When I was a kid, the very first person I ever wrote a piece of “fan mail” to was Jim Carrey.
I didn’t expect him to reply. Just like sending a letter to Santa Claus, most of the pleasure was in writing something that you thought even had the slightest chance of getting read by the Big Guy.
But lo and behold, about 6 weeks later, Jim (or more likely some nice assistant) sent me back a signed, black and white 8 x 10 of Jim grinning widely.
Across the bottom, scrawled in what looked like human comic sans were the words, “Spank You Very Much!”
Ace Ventura had just made my decade.
I think that small interaction with Jim in my early years was part of the reason I’ve made a point to see almost everything he’s ever made.
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And although I do love him for his slapstick Dumb and Dumber, out-of-this-world sense of humor, I appreciate his more thought-provoking roles even more.
Movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show and even 23 make me think that at the very least, Jim is drawn towards understanding the bigger picture of what’s really going on with us as human beings.
And so am I.
Jim in his workshop
Earlier this year, I saw a fascinating documentary he was featured in called I Need Color which focuses on his work as a painter. The level of passion and imagination he has for the craft is astounding. His energy is infectious.
In a recent appearance at New York Fashion Week, he gave shared some ideas that were sure to rub a lot of people the wrong way.
Elaborating on his thoughts in a follow-up piece, he remarked:
“The only way to it is to step into the river of tears and the sorrows of your life. The things that everyone is avoiding with everything from drugs to drink to sex and gadgets and whatever else you can distract yourself with, all of it is designed for you to never stop going and moving and, for god sakes, not feel the abyss. Don’t allow yourself to feel the abandonment and pain that you’ve suffered. And I’ve done it; I’m through it. I’m sure there will be things that happen again, but I realized that by letting myself fall into it completely, that it’s not to be feared. Death is not to be feared.”
The type of questions he’s raising in his interviews are the sort of things you begin thinking when you start doing a lot of work on yourself — often with the use of meditation, deep spirituality based upon respect, love and kindness without the constraints of religion, and occasionally, even psychedelics.
These types of ideas require looking deeply into what it means to be here, identifying the façade you’ve known your whole life as your “personality” to be a mirage of the ego.
As an example of achieving this through the use of psychedelics, the amount of information that can be transmitted to you in one session with a powerful medicine like DMT can show you things that open your mind to such a deep level of understanding that even when you’re no longer in a heightened state of awareness, you can remember what it felt like to have known so much and been so crystal clear on the nature of things — if only for a second.
That second-hand remembrance, and acting from a place that isn’t attached to “me,” is what keeps a lot of deep thinkers, spiritual people and psychedelic voyagers going — and it seems like Jim is quite tuned into that.
Bravo, Jim. I’m with you.
PS — For those interested in learning more about DMT, what it is and the types of experiences people have had using it, I recommend watching DMT: The Spirit Molecule, an excellent documentary on YouTube.