Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander

Nae's Nest —  February 23, 2013 — 7 Comments

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Born in 1953, Eben Alexander III grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the adopted son of a neurosurgeon father and a devoted mother. Following in his father’s footsteps, he went to medical school to become a neurosurgeon. He then went on to teach at Harvard, got married and had two sons. Life was good. But on November 10, 2008, at age 54, Dr. Alexander contracted an extremely rare and deadly form ofmeningitis and fell into a deep coma. During the seven days the doctors spent trying to revive him, Dr. Alexander claims that he had a near-death experience — during which he visited heaven and met God. He says that he battled back from the brink of death, and that in the process, he was transformed with a new sense of faith, wonder and purpose — and a desire to share with people what he had seen beyond the body and beyond the Earth. The following is an edited excerpt from Oprah’s recent “Super Soul Sunday” interview with Dr. Alexander. To see what Dr. Alexander has to say about adoption, the human brain and the existence of other dimensions, read on. Oprah: You go into detail in this book, Proof of Heaven, of your meeting God and experiencing literally an out-of-body existence. Out-of-the-universe experience. Let’s begin with the headache. Dr. Eben Alexander: Well, it was like being struck by a freight train at 4:30 in the morning, November 10, 2008. I woke up and had severe back pain. That was the first thing I noticed. I tried to get into a warm bath, thinking that might help, and it didn’t. Oprah: So when your wife said to you, “I think we should maybe go to the hospital,” you said, “Absolutely not.” By the time you were admitted into the hospital hours later, were you conscious? Dr. Alexander: No, I don’t remember any of that at all. Because meningitis is such an efficient way to mimic death, it wiped out my neocortex, the part of the brain that makes us human — where consciousness and memory and emotions, language, visual, auditory, all of our experience are put together. That was all gone. At best they gave me a 10 percent chance of survival when I got to the ER. My survival was down to about 2 percent at week’s end, with no chance of recovery. Oprah: If I asked you before this experience, “Do you believe in God?”, what would’ve been your answer? Dr. Alexander: I would’ve said no. There was no way to explain it based on my neuroscientific career. Though Dr. Alexander had built a successful career and had a loving family, he still had questions about his biological parents. Prior to 2008, he tracked down his birth mother… only to learn that she did not want to meet him. After that, says Dr. Alexander, he experienced a deep sadness that threatened to derail everything in his life. Oprah: You grew up feeling loved and appreciated, but when your biological mother… said she didn’t want to see you, you went into a sinkhole. Dr. Alexander: It was absolutely devastating, because of the memory of feeling as if I was being thrown away. My adoptive father — a renowned neurosurgeon — would tell me, “You can’t possibly remember anything that happened when you were weeks old.” But he was wrong. Because I later came to realize it was such a deep and powerful memory, it shaped everything about my knowing of this world and how I related to this world. Oprah: I just got that in a way like never before. And that is why this is a good thing we’re sharing here right now. That is why every mother or father who has to give up a child for adoption should explain to the child why. Even though it’s a baby. So they know the difference between being wanted and not wanted. Dr. Alexander: Right. Oprah: You say — I love this — on page 8 [of Proof of Heaven] that “All of consciousness is brain based. If you don’t have a working brain, you can’t be conscious.” So, let’s talk about what that experience was like. Can you take us on that [near-death] journey? Dr. Alexander: Initially I was in this sort of vague, foggy, murky underground. It was kind of a hideous place. Oprah: Do you remember being afraid? Dr. Alexander: Well, initially, there was no memory of anything better. So it seemed okay. Oprah: Because you [didn’t] have a memory of a self or a family? Dr. Alexander: Right, I was just awareness. Just a piece of awareness. Oprah: This is fantastic, I love this! Dr. Alexander: Then I was rescued by this spinning white light. And as it got closer, it expanded. Oprah: This sounds as crazy as it can be, but: It opened you up to another dimension? Dr. Alexander: It did. Totally different. Oprah: So now you’re going into another dimension where you met a guide — a woman who led you on a journey on the wings of a giant butterfly, into another world of inexplicable beauty. Did you recognize her? Dr. Alexander: No. She was very beautiful. And she was looking at me with the most loving smile. Oprah: What is the message you received? Tell us that. Dr. Alexander: “You are loved, deeply cherished, forever. There is nothing you have to fear. You will always be loved, and there’s nothing that you can do wrong.” Oprah: So what we all want to know is, did you see God? Dr. Alexander: Yes. Oprah: What’s he look like? Is it a he? Dr. Alexander: Well, to answer your question briefly, no, God has no gender. In fact, I did not use the word “God” in my writing for months, because the power and the awe of the all-loving, all-powerful deity is beyond any words at all. Oprah: I’ve always thought that there are, or could possibly be, as many dimensions as we are. You see and experience the realms based upon how you lived. Is there any validity to that? Dr. Alexander: I think there’s a lot to that. I mean, the differences come as our brain acts as a filter or veil to affect our memories as we come back into this life. And in fact, I would say that newborns are still very freshly from that realm. Oprah: I have always said that! I say they come in trailing the breath of the angels. Now I ask you today: Do you believe in God? Dr. Alexander: Absolutely have no doubt whatsoever… and know the eternity of our souls. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

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7 responses to Proof of Heaven, by Dr. Eben Alexander

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    Reblogged this on Tricia Through the Looking Glass and commented:
    I’ve written about my own near death experience in my book, Escorting the Dead: My Life as a Psychopomp, and here is another view from the perspective of a neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander III.

    This posting recounts an interview between Dr. Alexander and Oprah Winfrey, during which Dr. Alexander tries to explain what happened to him.

  2. 

    I’ve been a professional psychic for almost 40 years, and I first became aware of Dr. Eben Alexander when he talked about his experience on THROUGH THE WORMHOLE with Morgan Freeman.

    When he made comments about Infinite Love, the Core, Infinite Creativity, and so forth I knew he had indeed seen and been at one with God.

    I had a similar experience in 1977.

    As a pedestrian, I was hit head-on by a speeding car, left my body, expanded outward in all directions, and became at one with The Infinite (The Core in Dr. Alexander’s terms) for what seemed like an eternity. I was then pulled back into my lifeless body in the middle of a crowded street. I leaped up, unhurt and ecstatic about what I’d just experienced. The car was severely damaged. Police, doctors, EMS paramedics and witnesses were stunned that I was not hurt at all, but I was amazed by what I had just witnessed about God, life after death, reincarnation, selflessness, eternity, and more!

    After seeing Dr. Alexander on THROUGH THE WORMHOLE, I emailed him, elated that someone of his stature and reputation was now willing to testify, so to speak, and I sent him an early draft of A SECOND IN ETERNITY, the book I wrote about my experience. As he discovered, his story was too important to not be told, and as he now knows, telling the truth is mandatory.

    After reading Proof of Heaven, I was profoundly touched by what he discovered and experienced, by how well he described the indescribable, and by how he is now so committed to advance scientific acceptance of and research into NDEs (Near Death Experiences), spirituality, Divine encounters, out of body experiences, etc. As a species, we are all learning more about these matters, and Dr. Alexander’s contributions will prove to be some of the most significant and powerful game changers concerning acceptance of and learning about what we call God.

    We who have had such experiences are truly the luckiest of the lucky. And we do have a spiritual responsibility to share the truth with the world and help others understand that there is no reason to fear death, that life never ends, that God by any name is indeed infinite compassion, love and creativity, and that this God is within us, as well as within every speck of creation at all times.

    Thank you for your time in reading this.

    Who am I?
    See links below…

    Sincerely,

    Gary L. Wimmer
    Austin, TX 78745-5237
    (512) 707-0836
    http://garywimmer.com/psychic/
    http://garywimmer.com/writer/eternity.htm
    http://garywimmer.com/writer/litho_book.htm

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      i am so glad you have shared this. I am very interested. With my illness, I have been forced to think of my mortality. I have so many questions I am seeking answers to. This gives hope. For you to have witnessed first hand…how wonderful for you. You are one of very few who can bring such a message back. I am glad you found my blog as I am happy to hear your words. Your story is something I need to know and hear right now. I thank you.

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      I love stuff like this.

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        Me too! My aunt was bleeding to death–they sent her home after a miscarriage before the bleeding had stopped–and she had an out of body experience that made her absolutely certain that there is life after death. There was a shining figure who stood with her as she looked down at the family struggling to get her unconscious body into the car. She didn’t want to return, but was too concerned about their distress, so she did.

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