At 4:30 am on November 10, 2008, neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander woke up with a terrible headache and an intense pain in his lower back – it was spinal meningitis, and he rapidly lost consciousness. Over the next 7 days, Dr. Alexander himself would be in a surgery ward in intensive care, slipping into and out of a coma. His Near Death Experience was so beautiful, profound and overwhelming that it completely changed his outlook on life and he was compelled to write a book about his experience, “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.”
Dr. Eben had been an atheist, and his non-physical experiences caused him to question the foundations of his own beliefs and the scientific materialism of his worldview as a medical doctor. “You would think I knew everything there was to know about consciousness, being an active neurosurgeon, and I lived totally by science, and what science had to say about reality.” Dr Eben says. “My Near Death Experience changed that entirely. So much of what I saw in my journey showed me how primitive our science is and our human understanding – and in fact, it will never be able to weigh in, one way or the other, on the existence of that Divine Creative Being. And yet I fully understand the meaning of unconditional love, and the intensity and personal nature of that Deity is that divine spark within each and every one of us.”
Much like my own visions and dreams, and communications with loved ones who have passed away – as well as Jim Carrey’s ideas about non-local consciousness and death – Dr. Eben Alexander’s experience is another optimistic, transformative vision of death. In addition to Proof of Heaven, Dr. Alexander wrote another book, Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion and Ordinary People are proving the Afterlife, which compares his experience with other people who have been a coma or have been revived from death. I find it oddly comforting, and an affirmation of life itself – that someone like Dr. Eben Alexander has been able to pass through the veil of death and relate his experience. This is a long video, but it’s well worth the time and patience to see watch the whole presentation, because it explains in detail the context and nature of his experience – as well as some of the controversies that his books have raised. There are so many things to consider here. People like Dr. Eben help us to educate ourselves and give us the opportunity to understand death and its transition far better than at any other time in human history.