The Beautiful Terror of Uncertainty

Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani



Anita Moorjani‘s account of her near-death experience (NDE) is one of the most profound stories I have ever encountered—not just because of her astonishing experience beyond this world but because her body healed itself of her end-stage cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) within days of her return to this life. Click here to watch a forty-six-minute video interview with Anita in which she shares the story of her NDE.














I’m currently reading and enjoying Anita’s book, Dying to Be Me. Here are two paragraphs from page 137 that contain a whole lotta wisdom.









Since my NDE, I’ve learned that strongly held ideologies actually work against me. Needing to operate out of concrete beliefs limits my experiences because it keeps me within the realm of only what I know—and my knowledge is limited. And if I restrict myself to only what I’m able to conceive, I’m holding back my potential and what I allow into my life. However, if I can accept that my understanding is incomplete, and if I’m able to be comfortable with uncertainty, this opens me up to the realm of infinite possibilities.

I’ve found that subsequent to my NDE, I’m at my strongest when I’m able to let go, when I suspend my beliefs as well as disbeliefs, and leave myself open to all possibilities. That also seems to be when I’m able to experience the most internal clarity and synchronicities. My sense is that the very act of needing certainty is a hindrance to experiencing greater levels of awareness. In contrast, the process of letting go and releasing all attachment to any belief or outcome is cathartic and healing.


Anita nailed it when she wrote about the limitations that beliefs place on your life. You begin to live more consciously when you stop assuming that what you believe is unquestionably the way things are. Believing something is true doesn’t make it so, no matter how strongly you believe it. Drilling down to the essence of what you believe—with all the honesty and courage you can muster—and questioning every idea you have about life are prerequisites for living authentically.

A belief system is nothing more than a thought you’ve thought over and over again.
Wayne Dyer


Anita’s certainty about the value of uncertainty is also right on. Embracing uncertainty will be both thrilling and terrifying. Welcome your uneasiness; ask it to reveal its secrets—but brace yourself; stripping away layers of anger, denial, defensiveness, and guilt requires unflinching honesty and a willingness to completely rebuild your emotional identity.

All uncertainty is fruitful . . . so long as it is accompanied by the wish to understand.
Antonio Machado


I agree completely with Anita when she talks about “letting go.” In my view, that means that you interpret the adage “Let go and let God” as “Let go of what no longer serves me and let God lead me to live the life I was born to live.”

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
Alan Cohen


Finally, releasing attachments to outcomes is a core concept in walking a spiritual life. Detaching from outcomes does not mean that you are apathetic and unmotivated. You may still care deeply about the result of your efforts, but from an objective, enlightened perspective. Enlightened detachment flows out of heightened awareness and the conviction that life is unfolding as it should. You are fully engaged in life while humbly acknowledging that a greater wisdom than your own is at work.

Detaching from results in no way hinders your enjoyment of the process that leads to those results. Just the opposite is true: Detachment liberates you from worrying about the outcome, which frees you up to savor the present moment instead of looking past it. When you let go of the need to control outcomes, fear and insecurity naturally give way to faith, trust, and hope.

Faith is letting down our nets into the transparent deeps at the Divine command, not knowing what we shall draw.
François Fénelon


May you take Anita’s wisdom to heart and embrace uncertainty and boldness as the dearest of friends.

It is God’s kindness to terrify you in order to lead you to safety.
Rumi







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