Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system—began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth . . . and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regai...more
But here we have a book written by someone who attempts to draw broad, universal conclusions from her very personal experience. As such, I think many of those conclusions are laughably suspect:
* "One of my biggest rules is that there should never be...more
We just have to be ourselves and express our uniqueness fearlessly. This allows us to be an instrument of love. This brings everything that's truly ours into our life effortlessly in the most magical and unexpected ways.
Anita healed because she allowed her true spirit to shine through. And because she moved from operating out of...more
What a book! I would recommend this page-turner to anyone, even those without health concerns. Moorjani's story is about her difficulty growing up in Hong Kong as an Indian, about her challenges navigating her childhood and teen years with conservative Hindu parents in a westernized culture, and her hope to please others amid conflicting rules and lifestyles.
It is understandable, then, that all these external conflicts...more
I'm not a fan of philosophies that don't encourage people to practice sacrifice in the pursuit of personal growth and striving toward the divine, so I find the author's oft-repeated message of "be your own magnificent self" to be fruitless. In light of how narcissistic our modern folk already are (at least in the USA--see The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean Twenge), it's also rather a redundant one. While I share her belief that we are spiritual beings that came from...more
I liked Anita. I found her writing to be authentic. Her book made me...more
Sweeping statements such as “Negative thoughts attracts negativity in life” aren’t necessarily true, and can make people who are going through a challenging time feel even worse. it can also create fear that that they are going to attract even more negativity with their thoughts. Using th...more
Takeaway 1 - Do things because it gives you joy vs. doing things out of fear. IMO this was the most powerful message for me. I workout because I enjoy it, not because I have to keep the pounds off me. I help someone because it gives me joy not because I expect them to remember the favor etc. I like this shift in me , it has left em more content.
Takeaway 2 - Ever...more
Moorjani realized that if she made the decision to return to her body, she would walk...more
I had first heard of Moorjani's experience and book while reading about personal accounts of Near Death Experiences on a website devoted to this subject. A year later, I saw Wayne Dyer on a PBS television fund raising telethon, introducing Moorjani and backing her book. It seemed to be a "sign" that I should read it.
Anita Moorjani had that question, too, before being stricken with cancer. In her new book “Dying To Be Me: My Journey From Cancer, To Near Death, To True Healing” she tells a fascinating story of her brush with death, and in the process gives hope and comfort to those of us who would rather avoid the subject.
I like how Moorjani de...more
Why didn't I give it four stars? I nearly did. In fact I did because I have just changed it. But I nearly gave it three. It's on the cusp.
Because I read quite a lot of books I find I clump most of them in four stars and so I need to be a little discerning.
There were parts of the book which I f...more
She was pronounced dead from organ failure and four days later the doctors couldn't find any cancer (from lymphoma) in her body, despite their desperate attempts. Unfortunately, the physicians put Ms. Moorjani through some very painful medical tests, although the scans were tellin...more
I read the book in my free time, in just a few d...more
I didn't really know what to expect other than that my sceptic side would kick-in. But that didn't happen. Anita is not trying...more
She had a near-death experience and went on to the other realm. I agree very much with her feelings and noticings of the after-life: Non-judgment, everyone is good, God isn't a "being" but a "state of being". These thoughts resonate with me.
She said she had a complete suspension of all previously held doctrine & dogma. She also says she doesn't feel the need to pray to an external...more
The reason I shared what I did in the first sentence is because I feel that THE most important message in this book is one of hope. Peop...more
We live in a society that is so afraid to talk about death. But after you read Anita's near death experience and what she learned, you will see death in a whole new, beautiful light. Even though she describes her experience so amazingly well, I still wish I could literally get in her head and b...more