Author shares near-death experience, miracle, lessons learned
Anita Moorjani shares her life, the events leading up to her battle with cancer, her near-death experience and the lessons learned and shared with others throughout the world in her inspirational memoir, “Dying to be Me.”
At the age of six, Moorjani, overheard a conversation between her mother and another woman who made her determined never to become a problem to her parents. The woman asked Moorjani’s mother if she was disappointed to have a daughter as her second child since the woman believed girls presented more problems than boys especially when they grew up.
Moorjani’s mother responded, “Every child, whether girl or boy, brings with them their own fate.”
During Moorjani’s life, she experienced various cultural and religious customs. She came from a traditional Hindu, Indian family, lived in Hong Kong, attended Catholic school for a short time before going to another school with a British environment where she experienced bullying.
Over the years, Moorjani tried to conform to her parent’s wishes while still working to fulfill her own dreams. She broke a prearranged marriage engagement, but eventually met the love of her life, a man who accepted her as she was. They married. and instead of becoming a mother as others expected, she proceeded to follow a career path.
Moorjani lost her father, and then cancer took her dear friend Soni and her brother-in-law. In 2002, she was diagnosed with cancer. Moorjani chose to fight the cancer her way, but in early 2006, her husband rushed her to the hospital where she encountered her near-death experience, which she recalls in great detail in her book. She recounts conversations held while out of her earshot, the people she encountered on her near-death experience and how miraculously she recovers to share her experience and the lessons learned.
Moorjani shares the events after her near-death experience and her decision to share the events with others. She points out the contradictions in cultures and healing systems and how they create fear and anxiety when individuals try to conform to them.
She writes, “My NDE brought me back to myself. I believe this is the most powerful idea for each of us: realizing that we’re here to discover and honor our own individual path.”
In the Questions and Answers chapter, Moorjani shares some of the conversations she’s had with groups where she’s spoken over the years. In the Afterword chapter, she reiterates what her father and Soni told her before she returned from her near-death experience. They said to her, “Now that you know the truth of who you really are, go back and live your life fearlessly!”
I recommend this book to anyone faced with the fear of following their dreams or living their life in a way that makes them happy. It gives hope to those that miracles do happen.
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