Anita Moorjani Interview
Conquering Cancer Through Living Fearlessly,
By Herb Weiss
weekly Commentary, detailing Anita Moorjani's NDE, (attached) was printed in the Friday, November 9, 2012 in the Pawtucket Times and the Saturday, November 10, 2012, in the Woonsocket Call, two daily newspapers in Rhode Island (on the Editorial page)
We’ve heard it before – “don’t sweat the small stuff”, “do not fear death…only the unlived life”, “live your life to the fullest”. Anita Moorjani, 50, only knows the truth behind these familiar sayings all too well because of a Near Death Experience (NDE) she had in 2006.
In Moorjani’s book,
Dying to be
Me: My Journey From Cancer To Near Death, To True Healing,
published in 2012 by Hay Houses, USA, the Hong Kong-resident recounts stories of
her childhood, being raised Hindu while residing in a largely Chinese and
British society in Hong Kong.
Throughout her adult life, she faced challenges to
find a profession,
eventually found her one true love,
husband Danny, and eventually fought her devastating
cancer, which lead to her death, but ultimately came back to life and became
healed, an outcome that today baffles the medical world.
The 191 page inspirational tome tells how Moorjani fought against Stage IV lymphoma for almost four years, ultimately a terminal disease that spread from the base of her skull, which traveled over her neck and down to her abdomen. Her body was riddled with malignant tumors, “some the size of lemons”, she recalls.
As a result of her near death experience, and the
publicity generated by her book, Moorjani now speaks
at conferences and events around the world to share her insights gained from her
Near Death Experience.
She is also a frequent guest at The University of
Hong Kong’s department of behavioral sciences speaking on topics such as dealing
with terminal illness, facing death, and the psychology of spiritual beliefs.
By the morning of February 2, 2006,
Moorjani was wheel-chair bound, on oxygen and receiving
full-time care at home.
She was sliding in and out of consciousness while
experiencing breathing difficulties due to fluid in her lungs.
Her body was swollen with open skin lesions and she
was soon admitted to the local hospital in a coma.
Her outcome was grim, and the attending physician
informed her husband that he did not expect her to survive for another 36 hours.
Now in the ICU and having been in a coma for nearly
20 hours, the forty-four year old woman’s vital organs began to fail. In fact,
she was ultimately pronounced dead.
Moorjani recalls entering into a “NDE”, having a
spiritual epiphany while on the other side of death’s veil.
She came to understand the ultimate cause of her
devastating medical condition, which she reports as
fearful of life”.
When she chose to return to her physical body,
Moorjani knew that she indeed had the power to heal
her body of the spreading cancer,
with certainty that this medical miracle would occur.
Over a six month period after her NDE, Moorjani was given chemotherapy, even though every medical test revealed no trace of cancer. A lymph node biopsy also revealed no cancer in any of her lymph nodes..
Like millions of others who have reported NDE,
Moorjani had experienced many of its classic traits.
She recalls having “an extreme sense of peace and
well-being, an intense feeling of unconditional love”, and became reunited with
deceased family and friends and spiritual guides.
Her book noted that even in a coma in this very deep
NDE, she was acutely aware of her surroundings.
She heard a physician tell her husband, outside her
room in the corridor, that her organs were failing and she would not last the
In her NDE she knew that her brother was on a plane coming
to say his goodbyes, too.
On the other side,
Moorjani recounts in this book how she received profound knowledge about her
life, mission and purpose of life with an understanding of the nature of the
universe as well.
When the terminally ill woman approached the
boundary of no return, she remembers she had a decision to make, to stay and
sever ties with her sickly body, or come back to heal and accomplish her life’s
to voluntarily return to her disease-ridden body, upon regaining consciousness,
she knew that her body would be quickly healed of cancerous tumors. She was
released from the hospital within weeks, without a trace of cancer in her body.
With an increased belief in the God-force within, no longer would Moorjani fear death, and this experience fueled her desire to confront life fearlessly.
NDE Is a Common Occurrence
Over the years, Jeffrey Long, M.D., a leading NDE
researcher, has documented over 3,000 NDEs, posted on the
www.nderf.org website. The practicing radiation
oncologist says that this data base is by far the largest collection of NDEs,
available in 22 languages, that is publicly accessible.
Readers from over 100 different foreign countries
access Dr. Long’s web site monthly.
Over 300,000 pages are read from this website every
Meanwhile, Dr. Long’s website, notes that although
most people who come near death do not remember anything, around 18% later
report that “something happened.” That “something” is often a near-death
experience NDE, says Long.
He notes a 1993 Gallop Poll estimated that 12 to 15
million Americans personally experienced a NDE.
As of 2001, almost 600 adults per day across the
nation experience an NDE.
According to Dr. Long, who penned the
New York Times
Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences,
Moorjani’s, NDE is “one
of the most profound NDEs ever reported. The
insights that she received during her NDE are profound, yet corroborated by the
insights of many other NDErs.”
Dr. Long noted, “I have carefully reviewed Anita
Moorjani’s incredible recovery and NDE. It is
medically inexplicable. Doctor’s don’t like to use the term ‘miracle’, but
that is the best word to describe her experience.”
While he did not review her original medical
records, one physician did. In an email and a press release, promoting a
workshop to discuss Moorjani’s
rapid remission from an advanced stage of cancer,
Dr. Peter Ko, an oncologist who reviewed her medical
records did not attribute her dramatic recovery to her chemotherapy.
“Based on what we have learned about cancer cell
behaviors, I speculate that something (non-physical...”information”?) either
switched off the mutated genes from expressing, or signaled them to a programmed
The exact mechanism is unknown to us, but not likely to be
the result of cytotoxic drugs.”
Lessons Learned from Beyond the Veil
Moorjani now believes that her cancer manifested in
her physical body due to the fear of being herself, displeasing others, not
measuring up to their expectations andthe fear of
living life to the fullest.
In fact, it was being “fearful of everything,” said
the internationally recognized writer, that blocked her greater essence from
healing the physical body.
“Only when I realized my own magnificence, my own
perfection, my own self worth as a beautiful child of the universe, was I able
to let go of fear and embrace life with all its uncertainties, ambiguities,
joys, sorrows, and challenges. Seeing myself as perfection, as an exquisite
manifestation of life, led to my healing,” she said.
Moreover, a prevalent part of her experience was the realization that we are all interconnected and when she was not in her body she was able to clearly see this.
Finally, “laughter and a good sense of humor can be your best medicine” - Moorjani recommends not to take your life too seriously, just “Learn to lighten up and laugh. Don’t be afraid of just being yourself.”
For more information about Moorjani’s NDE and her philosophies of living life fearlessly, or to purchase her book, go to www.anitamoorjani.com,
Herb Weiss, LRI ’12, is a Pawtucket-based freelance writer who covers aging, health care and medical issues. He be contacted at email@example.com