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Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing Hardcover – March 1, 2012
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As a doctor, this book peaked my interest, our current medicine system diminshes our innate ability to heal. This amazing book highlights, what unconditional love, and knowing can do. Life is not hard, it is made hard, by arbitrary rules set by others. It is only the requirement of conformity, and expectations that is deteriorating the social standards, and lowering our human potential. I also related to the 'indian expectation' system she talks about, As a female a lot of expectations are placed on females conditioning them to be passive, 'selfless', to be available for everyone. I think these are self-destructive expectations. I loved the way she described her past and how it led her to that point in her life. I would recommend this one book to everyone. I am very curious about NDE and spirtuality, thanks to such books, devoid of dogma --Kriti Mishra on Feb 18, 2014
The book makes one introspect on one's own fears and views on life. Anita's Noorjani's style is simple yet lucid.It's such a gripping book that it's difficult to put it down once one has started reading it.Anyone who feels a misfit in the society & is scared to be himself should make it a point to read it.The importance of expressing one's own unique identity & accepting/loving oneself without any judgement is something one is sure to learn from her book. A must read. --Anuja Bansal onAug 3, 2012
A superb book that could change the perspective about life in general. But it is necessary to have a genuinely open mind to understand this book. --Sumitra Chakraborty on Sep 17, 2014 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From the Author
Before I close, I'd like to leave you with a few final words. Always remember not to surrender your power--instead, get in touch with your own magnificence. When it comes to finding the right path, there's a different answer for each person. The only universal solution I have is to love yourself unconditionally and be yourself fearlessly! This is the most important lesson I learned from my NDE, and I honestly feel that if I'd always known this, I never would have gotten cancer in the first place.
When we're true to ourselves, we become instruments of truth for the planet. Because we're all connected, we touch the lives of everyone around us, who then affect others. Our only obligation is to be the love we are and allow our answers to come from within in the way that's most appropriate for us.
Finally, I can't stress enough how important it is to enjoy yourself and not take yourself or life too seriously. One of the biggest flaws with many traditional spiritual systems is that they give you such a somber outlook. Although you know that I abhor creating doctrines, if I ever had to create a set of tenets for a spiritual path to healing, number one on my list would be to make sure to laugh as often as possible throughout every single day--and preferably laugh at myself. This would be hands down over and above any form of prayer, meditation, chanting, or diet reform. Day-to-day problems never seem as big when viewed through a veil of humor and love.
In this age of information technology, we're bombarded with news seemingly at the speed of light. We're living in an age of high stress and fear, and in the midst of trying to protect ourselves from everything we think is "out there," we've forgotten to enjoy ourselves and to take care of what's inside.
Our life is our prayer. It's our gift to this universe, and the memories we leave behind when we someday exit this world will be our legacy to our loved ones. We owe it to ourselves and to everyone around us to be happy and to spread that joy around.
If we can go through life armed with humor and the realization that we are love, we'll already be ahead of the game. Add a box of good chocolates into the mix, and we've really got a winning formula!
I wish you joy as you realize your magnificence and express yourself fearlessly in the world.
Namaste! --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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During her NDE Anita awakened to a heightened state of awareness which allowed her to understand why she had cancer (among many other things) and accessed a state of unconditional loving energy that allowed her to gain full recovery of her health.
I need not elaborate on Anita's story any further, as it can be read in her NDE account at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation website, and there are also many different interviews available online for those who are unfamiliar with her story. However, if you are looking for a cliché NDE book with tunnels, white lights, angels and God you will be disappointed. This NDE transcends all cultures and all religions.
I would like to emphasize that despite being a book about a near death experience, it has a much broader appeal than most other NDE books and is in my opinion multi-disciplinary. It is of huge value to anyone interested in the areas of near death experiences, death, dying and bereavement, cancer, spontaneous remission, the mind-body relationship, mind-body and energy medicine, reincarnation, or to anyone who simply wishes to examine how the universe and life works in general. It even makes a compelling case for the skeptics of spiritual phenomena, as her spontaneous remission so close to death is one of a kind and medically documented and verified. In addition to Anita's wonderful message, I would hope that her views on cancer provide food for thought for oncologists around the world, and change the way the world and in particular the medical profession thinks about, views and treats cancer.
What impresses me most about this book and about Anita's message is that her NDE pertains much more to life and living than it does to death and what we can expect in the afterlife (although this topic is also covered in the book). It helps us eliminate the clutter in our lives and to focus more on what makes us happy and brings us joy in life, as well as eliminating any existential phobias we may have stemming from the relatively unknown realm of death.
Often spiritual books can create more existential fears and tensions rather than alleviate them with mention of concepts of sin, karma, pre-life planning of car accidents and illnesses, "soul lessons", soul levels, hell, punishment etc. These books usually have some sort of agenda to push, but luckily this is not the case with Anita Moorjani, she is a breath of fresh air, something I am eternally grateful for.
Anita doesn't claim to be a spiritual guru, she doesn't peddle any sort of agenda as many other spiritual authors do. She has no dogma to force onto the reader. Instead she has an amazing story to tell (which she does with amazing dexterity in the English language), and shares from her NDE the many insights she gained into her own life, her own cancer and life and living in general, insights that anyone can benefit from.
For me Anita's NDE and the insight she gained from it tremendously helped me overcome much cognitive dissonance which came from reading various New Age spiritual, self help type books, and put life into a much clearer and more logical perspective. At the same time Anita offers an outlook on life that is relatively easy to implement-DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT FOR YOU, DON'T DO WHAT DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT FOR YOU, everything else in life is secondary.
If you are embarking on a quest for spiritual knowledge or if you have been on one for many years, don't buy 30 New Age books on soul mates, twin flames, soul lessons, law of attraction, indigo children, soul progression, karma etc, such books have little to do with the greater cosmic reality and in my opinion, for the most part, the concepts discussed in them are misconceptions at best, in other cases just plain lies. Such books can create quite a destructive and toxic belief system and can make living life more difficult and complicated than it needs to be.
Instead, just buy this book. It will help you remove the clutter from your mind, your way of thinking and from your life as well. The biggest myth that Dying To Be Me dismisses is that being spiritual or living life needs to be hard work, that we need to work hard for a favoured position in the afterlife, that we need to suffer and make sacrifices for spiritual advancement, enlightenment and perfection (such beliefs are the foundation of all religions and New Age thought). In the absence of such ideas Anita provides us with a much lighter and fulfilling perspective on life, allowing us to become more effective at being ourselves.
In Anita's own words "If you think you need to work hard at being spiritual then you haven't got it yet."
Dying To Be Me is undoubtedly a ten star book, a book with universal appeal and with a message that will never lose its relevance to spirituality and to living a happy and fulfilled life.
She attributes her cancer to her inner fears and the fear to the disease. Her NDA experience while kind of traditional (unconditional love, peace, that cannot be explain by words and a sense to belong to a enhanced reality with no time in the way we understand it is kind of typical) what is not traditional at all is her astonishing and complete recovery from cancer.
People having this disease and the readers usually looking for answer to our existential or physical struggles could be kind of disappointed that Anita does not provide a "recipe" for everyone to be cured or saved.
For one simple reason; her experience is unique, her struggles very particular and because her reflections are simple. For some reason we seem to struggle to follow simple ideas even though if they are powerful. The basic "Advice" is to be yourself (How many times our elders have told us that!) enjoy your life, accept yourself, who you are and don't be that hard with yourself. Let go because we live with the illusion that we are in control while we all know that we control almost nothing. Things will happen and all we can do is to accept it and even far beyond enjoyed...
you will find all over the book the idea that you are a unique human being and the fact that you have the spark of life it is a testament of your own divinity. We struggle to look for answers and usually we look for them "outward" in others; experts, gurus, friends, etc while most of those answers reside within ourselves "inwards" we feel inadequate, not good enough, a failure, especially if we live our lives trying to please others a task that nobody has ever done and never will, we compite instead of let go and go with the flow.
Some people will find troubling that according to her experience even criminals, murderers, and rapist will share that "unconditional love" the day they will die. That there is not such a thing as a judgment because that universal unconditional love just want you to be yourself and in the big scheme of things you are a little trace in the tapestry of a reality that expands far beyond our intellectual knowledge, with knowledge we cannot grasp that reality we have to "Feel it".
People with a structure religious belief could feel an aversion to that idea.
We have been told that we should comply with the rules and that breaking the rules have consequences. Those consequences according to catholic or Christian faiths leads to eternal condemnation in hell or purgatory or keep running through an endless cycle of birth and rebirth in the Hindu/Buddhist tradition.
The truth is the sun - every morning - will shine for all of us even for the murderers and the criminals. The book also copes well with an idea that is troubling even to myself - be selfish in your love for yourself-. We have been told that sacrifices, helping others and put others ahead of us is something worthy and noble. In the book almost in every chapter lies the idea of that "Selfish love for yourself" because according to the author that's what you should do, be yourself and provide that divine entity with the essence of what you are. When you stop pretending being somebody else then the universe through "synchronicities" will provide you with all the opportunities that you deserve. You have to live your life fearlessly and authentically. Even though I don't share the particular view of being that "Selfish" - at least not yet - I find the book interesting, refreshing and inspiring.
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