a mask. It’s not us.
Can’t you see this is a trap that our ego is carefully guiding us to the need to be important, to be someone, to matter. Eventually, creating this identity that we identify with bring us nothing but pain, and for three reasons:
∼One, it introduces a separation between us and all other beings that dishonour our inherent, interconnected nature.
∼Two, it deludes us into thinking that things are not supposed to change—that we are not supposed to change.
∼Three, it leads us away from resting in our own basic goodness, as it makes us feel that we aren’t enough just as we are, right now.
The antidote to this suffering is to let go of this desire to be ‘someone.’ As Carrey beautifully puts it, ‘The feeling of wholeness is a different feeling than me-ness.’ To feel whole, we must let go of trying to maintain an image of ‘me.’
Drawing from his own experience, Carrey then connects this truth to the condition of depression:
‘People talk about depression all the time. The difference between depression and sadness is sadness is just from happenstance—whatever happened or didn’t happen for you, or grief, or whatever it is. Depression is your body saying f*ck you, I don’t want to be this character anymore, I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me.
You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest.’ Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.’
Hearing these words I literally felt my mind extending to horizons I have never seen before. Every joke aside, this might be the best take on depression I’ve ever heard from anyone.
Let’s give ourselves (what is ‘self,’ anyway?) a break and let go of whatever identities we’ve worked so hard to create. Let’s instead of live with an open heart and a sense of humour about ourselves and our world—since, in the words of Jim Carrey, none of it matters anyway.
And that’s a comforting thought.
‘I have no depression in my life whatsoever—literally none. I have sadness, and joy, and elation, and satisfaction, and gratitude beyond belief. But all of it is weather, and it just spins around the planet. It doesn’t sit on me long enough to kill me. It’s just ideas.’~ Jim Carrey
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