how to access .env variables for Neo4j in Nestjs v8 app.module

I have what appears to be a common problem without a common solution. I am trying to access my .env data from my Nestjs app.module while importing Neo4jModule. If I use hardcoded values everything works fine but neither process.env or configService seems to get the values. I have seem many examples of this problem but apparently the answer is quite elusive. I have tried the following variations of answers but none works. I do understand that we are a bit early in the initialization process but I can’t figure out how to delay the request until the initialization is complete.