August 9, 2020 ~~ Volume 1 Number 12


by Shari Harris

"If people really knew what they were, there'd be no wars, there'd be no poverty,
there'd be none of the ills that face humanity today."
William Buhlman, Monroe Institute

Near-Death Experiences: Anita Moorjani
Just Who Do We think We Are?
Anita Moorjani Says...

"We are not these bodies; we're neither our accomplishments nor our
possessions--we are all one with the Source of all being, which is God."

"I believe that the greatest truths of the universe don't lie outside [of us]... They lie deep within us, in the magnificence of our heart, mind, and soul. Until we understand what is within, we can't understand what is without."

Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani, p. vi and xi

Anita Moorjani

In 2006, Anita Moorjani was dying with cancer that she had been fighting for four years. Her body was riddled with tumors, she was in a coma, and the doctors told her husband and mother that there was nothing more they could do. It was then that she experienced a near-death experience (NDE). She writes in her book, Dying To Be Me, that during her NDE, she learned why she had cancer, and she “was able to see…certain aspects of her future life and understood that one of the reasons she chose to come back to earthly life was because her experience and message would touch others.” She wasn’t sure how this would happen and what she needed to do, but she “knew that in some way, she was going to be helping a lot of people.” When she awoke from her coma, amazingly, her cancer was gone. She went on to write the book, Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing, and she travels the globe to speak at conferences.
From Dying To Be Me, p. xiii
Anita Moorjani's Thoughts as
She Lay Dying
"Oh, my God, I feel incredible! I'm so free and light! How come I'm not feeling any more pain in my body? Where has it all gone? Hey, why does it seem like my surroundings are moving away from me? But I'm not scared! Why am I not scared? Where has my fear gone? Oh wow, I can't find the fear anymore!"

These were some of my thoughts as I was being rushed to the hospital. The world around me started to appear surreal and dreamlike, and I could feel myself slip farther and farther away from consciousness and into a coma. My organs were beginning to shut down as I succumbed to the cancer that had ravaged--no, devoured--my body for the past four years.

"It's too late to save her," the doctor told my husband, Danny.

"Who is the doctor talking about? I wondered. I've never felt better in my life! And why do mum and Danny look so frightened and worried? Mum, please don't cry. What's wrong? Are you crying because of me? Don't cry! I'm fine, really, dear Mama, I am!" I thought I was speaking those words aloud, but nothing came out. I had no voice.

I could feel my attachment to the scene receding as I began to realize that everything was perfect and going according to plan in the greater tapestry. It was then that the realization truly set in that I was actually dying.

"Ohh...I'm dying! Is this what it feels like? It's nothing like I ever imagined. I feel so beautifully peaceful and calm...and I feel healed at last!"

I then understood that even if my physical body stopped, everything is still perfect in the greater tapestry of life, for we never truly die.
Dying To Be Me, Excerpts from pp 3-5
On the right is how Anita Moorjani looked when she was so ill.
She eventually went into a coma and was rushed, dying, to the hospital.


This issue continues the topic of near-death experiences with the case of Anita Moorjani. Her story is told in her book, Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer to Near Death to True Healing. Dr. Wayne Dyer learned of her NDE and encouraged her to write her book, invited her to be part of his speaking tours, and wrote the foreword to her book.

In the foreword, Dr. Dyer writes,

"I have been deeply and profoundly touched by the contents of this book, and even more so by my personal relationship with Anita Moorjani, who came into my life through a series of Divinely orchestrated coincidences. For more than four years, an advancing cancer brought Anita to death's doorstep and beyond--inside the house of death itself, way beyond the doorway and the entrance hall, if you will....[S]he was allowed to return from the chamber of death and report to all of us what life on the other side of this corporeal world looks like--and of even more significance, feels like."

Moorjani writes of her life as a Hindu girl of Indian heritage living with her family in Hong Kong where there is a large Chinese population and attending a British Catholic school. She had a tendency to try to please everyone and live up to expectations from several cultures, but she felt like she never exactly fit in. She became more independent than a typical Hindu daughter, who was expected to be content being subservient to her husband in an arranged marriage.

Her book relates her fascinating story: how she was able to marry a man of her choice, how she began to have an unnatural fear of cancer, and how she was eventually diagnosed with lymphoma from which she suffered for four years until she was hospitalized in a coma, had an NDE, and returned to her body healed.

I hope you find inspiration in her story. I believe that NDEs are valuable because they give us a glimpse of what happens as we die. People who have reported NDEs state that they no longer have any fear of death, and they describe a beautiful, peaceful, and loving state of being. Death is described as returning home, and, in fact, they are joyfully welcomed by loved ones who have died previously.

I'm sending my best wishes today for your health and peace of mind during this pandemic! I want to share some encouraging news from the field of Astrology. My daughter and I have developed an interest in studying Astrology. There is so much to learn in this area, and my daughter is more knowledgeable than I am, but I came across an article by astrologer Steven Forrest that I feel gives great hope for our future. His article is summarized under the video link below to a TED Talk by Anita Moorjani.
Be well and enjoy your amazing life!
From Dying To Be Me
Part III: What I've Come to Understand

These are some of the insights Anita Moorjani gleaned from her experience:

  • "The realm I experienced when my body shut down allowed me to see my own magnificence, undistorted by fear." p. 135

  • "I understood that the cancer wasn't a punishment or anything like that. It was just my own energy, manifesting as cancer because my fears weren't allowing me to express myself as the magnificent force I was meant to be." p. 135

  • "I realized how harshly I'd treated myself and judged myself throughout my life...I finally understood that it was me I hadn't forgiven, not other people. I was the one who was judging me, whom I'd forsaken, and whom I didn't love enough." p. 135

  • "Just the fact that I existed made me deserving of unconditional love. I realized that I didn't need to do anything to deserve this.... p. 135

  • "In order to truly care for someone unconditionally, I have to feel that way toward myself. I can't give away what I don't have." p. 140

  • "When we're each aware of our own magnificence, we don't feel the need to control others, and we won't allow ourselves to be controlled." p. 140

  • "I found that every thought, emotion, or action I made while expressing through the physical body had an effect on the Whole...We're all co-creating this world and our lives within it through our emotions, thoughts, and actions." p. 141

  • "I sense that we choose to incarnate into a physical body in order to express love, passion, and the full range of other human emotions not available to us separately in the state of pure awareness and Oneness...We're here to experience and evolve this physical universe and our own lives within it." p. 143-144

  • "I felt strongly during my NDE that we're all connected to this Universal energy; we're all One with it. Each of us has this magnificent, magical life force coursing through every single cell...It's inside, outside, and all around. It doesn't matter what race, religion, culture, or belief system we belong to. We're connected to it just because we're alive...We're all magnificent, powerful beings, and we all have access to it because it and we are one and the same." p. 146
I hope you find time to watch this inspiring video! Anita Moorjani describes her
near-death experience and lists the five biggest lessons that she learned from it.
Encouraging News from Astrologer Steven Forrest

Many astrologers have been writing about the unprecedented times we are in this year, and according to them, the positions of the planets in the signs of the zodiac have been reflecting chaos. Some of you may have heard of the significant and often discussed (in astrological circles) Saturn/Pluto conjunction of 2020, which signifies an intense time, to say the least. A lot of planets have also been or currently are in "retrograde," which means they are temporarily traveling backwards through the zodiac signs over ground that they have already covered. Forrest says that a planet in retrograde is "always ultimately about a review of the past." We can see worldwide and especially in the United States that many things from the past have been coming into focus: things like Black Lives Matter, Native American issues, Confederate statues coming down, Climate Crisis, COVID 19, the Me Too movement, immigration, and more. Things from the past may be coming up for review in our personal lives also.

However, I want to share an encouraging astrological interpretation from Forrest. He writes,
"There may be many ample reasons for despair, but let's not lose faith or hope. Where does all of this lead? Is there a path forward? Astrology answers that question also....In December, two massive planets, Jupiter and Saturn, pull away from Pluto. With their conjunction, we enter a new chapter of human history. They cross the line into Aquarius, a sign which correlates with breaking tradition and shattering old patterns....If enough of us do our inner work, if we honestly review what has actually happened in our lives, with no excuses and no gloss rationalizations, humanity is scheduled for a fresh new beginning starting around December 21....The past may be catching up with us now--but at the next Solstice, doors open to some kind of unprecedented and unforeseen future."

That sounds like exciting, good news to me! And he is not the only astrologer with this interpretation of the stars! In fact, most astrologers view the current situation similarly. We'll see what happens. It may be that there are reasons for all the things happening in 2020--a cleansing perhaps--and we can look forward with hope for 2021!
Affirmations: Plant Mental Seeds for Growth
"I love and approve of myself.
I appreciate all that I do. I am good enough just as I am. I speak up for myself. I ask for what I want. I claim my power."

"I am willing to forgive.
Forgiveness of myself and others releases me from the past. Forgiveness is the answer to almost every problem. Forgiveness is a gift to myself.
I forgive and I set myself free."

"There is no blame.
I release the need to blame anyone, including myself.
We are all doing the best we can with the understanding,
knowledge, and awareness we have."

Just Who Do We Think We Are?
Shari Says...
I believe we are eternal spiritual beings who are currently living one
of our many lives on Earth and who are the creators of our experiences through our thoughts and beliefs.
Shari Harris
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#1 February 15, 2020, Dr. Brian Weiss
#2 March 1, 2020, Edgar Cayce
#3 March 26, 2020, Abraham (Esther Hicks), Part 1
#4 April 7, 2020, Abraham (Esther Hicks), Part 2
#5 April 22, 2020, Past Life Story Series: Robert Snow/Carroll Beckwith
#6 May 5, 2020, Past Life Story Series: Jenny Cockell/Mary Sutton
#7 May 20, 2020, We Are Not Here By Accident
#8 June 1, 2020, Children's Past Lives (Carol Bowman)
#9 June 22, 2020, More Children's Past Lives (Ian Stevenson and Jim B. Tucker)
#10 July 2, 2020, Four Stories of Children Who Remembered a Past Life
#11 July 23, 2020, Near Death Experiences/Raymond Moody