At the end of March, we had an opportunity to attend an evening with Anita Moorjani, author of New York Times bestsellers, Dying to Be Me, and What If This is Heaven? It was a special evening at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas. I’d read her first book, Dying to Be Me, which details her remarkable 4-year journey from end-stage cancer, through near-death experience, to total healing, ...
during my own cancer treatment. And then again, just recently. There was much I could relate to, both in the realization that I wasn’t actually living my life for me, as well as the change in life perspective that can come with cancer, or any other life-threatening illness.
Anita, in speaking about her near-death experience, says that “I had a choice to come back…or not. I chose to return when I realized that ‘heaven’ is a state, not a place….” And that led her to her second book, What If This is Heaven? It examines how our cultural myths prevent us from experiencing Heaven on Earth, and asserts (rightly so, I believe) that it is best to “live life as an exercise in creativity, as if every discovery, every artistic exploration, matters in the cosmic tapestry of life – because it does.”
I don’t think it can be said any better than that.
I'm learning more about my art, and from my art, every day. It's not so much a matter of skill or practice... mostly it's a shift in perspective, a way of shaping how I look at and exist in the world.
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