Dying to Heal – Anita Moorjani’s uncommon Cancer Treatment for Stage 4 Lymphoma

Dying to Heal – Anita Moorjani’s uncommon Cancer Treatment for Stage 4 Lymphoma




Part 1 of a 2-Part Article

After my interview with Anita, the question ‘how could she retrieve so quickly?’ kept running by my head. My rational mind needed an explanation. This article explores possible explanations for her unbelievably rapid recovery, including how Anita explains the miracle of her healing. It also outlines some rare views on how and why thorough healing takes place. I put forth the concept of the role, or the higher purpose, disease can play by helping us to discover what we need to do in order to expedite the healing course of action and render the cancer inessential.

Anita Moorjani’s story is an amazing one and includes how she both contributed to and then healed from her stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. During my interview with her, she told me about being taken to the hospital after slipping into a coma as her organs started shutting down due to the cancer ravaging her body – including lemon-sized tumors in her chief and lesions all over her skin caused by toxins that her body was releasing. It was during the coma that she had a near-death experience (NDE) after which she came back and healed in a matter of days – astonishing all her doctors and family members! Think about it, less than a week after her NDE the tests showed that she was cancer-free. The doctors could not already find lymph nodes large enough to biopsy! In order to better understand the context of her recovery I am going to start with what led up to her cancer diagnosis.

Living in Fear

Anita openly admits that she was pushed by fear in many aspects of her life, “I was fearful of not being good enough and of not fitting in”. In terms of her health, she talks about her obsession with eating the right foods and doing the right things in order to avoid cancer and other illnesses. Anita realizes now that there was not enough focus on finding pleasure in what she did to take care of herself. Her focus was on avoiding what she feared instead of finding healthy and enjoyable ways to sustain her well-being. As we all know, fear can be a crippling emotion. It can monopolize our thoughts and leave us feeling unprotected or already powerless. It can also wreak havoc in other aspects of our life; disturbing our sleep, our moods and resulting in elevated levels of stress. Over the long term, this negative stress can weaken the immune response and affect our ability to stay healthy.

Pleasing Everyone but Herself

Anita was also a self-confessed people pleaser. After coming out of her coma and NDE, she realized that her life had been centered on doing things for others in order to feel accepted and to not be of any trouble to anyone. There had been little concern about what would please her. She laments, “I thought it was selfish to love myself”. During her NDE she said that she felt heightened awareness of her own feelings and emotions. This was an uncommon sensation for her and helped her realize that throughout her life she had been out of touch with her emotions. Growing up, her individual needs were not valued. Like many of us, she was not taught to really listen to, respect and love herself.

Taking Responsibility for Her Cancer

According to Louise Hay (cancer thriver, metaphysical lecturer and teacher, author and publisher), the inner cause of all disease is a without of self-love. In her book You Can Heal Your Life (Hay House Inc. 1984), which has sold over 35 million copies, Louise links lymph problems to the need to re-center the mind on the essentials of life – love and joy. This concept supports Anita’s assumption that in focusing her energy on pleasing and looking after the needs of others, she neglected the meaningful ingredient of self-love. The without of self-love, combined with her overwhelming fears, led her to the conclusion that she truly brought on her cancer. Those who believe in the law of allurement would likely agree. This law purports that what we focus on expands and becomes more present in our life. So already if Anita was concerned about avoiding cancer, her fear and other negative thoughts were unconsciously feeding and energizing the concept of getting cancer. Using the law of allurement to our assistance in a situation like this would average consciously focusing our attention and energy on joy, love, health and well-being instead of falling into an avoidance or fear-based mindset.

This does not average that she, or anyone else with cancer, has to feel guilty or blame him or her self. It is not about blame, it is about acceptance and ownership, which play an important and slightly surprising function in the healing course of action – they are truly empowering. If we can see that we played a contributing role in bringing cancer into our life, it follows that by changing how we think and act, we can contribute to our own healing.

Her Near Death Revelation

It was on the night of Feb. 2nd 2006 that Anita went into a coma and her family was told she had only hours to live. During her NDE she was faced with the choice of coming back or accepting her imminent death. Her dilemma was essentially whether to continue on a journey towards pure light and love (in the afterworld we seemingly experience feelings of complete love that are so overwhelmingly wonderful, like nothing we have ever felt before) or return to her diseased and dying body. The easy choice would have been to stay in that place of pure bliss, except that during her NDE she learned that her true essence is pure love. She now says, “at our chief, we are all pure love” – what a great belief for all of us to adopt! However, we can read these words and intellectually agree (or not) but the cool thing is that she truly experienced that state of pure love. In that moment, she made a major shift in consciousness – likely similar to what one would experience when one becomes enlightened. From this new place of consciousness, she claims that, “only when I love myself can I love others”. Her new perspective proves that self-love is anything but selfish! Before deciding whether to return or not, she received the following insight from her deceased father, “now that you know the truth of who you are, your body will mirror this truth and be healed. Go back and live your life fearlessly”. So she made the courageous decision to come back into her body and to reclaim her life.

The NDE gave her newfound confidence because she was blessed with the realization of her own magnificence. She understood for the first time that she did not have to try to be anyone else but who she is. She now realizes that being her true self is her rare and wonderful gift to the world. In retrospect, she sees this concept as so simple however to truly embrace such a profound truth is something that most of us find difficult. This truth gave her the courage to proportion her insights and experience with the world, which is a big part of her life purpose. She describes an important component in being able to fully embrace her purpose as, “to be myself, to be true to who I am”.

In part 2 of this article I will talk about Anita’s explanation of her rapid healing and attempt to explain how this miracle could happen!




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