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Lessons from Heaven


The story of Anita Moorjani’s near-death experience as told in her bestselling book “Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death to True Healing,” touched the hearts of so many people around the world because she shared not only her extraordinary healing upon returning to her body, but also the lessons and truths she gathered in her brief time in the afterlife.

Specifically, Moorjani spoke about the unconditional love she felt for herself and others, and how she realized the cause of many issues in her life, including cancer, was her own lack of self-love. Her story reinforced many spiritual beliefs, such as we don’t die; the soul lives on forever; and the most important thing in this physical life is love.

In her newest book, “What If This Is Heaven: How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth,” she takes on the biggest myths holding us back from being our authentic selves, and one that jumped out for me was “You Get What You Deserve.”

Moorjani pointed out during our interview for the September 2016 Issue cover story of Elevated Existence Magazine, that despite what many organized religions teach, we are not judged on the other side. We can see how our actions affected the people in our lives, but there is no harsh judgment — only love. More importantly, we don’t feel the need to judge others, even those who may have wronged us during our physical life.

“In the other realm where I shed my body, I was in a state of total clarity, total empathy and total unconditional love,” she says in the September 2016 Issue cover story. “When you are in that state you feel for everybody — even those who have hurt you — with unconditional love. Empathy means understanding where they were, understanding why they did what they did and knowing that they could not have done any differently from where they were standing.”

Layout 1She believes every single person, no matter what they do, has a story behind them, which made them react the way they did. However, while living here in this physical world, we don’t see other people’s stories, and we don’t know or understand what drives them to do what they do. In the other realm, we can see it all with extreme clarity, and have what she calls “360-degree vision.”

“All is known. All is transparent. You know the story behind what took them to the point of doing what they are doing — even the person holding the shotgun or the terrorist,” she explains. “When you know that story, you realize there is nothing to forgive.”

Imagine if we lived our lives from this vantage point while still in our physical bodies — and this is only one of the myths she takes on in the book!

We are all here as spiritual beings having a human experience, but it IS possible to harness our authentic selves and bring a little piece of heaven into our everyday lives. As Moorjani says in the September 2016 issue:

“It’s not about going out and changing the world. It’s about becoming what we want to see in the world.”

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