Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani (2012)
Goodreads Summary: 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 regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was able to be released from the hospital within weeks . . . without a trace of cancer in her body!
Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge.
As part of a traditional Hindu family residing in a largely Chinese and British society, she had been pushed and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she had been a little girl. After years of struggling to forge her own path while trying to meet everyone else’s expectations, she had the realization, as a result of her epiphany on the other side, that she had the power to heal herself . . . and that there are miracles in the Universe that she had never even imagined.
I read this book on my flight to India and it came at the perfect time for me. A friend and mentor who was supposed to be joining the us on our trip passed away suddenly and unexpectedly several days before we were scheduled to leave. Reading this book was actually a very comforting experience and made me feel that his soul chose to move to another realm and that his death was no accident.
In the book Moorjani talks about her childhood and all the ways she was conditioned by society to be a certain way. She was unhappy with the traditional responsibilities that were thrust upon her and felt like she was different than those around her. She also carried a lot of fear and stress inside, always worried about her health as she’d had several close friends get sick with cancer or even die.
When she got her own cancer diagnosis, her entire life changed. She was sick and scared and didn’t know what to do. None of the treatments helped her and she slowly deteriorated until she was weak and had lost a lot of weight. One night she was taken to the hospital and doctors said there was nothing they could do.
During that time she had an amazing out of body experience. She then returned to her body and experienced a miraculous, complete healing. I’d never heard of any story like this before and was astounded at the miracles that are possible. She shared what her experience was like, why it happened, and how her life has been changed since then.
For me, I already know miracles are possible, even such amazing healings as she experienced. While a part of me was questioning why my friend didn’t experience the same healing, her description of the choice she made to return to her body instead of dying, gave me comfort as I realized my friend must have had a choice and made it for reasons unknown to us.
But knowing that life continues after death is something I think many people will find comfort in. Not to mention the healing power of love and being connected with your higher self. This book is short and a very easy read. It is very inspiring and I’d recommend it for anyone looking to learn more about out of body/near death experiences and alternative healing or spirituality.
My Rating: 4 Stars