I have signed up for Hay House’s book reviewer program at http://www.hayhousebooknook.com, and my first review is of Anita Moorjani’s Dying to Be Me. This book first came on my radar through a blog post from Danielle LaPorte; and since I have just had kidney cancer surgery in the past year, issues of death and mortality are still very much on my mind.
We get to know Anita long before her cancer diagnosis and see her struggle with resolving conflicts between Hindu cultural expectations and forging her own path, eventually establishing a fulfilling career and finding the love of her life. After a few peaceful years, Anita saw her best friend and her husband’s brother-in-law go through painful chemotherapy and eventual death due to cancer. Then she discovered a lump on her shoulder. She is diagnosed with lymphoma and tries to figure out which alternative healing methods to use, but finds herself confused by conflicting theories.
Her health steadily declines, and after four years, she eventually ends up in the hospital, not expected to live through the night. Her near-death experience leads to an encounter with her father and her best friend, who had both passed on years before. She is given the chance to choose death or life. When she regains consciousness, the doctors soon discover her cancer has not only gone into remission, but even disappeared. She learns to let fear go and replace it with joy.
Even though I have never been sure I understand near-death experiences or even believe in them, I would definitely recommend reading this book if you can open your mind to beliefs that may challenge your own. I am not sure I believe that emotional or psychological triggers contribute to getting cancer. Can we reduce or eliminate our chances of getting sick by identifying those triggers? Maybe, maybe not.
I’d like to end this review by sharing part of Anita’s answer to the question, “What’s your opinion on service and serving others?” She says:
When service comes from the center of our being, it’s the highest form of self-love. We know this is the case when we feel joy while serving. It will even feel light and fun! This uplifts both us and the recipient and helps to elevate the receiver’s self-worth.
But if we perform out of an obligation or sense of duty, it feels serious and heavy and can be energy draining. This really doesn’t do us any good, and it’s not that great for the recipient either–especially if they can sense that we’re acting out of obligation. This can make the recipient feel small and worthless
In addition, when something comes from the center of our being, it’s no longer an action– it becomes who we are. We don’t need to think about it or work at it. We become an instrument for service to manifest on this planet. This is the difference between being of service and performing a service.
I hope we will all remember this in serving those with whom we come into contact.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of the Hay House Book Nook review program. This review reflects my honest judgment of the product.