Dying to be Me (Book)

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Hay House Publishing; February 1, 2012
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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 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. InDying to Be Me, Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, fear, "being love," and the true magnificence of each and every human being! 

This is a book that definitely makes the case that we are spiritual beings having a human experience . . . and that we are all One!

Anita Moorjani was born in Singapore of Indian parents, moved to Hong Kong at the age of two, and has lived in Hong Kong most of her life. Because of her background and British education, she is multilingual and grew up speaking English, Cantonese, and an Indian dialect simultaneously; she later learned French at school. Anita had been working in the corporate world for many years before being diagnosed with cancer in April 2002. Her fascinating and moving near-death experience in early 2006 tremendously changed her perspective on life, and her work is now ingrained with the depths and insights she gained while in the other realm. 
As a result of her near-death experience, Anita is often invited to speak at conferences and events around the globe to share her insights. She is also a frequent guest at The University of Hong Kong’s department of behavioral sciences, speaking on topics such as dealing with terminal illness, facing death, and the psychology of spiritual beliefs. She is the embodiment of the truth that we all have the inner power and wisdom to overcome even life’s most adverse situations, as she’s the living proof of this possibility. Anita currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband, and when she’s not traveling and speaking at conferences, she works as an intercultural consultant for multinational corporations based in the city. Website: www.anitamoorjani.com

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  • 5
    A true gift to be savored

    Posted by Adrienne, Greenville, RI on 15th Mar 2012

    This is quite possibly the most life affirming book I've ever read. I don't think its importance to any individual can be put into words. The irony of it and the beauty of it is that at its core the message is such a simple one, so simple that it could be lost on those that are still wrapped up in the drama of living in this world. The message? Just live your life with joy and live it fearlessly on every level. Don't get wrapped up in the details. Don't get lost in the shuffle. Just be and be happy. Know that you are love and because of that you are amazing, nothing less than magnificent. Many of us have come across these messages before, but coming from Anita, who was living an existence that was so completely opposite, coupled with her ability to provide such a vivid and in depth account of her NDE, well, it was impossible for me not to cry at the realization that no matter what happens, we're all wondrous and perfect exactly as we are and we don't have to fix ourselves and that when we relax and stop struggling the perfection of it all flows to us and through us without fail. Perhaps the only thing we need to adjust is our perception that this is a struggle or that we're supposed to struggle. And yet, there was Anita caught up in the struggle and, for all her effort, she did not get where she wanted to be, which was cancer free, until she released herself from it. That's when it all came flowing to her, like the universe opened up its flood gates and bestowed all its glory upon her. How Anita articulates her experience with such wonderful analogies and so down to earth so that it's easy for everyone to take something away from her very personal experience that she has so fearlessly shared with all of us makes it IMHO the best money one could ever spend. I've already read the second section three times. (The second section is where she discusses her NDE and her application of what she learned and experienced in the years since then.) IMO, the gift of this book is that it is not a bunch of platitudes or the same old tunnel of light we've heard dozens of times before. The gift of it is in what she took away from the experience and how it has clearly changed her world view and self view on such a profound level. I feel truly grateful to Anita for sharing this with me as well as truly grateful to Wayne Dyer for being instrumental in bringing this to us.

  • 5
    Life Changing!

    Posted by Milena Joy Morris, Los Angeles, CA on 15th Mar 2012

    I am almost at a loss for words. Reading Dying to Be Me was a beautiful profound experience. This book is SO potent. Absolutely brilliant, moving and inspirational. It is written in a way that is easy to read, it flows well, and it has the power to change lives for the sublimely better. I can not recommend it enough. I agree with Dr Wayne Dyer: If you only read one book this year you should make it Dying to Be Me!!

  • 5
    Such an important book!

    Posted by Cheryl Richardson on 15th Mar 2012

    I had the pleasure of reading Anita's book after hearing her speak in Sydney, Australia at the end of January. Her NDE experience is profound. The wisdom she shares is life changing. And the energy with which she communicates her message is the most compelling example of what it means to know - really know - the truth about life. Her presence is her message and everyone would benefit from reading this book!

  • 5

    Posted by D Analauren on 15th Mar 2012

    Dying to be Me is one of those rare books that has had such a profound affect on me that it actually changed my life! I have been a student of the NDE for over 30 years...ever since reading Raymond Moody's book, Life After Life. I have also been both a translator of NDEs in Spanish and Portuguese as well as a research associate with the Near Death Experience Research Foundation and have read literally thousands of NDE accounts. Despite all this background and exposure to near-death accounts, when I first came across Anita Moorjani's amazing story, I was positively electrified by her experience and by the power, clarity and insight into all she saw and experienced while in the NDE state! Her articulate, brilliant command of English and the subtleties of meaning, went far beyond how most NDE accounts are expressed. Coming from a multi-cultural, multi-lingual woman of Indian heritage who grew up in the cosmopolitan environment of Hong Kong, I was transfixed by her story and read it over and over again. I know I will continue to read it now in book form for years to come... Anita tells us of growing up in Hong Kong and of learning English while attending British schools, while simultaneously being exposed to the language and culture of her Indian parents and the native Cantonese of the surrounding Chinese culture. She explains how this rich tapestry of contrasting values, created both positive and negative experiences and how conflicts arouse within her which later manifested as cancer. She tells us how, after nearly 4 years of fighting her lymphoma, she went into a coma and merged with an expanded, absolutely magnificent dimension of self awareness that showed her the causes of her illness, reconnected her with deceased loved ones, and indicated to her that if she returned to this life, she would have a rapid recovery from the cancer and would be able to give to the world a powerful message of unconditional acceptance and love for self and others. Dying to be Me is an amazing story of hope against the fear of dying, of illness and...ultimately...of living. It offers an enormously positive vision of what lies beyond this earthly life...and how we can live now with a more generous and open appreciation for all we experience here. I am excited and honored to recommend this miraculous book to all who seek greater understanding and insight into our world here...and the world beyond. I hope everyone will read this amazing account with an open heart and be as enriched as I have been by what Anita experiencxed through her death and return to this earthly life.