on July 19, 2013
Anita brings a lots of insight from her 'death' experience, she is inviting everyone to accept themselves completely (their ego, intellect, body and spirit) because "it is who you are, there is nothing to forgive, nothing to attain. You already are everything you need to be". She also believes that Paradise is a state not a place and all the rules and religions that human beings created are illusion. We should only love ourselves and be true and kind to ourselves as well as fully live the present moment, that was her conclusion from her death trip. It is only our ego that creates stories and tries to believe them, it is also the ego that divides the humanity by creating dogmas, rules, judgments and religions. Another interesting idea from this book is that you can't give love to others if you don't give it yourself first, when you love yourself, you can start loving others and give them much more than when you give them by obligation.
on March 7, 2012
As an avid listener of Hay House Radio, I first heard of Anita's book on Wayne Dyer's weekly show. I was immediately drawn to the book because of Anita's remarkable story which had been verified by medical doctors. I awaited its release and finally downloaded it to my Kindle. The book is a quick read - I read most of it in one Saturday - and it is very nicely written, sectioned off to talk about the Anita's life, the NDE, and how the experience has affected the author's life after coming back from "the other side" and miraculously healing from years of cancer in a matter of weeks. The memoir portion of the book is exceptional and succinct. I did wish when I was reading it that the author would share more of her emotions during the experiences of her childhood and adulthood, since she concludes later that the onset of her cancer was due to a fear-based life. It didn't really come through in the first section of the book and much of the emotional background was left to be read in between the lines. I wished that Anita had been more bold in those descriptions.
Anita's description of the NDE and of being on the "other side" is definitely the highlight of this memoir. It's no wonder that people who have had this experience lose their fear of death. And since every fear in our lives is based on the fear of death, it's very inspiring for a reader to realize that once the fear of death has been resolved in our lives, there isn't much else in life to be afraid of. This frees us to live life to its fullest. Thank you so much Anita for sharing this profound experience with us!
The latter portion of the book I took to be inspirational. The author discourages any advice-giving or following any prescribed platitudes. She simply encourages readers to lean into our bliss and to love ourselves: from this, she tells us, we too can live authentic lives.
I will also mention that there are advanced meditation programs that people can take during which "the other side" can be glimpsed, and we too can experience a fulfilling life from the inside out, without having to have an NDE ourselves. Anita's memoir has encouraged me to sign up for a program like this and has confirmed in me that this is the right path for me.
on April 28, 2012
I heard about this book on PBS during a fund raiser wtih Wayne Dyer. I have read it three times in a month and it has opened up my mind and expanded my understanding of the nature of being.
Anita's story, which she said was not easily described in words, can help to heal the mind of fear and death. A excellent book that can be life changing.
From the outset I want to say that I read this book several months ago and shortly thereafter I lent it out to someone who had just been diagnosed with cancer. This means that I do not have the book in front of me while doing this review and I will just rely on my memory and share what were the most significant aspects of the book to the best of my recollection.
The reason I shared what I did in the first sentence was because I feel that THE most important message in this book is one of hope. People who are diagnosed with cancer should know of cases like Anita’s because if her severe, essentially terminal, cancer can be overcome then certainly there should be hope for almost everyone. In her book, “Dying to Be Me ”, Anita shares her personal history pre-cancer, as well as the events that transpired in the hospital as she went into a coma and finally what has transpired since her miraculous recovery.
Although the initial chapters in the book, where Anita describes her upbringing and aspects of her culture, were not as relevant to me as they likely are for many others, I felt that these chapters did indeed provide a relevant context for the events that later occurred in her life.
After the initial discussion of Anita’s past, she goes on to share, in a very candid manner, how her body was ravaged by tumors and how the medical practitioners caring for her in the hospital eventually came to the conclusion that Anita was in the last moments of her life. Her NDE, similar to so many other reports from people who had end-of-life experiences, is one of great love and indeed this is her main message upon returning to the land of the living: life is about love.
Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone because we are all touched in some way or another by this disease known as cancer; furthermore, as much as many people choose to ignore this fact, life is a terminal disease and I believe that Anita’s story can bring a degree of comfort almost everyone.
on March 31, 2012
First off, I'll admit I am not one for the "cookie cutter" spiritual self-help publishing franchises, and I am extremely skeptical about anything that gets pumped out using a medium who's primary motivation is profit.
Being a near death experiencer myself, it troubles me to see these experiences being exploited for religious purposes like we currently see running rampant with Colton Burpo's million best seller which is a signature of the quality these cookie cutters offer, and reminds me of the quote "don't let the truth get in the way of a good story."
Books like "Dying to be Me" are usually relegated to the self-publishing venues because they are not what the cookie cutters would consider a winner (profit!). A good example of the quality of self-publishing is August Goforth's excellent book "The Risen".
Yet, once in a while the cookie cutters manage to get it right and back a refreshing gem, and "Dying to Be Me" by first time author Anita Moorjani is such a book . This to me is what makes this book so exciting and an exceedingly rare accomplishment and testament to just how powerful and beautiful Anita's NDE experience is. As an experiencer myself, and someone who has had the opportunity to get to know Anita for several years now since her own experience, I can say that Anita can speak for me anytime because she doesn't tell you how, she shows you how...every day...in every deed...in every movement. She truly walks the walk and that is her gift to us. In Anita being who she is, she gives me the self-confidence to attempt.
Anita sets this book up magnificently (pun intended) and if the reader is at all interested in NDE's, this should be a must read!
Anita openly shares her cultural upbringing, bares all and holds nothing to chance. Her honesty is not only welcoming, it is truly refreshing. Cultural influences are very important, and often confusing aspect of understanding any NDE. Because the experience itself is so "real", most people get lost in the cultural morasses that forms the dawn of awakening. There are very few experiencers that are willing to admit to this truth, or are willing to look beyond it. For them their experience is a verification of what they want Gods to be.
Very few can get past that and see the cultural influences are generated to comfort and alleviate the experiencers own fear of death. For once, we have an experiencer who is willing to tell it like it is, to share what happens when you finally release and let go of your own expectations of What God needs to be. The results are profound, and what makes Dying to be Me a true gem for those willing to let go of their security blankets. What is so special about Anita's account, and this book, is that she takes us further into the death process than most, because she gave into the moment and released her fear of death that held her experience within the confines of her cultural expectations. This is something VERY FEW are willing or capable of doing or willing to share and what makes this book so important. She should be applauded for her honesty, and her tenacity to be who she is regardless of incredible pressure to conform to cultural, societal and political demands that are usually required by the cookie cutter self-help franchise which usually shy's away from such material as unprofitable.
This is what is truly remarkable about "Dying to be Me" for me. Anita has an incredible gift in bringing words to life, to bring the emotion to the words that create the images in the readers mind , which in and of itself is usually impossible to accomplish. Her description of her experience itself, is so beautifully written, it sent me to tears more than once. She brought my experience back to life. Her experience, so like my own, differs only in cultural manifestations. Her NDE commentary will touch your heart in ways even you won't be able to understand. Allow it to touch your heart, and I promise you it will change the way you view yourself, and the world.
Right now the reader has a plethora of NDE books out there to peruse, thanks to the cookie cutter school of self-help publishing. There are many choices. In one corner we have Colton Burpo, who saw Jesus, and therefore sells millions of books because his experience plays to what people WANT or NEED to hear... In corner two we have Anita Moorjani, who tells it like it is.
Anita Moorjani ain't Colton Burpo, nor does she have to be. Two contrasting versions. It now becomes our choice what you choose to believe and trust in. I'll trust Anita any day.
on August 31, 2013
I really enjoyed reading this book. I devoured it in just one day because I didn't want to put it down. There are some real tidbits of spiritual wisdom in this book. I'm grateful to Anita (and the publisher) for sharing parts of her journey with the world. This book has helped confirm and change some of my beliefs in relation to disease, crime (including our criminal justice system), and 'reality' in general - including environmental issues. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone.
on June 24, 2013
If anyone wants to tell a child how to have an absolutely happy life, they need to read Dying to be Me, and then the simple answer becomes,'love yourself first'. This is my go to reference book to always make me feel better, because of Moorjani's NDE, you know that her words come straight from the heart and without having to be analyzed, because it is just a simple but true message. Love love love Anita Moorjani for sharing her experience and the true SECRET!
on December 14, 2012
Mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy it however and some things that I already believed in are clearer thanks to the book. I did have a chuckle because the base message has been out there for thousands of years: “love your neighbour as you love yourself”. What some people seem to have been doing is loving themselves as they love their neighbour – which is not at all!
I was a disappointed by the lack of information about the NDE itself. Other than seeing her father and friend, hearing what was being said down the passageway, seeing her brother on the plane, and the overwhelming sense of love, she doesn’t say much else.
And I was taken aback by her new perspective on reincarnation. She says: “What if heaven or nirvana is actually here in physical expression, and not there in the afterlife?” and: “I sense that we choose to incarnate into a physical body in order to express love, passion…..”. I could agree with the above IF we were living a life of privilege as some people do. However I highly doubt that a woman, for example, that has been raped, lives in a famine and war ravaged situation, and watches her fly infested children die of starvation would think of her lot as “heaven”, or would have “chosen” such a lifestyle for herself.
on December 15, 2012
This is a vivid well-told story about Anita Moorjani's gruelling experience with cancer and near-death, and her amazing time on the other side of the veil, and inspiration to come back and tell everyone to live their lives true to their purpose and without fear.
It spoke to me to release my own inhibitions and blocks to joyful and adventuous experiences.
on January 8, 2013
Everyone needs to read this book! We are all dying to be our selves! Anita who is dying of stage 4 cancer shares her near death experience and returns to life and to perfect health to ultimately share what she learned on the other side about cancer and disease, how we create it and how we can undo it.
A must read!