The quotes for this book need curating

We’d love for you to do it. If you’re not yet registered as a curator, you’ll first need to do so.

What does curating involve?   |   Benefits    |    Register

About the book

How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth

Following her near-death experience as shared in the New York Times best-seller Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani knows well the truths that exist beyond common knowledge and acceptance. The clarity she has gained has led her to further understand who she was born to be.

Part of that truth has involved contemplating the cultural myths infused into our everyday lives. Passed down from generation to generation, these myths are pervasive and influential. From the belief we reap what we sow to the idea we must always be positive, cultural myths are often accepted as truths without questioning. Moorjani asserts it is now time for questioning in order to help us reach our fully informed, authentic selves.

Moorjani explores these common myths in their real-world existence while presenting examples from her own life that reveal the falsehoods beneath the surface. By freeing ourselves from these ubiquitous expectations, we can break open an honest pathway to life as it was meant to be lived.

Buy book: Amazon

Year published: 2016


Quotes from the book

What if THIS is Heaven? (Anita Moorjani)

  • Heaven is a state and not a place.
  • Unconditional love is a state of being.
  • Get into the habit of looking at your challenges as blessings.
  • Just love yourself unconditionally, always, and be who you are.
  • You are serving no one when you get lost in the problems of the world.
  • See cancer and other illnesses as wake up calls to shift our life path.
  • Illness is our body’s way of communicating with us and showing us a better path.
  • Illness is our body’s way of communicating with us and showing us a better path.
  • If this were actually a gift from the universe, what would it be here to teach me?
  • We have to accept all aspects of ourselves because that is where our deepest humanity lies.
  • Think less in terms of what I deserve and more in terms of who I am – pure love and pure consciousness.
  • You and I are the numinous expressing through these bodies, at this time and place, right here, right now.
  • The only question you need to ask yourself when you are feeling defeated or lost is, where am I not loving myself?
  • A great healer’s goal is to empower you by creating a channel for you to tap into you own natural healing abilities.
  • When others put you down in any way, realize their actions are direct projections of their own state of pain and confusion.
  • I believed that life happens to us and that I was a victim, so I was always reacting to my life circumstances instead of creating them.
  • The healthiest thing I could do was to focus on what brings me joy, to follow my passion, and to make my choices from a place of love, not fear.
  • If you can see what’s happening as an opportunity for growth instead of an oppressive burden, what you need to overcome the challenge will come quicker.
  • Want to pick up a great book or two this season? Check out our recommendations of hot books selected by your fellow readers, bestselling authors, and more!
  • True, authentic, unconditional love means wanting for others what they want for themselves, regardless of whether it goes against what we want for ourselves in the relationship.
  • It’s actually not relevant who your guides are because they’re all connected to us as one, presenting themselves in our mind’s eye in whatever form we feel most comfortable with.
  • One of the vital differences between a good healer and a great healer is that a great healer guides you back to your own innate ability to heal and ultimately encourages your independence.
  • when you believe in yourself and are in touch with your own inner guidance system, the right guru, teacher, or healer will come to you at the right time, with the answer you need in that moment. And
  • Your only work is to love yourself, value yourself, and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you.
  • In a mature relationship, there’s pure acceptance for both parties by both parties. And paradoxically, when there’s acceptance, there’s usually no reason to leave the relationship even if the parties don’t share the same values.
  • If you have trouble accessing your true feelings about a choice, try flipping a coin. Notice your gut reaction to the outcome of the toss—if you feel a positive response, go with that option. If your gut clenches, choose a different option.
  • Unless I love myself, nothing else in my life can function at its best. The depth, meaning, and joy I experience everyday – and the amount of love, kindness, and patience I have for others – is in direct proportion to how much I have for myself.
  • Two very different people can love each other and coexist very happily if they truly accept each other and agree not to judge each other. Problems arise only when one o both imposes their own values and preferences on the other, judging the other negatively.
  • Authentic unconditional love means wanting for another what that person wants for themselves and allowing that person to be who they truly are – even if it requires setting them free – instead of expecting them to change to fit our ideas of who we want them to be.
  • Our false myths: You get what you deserve. Loving Yourself is Selfish. Real Love Means Anything Goes. I’m not Ok, You’re Not Ok.’ It’s Just a Coincidence. We Pay for Our Sins at Death.  Spiritual People Don’t Have Egos.  Women Are the Weaker Sex.  We Must Always Be Positive.’
  • If you’re going to lose anyone’s support because you want to follow your own heart, then they aren’t the right person to support you through this journey! It’s so important that the people you have around you right now support you for who you are, not because you are doing what they say.
  • The amount of love, kindness, patience I have for others is is directly proportional to how much love I have for myself, because we cannot give others what we ourselves do not have. And, unsurprisingly, the amount of love, respect, support, and compassion I receive from others is also in direct proportion to how much I love myself.
  • Even the word ‘unconditional’ is superfluous, because love, by its true definition, is unconditional. ‘Conditional love’ is an oxymoron — a contradiction in terms. As soon as we put a condition on love, it become something else entirely…. unconditional love is a state of being, not a emotion. It means it has no opposite. Human love is an emotion, and as with all other emotions, it’s part of duality. An opposite emotion, such as fear or hate, balances it out. But unconditional love just IS. It’s not one side of the coin — it’s the WHOLE coin.
  • Remember, your only work is to love yourself, value yourself, and embody this truth of self-worth and self-love so that you can be love in action. That is true service, to yourself and to those who surround you. Realizing how loved and valued you are is what healed your cancer. This same knowledge is what will help you to create a life of heaven here on earth. You are serving no one when you get lost in the problems of the world. So the only question you need to ask when you are feeling defeated or lost is, “Where am I not loving myself? How can I value myself more?
  • When I was in the other realm, where the layers upon layers of my values and beliefs were stripped away and I was left facing the truth of who I am at my core, I learned that two primary forces—love and fear—had been driving all my behaviors. One or the other of these two forces was behind every single action I ever took, and I could clearly see that I’d in fact spent most of my life being driven by fear, not love. I understood with a sudden stunning clarity that to transform my life, whatever I said or did from that point on would need to come from a place of love instead of fear.
  • I know I am taking responsibility for my own health when . . . I welcome information from both healthcare professionals and friends and family members with gratitude for their expertise and concern, without feeling overwhelmed or obligated to take any particular course of action offered. I can access my guidance system to assess what feels right for me at any given time, as opposed to letting fear influence my decisions. I recognize my body as a barometer for the state of my mental, emotional, and spiritual health (along with my physical health), and I am grateful for its lessons and its guidance.
  • So my biggest message (inspired by both my NDE and the life and teachings of my dear friend) is to live your life as an exercise in creativity, as if every discovery, every artistic exploration, matters in the cosmic tapestry of life—because it does. Follow your heart as you exuberantly combine the riot of colors the universe lays before you to make your life into your own masterpiece. You may be surprised by your creation. As when we listen to or play beautiful music, our goal is not to get to the end of the piece. The point is to enjoy the melodious, joyous journey the music takes us on, including the very first note and every single one that comes after it.
  • How does this choice make me feel? Do I feel strong and empowered at the thought of a life journey with this option, or does considering it make me fearful and weak? How do I feel about death itself? Am I filled with a sense of dread, or am I at peace with death, seeing it as a natural course for life to take? In each case, I’d observe what emotions each option triggers, and then I would go with the choices that make me feel the most empowered, the most hopeful, the happiest. And I wouldn’t worry whether my choices would offend those who are supporting me because truly, each of us needs to be surrounded by those who love us, empower us, and will support our choices. After all, your life and your health are about you.
  • I use this method with just about every choice I make these days, including deciding which speaking engagement to accept if the dates overlap, or even whether to accept a new project. Before I commit to anything, I imagine myself in each situation, and then I accept only the ones that bring me a feeling of joy, passion, or purpose—the ones that make me happiest. Most of us are taught to evaluate choices by analyzing with our minds, like making lists of the pros and cons for each choice, and then choosing the option with the longest list of pros. But even if you go with that, how do you feel doing it? Does it make your heart sing? Does it fill you with passion? Or are you filled instead with anxiety, waiting for it to be over, instead of looking forward to doing it?
  • During my NDE, the realization that we are all connected was so strong that even if I had thought about someone who was a murderer or child abuser—someone whom I hated and felt utter contempt for in physical life—I would have felt nothing but total understanding and compassion for them in that expanded state. In fact, I would have felt empathy for the pain that caused them to choose that path in the first place, and I would have felt complete, unconditional love for both the perpetrator and their victims. My NDE enabled me to understand that people hurt others either out of ignorance or because they are in pain, or because they are so disconnected from their true essence that they don’t have the ability to feel emotions (whether that is due to having been abused in some way or because of mental illness).