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Overview A SCIENTISTâ€™S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Thousands of people have had neardeath experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.
Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.
Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.
This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
Reviews This nonfiction book about a neurosurgeon who suffers from a severe infection of the brain - so severe that it shuts down his neo-cortex and he drops into a deep coma - is one of the best Near Death Experience books I've ever read.
The author was an agnostic physician with expertise in the brain and consciousness. He started with a strong position that all consciousness is centered in brain function. If the brain stops functioning, you are dead and there is no coming back. He was skeptical of claims of NDEs because he knew how the drugs doctors used to bring patients back affected the brain. But when his brain completely shut down, he experienced a very deep entry into Oneness, and was miraculously brought back to life, not by medical intervention - they had given up and were ready to pull the plug - but by Divine intervention. He struggled to reconcile what he knew as a physician and neurosurgeon with his experiences when his brain was completely "off-line".
The experiences he had were alternately horrifying and exquisitely transcendent. The account loops around to another miracle: the discovery of who his guide was in the world beyond physical existence. He did not recognize his guide until a series of events brought her identity to him.
I highly recommend this book I am a Near Death Experiencer. I was really excited when I ran across Dr. Eben Alexander's book on his Near Death Experience. I spent last night and most of today reading his book.
I am happy that someone with Dr. Alexander's years of experience and qualifications has told his story of one of the deepest and longest and most significant NDE's I've ever read about or heard of.
Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon who has worked at some of the finest hospitals in the country. He has also been a teacher at Harvard Medical School. He is a professional who understands the workings of the brain from the viewpoint of a surgeon and a scientist. This is a man who carefully analyzes and considers all points of view before presenting his thoughts on his own NDE.
What I see in this book is a portrait of an NDE'r who is a top professional in the field of brain surgery, a strong family man, and a man of integrity and good sense.
I particularly liked his honesty in dealing with his battles with depression, and his sense of rejection stemming from his having been an adopted child. To my mind, his honesty and his vulnerability help to give this book integrity.
It is very encouraging to all us NDE'rs who are out there, working to spread the word about what has happened to us, to find this kind of corroboration of both the reality and the value of our experiences. Thank you, Dr. Alexander. This was a fantastic, intelligible read. I make this statement as an objective reader rather than someone who approached this book with predetermined
notions. The author seemed intellectually reflective, objective, and emotionally engaging with the events that took place during his NDE.
Given Dr. Alexander's credentials as a world class neurosurgeon with a wealth of expertise in brain biology, I can say that I find his experience and conclusions on there being an afterlife and a god more convincing than a lot of other literature I have read, especially given the fact he was an atheist before his NDE. I find it amazing that he went through these events he did, and how organized and lucid they were, despite his brain being dead. I do not want to spoil the book, but there are other interesting surprises during Dr. Alexander's journey that will definitely sweep the reader off their feet and convince them on the possibility of an-out-of-world existence.
This book has certainly increased my interest in reading more about NDEs and other books on god and spirituality. I would highly recommend it to others who have similar curiosities into the meaning of life, the nature of our existence, and if there is a god. Even the most cynical and skeptical of readers will easily get caught up in this book and find themselves thinking, "What if?" The author, a neurosurgeon, develops E.coli bacterial meningitis. In a coma for seven days with virtually no brain activity except those related to life support, the comatose doctor has an out-of-body experience that transforms the way he thinks, behaves, and relates to other people.
There's much to read and ponder in Proof of Heaven. Dr. Alexander states something that I've somehow always "known," that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness and that human experience continues beyond the grave. He quotes Sir John C. Eccles when he mentions, "We have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world."
For anyone who's ever wondered about his or her place in the universe, this book is a must-read. As the author states, "Each and every one of us is deeply known and cared for by a Creator who cherishes us beyond any ability we have to comprehend." Gobbled this book right down because the author's near-death experience isn't the most amazing part---it was his perfect credentials for influencing everyone's opinion about that experience!
I've visited places such as this neurosurgeon visited during his 7-day coma, and my nearly forty years of studying the *interdimensional* science of Consciousness made it all seem normal and to be expected of someone in his dying situation. What impressed and astonished and delighted me was how PERFECTLY his situation was designed to gain the attention of everyone who has NOT yet come to the awareness that consciousness does not begin or end with the physical brain!
I highly, highly recommend this book. It's quick to read, because the story is so compelling, and the doctor/author has gone to great lengths to explain why this was NOT hallucination (that part of his brain was classified as completely nonfunctional at the time), or any other among a long list of conventional science's debunking explanations for NDEs. His unique experience refutes all of these arguments.
The only flaw in the book isn't really a flaw: he can't yet explain how or why these things happened to him. Not to worry, Dr. Alexander! Others have and will. For instance, "The Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation" by Ernest L. Norman offers complete, diagrammed, scientific explanations for the aspects of consciousness that bridge dimensions. This science fully explains how and why he experienced the visions and connections of his NDE, where he went, and perhaps even why he did so.
As for why his deceased father didn't come to greet him during his other-side visit--that, too, can be explained. It's in my books, it's in E.L. Norman's books, and one day I'm sure the author will understand, as well.
Because of my already-established beliefs, I'd stopped reading about near-death experiences, but I will be recommending this book to everyone who'll listen!
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