So along with week 20 over the past week I had a chance to sit down and watch Jim Carrey’s 2014 commencement at Maharishi University Of Management and it was amazing the parallels that there were between the two. One of the biggest I took away from his talks was this quote: “I used to believe that who I was ended at the edge of my skin, that I had been given this little vehicle called a body from which to experience creation, and though I couldn’t have asked for a sportier model, it was after all a loaner and would have to be returned. Then, I learned that everything outside the vehicle was a part of me, too, and now I drive a convertible.” Another quote is “My soul is not contained within the limits of my body. My body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.”
Now take the previous quotes and bring in some lines from the week 20 readings. “So long as you do this you limit yourself to superficial conditions, and make yourself a beast of burden for those who think.” Another is “When you begin to perceive that the essence of the Universal is within yourself.”
We don’t give ourselves enough credit for the power that we have and not only that the impact we have on others. A couple weeks ago I watched the move “I Am” directed by Tom Shadyac, coincidentally the director of Ace Ventura which starred Jim Carrey. It talked a lot about many different things but one thing that really hit home was how our feelings can impact others. One example was Tom was with a group of scientists that had hooked some electrodes up to a petrie dish of yogurt and these electrodes would measure energy within the yogurt and Tom’s affect on it. Each time he would talk and especially if he would do something very emotional he would have an effect on what the readings were on the yogurt. Pretty amazing.
With that being said we truly do have a bigger impact on the rest of the world than we know. If some simple statements by Tom had that amount of affect on the yogurt, think of what our moods can do to others. How our anxiety, anger, hate, apprehension, and fear can have an impact on someone in the same room. Now think about how much we can impact others if we now carry around the feeling of love. The feeling of empathy. The feeling of hope. The feeling of happiness. That impacts people too. That aura that some people say they can see around people, while can’t necessarily be seen, it can definitely be felt.
The Soviets in the 1960’s ran an experiment on a mother rabbit and her babies. The mother was on shore with electrodes in her brain and the baby rabbits were taken into a submarine that was submerged. As a baby rabbit was killed the electrodes recorded the brain of the mother rabbit reacting many miles away. Amazing!! If rabbits have this ability do you not think that humans do as well? How many times have you heard of a family member that had this horrible feeling in their gut only to find out something bad had actually happened to another family member at that same time.
So what is my point of all this? My point is we are not just our bodies, we are much more powerful than that and have an impact far greater than we will ever truly understand for a while. So what you focus on can have an impact on others. Focus on love, hope, happiness, and empathy and just see how things start improving around you. This leads into Jim Carrey’s great last line: “You are ready and able to do beautiful things in this world and after you walk through those doors today, you will only ever have two choices: love or fear. Choose love, and don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.”
Till next time
Dr. Christopher “TINY” Lane