Dying to be me

Dying to be me by Anita Moorjani

As you know by now I am big Hay House fan, and a fan of Dr Wayne Dyer. I have read many of his books and those of other authors from Hay House, including Cheryl Richardson, Debbie Ford and of course Louise Hay. So when I heard Wayne Dyer describing this book, Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani as a life changing book, then it got my attention. In fact, Wayne Dyer has described this book as one of the most important, fundamentally significant books of our time. So I had to read it.

After all of that expectation, as if often the way when something has a lot of hype, I have to admit that I was disappointed. Self help books and books like this are often written in quite simple language, making it accessible to all readers, which I fully accept. However, for me, Anita Moorjani is not a natural author. I did not connect with her story telling style, finding it fragmented, repetitive and unstructured. I know I should not be complaining, but I have to admit that I found myself skipping through pages as I simply was not engaged with her story. Which, for me, is a failing of a good book. Reading is about getting lost in the book, being emotionally connected, looking forward to reading the next page and finding out what happened next. I have to be honest and say that if I had not committed to writing this book review then this book would have gone back on the pile and not picked up again.

But I am glad that I kept reading. Once I got over the writing style, I started paying more attention to what was actually being written. The story starts off telling her fairly unexceptional life. Growing up as part of an Indian family living in Hong Kong she describes her struggles against her cultural conventions and finding her voice, and her own husband, living in Hong Kong. And then she gets the news that she has cancer. This part of the book travels quite quickly, no lingering on her unfortunate illness, until we find ourselves on her deathbed, and here the details slow down. Anita describes exactly what she was thinking and feeling at the time when she was surrounded by doctors desperately trying to save her life. A good writer or not, it must have been a very difficult task to put in to words what that experience was like.

The most significant part of the book comes next. Anita talks about what she learnt in those moments, her understanding of why she had cancer, and the bigger picture of our divine connections. Her Near Death Experience showed her what her purpose was, and gave her a deep and unshakeable sense of faith, or rather, knowing of what her place in life was.

This book is very thought provoking. Can we take the learnings, and make the changes, from someone else’s Near Death Experience? Can I create for myself the same level of faith and knowing just by reading this book? Honestly, I don’t think I can. But what I can do is open my mind that little bit more, take this book as another brick in building that wall of strength, and take her learnings with me on my own journey. I recommend that you do that same.

“This (experience) has a big impact on my health as well. Since I now see myself as an infinite being, the physical takes care of itself because it’s only a reflection of what’s going on within my soul. Unconditional self-love increases my energy tremendously, and the universe acts in kind. The external world mirrors what we feel about ourselves. By letting go of any negative self-judgment, we allow our world to transform; and as it does so, we’ll be able to feel greater and greater trust… we’re one with the universe and our purpose is to be our magnificent selves.” -Anita Moorjani

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