I was reading the transcript to Jim Carrey’s commencement speech at Maharishi University of Management, May 24th, 2014, and wanted to highlight the below excerpt. It’s long and I know many people won’t read it, much less read what I say after it, but I hope that some will.
Jim Carry relates…
“But even with that, comes a feeling of divine dissatisfaction. Because ultimately, we’re not the avatars we create. We’re not the pictures on the film stock. We are the light that shines through it. All else is just smoke and mirrors. Distracting, but not truly compelling.
I’ve often said that I wished people could realize all their dreams of wealth and fame so they could see that it’s not where you’ll find your sense of completion. Like many of you, I was concerned about going out in the world and doing something bigger than myself, until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself! (laughter)
My soul is not contained within the limits of my body. My body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul — one unified field of nothing dancing for no particular reason, except maybe to comfort and entertain itself. (applause) As that shift happens in you, you won’t be feeling the world you’ll be felt by it — you will be embraced by it. Now, I’m always at the beginning. I have a reset button called presence and I ride that button constantly.”
It has taken me years to begin to understand this. I felt, as I know many people do, inadequate – because there were so many circumstances within which I felt I didn’t know the right things to do. I felt that I would never have enough presence, would never be important enough, would never be right enough. But now I realize that I don’t have to be any of those things. All that makes me special (and each of us) is just simply “being”. All I need to do is be me. I am unique in me, I am yet the same as you. You may exist without me, but WE don’t exist without either of us. It takes all of us – each in our own uniqueness, to make up that which we define as life. But life isn’t what we are going to accomplish tomorrow, life isn’t what we believe we failed at yesterday, life is where we are now, it is the decisions we make at every moment of every day to make our own existence and that of those around as as best it can be, by virtue of all of what we are. So for those who have read all of this – love you so much. And I really do, for it would make no sense in the scope of my existence not to, because love is what I value. 🙂 ❤