Updated: May 21
A love story presented by Dr. Eben Alexander a highly accomplished neurosurgeon.
Quote Alert! There are just too many magnificent quotes in this book not to share, so bare with me...
Have you ever felt the need to feel safe, loved and cherished? I certainly have. So many times, when I feel overwhelmed by life I have a deep desire to believe that the universe has my back.
In the book Proof of Heaven, Dr, Eben Alexander presents his life experience, and if only you allow it, it will change your life forever. You will never again feel alone, or unloved...but only if you trust and allow the possibility that his experience speaks the truth.
Dr. Eben Alexander had e-coli meningitis an extremely rare illness, that affected the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion, the part that essentially makes us human. His brain literally shut down completely.
He spent seven days in a deep coma. On the 7th day, the doctors gave up on him ever recovering. To the surprise of all the doctors and his family, Dr. Alexander suddenly opened his eyes, regained consciousness and made a full recovery. The doctors were left with no scientific explanation for the recovery, they could only call it a "medical miracle". This is not the end of the story, it’s actually the beginning.
In the book Proof of Heaven Dr. Alexander recounts his Near Death Experience (commonly referred to as NDE), during the seven days that he was in the coma. There are three powerful lessons that got my attention, and here they are...
#1 Death is not the end - It’s a transition
Dr. Alexander recounts seeing countless higher dimensions or realms during his near death experience. He vividly depicts the richness of a vast universe that was available to him after his brain was diagnosed as “completely dead” by his doctors and neurosurgeons.
In other cases of NDEs doctors would explain that the patients experiences while in a coma were due to the fact that their brains were still functioning and creating a world of imagination. In the case of Dr. Alexander his brain was actually clinically dead. The medical community has not been able to explain his experiences.
“I was simply present, I was not aware of a body”.
He was however, at least part of the time aware of life on earth and of the human experiences of his loved ones. He makes the point that life on earth is part of a larger universe and it is not separate but rather intertwined.
Death is presented by Dr. Alexander as a love story of a universe that is never ending, and of life that is infinite.
#2 The human brain presents limitations
During his life on earth prior to his NDE, Dr. Alexander was what we would call a highly intellectual being. He was a renowned neurosurgeon, and a Harvard professor. His brain seemed to be working at a very high IQ.
When the meningitis hit his system it shut down his neocortex in a matter of hours. The neocortex is the part of the brain that is responsible for thought, reasoning and emotion.
“While beyond my body I received knowledge about the nature and structure of the universe that was vastly beyond my comprehension...As I received thoughts I was able to instantly and effortlessly understand concepts that would have taken me years to fully grasp in my earthly life”
In essence as advanced as his human brain was it paled in comparison to the infinite intelligence of the vast universe that seemed to be easily available to him during his near death experience. Humans have a high regard for intelligence and accomplishments of the human mind. In large part we view human intelligence as a task, we study, we invest time and effort in learning new skills and concepts. In contrast, Dr. Alexander depicts an experience where intelligence seems to be infinitely and immediately available to all beings.
He proposes the idea that the human brain may not be responsible for consciousness. That there may be a higher universal power beyond the power of a human brain. He says that he will spend the rest of his life working on scientifically proving this theory.
“To understand how the brain might actually block our access to knowledge of the higher worlds, we need to accept at least hypothetically and for a moment that the brain itself does not; produce consciousness.”
It’s a fascinating idea that perhaps in time will have a greater explanation that our human brains can comprehend. For now, look at it this way - when you feel stuck in a problem - imagine that there is a higher power and callout for a solution to be translated and downloaded to your human brain….Why not give it a try? Nothing to lose - perhaps a lot to gain.
#3 You are loved
Dr. Alexander says that he can sum up his entire experience into three words - YOU ARE LOVED.
If even just for a moment humans in the masses would believe this wholeheartedly - imagine what our world would look like?
Imagine what you would feel like, what your life would be like, if you believed this statement to be the absolute truth.
You would most likely feel safe and you would be empowered to do anything you desired.
You would stop the incessant worrying that you can't be loved as you are. You would be free to find peace with exactly who you are right now.
What a beautiful way to live!
One opposing thought to Dr. Alexander’s statement is the idea that evil prevails and we can’t trust the good, that we are never safe. Well, this is his response to that...
“Small particles of evil were scattered throughout the universe, but the sum total of all that evil was a grain of sand on a vast beach compared to the goodness, abundance, hope, and unconditional love in which the universe was literally awash.”
It’s always your choice to decide what you believe. Just remember that what you believe shapes your life experience. What you believe will either uplift you or drag you down. You decide which beliefs you want to keep and which ones you want to let go of because they no longer serve you. My logical mind says "what if this experience of Dr. Alexander was just a hallucination, what if it's all false..." And my heart says "so what, when I believe it I feel loved and safe and connected to all that there is..." At the end of my life, I will never regret believing this as truth."
It is when we question what we believe to be true, that we may stumble upon a truth that we never imagined possible.
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Wishing you love, joy and peace,