Have you ever read a book that was so interesting and thought-provoking that you just couldn’t wait to have a deep conversation with someone about it? That’s how I felt with Anita Moorjani’s book, Dying to Be Me.
I have recommended this book to a few friends, as I was anxious to discuss and exchange thoughts. One friend did read it and I got a text from her as soon as she finished the book saying she couldn’t wait to talk about it. The fact that my friend’s mother had just passed away, and my father had passed away a few months prior made our conversation even more personal and interesting.
In this book, Anita talks about the true story of her near death experience (NDE). On the morning of February 2, 2006, Anita was in the end stage of a cancer that had ravaged her body for nearly four years. She was in a coma, her organs were shutting down, and doctors gave her only hours to live.
While in the NDE, Anita was observing the doctors, her husband, mother, and brother. She heard their conversations that occurred in a room down the hall from where her body was lying unconscious. You’ll enjoy reading the details of things that she knew happened while she was comatose.
In the NDE, she was detached from earthly Anita. She was aware that she was still the same “entity” that she was in her earthly life, but she was also something bigger than just that lifetime.
Being from India yet living in Hong Kong under strong Chinese and British influence, along with living the Hindu religion, presented many struggles for Anita both as a child and young adult. Growing up, her culture taught her to behave in a manner that made others happy regardless of how she felt. She lived in a fear-based culture, put others ahead of loving herself, and ended up giving to others to the point where she was drained.
During her NDE, Anita entered another realm where she experienced great clarity and understanding about her life and purpose here on earth. In that realm she was given a choice of returning to live here on earth or continuing on to death.
She chose to return to her life because of her new-found understanding and awareness. She found meaning and no longer thought her life was insignificant. Her choice to live or die was made based on what was best for HER….unlike on earth she had always made decisions based on what was best for others in her life. In the other realm, she realized that everything she believed was the opposite of actual truth of what she needed to know to make her life work.
The perspective that she gained from her NDE completely changed her life. Anita made a complete recovery from her cancer within weeks – something the doctors could not explain nor believe. Her experience in the other realm made her realize that all the pain that was inside of her manifested as cancer. She said her cancer came to save her life because she was killing herself before her cancer even came about.
Anita compares her near death experience to being blind. You have no idea what colors, people or anything look like. And then suddenly you can see it all and everything makes sense. And when your eyesight is again taken away, your reality is forever changed. You will always have a knowing of what you saw in the time you had your eyesight. That’s what her NDE was like. Even though she went back, her reality was forever changed. But it was like everyone else here on earth was still walking around in a blind state.
Although this book is about Anita’s NDE, it really is not about death and the afterlife. Rather, it’s about living. Her main message is to love yourself and do what brings you joy (doesn’t that sound familiar!). She urges everyone to take their life back. Find your joy and reasons to celebrate – that’s how you should be living life. There are many lessons to be learned from this book.
Dying To Be Me is a spiritual book, not a religious book. I really recommend this New York Times best-selling book, especially if you fear death, or if you or a loved one are facing a life-threatening illness. I actually listened to the audiobook and enjoyed it because it was in her own voice, and I felt that I could better connect with her.
I will soon be reading Anita’s new book called What if This Is Heaven. She gives simple keys for making our lives heaven on earth – and we don’t have to have a near death experience to understand it.
Have you read any books by Anita Moorjani? I sure enJOYed Dying To Be Me. I’d love to hear what you think – please leave a comment with your thoughts.
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