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Dying to be me! Anita Moorjani at TEDxBayArea

Oct 2022 06

Doctors had given just hours to live when she arrived at the hospital in a coma on the morning of February 2nd, 2006. Unable to move as a result of the that had ravaged her body for almost four years, Anita entered another dimension, where she experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth. She was given a choice of whether to return to life or not, and chose to return to life when she realized that “heaven” is a state and not a place. This subsequently resulted in a remarkable and complete recovery of her health. Anita’s riveting talk will inspire you to transform your life by living more authentically, discovering your greatest passions, transcending your deepest fears, and living from a place of pure joy. Her true story will radically alter your current beliefs about yourself, your purpose on earth, your health, your relationships, and your life!

About our speaker.


has become something of an international sensation since her book “Dying to be Me” hit the New York Times bestsellers list only two weeks after its release in March, 2012. She had experienced what most people never have; she “crossed over,” and came back to share what she learned. Her remarkable (Near-death experience) and subsequent healing from end-stage is one of the most amazing cases ever recorded. Doctors had given her mere hours to live when she arrived at the hospital in a coma on the morning of February 2, 2006. Unable to move, and in a deep coma as the result of the that had ravaged her body for nearly four years, Anita entered another dimension, where she experienced great clarity and understanding of her life and purpose here on earth, and was given a choice of whether to return to life or continue on into death. Anita chose to return to life when she realized that “heaven” is a state, not a place. This subsequently resulted in a remarkable and complete recovery of her health within days of her return.

Born in Singapore of Indian parents, Anita has lived in Hong Kong most of her life. She is multi-lingual, and from the age of two, grew up speaking English, Cantonese, and an Indian dialect simultaneously. She had been working in the corporate field for several years before her cancer diagnosis in 2002.

She is the embodiment of the truth that we all have the inner power and wisdom to overcome even life’s most adverse situations, as she is the living proof of this possibility.

World-renowned author, Dr. Wayne Dyer has been instrumental in bringing Anita’s story to public attention, and wrote the foreword to her book. He subsequently invited her to appear on his TV special, “Wishes Fulfilled”, which airs frequently on PBS.

Following the global success of her book, which is being translated and published into 34 different languages, Anita has regularly been interviewed on various prime time television shows around the world, including three times on “Fox News” in New York, “The Jeff Probst Show” in Hollywood, cable TV’s “National Geographic International”, “The Pearl Report” in Hong Kong, “HeadStart” with Karen Davila in the Philippines, CNN documentary in production, among many others.

She inspires her audience to transform their lives by living more authentically, discovering their greatest passions, transcending their deepest fears, and living from a place of pure joy, and has the ability to explain such mind-bending concepts as timelessness, non-duality, and simultaneous realities, in such simplified terms that everyone can understand.

Anita is currently one of the most sought after inspirational speakers in the world and addresses sell out audiences all over the globe.


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  1. #1

    Excerpts from the speech : You are different from the body. You are an eternal soul beyond all pains.

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    Amazing video I have find out in this world and I feel truly grate to hear her voice .i relate it with my conscious and subconscious mind .
    Thankyou mam

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    We need more stories like her

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    Oncologist haematologist T.K. Chan, who treated Moorjani at the critical stage of her illness, ascribed her recovery to the draining of her lungs carried out by medical specialists after she was admitted to hospital, followed by chemotherapy which she had refused for four years. Chan stated "with lymphoma, it's never too late" and "Hodgkin's disease is quite curable… it can have a dramatic response to chemotherapy"

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    I read her book and I carried it around with me like a security blanket for a while. This book helped me to feel at ease about the other side, all of it.

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    Totally agreed,Life is a gift,illness is the greatest blessing, one who are fortunate only get.

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    Om Shanti, Know Who You are.

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    Ur watching this at the exact moment ur supposed to be watching this 😉

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    i love her and everyone talks about NDEs but no one can explain the phenomenon that happens to me all the time.. since childhood.

    I've heard the theory that NDE's are just the dying mind. But no one has ever been able to answer what happens to ME.

    All my life I've been with people when they die, if they die when I am sleeping. I remember every single time because, even tho I call them dreams they are really experiences. I am WITH these people. My uncle Geoff died when I was pretty young. I was asleep and dreaming that I was up in Tornoto with him and we were crossing Bloor. I was holding his hand and the walk sign lit up. As we stepped into the crosswalk I heard a beeping noise. I said, "what was that?" My uncle looked at his watch and said, "Oh, its time for me to go." And I was left standing alone almost to the middle of Bloor street. Then BOOM I woke up. My mom came in the next morning and said that she had sad news. I told her that I know its about Unlce Geoff and he died. She asked how I knew that and I told her my dream. I have literally dozens of these. My recently my former boss who died of Leukemia. Our team stayed close even after they closed our department and we all went our separate ways, we never lost touch. When we got the call about our boss we were shocked. So anyway, he was in hospice. My daughter and her husband had just gotten out of the military and were living with me while looking for a house. So my grandson had toys all over the living room. I actually had been on the phone late with one of my former colleauges as we talked about our bosses sad situation. I fell asleep on the couch in the living room. I fell into a dream about my boss. We were way up in the air in the most beautiful, bright white glider. There was not one sound, it was so quiet. The sky was the bluest I had ever seen and the clouds were blinding white. I had the most ovewhleming sense of peace and joy. My boss was in the pilot seat, I was looking right into his big gorgeous blue eyes that were the same color as the sky and his hair and smile as white and the clouds and glider. It was so vivid. His smile was amazing. We didn't talk but I knew in my heart he was gone and that he was free and very very happy. I woke up and knew instantly he was gone,. I texted my colleague so she' havea time stamp of my dream. As I sat on the couch in the dark this loud music startled me, it was my grandsons top across the room. This was a top that spins, plays loud music and lights up when you push the plunger. The plunger was really hard to push. I had to put all my weight on it. As it spun, and lit up and played music I just stared and knew it was him saying a final goodbye, confirming my dream! When it stopped I walked over to hold it and IT WAS NOT ON. There was a button on the side of this top that had to be in the on position to actually light up and play the music. You could spin it with the plunger without it being "on' but the music and lights would not come on. My friend confirmed he died at the time I had the dream! LIke I said. This has happened since I was a small child and I remember ever single instance!

    But this isn't my brain dying. There is not one person whose been able to explain how this happens. Its not the only thing that happens or has happened for me too. I used to scare my poor mom. Some of the things I did as a child really freaked her out. But one thing really got her was when I would wakd up and shake my crib and say, "I want to go home" and she'd reply to me that I was home and I'd say, "No my big home with the white pickett fence." Now the hardest part to believe about that is that I was not of talking age when it occured. There were many other things. My mom was telling a man at her work about all of it one day and he was actually doing research on such things and wanted to interview me but when she told him I was 11 he said it was too late. He thought that I was still very small.

    Had lots of freaking experiences with my kids too when they were little. I should write a darn book. I have it all in my head. Every single experiece. The only one I don't remember is talking to my mom as an infant. Everything else I remember vividly.

    Oh and my mom too. Her best friend came and sat on her bed when she died. My mom was in high school. Her friend died on Christmas Eve in a terrible car accident. Dianne came and sat on the edge of mom's bed. Mom said that she woke up in the middle of the night and saw Dianne and said, "what are you doing here?" then she realized she could see through her and she got really scared. She said that as soon as she got scared Dianne vanished. My grandmother came to tell my mom that Dianne had died in an accident later in the morning. My mom spent Christmas planning her best friends funeral with her family. To my mom's dying day she always said how much she truly regretted getting scared and not talking with Dianne. I am sure she has caught up with Dianne now!

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    You didn't know this, my Lord Jesus Christ given you another chance.

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    My goodness! This may be the best TEDx Talk I've heard. We are so fortunate to be able to gain the deep insights this woman learned from her incredible experience. A million thanks, Anita Moorjani.

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    Live Fearlessly! We can’t see the wind but we can feel it. Thank you for sharing your story. My testimony is similar and ever since my encounter, I’ve never felt so sure of my myself and crave happiness for those I love, most importantly-me. Everything you said I can attest to. My dad was an Athiest. 20 years ago my dad was carpooling to work with a couple of colleagues. Their assignment was in a very destitute area and had another 20 miles to drive before they reached their location. My dad was in the back and had complained of not feeling too good. His left arm was tingling and tightening of his chest grew more severe. He let his peers know he felt like he was having a heart attack. And he was. They immediately pulled over and called 911. My dad was unconscious. While fighting for his life, his co workers were trying to save him. The 911 dispatcher could not guarantee a quick arrival due to the location they were at. So they waited. Then. All of a sudden out of nowhere, an ambulance was speeding with their sirens on. They were en route to respond to another call. So my dads coworkers called 911 back, told them them saw an ambulance heading their way, and within minutes, the 911 dispatcher was able to reach the Driver of the Ambulance. They stopped, brought my dad back. And he survived-barely. He ended up with having only 30% of his heart left which led him to used a pacemaker. Prior to this incident, my fathers outlook on life and people were grim due to his own upbringing. He told me that when he flat lined he felt like everything was ok. Pure. Honest. Hopeful. White bright light shone down on him saying don’t give up the fight. Up until this conversation, I had never EVER seen my dad cry. He did this time and it touched my heart in a way that was indescribable. After 15 years of battling heart disease and diabetes, he had a stroke and passed in 2013. My dad is still my best friend. I say is because his story and my own testimony guided me towards the light of LOVE. Forgiveness and acceptance and gratitude is how I choose to love myself and others while celebrating us all. Your story is a perfect example that faith should be stronger than fear. I appreciate your talk and will share with others as you truly reminded and inspired me to not forget how important it is to love ourselves and others. Thank you! And God Bless!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    In bhagwat geeta lord krishna also said you are soul not body ❤️❤️hare krishna

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    Probably the best speech I have ever listened to! Thank you

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    Fantastic Ted talk.. Wow.. Loved all these 5 messages and the flashlight/warehouse metaphor. So brilliant. I am about to release my first book called The Magic of Insight.. Approaching Health and Life with Awareness, Curiosity & Hope.. So definitely resonate with all you say. My brother died 16 years ago and my feeling of his presence has nurtured my awareness for years and all the soulful chats I have had with my patients also since about their deceased loved ones. I'm a physiotherapist.. Congrats on reaching 4 million views, it definitely was not your time back then Anita 💞.

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    Pls talk in hindi too

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    Although, if you would see azrail who called malakul mout, then you never come back again…and this is not you dieing process…

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    I rarely write this info. Whatever she has said is a surprise to people in the west because sadly their minds have been caged with their limiting awareness. The vedas and the vedic laws have said this thousands of years ago. For me as a Hindu or sanatan dharma follower, this is not surprising at all. It is a given. It is ‘crazy’ for those who have lower levels of awareness and high levels of ‘ego’. Read about vedic info.

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    If you should die that day you would have been dead. Therefore, it wasn't you're time cause you're still here.

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    So amazing! Thank you deeply Anita for sharing. We can barely see with the little light of our flashlight, but you gave us your view and we can at least imagine what you mean. God is big!

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    Love is number one. Love ourselves and others. You teach others how to treat you. When you love yourself you have more love to give.
    Live life fearlessly. Love keeps you much safer than fear does.
    More laughter will lessen the need for hospitals and prisons.
    Life is a gift not a chore. All your challenges are gifts. (I’m having a hard time agreeing with the word “All” after losing multiple people to suicide and excruciating diseases.)
    Always be yourself. Embrace your uniqueness. Love yourself unconditionally.

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    Shine the flashlight on love. Shine the flashlight on joy. Shine the flashlight on peace. Shine the flashlight on health and wellness. Shine the flashlight on authenticity. Shine the flashlight on laughter and humor. Shine the flashlight on life.

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    she stole the idea of blue and search for red from Tony Robbins!

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    What a brave, lovely lady.

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    Never explained how she healed?

  31. #31

    this is an incredible story wow!! 👏🏼

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    The people who don't believe in an afterlife are the same people who wouldn't believe this earthly realm exists if they didn't see it for themselves.

  33. #33

    Absolutely profound

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    For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” Jesus Christ, John 3:16-17

  35. #35

    You only learn how to love people while you begin to love yourself. Thanks Anita.

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    Oh yes ma’am!!! Live fearlessly!! We started training mustangs after being 9-5ers most of our lives, bought a centuries old ranch and though I’m no longer a beauty, I’m happy being me and showing my worts and all on our YouTube channel. I encourage myself to love my differences so I can show others that their differences are beautiful too. You’re so right regarding so much!

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    I totally respect who you are and have always had your beliefs in my mind! Mahalo!❤🌈😇😘🌄🏝

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    I saw this video a few years ago. Each time i look it, my life changes. For me it's the most important testimony i ve ever heard

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    Brilliant and Beautiful!🐾

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    Beautiful to listen to this account; thank you for sharing.

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    Its true mam that Love should spread all over the world, at that time we find peace in mind.

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    I used her advices in online dating. needless to say, I was disappointed

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    08:26 makes sense. This is somewat similar to being released into society from the pen.

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    Vivência inspiradora! Grata por compartilhar sua vivência extraordinária!

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