Bill Murray: Comedian and Now Spiritual Teacher?

I remember growing up in the 90’s, watching films like Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Space Jam, Charlie’s Angels (it was an OK movie alright? :p ) , Osmosis Jones, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation and so on…. and I always remember Bill Murray’s smart lines and facial expressions. I enjoyed watching his films.

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Being a comedian usually means that people tend not to take you seriously in everyday life, and that is unfair sometimes. What happens in cases like this, when even though somebody is a comedian, has a really strong message to deliver?

Most probably nobody will actually pay much attention, which again is unfair.

But….what happens when famous comedians go through a spiritual awakening, and try to use their fame and publicity to actually share some perspective, teachings and even raise the consciousness in the planet? Yes I mean that and it has taken place in the past few years in several cases like Bill Murray, Jim Carrey, Russel Brand and many others.

I think it comes as a surprise at first glance. My personal advice is to close your eyes, forget the face (linking to comedy and humor) and listen to the voice of the soul speaking, with no judgement preferably.

The incentive behind me writing this article is a question which a reporter asked Bill Murray at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival during a press conference, after the screening of his latest film St. Vincent.

“How does it feel to be you?”

I thought that I would not hear something new or something that would catch my attention, especially coming from a comedian that I did not know has had a “spiritual awakening”. And again, try to forget who Bill Murray is or what he does for a living or how many times he has made you laugh.

Take a step back, close your eyes and have a listen to his reply posted below :

 

“Let’s all ask ourselves that question right now: What does it feel like to be you? What does it feel like to be you? Yeah. It feels good to be you, doesn’t it? It feels good, because there’s one thing that you are — you’re the only one that’s you, right?

So you’re the only one that’s you, and we get confused sometimes — or I do, I think everyone does — you try to compete. You think, damn it, someone else is trying to be me. Someone else is trying to be me. But I don’t have to armor myself against those people; I don’t have to armor myself against that idea if I can really just relax and feel content in this way and this regard.

If I can just feel… Just think now: How much do you weigh? This is a thing I like to do with myself when I get lost and I get feeling funny. How much do you weigh? Think about how much each person here weighs and try to feel that weight in your seat right now, in your bottom right now. Parts in your feet and parts in your bum. Just try to feel your own weight, in your own seat, in your own feet. Okay? So if you can feel that weight in your body, if you can come back into the most personal identification, a very personal identification, which is: I am. This is me now. Here I am, right now. This is me now. Then you don’t feel like you have to leave, and be over there, or look over there. You don’t feel like you have to rush off and be somewhere. There’s just a wonderful sense of well-being that begins to circulate up and down, from your top to your bottom. Up and down from your top to your spine. And you feel something that makes you almost want to smile, that makes you want to feel good, that makes you want to feel like you could embrace yourself.

So, what’s it like to be me? You can ask yourself, “What’s it like to be me?” You know, the only way we’ll ever know what it’s like to be you is if you work your best at being you as often as you can, and keep reminding yourself: That’s where home is.”

Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

George Kleopas

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