Jim Carrey Once Felt He Saw God After Going on a Spiritual Journey

Actor Jim Carrey has never been shy about any of his beliefs, from the political to his faiths. At one point, he even revealed that his faith helped him when journeying through hot Arizona. During his travels, Carrey recalled a particularly harrowing incident, where he feels he was comforted by a higher power.

Jim Carrey once shared he didn’t follow any particular religion

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Mega-blockbuster star Carrey embraced a more spiritual philosophy about life he wasn’t shy about sharing with the world. Some of the lessons the In Living Color alum learned during this perceived spiritual awakening was that there was no Jim Carrey.

“I don’t exist, so … They are all characters that I played, including Jim Carrey, including Joel Barish, including any of those things,” Carrey once said at the Toronto International Film Festival. “They are all characters.”

This philosophy has even helped Carrey overcome extreme emotional issues.

“So when I tried to go back and play Jim Carrey, I got depressed, and now I don’t try to do that anymore,” he continued.

But Carrey didn’t limit himself to following just one religion.

“I’m a Buddhist, I’m a Muslim, I’m a Christian. I’m whatever you want me to be,” Carrey once told CBS News. “It all comes down to the same thing. … You are either in a loving place, or you are in an unloving place. If you are with me right now, you cannot be unhappy. It’s not possible, just try.”

Jim Carrey once claimed God saved his life after going on a spiritual journey in Arizona

Carrey’s newfound spiritual awakening has seen him through many trying times. In addition to granting him a certain level of peace, The Mask star once asserted it even saved his life. Speaking to The Mirror, Carrey recalled a time he went on an Arizona vision quest with the Lakota Indians.

“I didn’t plan on it,” he said. “I just went to a spa and I met a guy who was connected to the tribe and he told me about this vision quest which they don’t let outsiders on. But I went and talked with the chief and he knew my heart was in the right place, so he decided that I could do it.”

The journey would eventually take Carrey to the mountains.

“I fasted for four days, I spent time in a sweat lodge and then they came in the middle of the night with a pick-up truck and blindfolded me and drove me to the top of this sacred mountain where they’d had these vision quests for a thousand years,” he said.

Eventually, Carrey would feel he received help from a higher power during his quest.

“Then at night I got tired of standing and I lay down on this little Indian blanket and I was really frightened. The coyotes were howling and the place was full of rattlesnakes, and I actually spoke out loud and said, ‘God I’m scared, be with me,’” he remembered. “And at that point, the mountain range that was above me became the perfect shape of a man laying on his back beside me. 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.’”

Jim Carrey considered writing a book about his spiritual enlightenment


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Carrey was well aware of how some in the media viewed his newfound awakening. He compared it to how the industry once treated Tom Cruise.

“Everyone gets to be the big joke for a year. That’s this business,” he told The Times. “Last year it was Tom Cruise. I could be the next Kathie Lee Gifford. But you have to say to yourself, ‘Wait a minute, dude, that’s not you.’”

Carrey was proud of the experiences his spirituality gave him. So much so that the Sonic actor considered writing a book about it.

“It will be more representative of who I am than anything I’ve ever done,” he said. “I feel like I know something. These thoughts make me feel like I’m wearing gold shoes.”