had experienced what most people never have; she "crossed over", and
came back to share what she learned. Her remarkable NDE (Near Death
Experience) and subsequent healing from end-stage cancer is one of the
most amazing cases ever recorded.
Doctors had given her mere hours to live when she arrived at the hospital in a coma on the morning of February 2, 2006. Unable to move, and in a deep coma as the result of the cancer that had ravaged her body for nearly four years, Anita entered another dimension, where she experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth, and was given a choice of whether to return to life or continue on into death. Anita chose to return to life when she realised that "heaven" is a state, not a place. This subsequently resulted in a remarkable and complete recovery of her health within days of her return. Anita will be a keynote speaker at Uplift 2013 at Byron Bay in December.
We share this excerpt from Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani, Hay House, 2012
If every single person suddenly became aware of their true perfection and magnificence - let's say that everyone on the planet had a spiritually transformative experience - our manifest world would change to reflect that new state. People would be more self empowered and far less fearful and competitive, which would lead to more tolerance for each other. Crime rates would drop dramatically. Our immune systems would be stronger from less stress and fear, so there would be fewer illnesses. Priorities would change because we'd no longer be driven by greed, which is another facet of fear. Children would grow up being love being stronger, healthier, and more trusting. They'd live on a planet that naturally supports this way of life rather than in a place that's hostile to it.
Despite this vision, I don't feel the need to change anyone else, let alone the world. Going out and altering things suggests I judge them to be wrong; therefore I need to fix them to match my own vision or ideology. Instead, everything is as it should be at this point in time. I know my only work is to be. My job here is to be myself - an expression of the love that I am - and to see the perfection in myself, others, and the world around me as I continue to live in the physical plane. That's all that any of us needs to be.
I understand the roles that everyone in my family and my larger circle play in my life and I in theirs. If I'm not true to myself, then others around me aren't able to be themselves either. Only by being my unique self can I allow others to interact with me on the level of their own infinite selves.
As long as I have this awareness, I feel at one with Universal energy as it flows through my life, unfolding in miraculous and synchronistic ways. I become energised instead of drained - lifted up by being instead of brought down by doing, working with universal energy rather than against it. As I continue in this manner, my life takes on a Zen-like quality, in that I'm present to the point that everything has an almost surreal, guided feeling. It's not always easy, but it's certainly made life more fun! I'm definitely still a work in progress, but this is pretty much all I have to do - just be the love I am, be who I am. My external universe will fall into place as a result of that, and the same is true on a grand scale.
Just as we each create our own lives moment by moment with our thoughts and emotions, we've also collectively decided what's humanly possible and what isn't. Similarly, we also think our morals and values are absolute, but actually they're just a bunch of thoughts and beliefs that we've adopted over time as being true. They're a construct of our minds and a product of our cultures, just like all the gender expectations that shaped my thinking during my early years. Because I believed these values to be absolutely true, they affected who I was. As a whole, the reality we've created reflects this unawareness. If everyone's thoughts and beliefs were different, then we'd have created a different planet.
It seems to me that this world is always a culmination of all our collective thoughts and beliefs where they currently stand. We only expand at the rate we're capable of handling at any given point, individually or collectively. We still judge perpetrators of crime as exactly that - criminals who deserve to be condemned, not only in this life but in the afterlife as well! We're still unable to see them as victims of fear, creations of a reality that we, as a whole, have built. When each of us is able to look into the eyes of even our worst enemies and see our own eyes looking back, then we'll see true transformation of the human race. One by one, each one of us can focus on creating reality for ourselves based on our own truths, rather than blindly following what has been set up by our collective beliefs and thoughts. By expanding our awareness on an individual level, we'll be effecting change on a universal level.
Each one of us is like a single thread in a huge tapestry, woven in a complex and colorful pattern. We may be only one strand, yet we're all integral to the finished image. We affect the lives of others just by choosing whether or not to be our true selves. Our only obligation to others, our only purpose, is to express our uniqueness and allow others to do the same.
Realising that the Light, the magnificent Universal energy is within us and is us, changes us as individuals because we're open and ready. In this way, a slower, deeper shift can take place in the world and in the next chapter, I'll explore even more of what I've come to understand about living in this plane.
Anita Moorjani is a New York Times best selling author of the book Dying to be Me and sought after speaker