And now here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Whenever PBS has pledge month, I look forward to listening to Wayne Dyer. Each show inspires me. I love his guests. Their stories always bring life to his words.
In his latest program Wishes Fulfilled, his guest is Anita Moorjani. Her story is about her battle with cancer and the near death experience that changed her life.
I loved the way she spoke about her experience. She was so loving and peaceful. I wanted to read her book, Dying To Be Me to learn more. I signed up for Hay House’s Book Nook and they sent me the book free and in return for a review. I was happy to comply.
Anita begins the book talking about her life before cancer. Like many of you, she talks about growing up never feeling as if she fit in. This uneasiness turned into fear. She wanted to do things “right,” but always felt out of place.
This fear spread to other areas in her life. She began to fear cancer because she watched a friend wither away from it’s effects. When she was diagnosed with cancer, she feared treatment. On February 2, 2006, she let go of all her fears and died.
She details her near death experience with such clarity. She describes how her awareness expanded in all directions. She could connect with her father and friend who had died before, as well as, listen to what the doctors were saying. She could sense when a nurse had given up on her and what her brother was thinking on the way to the hospital.
Here’s how she described her initial experience:
It didn’t feel as though I’d physically gone somewhere else – it was more as though I’d awakened…Love, joy, ecstasy and awe poured into me, through me and engulfed me. I was swallowed up and enveloped in more love than I ever knew existed. I felt more free and live than I ever had…The feeling of complete, pure, unconditional love was unlike anything I’d known before…I didn’t have to do anything to deserve it, nor did I need to prove myself to earn it.
In her choice to come back, she knew she would be healed. Her message was to live her life fearlessly. As I read those words, I attached my own definition to fearlessly. I took it to mean of courageously or adventurously.
It wasn’t until Part 3 – What I Learned From My Experience that I fully understood the message. Fear is something you create. It doesn’t exist. To live without fear means to live in joy. It’s a simple message. Let the fear go and replace it with joy.
I’ve already recommended this book to friends and family. It’s message is pure. Whether you’re dealing with illness, death or more importantly want to make shifts in your life, this book has something for you. I know I’ll be reading it several times to absorb Anita’s lessons.
The quote from The Little Prince spoke to me about Anita. Through her experience she now can see with her heart what is essential. It’s something we can all learn.