Jim Carrey Gives Uplifting Speech At Iowan University

Trust Jim Carrey to be given the brief to conduct a commencement speech for graduates at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa only to come back with a speech so funny, emotionally charged and inspiring that those graduates would be given a great start to their careers and Carrey's words would hit headlines worldwide.

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Jim Carrey Made An Inspiring Speech To Graduates In Iowa.

The award winning Dumb and Dumber actor received the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Caus during the ceremony but felt well-placed to pass on some of his own words of wisdom to the soon-to-be alumni. The unique university specialises in "consciousness-based education" through a practice known as "transcendental meditation" and Carrey made sure to touch upon this in his speech.

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To give his words gravitas, Carrey tied in his advice with his personal experiences. "Now fear is going to be a player in life, but you get to decide how much," he said. "You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about the pathway to the future, but all it will ever be is what's happening here [...] So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it."

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The 'Ace Ventura' Star Said That His Father Had Made The "Safe" Choice To Be An Accountant

"My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant. When I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job, and our family had to do whatever we could to survive. I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don't want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love," the actor revealed, via the Transcendental Meditation Blog.

He continued, explaining how when he was 28 and had been working as a professional comedian for ten years, he "realized one night in LA, the purpose of my life had always been to free people from concern, just like my dad. When I realized this, I dubbed my new devotion 'the church of freedom from concern.'"

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The Actor Used His Own Life Stories To Deliver A Speech Filled With Wit And Wisdom

Claiming that he had decided to devote himself to this self-realised ministry, Carrey said "Like many of you, I was concerned about going out into the world and doing something bigger than myself, until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself.

"My soul is not contained within the limits of my body, my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul," the wise film star added.

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