Book Review: Dying to Wake Up

Book ReviewDr Rajiv Parti, MD with Paul Perry.

Published by Atria Books 2016.

Sometimes I like to draw inspiration form unlikely quarters. Not research based ones.  Parti tells of his journey from ambitious, callous and pain killer addicted Anesthesiologist to founding a conscious based healing center after a profound Near Death Experience (NDE).

This is a story of a spiritual and personal awakening, of a changed man.  His talented wife (a dentist) supports him financially while he goes about his own healing and building his healing modalities for fellow addicts, and sufferers of chronic pain.

I enjoyed going with someone one on their NDE which was vividly described.  I learned a little about how common these experiences are world-wide as well as how common a personal change or transformation is following them. On finishing the book I had a bit of NDE envy, which is a little odd.  I am avoiding buses for the next week or so, because nearly dead is pretty hard to manage I think.

Parti is likeable and approachable and willing to fully confront and transform his weakness in terms of his arrogance, lack of empathy and addiction to materialism and pain pills.

There was also enough of a ‘how does it turn out?’ to leave me in till the end instead of flipping to the last page and shelving it.

The writing style did not fully captivate for me, or maybe was just not exactly my style. There was not quite enough struggles along the way with our hero.  Perhaps some of this was the story telling as he certainly had some major life challenges (cancer, chronic pain, addiction and an abusive father).  I also wanted to be taken a bit more into the wellness center which we don’t really get to see.

What are my thoughts on NDEs now?  Do I believe in them?  I think seeing is believing, which is a bit awkward in this sense.  I find it comforting to know that so many have such positive experiences and see the same sorts of things.  Of course this begs the question is that because we are all somewhat condition to see bright lights, experience wonderful feelings and meet the great ‘being of light’.  I think more profound is the personal transformation following them and how common it is.

So it was a gentle comforting read, that with the facts could maybe have been a bit more of a rip roaring ride. Overall I am pleased he choose to tell us his story and that I choose to read it.  I have great respect for anyone that successfully undergoes that sort of personal transformation from take, take, take to give, give, give. Also that someone with his impressive pedigree has been moved to look at chronic pain differently and more holistically and to actively get out and help is a great thing for us spoonies (people living with chronic illness).

So I am officially a Dr Rajiv fan, and it would seem I am not alone.

You can ercheck out Dr Rajivs blog here

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