Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife – Newsweek and The Daily Beast

Dr. Eben Alexander has been a neurosurgeon for the past 25 years. His book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, will be published by Simon & Schuster on Oct. 23, 2012.  Here, in his own words, is a summary of the story he tells in his book:

Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife – Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

4 Replies to “Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience With the Afterlife – Newsweek and The Daily Beast”

  1. Attention, Mike – blog bomb approaching 🙂

    I am pleased to admit that I was fascinated to read the excerpted description of Dr. Eben Alexander’s heavenly experience. It was a wonderful gift of God to choose a sober-minded scientist, and let him wander through eternal life for even seven days.

    Since I experienced a NDE as well, that is, ten years before Eben Alexander, I read a lot of literature regarding this special topic (books from Raymond Moody, Michael Sabom, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and many others). What I find interesting as to NDE is the fact that no matter what the cultural or religious background of the people questioned had been, there were more similarities than differences re the experience itself. Almost all people saw the Light behind a dark tunnel, they were extremely happy, and felt secured by a kind of love they didn’t know before (yet they may have searched their whole earthly life to find it).

    When Christians were asked they often said that they have met Jesus, as opposed to the non-Christians who felt loved by “the Light”, in which they could see their whole life (good and bad), however, they knew that they were completely accepted by “the Light” [reminds me of Jn 1:4, 8:12].

    Being inquired as for the consequences of the NDE, most people said that they didn’t fear death any more; they knew that there is a purpose in their life, and this purpose would consist in love and gaining knowledge. I would add that it’s not about simply acquiring knowledge by learning as much as possible, but by learning to “see”, and not being, somehow, blinded by the ‘Light of Love’ , that is, by learning to gain (integrated and interdisciplinary) wisdom – in order to love better through understanding man and this world from within, i.e. from the indwelling spiritual origin of everything, for God is Spirit (Jn 4:24).

    I couldn’t help but copying a few passages of Eben Alexander’s article, particularly, when I loved to read them (!), and I wanted to add some own (and biblical) thoughts.

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    (1) ‘It seemed that you could not look at or listen to anything in this world without becoming a part of it—without joining with it in some mysterious way. Again, from my present perspective, I would suggest that you couldn’t look at anything in that world at all, for the word “at” itself implies a separation that did not exist there.
    Everything was distinct, yet everything was also a part of everything else, like the rich and intermingled designs on a Persian carpet … or a butterfly’s wing.’

    “Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (Jn 17:11)
    “But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” (1 Cor 6:17)
    “…bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph 4:2-6)

    (2) ‘It was a look that was somehow beyond all these, beyond all the different compartments of love we have down here on earth. It was something higher, holding all those other kinds of love within itself while at the same time being much bigger than all of them.
    Without using any words, she spoke to me. The message went through me like a wind, and I instantly understood that it was true. I knew so in the same way that I knew that the world around us was real—was not some fantasy, passing and insubstantial.’

    […]

    (3) ‘Thoughts entered me directly. But it wasn’t thought like we experience on earth. It wasn’t vague, immaterial, or abstract. These thoughts were solid and immediate—hotter than fire and wetter than water—and as I received them I was able to instantly and effortlessly understand concepts that would have taken me years to fully grasp in my earthly life.’

    I have experienced this on my own, I mean the fact that God spoke to me rather differently as I knew it before. I asked Him a certain question, and some hours later he answered me in a very detailed way. But suddenly I wondered about his long reply, because I sensed that He must have spoken many sentences which however didn’t follow one after the other. Quite the contrary, every information was present at the same time (in a split second at least). Do I understand it? No. But it’s far less exhausting than the normal way of exchanging much information. 😉

    (4) ‘But what happened to me was, far from being delusional, as real or more real than any event in my life. That includes my wedding day and the birth of my two sons.’

    This is my estimation as well. Everything that I considered to be wonderful before, had almost completely faded at the sight of the eternal light, of the divine reality in which we constantly live (Acts 17:28) though we often don’t realize it. I hope that God won’t mind me saying that the wonders of nature on earth are nothing compared with the least beautiful spiritual creature of eternal life.

    (5) ‘Not only is the universe defined by unity, it is also—I now know—defined by love […, that is,] * the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us […,] that we are loved and accepted unconditionally by a God even more grand and unfathomably glorious than the one I’d learned of as a child in Sunday school.’

    As in the passage under ‘(2) mentioned, God’s unconditional love (agape) revealed to Eben Alexander through that woman, includes every kind of love we know here on earth (erotic love, friendship, fatherly, motherly, and filial love), yet God’s love is mere spiritual, not fleshly at all. Therefore, agape reaches far beyond any kind of love we could describe with human words. There is only one thing I could say from own experience: Spiritual love is never grounded on physical attraction; the “flesh” has finally lost its appeal for anyone who has entered the spiritual kingdom of God (1 Jn 2:16). Forever and for always.

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    * […] words and punctuation in the brackets were added by me

  2. Mike – I highly recommend you read the channeled information from Jeshua as found on http://www.oakbridge.org. You will find a fuller explanation of the entity that incarnated as Jeshu ben Joseph, Son of Joseph. I also attached lyrics from Roger McQuinn of the Bryds describing a mystical experience. Enjoy.

    The Byrds – 5d (fifth Dimension) Lyrics
    Oh, how is it that I could come out to you
    And be still floatin’
    And never hit bottom but keep falling through
    Just relaxed and paying attention?

    All my two-dimensional boundaries were gone
    I had lost to them badly
    I saw that world crumble and thought I was dead
    But I found my senses still working

    And as I continued to drop through the hole
    I found all surrounding
    To show me that joy innocently is
    Just be quiet and feel it around you

    And I opened my heart to the whole universe
    And I found it was loving
    And I saw the great blunder my teachers had made
    Scientific delirium madness

    Oh, I will keep falling as long as I live
    Ah, without ending
    And I will remember the place that is now
    That has ended before the beginning

  3. I love the lyrics, Ken.

    And it seems to me that the text describes a mystical experience though I guess it might have been a psychedelic experience here !? Since I spoke with drug addicts about their experiences, and compared their descriptions with my own, I know that there are similarities, especially as to the overwhelming “oneness” feelings. However, the consequences of both different experiences (raptured by the Spirit vs. being stoned) are opposed to each other. We know much about the negative results for body and mind when someone regularly trips out. But the main difference can be seen in the human spirit.
    Drug addicts normally become more and more confused because of the drugs, and lose both contact and ground to the real life surrounding them. The self, the human ego becomes stronger, and others are less and less interesting. The experience itself has the tendency to become the center of their life.

    Not so with a real mystical experience caused by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God changes the heart, and enlightens the human spirit. Thus men and women are enabled by Him to live more grounded on earth, although their hearts always long for the place they have seen above..
    And regarding the human ego…It is still a hidden mystery to me how His Spirit causes me more and more to lose track of my ego self (automatically, because it is no longer interesting for me). It is incredible what ‘in the name of Jesus’ indeed can be possible.
    Beginning with the Bible… just by reading it, God’s Word can speak in so many ways to our heart…We can feel His presence for example. Over time, everything can be seen more and more through His eyes. No drugs needed in this case. It may sound like a joke, but, honestly, some years ago, a young man told me he would like to have the same “drug” I enjoy because it would be cheaper. 😉 The “drug”, that is Jesus Christ ( 🙂 ), is the One who changed my winter into spring, and, who changed my world with the greatest gifts like love, peace, and joy. I am still praying for that young man and others whom I came to know who also had severe drug problems. I really understand them because I do know the longing to live in a better world, at least on the inside as long as we are urged to remain on earth.

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