Robin Roberts: “The last truly great book I read” – NYT Book Review April 2014

I love reading the New York Times Sunday Book Review section. This week, it contained a nice surprise: a very kind mention of PROOF OF HEAVEN nestled in a great interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.  Here’s the excerpt:

What was the last truly great book you read? 

The last truly great book I read was Dr. Eben Alexander’s “Proof of Heaven.” His brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. His recovery was a medical miracle and then some. Before he became ill, Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, was one of many in the scientific community who did not believe in near-death experiences. While in a coma, Alexander contends, he left this world and encountered a spirit that guided him and not only saved his life but changed it forever.

Given Ms Roberts’ public battle with a rare illness of her own, her words are especially poignant.

If you’d like to read the rest,  the interview is available here.

Be Here (in Maui) Now

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Dr Alexander and Karen Newell of Sacred Acoustics spent the last week visiting Chuck Blitz in Wailea on the magical Hawaiian island of Maui. A highlight of their visit included spending time with Ram Dass, also known as Dr. Richard Alpert, renowned for his pioneering work with Timothy Leary in exploring extraordinary states of consciousness through the use of psychedelic drugs in the 1950s and 1960s at Harvard University. 

Ram Dass and Dr Eben Alexander

Ram Dass and Dr Eben Alexander

Dr Alexander had this to say about their time together:

 I especially appreciated Ram Dass’s deep insights into the profound revelations of altered states of consciousness, such as those he pursued not only through the use of psychedelic drugs, but also through a long practice of yoga and meditation steeped in the rich eastern tradition of Maharaji and his time spent in India. His experiences concerning the nature of time and space were revolutionary. We discussed how viewing the hierarchy of realms of consciousness from higher levels enables our ability to come to a more fundamental knowing of the nature of all existence. His life path is very consistent with the crucial role of Love at the fundament of all. His vision and sharing was an extraordinary gift to mankind, which I believe modern science, philosophy and theology are just beginning to glimpse. It was truly an honor and a privilege to spend this time with him.