Today, I celebrate the 13th anniversary of the day I emerged from a weeklong coma due to bacterial meningitis November 16, 2008, my re-birthday. On this anniversary of that life-changing event, I want to thank again the family and friends who were instrumental in my return to this world, not to mention the myriad souls I have since encountered who have helped me to reach a deeper understanding of the nuances of my experience. I am grateful to the many readers of my books, Proof of Heaven, The Map of Heaven, and Living in a Mindful Universe, for the feedback they have offered, including hundreds who have shared their own spiritual epiphanies. In this challenging era of the covid pandemic, with so much death, loss, and bereavement, it is comforting that so many have reported their burdens eased by the empowering messages offered by those three books.
My recent progress in understanding is encouraged by essays that have emerged from the Bigelow Institute of Consciousness Studies (BICS), who sponsored a contest asking for the best evidence for the survival of human consciousness beyond permanent bodily death. The contest organizers have promised to publish all 29 winning essays on their website in the coming days, which will detail outstanding examples from the empirical data and rational conclusions supporting the reality that we are much more than physical bodies alone. Most near-death experiencers, and myriad others who have studied the broader literature on survival studies, already accept that the evidence for consciousness surviving physical death (and reincarnation) is sufficient to be certain beyond any reasonable doubt. The value of the contest, and of this information being made freely available, is in helping others to realize this liberating and refreshing view of who we truly are. This collection of essays will provide evidence for a world view that is much needed right now, bring meaning and purpose to being human, and foster a more general expression of love, compassion, mercy and acceptance of others.
The winning BICS essay by professional academic parapsychologist Jeffrey Mishlove PhD is well worth reading for anyone interested in this field of study. This version of the document includes numerous embedded videos which come from Dr Mishlove’s long career of interviewing people about their experiences and viewpoints. He has used my NDE to make many specific points, most importantly quoting Dr Bruce Greyson from his interview about my medical records stating, “This guy was as dead as you can be without having his heart stop,” validating the scientific position that my brain was far too damaged to support any dream or hallucination. This is a crucial line of evidence supporting the primacy of consciousness in the universe, independent of the physical brain. Other points emphasized include the extraordinary healing power often enabled by NDEs, the value of exploring consciousness, and the life-transformative effects of NDEs.
Dr. Mishlove’s manuscript is deliberate, thorough and well-structured, as he pursues numerous lines of evidence far beyond just near-death experiences in making his case for conscious awareness surviving bodily death. Other winning essay authors include Pim van Lommel, Bernardo Kastrup, Bruce Leininger, Robert Mays and many other researchers in the field. This collection of papers will serve the world in helping to bring more souls into readily knowing our fundamental spiritual nature, and the spiritual nature of the universe.
This potential turning-point is a worthy celebration of my 13th Re-Birthday of awakening from coma!
Listening to your words is so helpful & meaningful to me.
Dear Eben, I am grateful for your spiritual work. I am in agony due to family deaths, my sister Peggy, brother Joe, cousin Brian and most recently ,my cousin Mike on Sept.27,2022. All of these deaths were unexpected and occurred in a 2 year time frame. I am trying to help with their young ,now adult, children. I found my brother, Joe, dead and Mike’s son, who was to be married within 10 days, found his father, Mike, dead,when Mike did not show up for work. Peggy’s son Patrick, endured the loss of his mother followed by the death of his grandfather 2 months later. He moved out of his home and obtained a Golden Retriever puppy, Nova. He bonded with the dog. They did everything together. Nova was a new beginning for Patrick. At 14 months of age, while Patrick was at work,Nova asphyxiated at the home of his father. Later that day, I stood in the poring rain with Patrick holding the lifeless body of his beloved dog while he cried to the sky, “What do I do now?”, and “Why God?, Why?” I have no answers for him. I was there the day Patrick was born and I want desperately to comfort him. I do not feel or sense in anyway the presence of a loving God or of my beloved family. If Peggy were watching over Patrick, his dog should not be dead. I have been in counseling over all the deaths and it does not help as these are spiritual matters. I hope that consciousness survives. I hope we are spirits with a human or animal existence. I do not know this. if I did know this, I could better serve others with some ray of hope. Please help me. I am in agony. I welcome helpful comments. I, I, too, do not know what to do. I need to help my remaining family as to paraphrase Eben, “We are our families.” I am heartbroken. Please help.
I am deeply bereaved to read your post Mary Patricia and send you my prayer for comfort. I have experienced the passing of loved ones’ and can feel the deep unrelenting grief that fills the soul. When I have such sorrow, I am lifted by reading from the book of Psalms in the bible. It always seems to speak comfort into my heart. I feel that God is talking to me and leading me to greater spiritual maturity “His” way. I cannot do life without the Word of God, and when I try, I trip over my fallibility. blessing to you, in all of your ways.
On January 11, 2000 I suffered a ‘widow maker’ heart attack, 100% blockage of the left anterior descending artery. Miraculously I collapsed in the hallway of my primary physician who immediately administered nitro stat pills. Paramedics transported me to the local hospital heart center where the Department Head of Cardiology saved my life. Unfortunately the severity of the attack resulted in permanent damage to about a quarter to third of the heart muscle. After spending 6 days in the hospital I returned home to my wife and young children. It was at home that a terrifying adult-like dark colored spirit appeared in the bedroom doorway. I yelled out loudly for my wife who was down the hallway, told her what I saw and made her sleep on the floor next to the bed. To this day she thinks I was hallucinating however I know exactly what I witnessed. I innately believe that what I saw was ‘death’ and it was not pleased that I had somehow alluded my presence into its dark realm. I would love to hear from anyone else who has encountered a similar experience.
I love your NDE! Thank you for sharing it with the world! What are your thoughts on this news? It’s as though they’re trying to explain NDEs as merely a physiological event.
I love your story and I love NDE stories. However I’m confused about two things in your video on YouTube:
If you are 68 years old, there is no way your mother looked like the woman in the picture. Because I’m 62 and if I found a picture of my mother when she was younger.. she wouldn’t look like that at all. The woman in the picture looks like someone for 2002.
And then in the next part where you were talking about someone who saw the brother she never knew she had and the parent said…he was born 3 months before you were born? How can that be?
I’m not trying to discredit you because I love your story but I’m just confused…
Without knowing exactly which YouTube video you are referring to, I cannot answer your question about the apparent disparity in age of my mother. Please specify which YouTube video, and at what time point in the video the alleged image appears.
As to the second aspect of your question, that all refers to a story Elizabeth Kubler-Ross told on page 28 of her book On Life After Death. It is of a 12-year old girl who had a deep NDE during severe illness from which she recovered. She had a beautiful, heavenly experience much richer because it involved someone she knew during the experience to be her brother, who showed her great compassion and tenderness. She never before knew she had a brother. Turns out the brother had died 3 months before she was born, and her parents were still grieving his loss, so they had never told her about him. Only when she approached her father to share the details of her surprising experience did he tell her about the brother she never knew in life, but only met in her NDE. This kind of “Peak in Darien” experience of encountering someone during an NDE who was not previously known to be dead by the experiencer is a unique and powerful category of information supporting the rich realm of near-death and other spiritually-transformative experiences.
I would be happy to address the Youtube question if you steer me to the correct video.
The brother died 3 months before she was born.
Maybe the photo you’re referring to is his sister? Dr Alexander was given photo of her. She was his biological sister who had died before he got a chance to meet her. Dr Alexander was adopted and met his birth family later in life. I hope that is correct as I recall from reading his book and watching some videos. Just thought I’d mention it since it’s a big part of the nde story. If this isn’t incorrect, I apologize.
Love your books and your work, Dr Alexander! Hope it was okay to respond to this.
My sister and I decided to try our hand at remote viewing this year. We both have an artistic flair so we each drew a picture from our homes and texted each other when we were done and took turns taking as many minutes as we needed to try and see through the mind’s eye what the other one had drawn. We had amazing success. Especially my sister. It was the funnest thing we have tried in a long time. We are seniors now, both in our sixties but we have always exposured ourselves to wonderful books about who we really are going all the way back to the 70s with Raymond Moody’s books and Jane Roberts Seth books and your books, etc. I want to thank you for your contribution to our shared stream of consciousness. I’m so glad you returned and shared what you experienced.
I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since 2016. I love to understand about possibility that a brain scan could confirm if I have bipolar disorder. As I think it is possible that I experienced something beyond this reality and when I read about NDE I see the possibility that I also was connected to another side. I love to know if there is any study that I could participate to see what really happened to me. Please Dr Alexander if you read this will you answer me? Thanks
I found your books after having an SDE with a beloved pet. She died in my arms, she left, I left with her, we hovered in the upper corner of the bedroom, I shot back into my body and she continued on. I can still recall seeing the back of my head cradling her lifeless body and regarding it with quiet contemplation, like I was witnessing something removed, but sacred. As a life-long atheist (if I can’t see it, it doesn’t exist) it was a deeply confusing and an ultimately life-changing experience. Your books were integral part of my deep-dive into the eternal nature of our souls, and those periods of deep study and reflection continue today. Dr. Alexander, I am deeply grateful for what you have shared with the world.
I appreciate your courage to be and your willingness to do. Although I’ve not had a near death experience I have had glimpses of past lives without seeking information from psychics or taking drugs or challenged with illness. Dannion Brinkley, quite the famous NDE recipient is one of my all-time favorite stories besides yours. Both of you make a point and a strong point of reminding all of us how much we are loved by God or the universe or heaven… Thank you for reminding us and thank you for being a conduit for that message.
Dannion Brinkley lied about having served in Vietnam it was discovered. I would take with a grain of salt anything he claims.
Is there any indication as to where those who commit evil acts throughout their lives where they finally end up when meeting their quietus?
Yes, there is an indication.
You can see on YouTube videos about people who experienced a near-death experience (and did bad deeds according to what they testify) and describe scary things like scary characters who chased after them and could not escape them.
There is someone who, since going through this experience, has been taking anti-anxiety medication every night because of the trauma he is experiencing.
When I was a toddler, from maybe 2 yrs on,, I had a recurring dream I did not–and still do not– have the vocabulary to fully describe. It was more concept than picture: something simultaneously infinitely large, and infinitesimally small, dark and light. Kind of like a tunnel. No orb, though, no memory of any being. I later wondered if it was a birth-related thing, but I see parallels with your experience.
Recently, when in a pre-dream state, I felt as if my body was weightless, no gravity. I was sort of floating/flying. And I could see people and all their stengths, flaws, weaknesses and feel unconditional live….not at all how I feel these days with the anti-vaxxers, racisists, etc.
Thank you so much for your continued efforts to foster the development and advancement of our species at this critical turning point in time. May we continue to understand on ever deepening levels the role that consciousness plays in the unfolding and creation of our reality – and better understand the various dimensions of our universe.
Dr. Alexander’s name sounded familiar when I first learned of his experience and work. When I ordered his first book and read it, I discovered why. I am a career hospital chaplain, now retired. I trained to be a chaplain at N.C. Baptist Hospital, where his father, also Eben Alexander, was on staff. I remember hearing the name being paged. As a chaplain, I would hear patients sharing life changing spiritual experiences, many of which were out of body NDEs. I also worked with recovering addicts, whose experience in turning their lives over to a higher power was also instrumental in their recovery. I appreciate the work that Dr. Alexander and others are doing to enable us to learn more of the role of healthy spirituality as it contributes to our health and well being.
Thank you Dr. Alexander for sharing your experience and knowledge. I am immensely grateful to and for you.
According to the Jewish religion, the ultimate goal of the Creator is to bring about a situation in which the whole world will believe only in it and in being one unique and special without flaws and eternal, but all this must come from human choice.
I don’t quite understand you. Please may I enquire, what exactly is your religion. Is it centred on the Torah and laws given to Moses, or is it the Babylonian Talmud and Kabbalah and associated practices?
Man is a spirit and has a body. God bless you all.
Man is a spirit and has a body.
To establish proof requires a prospective study, which is almost impossible with NDE. Consciousness does not lend itself to quantitation. The massive amount of retrospective testimony, however, and the lack of other reasonable explanations right now are as close to proof as we can get.
Then explain those people that don’t die and leave their bodies and come back? I know someone that does this.
I believe that the Creator reveals these things to us, because he prepares the world for a more spiritual world, a world where everyone loves the other and respects the other.
Dear Mary (Neal), Eben, Karen, Gary (Zukav), Anita Moorjani & now Jeffrey Mishlove! Congratulations Eben on this day! You (together) with the above provided crutches with which to deal with our (one of two) daughter’s premature death some years ago. Mary initiated the remedial process and along came you Eben, you Karen and the rest! You all comprise a forminable team. I consistently engage your Wisdom and stories in my attack on our dear country’s serious societal challenges. Your stories add credibility (and) Solutions. Thank GOD Almighty for you all! Johann South Africa
Are you planning on doing research into Past Lives as sere revealed by Michael Newton and often referenced in the University of Virgina’s Department of Perceptual Studies Conferences?
Charles R. Close
Tell me about the conference
Forgot to mention that my comments were directed towards any of us who are alive ? No need tp wait until death.
One thing is never only answered by any experts or those who’ve had this experience. Why is there no study or actual proof of people returning to their higher consciousness when we know it’s possible ? Anyone has the power & we know it from the Old Testament records . This befuddles me.
Only three people’s experience in the Old Testament come close to what you mentioned, Norma—Abraham & Sarah, when they unknowingly three heavenly souls to eat with them—Genesis 18:1-15–and Moses, when God came to him several times—and Moses’ face was beaming.