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It’s nothing short of a miracle whenever someone experiences a spiritual awakening. It is all the more impressive when such an experience happens not to a Buddhist monk or a New Age seeker but to an A-list Hollywood actor.
Despite his massive success and goofball persona, Canadian-born comedy actor Jim Carrey has spoken in the past of having suffered bouts of depression. And over the past few years he has begun to reveal a deeper, more spiritual side to his nature.
Jim has been on a search for ultimate meaning, a search largely inspired by the teachings of Eckhart Tolle.
The German-born author of A New Earth and The Power of Now, Eckhart, who now lives in Canada, teaches that most of humanity is captive to the mind and obsessive thinking, patterns that can be broken through meditation and other techniques.
Jim Carrey says that through Eckhart’s teachings he has come to understand how his own suffering comes from fixating on thoughts. As he explains it, he had become locked in his own mind in part because of a childhood spent trying to entertain his terribly ill mother.
But after years of seeking he has finally had a spiritual breakthrough, a moment of enlightenment in which he realised for himself that “heaven” is found right here in the present moment. And having had his own breakthrough, he now says, “I want to take as many people with me as I can!”
In June 2009, Jim Carrey shared the spiritual spotlight with Eckhart Tolle and other speakers at the first meeting of the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment (GATE), held in Los Angeles. In the video clip below, Jim speaks of his moment of awaking and jokes about his nascent guru status.
Jim Carrey is an obvious Sage-type soul if ever there was one, doing what Sages do best in such films as The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar, The Truman Show, Yes Man and A Series of Unfortunate Events. It is to his credit that he has sought for meaning beyond the trappings of ego, fame and fortune, and especially that he has managed to set aside his natural Sage tendency to (over-)perform in order to communicate so candidly about his experience.
For more on Jim Carrey see jimcarreyonline.com.
Producer John Raatz, who formed the GATE organization, said the time is ripe in the entertainment industry for an “up-leveling of consciousness.” Along with singer Melissa Etheridge and several other speakers, they urged their colleagues in film, TV, music and other media to use their work for the good of mankind, to influence positive and spiritual change on society.
For more about the GATE organization, see
- Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment
- Global Alliance For Transformational Entertainment on Vimeo
There’s a slightly cynical interview with the “new” Jim Carrey in Time magazine (2007).