Celebrities may be famous and have more money in the bank than you, but like everyone else, they are simply seeking enlightenment and a better understanding of Self.
Multi media star and actress Oprah Winfrey has openly discussed her spiritual views and Christian religion. She has also spoken about spiritual practice at Stanford University. She is quoted as saying: “There is no full life, no fulfilled or meaningful, sustainably joyful life without a connection to the spirit.”
As a TV personality, Oprah has discussed spiritual and religious beliefs with many spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama, Reverend Ed Bacon, and Thich Nhat Hanh.
Although she doesn’t believe in organised religion, actress and healthy food writer Gwyneth Paltrow freely admits that spirituality floats her boat. She famously “consciously uncoupled” from ex husband Chris Martin, and comes from a long line of Eastern European Jewish Rabbis. Her children, Apple and Moses also have biblical names. Like her close friend Madonna, Gwyneth practices Kabbalah.
Singer, songwriter, actress and businesswoman Madonna has never been shy about mixing up her faith and her art. The queen of controversy is reported as saying: “I’m very immersed in deconstructing the concept of sexuality and religion, and how it’s not supposed to go together.”
Although raised a Catholic, Madonna is Jewish and practices the ancient Jewish tradition of Kabbalah.
Actress, filmmaker and humanitarian Angelina Jolie openly discussed her religious beliefs whilst filming Unbroken. It was on the set of the moving World War II survival story that she found her belief in God.
The legendary singer Tina Turner has been a practicing Buddhism since the 70’s. In 2010 she released an album of spiritual songs and Buddhist and Christian prayers.
Actor and activist Richard Gere was raised a Methodist and converted to Buddhism in his mid 20’s. He has studied Zen Buddhism and has travelled to Nepal and India, where he met the fourteenth Dalai Lama. On practicing Tibetan Buddhism Richard become an activist for the Free Tibet movement. He also runs a non-profit organisation, The Gere Foundation that supports The Tibet House – which preserves the country’s spiritual and cultural heritage.
Actor, comedian, author and activist Russell Brand is proudly spiritual, although he doesn’t subscribe to any organised religion. He believes in an “infinite creative force” and regularly practices Kundalini Yoga.
Actor and filmmaker Tom Cruise is openly involved with Scientology. He was introduced to the controversial faith by his first wife actress Mimi Rogers. Tom has previously credited the church with helping him overcome dyslexia, and along with John Travolta and Kelly Preston is an advocate for the work of the church.
Hollywood heartthrob, actor, producer and activist Brad Pitt has struggled with his faith at times. He was raised believing that “everything is God’s way”. He has consulted psychics and is now more comfortable and open about his spirituality.
Flamboyant singer, songwriter and actor Prince Rogers Nelson (commonly known as Prince) grew up in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In 2001 he became a Jehovah’s Witness, and saw it more as a realisation instead of a conversion. He is reported as saying: “It’s all about religion. That’s what unites people.”
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