In recent months, Jim Carrey has been very publicly “melting down” and making TV hosts uncomfortable as he dutifully stumps for his latest films while displaying the acute depatterning of his personality. Carrey maintains that he’s not off his rocker and that he’s achieved freedom from illusion.
Years of involvement in the Transcendental Meditation movement (TM), playing scores of different characters in Big Budget Hollywood films and being sued for Wrongful Death in the suicide of his ex-girlfriend might easily lead one to become highly dissociative and to view life from an intense level of abstraction but if his moksha is genuine and he is free from The Noble Truth of Suffering, then more power to him.
Carrey says, “I believe that I had to become a famous idea and get all the stuff that people dream about and accomplish a bunch of things that look like ‘success’ in order to give up my attachment to those things.
“You’re supposed to say, ‘We’re important,’ you’re supposed to say, ‘It’s all going to be alright,’ and you’re supposed to say, ‘Whatever you dream can come true,’ and you’re supposed to say all those things.
“I do believe in manifestation and the power of that kind of stuff but I don’t believe that any of it matters. You know, this mattering is to me, a human construct born out of a need. The same need you have to have for deities and things like that.
“I believe in an energy of God…everything is Divine…there’s…no thing that isn’t Divine. Everything is Divine and I’m that and it doesn’t matter to me what’s happening.
“I dealt with depression a few years ago and people still think, ‘You can tell he’s depressed.’ It’s not…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, you know…It doesn’t settle on me enough to kill me. The happy place is realizing that you’re everything…that there’s no real you involved in the first place.
“I don’t believe in any of it…the feeling of Wholeness is a different feeling than Me-ness. They’re all characters that I played, including Jim Carrey, including Joel Barish, including any of those things, they’re all characters.
“People talk about depression all the time. The difference between depression and sadness; sadness is…whatever happened or didn’t happen for you; grief – and depression is your body saying, ‘F**k you, I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this 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*, deep rest. Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play…
I think everybody should get rich and famous and get everything they dreamed so they can see that’s not the answer. – Jim Carrey