This book is about Anita Moorjani’s childhood, illness, near-death experience and the integration of that experience into her fearless new life. I was surprised at how much this book touched me because I have read so many other wonderful accounts of people’s near-death experiences. It might be because Anita focuses on the reasons she discovered for living and the lessons nearly dying taught her.
This is a great book. Check out the “Questions and Answers” section starting on page 163. I found this chapter particularly inspiring and I know I will be rereading these 20 pages for a long time.
Below is a section from the question “Wouldn’t too much self-love make people selfish and egotistical?” I have been thinking about the clearing and healing energy of self-love for the last few months and this beautiful passage by Anita describes it so clearly:
“In my culture, I was taught to put others first and myself last or not at all. I wasn’t taught to love myself or to value who and what I am. As a consequence, I had very little to offer others. Only when we fill our own cup with regard for ourselves, will we have any to give away. Only when we love ourselves unconditionally, accepting ourselves as the magnificent creatures we are with great respect and compassion, can we ever hope to offer the same to anyone else. Cherishing the self comes first, and caring for others is the inevitable outcome.
Selfishness comes from too little self-love, not too much, as we compensate for our lack. There’s no such thing as too much genuine affection for others. Our world suffers from too little self-love and too much judgement, insecurity, fear and mistrust. If we all cared about ourselves more, most of these ills would disappear.”
Jeri Lawson is a Healing Touch and Clarity Breathwork Practitioner in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California.