How much easier would life be if you knew you couldn’t get it wrong?
Last year, I created an online program with my friend Anita Moorjani called Experiencing God. If you’re not familiar with Anita’s #1 NY Times bestselling book Dying to Be Me, she is in her own words “an ordinary woman who had an extraordinary experience”. After a lifetime of struggling with cultural expectations, gender norms, and a constant background of fear, she wound up on an operating table in a coma, her organs shutting down as her body struggled to cope with lemon-sized tumors and stage 4 cancer.
During the coma, while her body was dying, she came alive. Here’s how she described the experience:
In this near-death state, I was more acutely aware of all that was going on around me than I’d ever been in a normal physical state. I wasn’t using my five biological senses, yet I was keenly taking everything in. It was as though another, completely different type of perception kicked in, and I seemed to encompass everything that was happening, as though I was slowly merging with it all…
I felt no emotional attachment to my seemingly lifeless body as it lay there on the hospital bed. It didn’t feel as though it were mine. It looked far too small and insignificant to have housed what I was experiencing. I felt free, liberated, and magnificent. Every pain, ache, sadness, and sorrow was gone! I felt completely unencumbered. I couldn’t recall feeling this way before—not ever.
I continued to sense myself expanding further and further outward, drawing away from my physical surroundings. It was as though I were no longer restricted by the confines of space and time, and continued to spread myself out to occupy a greater expanse of consciousness. I simultaneously experienced a sense of joy mixed with a generous sprinkling of jubilation and happiness.
I felt all of my emotional attachments to my loved ones and my surroundings slowly fall away. What I can only describe as superb and glorious unconditional love surrounded me, wrapping me tight as I continued to let go. It didn’t feel as though I had physically gone somewhere else—it was more as though I’d awakened. Perhaps finally being roused from a bad dream. My soul was finally realizing its true magnificence. And it doing so, it was expanding beyond my body and this physical world.
The feeling of complete, unconditional love was unlike anything I’d known before; it was totally undiscriminating, as if I didn’t have to do anything to deserve it, nor did I need to prove myself to earn it.
In sharing the story of her near-death experience during the live weekend, she said one of the most powerful parts of the experience was feeling so awake to and connected with the web of life that all the fear left her body. In her words, “Cancer was the symptom; fear was the disease.”
When I asked her what was still there when the fear was gone, she described an experience of utter freedom, love, safety, ease, and comfort – what might be called our essential nature.
As we explored this further over the course of the weekend, someone asked how it might be possible to have this experience without having to almost die. Anita’s simple-sounding advice was to “Just be yourself”, which caused some consternation in the room. After all, what does that even mean? How do we do that?
In attempting to explain further, she described it as a “Get out of jail free” card for your life.
To say “just be yourself” is to say there’s no way to get life wrong –
the only one judging us is us, and the standard we’re holding ourselves to is self-created and ever-changing.
It’s like bowling with bumpers on the lanes, or the last hole on a miniature golf course where every ball winds up in the cup no matter what. Even if you “miss the mark” from time to time, the system self-corrects for you…
On the 21st and 22nd of September, Anita and I will be sharing the best of what we’ve seen about the nature of freedom and exploring what it is to live fearlessly in an increasingly uncertain world.
Topics covered will include:
- Anita’s story
- The nature of fear
- Living beyond self-judgement
- The power in the present moment
- Psychological freedom
- Awakening to (and living from) our spiritual nature
If you’d like to join us live or live-streaming from wherever you are in the world, here are the details:
Dates: Saturday, September 21st – Sunday, September 22nd
Times: 10am – 5pm
Where: Hotel MDR, Marina Del Ray
If you’re ready to experience more freedom and less fear than you may ever have thought possible, Anita and I look forward to seeing you there!
Watch a short clip from our last workshop together where Anita shares a metaphor for how we get bogged down by fear and the one thing we need to do to come back to life.
About Anita Moorjani
Anita Moorjani, an international speaker and the author of New York Times best seller Dying to Be Me and her latest book, What If This is Heaven?, is a woman with a remarkable story. After a 4-year battle with cancer, Anita fell into a coma and was given days to live. As her doctors gathered to revive her, she journeyed into a near death experience (NDE) where she was given the choice to return to her physical form or to continue into this new realm. She chose the former, and when she regained consciousness, her cancer began to heal. To the amazement of her doctors, she was free of countless tumors and cancer indicators within weeks.
Her book Dying To Be Me has sold over a million copies worldwide, in over 45 languages. It has been named a Contemporary Classic and a Foreign Language Phenomena by her publishers (Hay House Inc.) It has now also been optioned by Hollywood producers to be made into a full-length feature film.
Anita was a protégé of the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer, who brought her on to the world’s stage in 2011. She has gone on to capture the hearts and attention of millions across the globe and has been a featured guest on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, The Today Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, the National Geographic Channel, The Pearl Report in Hong Kong, Headstart with Karen Davila in the Philippines, and many others. The United Kingdom’s prestigious publication, The Watkins Journal lists Anita among the top 100 of “The World’s Most Spiritually Influential Living People” for the 5th consecutive year.
Anita has dedicated her life to empowering the minds and hearts of people with her story of courage and transformation. She travels the world speaking her truth with grace and humor to sold-out audiences that want to learn of her journey and experiences of embracing change, the power of healing, and the quest to live a full and unlimited life.
Today, Anita lives in the United States with her husband Danny as she continues to share her incredible story and lessons internationally.
Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Anita lived and worked in Hong Kong with her husband. She was born in Singapore of Indian parents and grew up speaking English, Cantonese, and an Indian dialect simultaneously.
Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative speaker and coach, commanding extraordinary respect within his field for unleashing the human potential with intelligence, humor, and heart. He has spent nearly 30 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives.
Michael is a gifted communicator, having authored six bestselling books including The Inside-Out Revolution, Creating the Impossible, and The Space Within. His books have been translated into 24 languages, and his public talks, retreats, seminars, and online programs have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and in over 60 countries and on six continents.
He has been consistently ranked by the international research agency GlobalGurus.org as one of the top 30 coaching thought leaders in the world and his TEDx talks, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’and ‘Can a TEDx Talk Really Change the World?’ have been viewed by over a million people around the world.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Nina and too many dogs, cats, and children to mention by name.
About Michael Neill