Dying and an Amazing Synchronicity


The universe works in mysterious ways. The following story, which I take from my ebook Extraordinary Mind, remains one of my favourite synchronicities.

In 2012 when I was living in Hong Kong I was out and about with my wife in the IFC Mall, one of the city’s more pricey shopping establishments. Walking around on the third floor, I stumbled across a book shop and went in. There, right on top of a pile of books on a table near the front of the bookshop was a certain volume which caught my eye: Dying to be Me, by Anita Moorjani. I picked it up and did what I always do when deciding whether or not to buy a book: I stilled myself, bringing my mind fully present, then felt the book. My intuition told me that the book was for me, so I went straight to the counter and bought it.

I wasn’t disappointed. The author, I found out, is a Hong Kong woman of Indian decent. Several years ago she was diagnosed with cancer. The book details her experience with the disease, and her remarkable visit to death’s door. To cut a long story short, Anita describes how her condition gradually deteriorated, until she was admitted to hospital in a coma. Her doctors had basically given up on her, and her organs had begun to shut down. One of the doctors wrote down that her family should be informed of her true condition, meaning that he was convinced that she was about to die.

The author then describes the miracle that happened next. She had a classic near death experience where she was able to hear not only what was being said by doctors who were treating her, but she could also see into the minds of her close relatives, including a brother who was on  plane, rushing to see her. She saw her current life in a grand spiritual context, witnessed her past lives, and experienced an expanded state of mind which transcended time and space. This mental state is what I call a classic experience of Integrated Intelligence (INI), as I outline in my book Discover Your Soul Template, INI is the experience of mind which extends out from the body and interacts with other people, places and even other times.

Anita Moorjani shares her wonderful spiritual insights with the reader. The message is clear. We spend too much of our lives denying our own magnificence, living for some future goal, or just believing that we are inadequate. It is these beliefs and attitudes that the author sees as being central to her becoming sick. Her cancer was an expression of a greater dis-ease in her mind. The genuine miracle occurred when Anita awakened from her coma. Within two weeks her cancers had reduced dramatically in size, and soon they had vanished from her body without a trace.

I loved the book. In fact, as I read it I realised that I had a strong connection with its message. Although I have never had a near death experience, I have experienced many non-ordinary states of consciousness and had many spiritual experiences where I received insights that mirror those of Anita Moorjani.

As I was reading the book, I texted one of my good friends in the consciousness movement in Hong Kong, transpersonal psychologist Doug Seiden, and told him he should read the book. He texted me back saying that he had met Anita two years previously at the Hong Kong Consciousness Festival. He said she was a very nice woman. I felt rather envious.

What I will relate next is actually true, even though it may seem rather incredulous. I was seriously considering contacting the author, as we lived in the same city. A scenario kept popping into my head during the first few days after I purchased the book.

I am sitting in a public space. Suddenly I realise that Anita Moorjani is sitting right beside me. I walk over to her and say “Are you Anita Moorjani?” I point to her book, which I am holding.

In fact this scenario came to me just a day or so after purchasing the book, while I was travelling on the MTR – Hong Kong’s subway. It was as if I could feel Anita very close to my physically. I saw myself seeing her sitting just opposite me. I get up, go over and blurt out “Well, isn’t this an amazing coincidence!” However, as I looked around the train carriage, there was no Indian woman in sight.

That evening Doug invited me downtown for dinner. We were originally going to eat Thai, but Doug suggested upon Indian. So we ended up sitting down together in a very nice Indian restaurant. The food was great. Yet that strange feeling would not leave me. I felt as if Anita Moorjani was in the restaurant, and that I was about to meet her. Yet when I looked around, the restaurant was not at all busy, and there was nobody there who looked remotely like her.

So the following day I went out in the afternoon to the Pacific Coffee place in Discovery Bay, not far from my apartment on Lantau Island. Lantau is one of Hong Kong’s biggest islands, and is home to a large expat community. I sat down in the coffee shop and began to do a little writing on my computer. Suddenly a woman’s voice caught my attention. I looked up to see three people of Indian heritage sitting just a metre away from me at the next table. The woman, who was turned away from me, was talking about her “publicist”. I realised that she must be a writer. The idea immediately came to me that this woman was Anita Moorjani. I couldn’t see her face clearly, but I could see a distinguishing facial feature on her right cheek. So I opened my copy of Dying to Be Me (which I had on the table) and turned to the author page where there was a photo. Sure enough, the photo of Anita showed the same feature in exactly the same spot on her face. I checked her energy intuitively, and saw that she had a soft and very feminine energy, and was very relaxed in her body. It was a perfect match!

Anita and Danny Moorjani

Anita and Danny Moorjani

I was just thinking about how I might interrupt their conversation (as I am not a natural extrovert) when suddenly the Indian man chatting to the woman got up and walked over to me. “Is that book any good?” he asked. He was smiling.

“Yes! Is this Anita?” I asked indicating to the woman. They were all smiling.

Sure enough, it was her. I kindly invited myself over for a chat with them! The man was Danny, Anita’s amiable husband. We chatted for about twenty minutes or so, and I was delighted to discover that Anita was as genuine as her book suggests. But the synchronicity didn’t end there. I discovered that the couple lived in Discovery Bay too. But even more incredibly, we found out that we had both lived in the same tiny village of a few hundred people in Hong Kong’s New Territories at the same time (2008) – at opposite ends of the village. They knew several of my friends in the village. The odds of that must be astronomical. I honestly couldn’t remember seeing Anita or Danny there, but I must have seen them at some time, because the village is quite isolated, with only one mini-bus which takes about 25 minutes to get to the nearest train station.

What a wonderful series of synchronicities!


photo marcus Marcus T Anthony (PhD) is a futurist of the human mind, writer and spiritual adviser. His web site is www.mind-futures.com. His new book is Champion of the Soul.

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  1. jeffhand409@yahoo.com' Jeff says:

    Nice story! It’s always good to hear about people paying attention to what’s being communicated to them (in ways other than vocally).

  2. lmarozzi@comcast.net' Lorraine Marozzi says:

    Hi Marcus, great story!! I’ve read Anita’s book several times but have never had the pleasure of meeting her. I am hoping to take one of her online seminars though, one of these days. I did want to mention another book, not about an NDE, but about a woman who’s brother starts to speak to her several weeks after his death. It is called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers and I highly recommend it. Billy goes much more deeply into what is happening (in his experience) ‘on the other side’. It is a really fascinating and interesting book and I think you would really connect with the story.

  3. woodyj3@gmail.com' Woody James says:

    Hi Marcus, Thank you for the amazing story. I have read Anita’s book quite a few times and it has removed all fear of death from me. Currently I am 84 years old.
    I also find the teachings of Eckhart Tolle to be invaluable.
    Peace to you.

  4. smb5982@yahoo.com' Susan says:

    Yes I actually had a similar incident. As a child I lived in Venice California and attended Venice High School. I had a very good friend there named Jenny but lost contact with her. When I became an adult and got my teaching job I moved to the San Fernando Valley a suburb of Los Angeles about 40 minutes away from Venice. I then had my own children. Flash forward 20 years later to my daughter having a dance recital in a town close to the one that we lived in the San Fernando Valley. A few days before the recital, I kept having a feeling that I was going to see Jenny that friend of mine from high school, that I haven’t had contact with for 20 years. Sure enough at the recital she was sitting on the opposite end of the front row that I was sitting in.

    Can you explain what that was?

  5. That’s not an uncommon experience, Jenny. It is of course possible that it was pure coincidence, and maybe in some cases it’s true with these things. But what I have come to see very clearly as an intuitive is that we have strong telepathic bonds with people we are emotionally connected to. Conscious intention moves forwards and backwards through time – and time itself is somewhat mysterious, and not a simple linear thing. Emotional connections (i.e. when we encounter someone in a meaningful way) tend to generate an energetic wave that can be felt intuitively (as a feeling) often well before the physical meeting occurs). We can also have dreams before the event – I’ve had many.

    The idea that emotional and meaningful events generate consciousness fields that move through time and space is also supported by experimental research in parapsychology.

  6. Sorry, that should be Susan, not Jenny!

  7. Jc9425@yahoo.com' Jill says:

    Another book about a NDE is by Natalie Sudman. “Application of Impossible Things.” An American woman working as a civilian for the government’s vehicle hits an IDE. The story of her experience in that “in between” place that she calls the “blink environment” is life changing. Her view of the experiences she had are very insightful. I actually got to meet her one day, too.

  8. I absolutely love your posts, they really resonate with me. Almost 80 yrs old, I’m still on a spiritual journey!

  9. Aris Hart Aris Hart says:

    I know this book. Also, she’s been attending seminars and tv guesting to share her testimony about being aware on her surroundings while in Coma.

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