Most often people think of Jim Carrey as a wild and crazy guy. He’s goofy and irreverent. His comedic talents have jackknifed him to fame and stardom. But there is another side to Mr. Carrey; one you would never suspect – he’s much deeper than he looks.
Carrey is in his 50s now, a recent grandfather and apparently on a quest to find the meaning of life. Some people just read books by Dr. Phil, or Depak Chopra – not Carrey. He related an example of the lengths he goes to at a promo last year in Austin Texas, for his movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
“I didn’t plan on it,” he said, clearly sincere in his beliefs. “I just went to a spa and I met a guy who was connected to the Lakota Indian tribe and he told me about sweat lodges and this vision quest which they don’t generally let outsiders on.”
“But I went and sat with the chief and talked to him for a long time and he knew my heart was in the right place so he decided that I could do it.”
They took him to the top of a sacred mountain in Arizona, where the Lakota have been conducting vision quests for thousands of years.
“They left me in a little seven feet circle with a blanket and a tiny knife to fight off cougars, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, scorpions and whatever else was there.”
He was in fear for his life and lay alone and petrified for most of the night. Then something happened that would change his life.
“All the fear left my body and I lay there thinking, This is really happening. I’m actually seeing God and I can’t believe it. I’m so lucky!”
This from a man who showed up at Elton John’s post-Oscar party wearing a huge set of life-like prosthetic feet and tiny angel wings. He attracted a lot of attention, got a lot of laughs, but explained it as “part of my awkward spiritual journey”. A journey that has led him to embrace the teachings of Abraham and the “universal power of attraction”.
Despite his legendary penchant for the bizarre, Carrey recently delivered an eloquent and uplifting commencement speech to the 2014 graduates of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield Iowa. A short clip follows, clearly showing a man who has come to believe in a deeper experience than comedic pratfalls and the dogma of Hollywood.