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Book Review: Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing by Anita Moorjani

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Cancer, for Anita Moorjani, was a devastating diagnosis. I know. I was recently told I have pancreatic cancer and can relate to her. As she explains in Dying to be Me, all possible emotions run amok and many are not easy to deal with, especially when family and friends react from their own place in life, attached agenda, and fear.

The early chapters of Dying to be Me begin with the reader understanding Moorjani’s Indian culture and belief system. She also addresses arranged marriage and suppression of women while giving them a role of only being a submissive wife. This concept didn’t resonate with her, and although she submitted to an arranged marriage, she also called it off, much to the distaste of family and friends. In the end, Moorjani did meet her soulmate and married; he was accepted by her family and the marriage grew in strength.

Moorjani continues her story through diagnosis, treatment, and eventually steps in death. But, during her transition she also had an opportunity to face her own life, look at it and make a conscious decision to return to her earth plane life. She indeed had a NDE (near death experience) which completely changed her life. Upon her return, her symptoms of cancer vanished, with much disbelief in the medical community. Before long, her malnourished and compromised body returned to a healthy state.

While in her NDE Moorjani realized that our lives are imprinted by cultural beliefs and social conditioning; much of which are detrimental to the composition of the spiritual beings that we are. We often resort to the outside forces such as books, teachers, and gurus and give power to them.

Moorjani is adamant that premature death is caused by fear and our inability or desire to express our true self. Dying to be Me is a journey in itself. It gives the readers an opportunity to look at themselves and assess if they are living to their fullest potential and true self.

Well-written and heart-tugging, Dying to be Me puts a spiritual light on the saying “we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” However, that said, humanness comes in different forms and we, as that form, must make our own choices how we want to live our lives and what we want to manifest in it. This book is the gateway to such a path.

(Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views)

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