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In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how,
after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting
down—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her
system. 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 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, Anita had been pushed
and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she was 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’d never even imagined. In Dying 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!

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Reviews for Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing:

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May 22, 2012

I saw the author on PBS and was touched by her authenticity and spirit. Her book was just as beautiful....even more than that, the message it contains is important and has the power to transform lives. It transformed mine.
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Jun 01, 2012

Although Moorjani's healing is certainly miraculous and there are aspects of her story that I found both fascinating and moving, ultimately I couldn't fully embrace this book for two reasons. First, the book feels hastily written, and I wonder if the story would have been better told by a ghost writer rather than Moorjani herself. The book relies heavily on summary and "telling" over showing, and I yearned for more scenes and fewer abstract adjectives describing Moorjani's emotions. The book Although Moorjani's healing is certainly miraculous and there are aspects of her story that I found both fascinating and moving, ultimately I couldn't fully embrace this book for two reasons. First, the book feels hastily written, and I wonder if the story would have been better told by a ghost writer rather than Moorjani herself. The book relies heavily on summary and "telling" over showing, and I yearned for more scenes and fewer abstract adjectives describing Moorjani's emotions. The book also becomes repetitive as Moorjani explains, and then re-explains, some of the insights she's discovered after her NDE. Although I appreciate these insights, they would have been more powerful had Moorjani's personal story leading up to the NDE been better told. My other problem had to do with the sweeping theological and philosophical generalizations Moorjani makes as a result of her experience. I'm not necessarily doubting her honesty -- there's a chance that what happened to her was real -- but some of her conclusions seem more appropriate to her own life experience and the issues that she had to personally work through, and shouldn't be extrapolated to apply to the totality of human existence. ...more
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Apr 22, 2012

OMG!!! This woman had cancer tumors the size of lemons from the base of her neck to the bottom of her abdomen. She crossed over to the other realm, experienced that (and what an experience it was!!!) then DECIDED to come back to this side. She lived to tell all about it!!! This book shares information that is so helpful to the understanding of the meaning of life (how and why to rid yourself of the unnecessary loads) and how to live this life to the fullest ! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!! She was OMG!!! This woman had cancer tumors the size of lemons from the base of her neck to the bottom of her abdomen. She crossed over to the other realm, experienced that (and what an experience it was!!!) then DECIDED to come back to this side. She lived to tell all about it!!! This book shares information that is so helpful to the understanding of the meaning of life (how and why to rid yourself of the unnecessary loads) and how to live this life to the fullest ! THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!! She was blessed to live... to share her story of living "fearlessly" and beginning anew loving herself more than ever! ...more
5

Apr 13, 2012

Anita Moorjani is very humble in sharing what her Near Death Experience (NDE) was like for her and how it has transformed her life. She recovered from stage four cancer after her NDE. I could not put this book down and want to always have it near to remind me of what is important. Here are some of her main points:

1. Love yourself. Every time you beat yourself up, you create so much pain for yourself and others. Love yourself no matter what for no reason other than because you are here. Spend Anita Moorjani is very humble in sharing what her Near Death Experience (NDE) was like for her and how it has transformed her life. She recovered from stage four cancer after her NDE. I could not put this book down and want to always have it near to remind me of what is important. Here are some of her main points:

1. Love yourself. Every time you beat yourself up, you create so much pain for yourself and others. Love yourself no matter what for no reason other than because you are here. Spend time connecting with your inner self.

2. Approval of others is unimportant. We need to follow our own heart. Let the answers come from within.

3. We are true love. Being love is being ourselves. It is the same.

4. It is important to leave yourself open to all possibilities and be willing to suspend belief and disbelief and sit with uncertainty. Needing certainty is a hindrance to experiencing greater levels of awareness.

5. Being instead of doing works with universal energy instead of against it. Just be and allow and everything will fall into place.

6. Don't deny your feelings. Embrace them all and allow them to flow through you. Embrace your ego too. What you resist persists.

7. Trying to control your thoughts or your emotions through "positive thinking" will not work.

8. There is no need to fear food. Eat what you love and enjoy it.

9. Every part of you is perfect. You are already everything you are meant to be. You don't have to forgive or let go to attain anything.

10. Humor and laughter are so important. They are more healing than anything else. Don't take yourself and your problems too seriously.

11. The after life is not better than earth. Live fully in the present moment.

12. When you let go of fear and love yourself unconditionally, you touch the lives of everyone around you because we are all connected.

It is not new information, but it is easy to forget as we get caught up in our day to day lives.
Anita is very clear that what works for her may not work for everyone. She is not asking anyone to agree with her. She is simply stating what worked for her--how she recovered from cancer and is having a wonderful, fulfilling life.

I am so grateful to Anita for writing this book and for the powerful message that she brings.



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Oct 27, 2012

Another person's spiritual experience is never much use to me; its personal nature makes it extremely subjective. And that's okay because that is the nature of personal spiritual experiences: they're for that person and usually for that person alone.

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 Another person's spiritual experience is never much use to me; its personal nature makes it extremely subjective. And that's okay because that is the nature of personal spiritual experiences: they're for that person and usually for that person alone.

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 any hard and fast rules! I just pay attention to whatever feels right at the time."

* "Ultimately, whichever path we choose is the right one for us, and none of these options [various spiritual paths) are any more or less spiritual than the others."

* "If we simply live in a way that nurtures us and allows us to express our creativity, letting us see our own magnificence, that's the best we can possibly do."

* "We don't have to actually "work" at doing anything -- like following specific rituals or dogma -- to stay in touch with our magnificence."

* "We know we're on the right track when we feel ourselves at the center of our love without judgment of ourselves and others, and we recognize our true magnificence within the infinite Whole."

* "If you fell you can follow a system (religion or belief) effortlessly, or if it's fun, that's great! But the minute it starts to be hard work or feel like a means of controlling your emotions or thoughts, it probably won't work very well for you."

* "When I try to suppress or force myself to change my feelings, the more I push them away, the more they push back."

* "It's also not the case that attracting positive things is simply about keeping upbeat. I can't say this strongly enough, but our feelings about ourselves are actually the most important barometer for determining the condition of our lives! In other words, being true to ourselves is more important than just trying to stay positive!"

* "It's not important whether I'm having a bad day or a bad week. It's more important about how I'm feeling about myself while I'm having this day or week."

* "We're one with the universe, our purpose is to be our magnificent selves, and the external world is only a reflection of what's inside us."

* "Once I realized that there's nothing outside my infinite self, I could begin to focus on viewing myself as an ongoing work of perfection..."

* "Going out and changing the world doesn't work for me.... It only feeds into the same judgmental energy that's causing problems in the first place since it stems from the opinion that something is wrong and needs to be changed. Instead, letting go of attachment to any way of believing or thinking has made me feel more expanded and almost transparent so that the universal energy can just flow through me. More possible coincidences happen in my life when I'm in this state of allowing."

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Well, so long as she feels more expanded, that's what counts. And being transparent . . . isn't that what it's all about?

Again, without judging the truth of her claims (that she went into a hospital to die of cancer, had an NDE and woke up knowing she was cancer free), I still have to judge by my own lights the believability of her philosophy. And to me it sounds like stoner surfer talk. "Hey, man, be one with the wave, dude! Don't wait for it, just be, man. It will arrive in its own due time, dude."

Far out. Can I borrow your Sex Wax?

But we must engage in life, musn't we? Someone has to get up early, pack the VW van, buy the sugar donuts and chocolate milk, wax the board, slip on the wetsuit, and drive to the beach in the pre-morning darkness. And someone else has to build the van, shape and glass the board, mix the batter and cook the donuts, and milk the cow and chop the cocoa beans. And someone has to build the roads and extract, refine, and ship the gasoline.

This nonsense of simply "being" is pretty hard to maintain in a world where we have jobs and relationships. And avoiding being judgmental is a fine recipe for getting along with your spouse, but you need judgment to choose which socks to wear.

Finally, and again: maybe Anita really had a bonafide NDE. If so, I'm happy for her. It seems to have changed her life. But I felt no spiritual confirmation of the truthfulness of her experience as I read her story. What I felt was, and what I believe, is that she believes she had a spiritual experience. That's good enough for her, but unfortunately, not for me.

The problem is that when she attempts to share that experience with me, it all comes out sounding like Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High: "All I need is some tasty waves and some cool bud."

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Mar 04, 2012

I always had an interest in Near-Death-Experiences (NDE), that is, I read studies that come out about it and have read people's accounts of what they experienced on the other side. Saying that, it doesn't mean I necessarily believe it...I'm just curious. I was also curious about Anita's book as Wayne Dyer (an author I really like and respect) mentioned her several times.

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 I always had an interest in Near-Death-Experiences (NDE), that is, I read studies that come out about it and have read people's accounts of what they experienced on the other side. Saying that, it doesn't mean I necessarily believe it...I'm just curious. I was also curious about Anita's book as Wayne Dyer (an author I really like and respect) mentioned her several times.

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 to convince anyone of anything. She simply relates her experience and shares what it all meant to her, without giving formulas that others should follow.

Anita's experience is very different from other NDEs I read about because not only was she "on the other side" but she was also healed from terminal cancer, when doctors believed she had only hours to live, as her organs had started shutting down. After she made the decision to return cancer began to leave her body and today she's a healthy, amazing woman, with a beautiful message to share.

Personally, I really relate to her life and way of thinking prior to her being diagnosed with cancer, so this is a big wake-up call for me. Fortunately, I also resonate with the conclusions she got to and who knows...maybe this book just saved me from continuing making mistakes by living in fear.

This is not a book about dying. It's a book that invites us to re-evaluate our lives and to live it...fearlessly. I cannot recommend it enough. I hope to see a documentary about Anita on TV so that her message (even though it's clear from her writing she doesn't intend to be a spiritual guru) gets to as many people as possible. I felt a sense of great peace reading this book, and had lots of ah-ha moments. Precious! ...more
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Mar 22, 2012

I waited in high anticipation for this book after hearing Dr. Wayne Dyer talk about if often on his radio show. It was not a disappointment. I highly recommend this book for everyone on the planet to read.

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 I waited in high anticipation for this book after hearing Dr. Wayne Dyer talk about if often on his radio show. It was not a disappointment. I highly recommend this book for everyone on the planet to read.

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 body to know how she feels. Her description of pure, divine love on the other side is so astounding.

Though I've come to believe we will always be connected with those that we love even after they physically leave us, Anita's book really helped me to truly believe this even more - and gave me comfort that when we leave this planet, we will have so much more to see and do - in a brilliant, spectaular new way. ...more
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Apr 14, 2013

I REALLY wanted to love this book . Unfortunately , I didn't .. Not to negate her undeniably incredible experience- which I was eager to learn about because of my interest in NDE and all of the glowing reviews, but it just left me flat. Maybe she needed a Ghostwriter , maybe I chafed at her repetitive and monotonous tone. I found her telling us what she thinks about her experience but little about how she or those around her feel. It makes it hard to connect to her voice and to her story . She I REALLY wanted to love this book . Unfortunately , I didn't .. Not to negate her undeniably incredible experience- which I was eager to learn about because of my interest in NDE and all of the glowing reviews, but it just left me flat. Maybe she needed a Ghostwriter , maybe I chafed at her repetitive and monotonous tone. I found her telling us what she thinks about her experience but little about how she or those around her feel. It makes it hard to connect to her voice and to her story . She also contradicted herself numerous times which was annoying. " Fear cause illness " " Fear doesn't cause illness " Which is it ? One of the things that bothered me most though was the author being incredibly vague ( purposely ?) about the chemotherapy she received while in hospital . She glossed over the fact that significantly large chemo treatments were administered during her NDE and after . I feel this is a disservice to those fighting cancer and undergoing conventional treatment - that this could have had a very significant role in her remission. Her cancer didn't miraculously disappear - it receded over time . It's rare but it does happen . Sometimes cancer genes will ' switch off' and die. As a cancer survivor , I wish she were more forthright about those facts . Maybe she feels it takes away from her story .
Anyway , for what it's worth I found this book poorly written, highly confusing ( esp. from someone who claims to be so clear now ) and yes, a bit shallow. It was a bit like reading a regurgitated Deepak Chopra book without the writing ability to convince the reader that something truly profound was being shared. I didn't buy it . I know many people are having a different experience with this book but I am not one . Her experience was amazing and part of her message is really wonderful but I found it too muddled to find myself convinced enough to agree with much of what she said. Rather than feeling inspired by what she wrote , i feel let down in some way . I am happy for her and agree people must love themselves but that is a very old message - one that i already carry with me. I think what one does in this life does matter so the rest is just nonsense to me.
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Feb 21, 2013

A superb book for which I have written a good amount of notes that I plan to read often. I'll give a couple of examples here of the spiritual gold she generously shares.

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 A superb book for which I have written a good amount of notes that I plan to read often. I'll give a couple of examples here of the spiritual gold she generously shares.

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 concrete beliefs (which is limiting) to being open to the realm of infinite possibilities. The act of needing certainty hinders experiencing greater levels of awareness. So let go and release all attachments to any belief or outcome. Enjoy and trust in the ride that is life. ...more
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Jul 31, 2012

This is one of the best near-death experiencs I have come across so far. Anita was not only completely healed of her terminal illness in a rapid rate after her NDE, but also gained remarkable knowledge about our nature as spiritual beings in human/corporeal bodies. She repeats again and again how important it is to know how to connect to this higher part of ourselves in order to heal, get rid of various deep rooted fears, and to fulfill the unique purpose of our individual Being.
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Sep 11, 2012

The most credible, enlightening, uplifting NDE story I have ever read. Anita Moorjani, who I have seen speak about her experience, is a well spoken, highly intelligent woman with a story that will knock your socks off.

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 The most credible, enlightening, uplifting NDE story I have ever read. Anita Moorjani, who I have seen speak about her experience, is a well spoken, highly intelligent woman with a story that will knock your socks off.

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 telling them there were no more tumors.

She speaks of her experience to the Other Side in a new language, or a lexicon which is becoming more polished for those slipping through the veil. It doesn't sound woowoo, yet certainly convinced me to love myself with fervor. Anita Moorjani experienced Unconditional Love which totally healed her. She is a beautiful soul, and says she was told we are all beautiful souls - no one more or less than the other. We all have a purpose - I can't give her words the merit they deserve. But, I do urge you to experience the sacred writing that is so fun, for yourself.
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Mar 21, 2012

I am almost finished with this book and feel extremely excited about it. Since I have arthritis, I might relate to this book on another level than someone who is completely healthy in the body and the mind. However, this book is a woman's account of how she discovers her purpose in life, thereby healing herself. And she gives a beautiful account of her near death experience in words that resonated with me on such a deep and profound level. I think her experience in general resonated with me.

I I am almost finished with this book and feel extremely excited about it. Since I have arthritis, I might relate to this book on another level than someone who is completely healthy in the body and the mind. However, this book is a woman's account of how she discovers her purpose in life, thereby healing herself. And she gives a beautiful account of her near death experience in words that resonated with me on such a deep and profound level. I think her experience in general resonated with me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is feeling misplaced, discouraged or lost in their lives. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking answers or trying to figure out who they are. I would recommend this book to anyone suffering from disease. It's one of those books that I will read again and again just to be reminded what life is truly about. ...more
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Mar 06, 2012

what a wonderful book! Whether or not you believe in near-death experiences, Anita describes her life, beliefs, and events leading up to her cancer, her organs shutting down, going into a coma, and what comes after. This was not like other NDE's I've read about. She isn't trying to change anyone's beliefs. It's very life-affirming, empowering, and uplifting. I hope everyone will read it.
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Feb 19, 2012

She had the choice to come back or not She chose to return when she realized that "heaven" is a state, not a place.... If you don't think you are magnificent this book will change your mind
This is a read over and over and over again because it's so full of new ideas. You won't agree with all of them but the ones you take on will surely change your life.
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Apr 09, 2013

Quite the hard pill to swallow – at times it is laced with rather insightful observations regarding self-worth, and at others it is filled with hyperbolic love speak that is tantamount to any garden-variety, acid-induced ramblings in the parking lot of a Phish concert. So in order to proceed, let’s approach this from the prototypical philosophical device – the glass. You may choose which portion you read first or which to skip, based upon your particular bent. Or has the choice already been made Quite the hard pill to swallow – at times it is laced with rather insightful observations regarding self-worth, and at others it is filled with hyperbolic love speak that is tantamount to any garden-variety, acid-induced ramblings in the parking lot of a Phish concert. So in order to proceed, let’s approach this from the prototypical philosophical device – the glass. You may choose which portion you read first or which to skip, based upon your particular bent. Or has the choice already been made for you?

Glass half-full:

In her introduction Moorjani attempts to explicitly state that these are her experiences alone, and that she is not trying to convince anyone, but help. Not to provide some new doctrine of existence, but to describe her story, and that each person needs to take their own path with their own cancer and ultimately their lives.*

Beyond this cautionary statement, there are a few other useful positions. The first is that we should not feel that we need to pray (i.e. beg) for forgiveness for the act of simply being born. That we should not subscribe to any one dogma and/or religion as it ultimately limits our ability to think openly. And finally, and perhaps most importantly, we do not need to know all the answers. Certainty is not always necessary.

Glass half-empty (truthfully, more like two-thirds-empty):

*Her cautionary statements in the introduction fail in the fact that the reader should be encouraged to re-read the introduction upon completing the book, in order to bring some rationality to the somewhat irresponsible tenants posited throughout the book. “…I suddenly realized that both my getting cancer and my healing were actually for the planet.” (p. 120)

The first and perhaps most profound irresponsible statement is the position that she would be able to CURE her cancer simply by opening herself to her own magnificence and making it so through her own thought processes. Although it would be easy to support the ideal that one’s outlook may ultimately bolster one’s physical health, putting this forth as a primary cancer treatment to people who may be currently going through the disease process is dangerous advice. Furthermore, Moorjani blames her pathology on a lack of “self-love”. Had she simply had a better opinion of herself, she never would have gotten cancer in the first place. You hear that, person whose hair is falling out from Chemotherapy? Are you happy, now? You did this to yourself, you know? Had you just loved yourself more, you never would have gotten sick in the first place. Moorjani waits until p. 157 (four pages from the end of the main body of the book) to mention any allowance for the fact that people just may not be poisoning themselves with illness by lack of “self-love”. That dangerous lemon of thought is allowed to hangout on the tree for nearly the entire narrative.

I also find it incredibly interesting that she never gives credit to the actual, science-based medicine that she had originally spurned, as the modality that ACUTALLY kept her body alive and GAVE her the “choice” to come back from the dead and cure her own cancer. Especially when she is so dismissive of the follow-up tests that proved her remission, and the rounds of Chemotherapy that she completed. Without these tests and treatments, there would be no medical record to be studied and therefore marveled; prohibiting her pseudo-celebrity following her NDE.

Moorjani’s “choice” to come back from the dead allowed her to realize her true purpose, to spread her message to “thousands, even “tens of thousands” of people. “It’s unfortunate that we keep searching outside ourselves for answers-in religion, medicine, scientific study, BOOKS, and other people.” (p. 144) Than why write one? When you “serendipitously” received your e-mail from Hay House publishing, did the publishing advance allow you to “be” swayed away from letting people discover answers for themselves?

I once saw a stand-up special by Dana Carvey where he quipped that Deepak Chopra was expertly bilking people out of millions of dollars by simply spouting ‘The Secret”-esque drivel, such as, “if you want success, let go of success; if you want happiness, let go of happiness”. This book is rife with the same empty language and lack of personal responsibility as it claims that all decisions are predestined.

Ultimately, smashing the glass:

There is a nauseating amount of “love” speak throughout the book…I’m love, you’re love, he’s love, she’s love, terrorists are love, criminals are love…wait, what? Seriously? I’m not even going to touch this one.

Finally, there is nearly a Seinfeldian amount of exclamation points in Moorjani’s writing. Thankfully, I hadn’t noticed this fact until near the end of the narrative (about the same time she finally relented that you may not have cancer because you don’t love yourself enough!).

PS – The ‘Questions and Answers’ chapter…waste of time.

Namaste. (Oh, and by the way, she put an exclamation point behind that word, too.)
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Aug 13, 2012

"Prior to purchasing this book, I had not seen the PBS TV show in which the author and her NDE were discussed. So, other than a friend's recommendation and the book's description on Amazon.com I really didn't have any deep insight into the work. As a person interested in spirituality, I have read other books that referenced NDEs, so I had some exposure to the concept. With that said, I have to say that I really enjoyed this work, as I found it to be both thought-provoking and compelling. I "Prior to purchasing this book, I had not seen the PBS TV show in which the author and her NDE were discussed. So, other than a friend's recommendation and the book's description on Amazon.com I really didn't have any deep insight into the work. As a person interested in spirituality, I have read other books that referenced NDEs, so I had some exposure to the concept. With that said, I have to say that I really enjoyed this work, as I found it to be both thought-provoking and compelling. I resonated with much of what the author shared, and really feel that what she wrote truly came from her heart. Based on my spiritual study, I particularly agreed with her contention that "this life" is every bit as important as any "after-life."

My 5 Star rating for this work comes with one qualification. Namely, that "Dying to be Me" is a book ideally suited for people who are on a spiritual path as opposed to a religious path. So, if you strongly identify yourself as, for example, a fundamentalist Christian or a Muslim, it would probably be best that you not even consider reading this book as some of its content could disappoint you, or you could choose to be offended by it.

Here's one of my favorite passages in the book:

"Sweeping statements such as "Negative thoughts attract 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 they're going to attract even more negativity with their thoughts. Using this idea indiscriminately often makes people going through seemingly tough times feel as though they're bad for attracting such events, and that's just not true. If we start to believe that it's our negative thoughts that are creating any unpleasant situations, we can become paranoid about what we're thinking. On the contrary, it actually has less to do with our thoughts than with our emotions, especially what we feel about ourselves.

It's also not the case that attracting positive things is simply about keeping upbeat. I can't say this strongly enough, but our feelings about ourselves are actually the most important barometer for determining the condition of our lives! In other words, being true to ourselves is more important than just trying to stay positive!" ...more
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Apr 06, 2012

I just LOVED this book, and it was life changing for me. I was riveted by Anita's story, and could not put it down. Her honesty as she details her childhood and young adult life as a Hindu girl in a multi cultural society, her marriage, getting cancer, the NDE and then healing, makes very compelling and riveting reading!

She writes intelligently, which I like, because it shows that she respects her readers. And her style is easy to read, and she is able to simplify complex ideas and articulate I just LOVED this book, and it was life changing for me. I was riveted by Anita's story, and could not put it down. Her honesty as she details her childhood and young adult life as a Hindu girl in a multi cultural society, her marriage, getting cancer, the NDE and then healing, makes very compelling and riveting reading!

She writes intelligently, which I like, because it shows that she respects her readers. And her style is easy to read, and she is able to simplify complex ideas and articulate the ineffable with a skill that I have not seen before. She is direct and straightforward in her style, yet she does not make the reader feel that she is pushing her views onto you. She is merely sharing her experience, her understanding of it, and philosophies in the hope that others don't have to suffer the way she did.

What I also found appealing was how universal her message is, applying to anyone with an open heart and mind, unlike other books I have read of this genre.

I found this book very refreshing, like a breath of fresh air, and I have been recommending it to everyone I know. I can't stop thinking about it, and will be reading it again and again. Thank you, Anita Moorjani, for your wonderful book! ...more
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Jul 29, 2015

Not at all impressed by this book. It is basically a memoir and lacks the factual details regarding her diagnosis, illness and cure. And I believe it is quite preposterous to claim a natural human emotion such as fear can cause cancer. If that was the case, we would all be suffering from one form of cancer or another. At times, I found it quite nauseating as she keeps going on and on about her 'magnificence'. For someone who has come from a life of privilege, I found her to be quite the whiner. Not at all impressed by this book. It is basically a memoir and lacks the factual details regarding her diagnosis, illness and cure. And I believe it is quite preposterous to claim a natural human emotion such as fear can cause cancer. If that was the case, we would all be suffering from one form of cancer or another. At times, I found it quite nauseating as she keeps going on and on about her 'magnificence'. For someone who has come from a life of privilege, I found her to be quite the whiner. One does not need to have a NDE to realize what she preaches. It just takes common sense.
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Mar 23, 2012

Wow! I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. In three words I would describe it as amazing, comforting and enlightening. I wanted to take a highlighter to it and mark it all up so I could save it in my mind and take her words with me through out my day to day life. I love how she expresses her own truths in a non intrusive way and they are not necessarily everyone's truths. I will read it again and again and give many more away as a gifts.
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Mar 10, 2012

Dying To Be Me is a book that I saw numerous times while I was looking around Netgalley. I would look at it and pass thinking that I don’t know how I feel about NDE (near death experience) and it’s probably more of the same old, same old. White lights, beauty, etc. No not for me.

After finishing Wishes Fulfulled by Wayne Dyer I was drawn to read it. Dr. Dyer mentions Anita and her book numerous times. He even wrote the forward to this book. I still thought it would be the same old story but boy Dying To Be Me is a book that I saw numerous times while I was looking around Netgalley. I would look at it and pass thinking that I don’t know how I feel about NDE (near death experience) and it’s probably more of the same old, same old. White lights, beauty, etc. No not for me.

After finishing Wishes Fulfulled by Wayne Dyer I was drawn to read it. Dr. Dyer mentions Anita and her book numerous times. He even wrote the forward to this book. I still thought it would be the same old story but boy was I wrong!

Ms. Moorjani does not take us on the same old white light trip, nor does she preach or claim to have any answers. All she does it tell her story, her experience and take from it what you will.

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Dec 18, 2016

The first of Raymond Moody's common elements of a near death experience is ineffability- the inability of the experiencer to describe his NDE through language. I have read several NDE accounts, beautiful accounts, but never, ever have I come across one as clear and simple and powerful as that provided by Anita Moorjani. I have also read numerous books and heard many lectures on spirituality and "self-help". Never have I come across a clearer way to live life than that exemplified by Anita The first of Raymond Moody's common elements of a near death experience is ineffability- the inability of the experiencer to describe his NDE through language. I have read several NDE accounts, beautiful accounts, but never, ever have I come across one as clear and simple and powerful as that provided by Anita Moorjani. I have also read numerous books and heard many lectures on spirituality and "self-help". Never have I come across a clearer way to live life than that exemplified by Anita Moorjani. Her distinguishing between doing and being spoke to me in a way that has changed me. As I read more and more, I realized that what she describes has rung true countless times in my life. Now, thanks to this book, I have a clear way to continue that, a simple reminder to make sure I am "living inside out"- Am I acting out of passion or fear? ...more
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Mar 24, 2013

This was an incredible book, and very much follows along the same path of self-awareness I have been traveling for the past year or two. Anita is well spoken, and I love that she read the book herself, as I think it lends to an understanding of what she went through. My feeling on the reading of this type of book is this: if you've chosen to read it, you are probably looking for something more in this life or looking for a different way to have this human experience. You can take what you like This was an incredible book, and very much follows along the same path of self-awareness I have been traveling for the past year or two. Anita is well spoken, and I love that she read the book herself, as I think it lends to an understanding of what she went through. My feeling on the reading of this type of book is this: if you've chosen to read it, you are probably looking for something more in this life or looking for a different way to have this human experience. You can take what you like from this, and leave what doesn't serve you. And in the end, if she (and many others who carry this same message) was wrong, would living your life full of love and compassion for yourself and everyone around you be so bad? I'm going with no on that, for me personally. Happy Reading! ...more
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May 10, 2012

Having just lost a dear friend to cancer, I wasn't at all sure reading about someone's miraculous cure was a good idea, but a series of events led me to this book.

The first few chapters annoyed me, both style and content, but eventually the theme began to resonate and I found much comfortably familiar and refreshingly illuminating.

I will re-read sections for a while, I'm guessing.
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Mar 23, 2019

I've been listening to Anita Moorjani for a long time and love everything she shares and has learned since her recovery from cancer, due to her experience of being in another realm between life and death, and how she felt there. She came back to life, spontaneously healed and shares those lessons and insights with us everyday (on instagram) and usually makes a video weekly going into her new perception and understanding in more depth.

This was her first book in which she explained how she lived I've been listening to Anita Moorjani for a long time and love everything she shares and has learned since her recovery from cancer, due to her experience of being in another realm between life and death, and how she felt there. She came back to life, spontaneously healed and shares those lessons and insights with us everyday (on instagram) and usually makes a video weekly going into her new perception and understanding in more depth.

This was her first book in which she explained how she lived life before this encounter, what happened, and what she has realised since coming back. It's brilliant, it makes sense, it's a call to let go of fear, of expectations, of people pleasing, of living according to the dictates of culture, religion or other forms of conditioning, (when they hold you back from expressing yourself authentically).

It is a appeal to learn to be (not do), to be yourself, to celebrate who you really are and to live according to that, to remember and be your authentic self. Illness she says is the consequence of not doing so, our health systems focus too much on the symptoms and consequences and not on the cause, how to live a life that doesn't invite in disease. She knows because she lived much of her life in fear, in a state of feeling she didn't conform or fit, that she disappointed everyone, so spent her life trying to please and lost sight of who she actually was.

While she's not trying to convince, she merely shares her experience, it is a profound and moving experience that gave her many illuminating insights that can benefit us all.

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Jul 01, 2012

There is no doubt in my mind that something miraculous happened to Anita. However, miraculous things happen every day without an NDE taking place. Being a cancer survivor myself, I understood her shock and anger in the beginning. And I understand the horror of chemotherapy, but had she not chosen to refuse conventional treatment, she most likely would not have gotten so ill. It is possible that she was chosen to suffer close to death and have the NDE in order to come back and have her story There is no doubt in my mind that something miraculous happened to Anita. However, miraculous things happen every day without an NDE taking place. Being a cancer survivor myself, I understood her shock and anger in the beginning. And I understand the horror of chemotherapy, but had she not chosen to refuse conventional treatment, she most likely would not have gotten so ill. It is possible that she was chosen to suffer close to death and have the NDE in order to come back and have her story serve as validation for the rest of us.

Her case is so well documented that it is difficult not to believe her story wholeheartedly, but I am only 99.9 percent convinced. I find it amazing that she remembers every little detail of being on the other side. I am an avid reader and I must say, whether you believe the story or not, the book was well written and is an enjoyable read. She reminded me that I should be doing more positive affirmations concerning my own health.

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