Extraordinary Healing

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Ever since my coma due to severe gram-negative bacterial meningo-encephalitis in 2008, I have come to see that all physical, mental, and emotional healing benefits first and foremost from a basis in spiritual healing. By spiritual, I mean an awareness that we are purposefully and meaningfully connected with others, all of life, and the universe at large, including its divine creative source. We are here to learn and teach, and the challenges in life (including illness and injury) provide the stepping stones for growth in this “soul school.” Our growth depends on how we respond to those challenges, and progress results from recovering our sense of connection with the universe and the higher purpose of our existence. Ultimately, such powerful healing emerges from love of self, and others, ideally without any attached conditions.

I recently had the opportunity to support two wonderful new books on the human capacity to heal, and to write an article that addressed my thoughts on healing in modern medicine. All three of these efforts provided elucidation of the reality of profound healing through the application of our deeply spiritual nature. While some in medicine might debate the role our spirituality plays in the process of healing, I believe that awakening to such concepts (independently of any orthodox religious framework, if necessary) can enable quite remarkable enhancement in achieving overall health.

Dr. Anna Yusim asked me to write a foreword to her new book Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life (New York: Hachette Book Group, 2017). Her wonderful book is filled with clinical examples from her busy New York City psychiatric practice. She makes a very powerful case for the value of spiritual awareness in the process of healing her patients, and leading them into far more productive and joyful lives through her psychospiritual approach.

I have also endorsed Dr. Nauman Naeem’s new book Healing from the Inside Out: Overcome Chronic Disease and Radically Change Your Life (Forres, Scotland, UK: Findhorn Press, 2017), releasing on September 12, 2017.  As a critical care physician, his career has involved the care of many very ill medical patients. His book reveals a profound sense of insight into the details of his patients’ lives, and an analysis and understanding of very deep interconnections that allow for refreshing insights as to the potential for spiritual healing. His comprehension is so deep that natural consequences of his narration include the general benefits of finding our very purpose in life as well as how individual healing can make the world a far better place for others, too. His depth of insight is rarely encountered in a modern medical book, showing us how we can all influence our own return to wholeness, thus healing.

Finally, my article on the extraordinary and miraculous healings often found in the near-death experience literature concludes that profound spiritual insights and experiences are often associated with healing that far exceeds the expectations of modern western medicine. Again, such spiritual healing dominates in the emergence of any associated physical, mental and emotional healing. Although identification of the exact mechanisms involved is still incomplete, plenty of evidence exists to support the more robust study of these miraculous cases.

We will cover this topic in much more detail in our upcoming book, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness (New York: Rodale), due out in North America and the United Kingdom on October 17, 2017. Feel free to preorder it here.

 

We will also discuss healing as part of two upcoming experiential weekend retreats.

You can join us on the East Coast at the legendary Omega Institute to Ride the Wave of Consciousness on August 25-27.  Register at Omega

On the West Coast, experience the brand new 1440 Multiversity retreat center and go Behind the Illusion to Reveal the Soul’s Journey on September 22-24. Register at 1440

Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

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Coming Soon!
Living in a Mindful Universe

As you may have heard or seen, I’ve written another book that I am looking forward to sharing with you all.

On October 17, 2017, Rodale Books will publish my latest work, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Heart of Consciousness, which I’ve co-authored with Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics. Those who know us will recognize the valuable nature of her contributions.

Living in a Mindful Universe relates the emerging view of consciousness that is revolutionizing the scientific community, and is, in many ways, the continuation of my journey since writing Proof of Heaven. This journey parallels an unprecedented shift in the western scientific paradigm that, when fully incorporated, will lead to far more meaning and purpose in our lives. Read more

Science Supports the Reality of the Soul

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True open-minded skepticism is our greatest ally in trying to better understand the mind-brain connection as it is revealed through the extraordinary lens of near-death experiences (NDEs).

True skeptics will thus greatly appreciate the rich presentation of NDEs in a new landmark book, The Self Does Not Die, originally published in the Netherlands in 2013 and recently expanded into an English edition. The authors, Titus Rivas, Anna Dirven and Rudolf H. Smit, have gone to great lengths to objectively analyze over 100 cases of veridical perception during NDEs, when the brain (according to the accepted principles of modern neuroscience) was in no condition to support such conscious experiences. The quality of empirical data and the objective assessment and refutation of possible materialist interpretations make this book a refreshing, and very worthwhile, read.

The authors begin with 14 cases of extrasensory perceptions of the patients’ immediate bodily environment. Then they progress through 18 cases of such perceptions beyond the range of the patients’ physical environment. Next they describe 36 cases of such perceptions, including the oft-discussed case of Pam Reynolds, during conditions incompatible with any conscious awareness – many of these well-documented cases occurred during cardiac arrest. Four robust cases of telepathy are examined where either the NDEer had a telepathic experience in relation to someone else, or alternatively, where someone had a telepathic awareness of the NDEer. Here they recount the extraordinary case of George Rodonaia, who was declared clinically dead for three days. After-death communications (ADCs) of NDEers with both strangers (5 cases) and with people familiar to them (6 cases) are then shared. Seven observations of NDEers having out-of-body experiences are then reported, including several in which others at a distance perceived the NDEer being out of body, and vice versa.

The authors include ten fascinating cases of healing in NDEers that are inexplicable by current medical science (so-called “miraculous healing”), including such well-known cases as Anita Moorjani and Mellen-Thomas Benedict. Finally, they cover four cases of paranormal psychic abilities, such as after-death communications (ADCs), extrasensory perception (ESP), psychokinesis (PK) and precognitive dreams after NDEs. They conclude by pointing out the materialist explanations for such phenomena are illogical and inadequate (including extensive discussion of the extreme tactics involved in trying to debunk my book Proof of Heaven).

In short, this book goes a long way towards eliminating once and for all the feeble counterclaims of the materialist position which tries to deny, ignore and generally dismiss some of these truly remarkable NDE accounts.

The Self Does Not Die is an important and timely book that offers significant empirical support to the emerging scientific view that consciousness is fundamental in the universe, and that the soul exists and does not depend on the physical brain for its conscious expression.

As one studies the scientific evidence included in this book and recent works on the mind-brain relationship (eg. Irreducible Mind and Beyond Physicalism, etc.), it becomes clear that to reach a deeper understanding, we must reject the materialist position. These empirical data refute the production model, which states that the brain produces consciousness out of physical matter. Rather, the filter model (i.e., that the brain serves as a receiver of primordial consciousness) is far more reasonable in accounting for all the available evidence. Sooner or later, the sheer frustration with the ongoing inadequacies of materialist pseudo-explanations will nudge the prevailing western paradigm towards the deeper truth, as it is objectively represented in this remarkable book.

Karen Newell and I invite you to attend one of our upcoming multi-sensory evenings or workshops to explore the mind-brain relationship firsthand.

Please see our Events page for full details.

References:

Rivas, Titus, Anna Dirven and Rudolf H. Smit. The Self Does Not Die: Verified Paranormal Phenomena from Near-Death Experiences, Durham, NC: IANDS Publications, 2016.

Kelly, Edward F., Emily Williams Kelly, Adam Crabtree, Alan Gauld, Michael Grosso, and Bruce Greyson. Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.

Kelly, Edward F, Adam Crabtree, and Paul Marshall (eds). Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

Proof of Heaven is Amazon’s #1 Neuroscience Title – Dec 2014

We were so excited to see that Proof is back at #1 on Amazon’s list of top neuroscience books. Thanks to everyone who has recommended Proof of Heaven to their friends, libraries, and others in their community.

In hindsight, the message in Proof was timely.  Dr. Alexander’s study of the relationship between science and faith (much of which is in Map of Heaven as well as interviews that are freely available on this website) has made it clear that this is a critical time in our understanding of the universe. It built on the NDE and STE research that had come before it, including hot-off-the-presses books and studies.  But it’s also a story that continues to resonate with people, and readers tell us it feels just as fresh and important today as it did when Dr. Alexander’s experience happened in 2008, or when his book describing it was published in 2012.  And anyone who’s had a chance to read The Map of Heaven knows that his story also resonates with stories from centuries–even millennia–earlier.

So thanks for joining Dr. Alexander on this journey, and for continuing to support him as his research digs deeper into history, medicine, cosmology, and his life’s work in neuroscience.  We’re so glad that readers are continuing to find their way to Proof of Heaven and Map of Heaven, and to recommend those books to others.

proof at #1 on amazon

MAP OF HEAVEN Featured in The Daily Mail

Read Excerpts from THE MAP OF HEAVEN

We’re excited that the final part of UK newspaper The Daily Mail‘s 3-part series on THE MAP OF HEAVEN is available online.

You can read all three parts by clicking here for part I, here for part II, and here for part III.

International and Foreign Language Editions

Over the last two years, PROOF OF HEAVEN has been translated into 37 languages, from Afrikaans to Bulgarian to Chinese to Dutch.  Pretty incredible to think how many people all over the world–people brought up in different cultural and religious traditions, speaking different languages–picked up a copy of PROOF OF HEAVEN and found it resonated with them.

Connecting with people across the world has been a joy, one we hope continues with Eben’s second book.  Today we can announce the list of editions of THE MAP OF HEAVEN:

Country / Publisher [last updated 12/12]

Australia / Macmillan [10/7/14]
Brazil / Sextante
Czech Republic / Fortuna
Finland / WSOY
France / Tredaniel [update: will be published Jan ’15]
Germany / Ansata
Hungary / Agave
Italy / Mondadori

Japan/Hayakawa  (being translated as of 12/18/14)
Korea / Gimmyoung
Netherlands / Bruna
Norway / Cappelen Damm
Poland / Znak [on shelves now!]
Russia / Centrepolygraph
Slovakia / Fortuna
Spain / Planeta
Spanish language-US / Simon & Schuster [11/4/14]

Spanish language-Latin America [on shelves now!]
Sweden / Forum
UK / Piatkus [10/7/14]

What edition are you reading?

In the Media with The Map of Heaven – Oct 2014

THE MAP OF HEAVEN was released on Tuesday (Oct 7), and since then Eben has spoken to folks in New York, Boston, and Western MA. And with the release of this book, I’ve been fielding interview requests from everyone from Dr. Oz to the BBC to foreign-language press.  TGIF, and a long weekend to boot.

It would be an understatement to say that THE MAP OF HEAVEN has been generating a lot of discussion since hitting shelves earlier this week.  And unless you were listening to Kilmeade and Friends, reading The Daily Beast, watching Fox & Friends, and listening to late-night radio Coast to Coast AM, you probably missed some of it.  (If you did see/read/hear all of those interviews live, bravo! Now go use the long weekend to catch up on sleep.)

Here is a roundup of the articles and interviews about Eben this week (Oct 2014). Click each photo to read, watch or listen.

1. Eben was on Fox & Friends

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2. Eben spoke to Kilmeade & Friends radio. 

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3.  The Daily Beast reviewed The Map of Heaven.  Click the image below to read the article

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4. Eben spoke with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM radio. 

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The Map of Heaven – Launch Day Message

Today is the day!  October 7 is here, and THE MAP OF HEAVEN is on bookshelves and shipping out from major retailers in the US and UK.
 
Eben kicked off the MAP OF HEAVEN book tour with interviews on Fox & Friends and Kilmeade & Friends, and is at the Open Center in New York City for a presentation, Q&A, and signing.  His comments follow.
 
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My second book, The Map of HeavenHow Science, Religion, and Ordinary People are Proving the Afterlife, is coming out today, October 7. 
I’m so excited to share it with you.  After all, it was inspired by the stories entrusted to me and my collaborator, Ptolemy Tompkins, by friends, strangers, sages–and readers.

It’s a book that uses modern stories, science, and ancient wisdom to explore the truths that love and the eternal soul are vital and death is not final.
The first few days of a book’s life are essential to its success.

If you follow me on facebook or twitter, you know about “Team Eben.” It’s a group of family and friends who contribute to my website, help me keep in touch with readers, and spread the word.

Today, I ask you to join Team Eben.

Help us spread the word about The Map of HeavenIf you have 2 minutes, you can help us reach out and show people the truth: you are loved, you are not alone, and there is more to heaven and earth than you have dreamed.

 

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Here’s how to help:

tweet it

1. Tweet It (2 min)

If you have a twitter account, mention @LifeBeyondD with a link to the Amazon or Amazon UK order page.

(Here’s a sample tweet you can use):

Curious about the soul’s journey? Explore it with MAP OF HEAVEN, out today http://www.amazon.com/The-Map-Heaven-Religion-Afterlife/dp/1476766398 @LifeBeyondD #readersofheaven #mapofheaven

post it

2. Post It (3 min)

Make sure to include the Amazon or Amazon UK link.

(Here’s a sample Facebook post:)

Eben Alexander’s The Map of Heaven, on sale now at

http://www.amazon.com/The-Map-Heaven-Religion-Afterlife/dp/1476766398 is “part metaphysical detective story, part manual for living.”Find out more at ebenalexander.com

 

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3. Review It (5 min) 

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Beginning today, you can post a review on Amazon. Amazon visitors often use other users’ reviews to decide whether to order a book.

Your review–just a line or two long–will really help. Click here to get to the Amazon page (here for Amazon UK), and then scroll down to the “Create your own review” button, as in the image above.

Last, if you haven’t already, read my essay in this week’s TIME Magazine (link), “Science Is Being Forced To Take the Afterlife Seriously.” It’s an adaptation of material from the book, and I hope you enjoy it.

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A quick note– Eben has received a few emails inquiring how to join Team Eben and help spread the book news if you don’t use facebook or twitter.  Great question!  There are lots of ways to help.  Suggest MAP OF HEAVEN to your book club, recommend it to friends, or email a link to someone you know would enjoy it.  However you choose to help, we’d love to have support from readers and fans of PROOF OF HEAVEN in getting out the message about the next chapter of Eben’s journey.
 
Later this week, look for a new post on all the forthcoming editions of THE MAP OF HEAVEN soon.  Meanwhile, here are links to all of the editions we’ve mentioned on the blog so far:

 MoH cover 125.208 Click the US book cover to go to the US amazon page.

MoH cover spanish Click the Spanish-language cover to go to the North American Spanish edition (to be published 11/4/15)

UK 'Map' cover w border  Click the UK cover to go to the UK amazon page.

audio MAP cover Click the audio book image to go to the Audible.com page.

The Map of Heaven: TIME Magazine and Mind Body Spirit London

We’re just six days away from the launch of THE MAP OF HEAVEN, and media outlets around the world are requesting interviews with Eben.  Two MAP-centric pieces are out today, so while the countdown to October 7 continues, you can get a taste of the book right now.

First, read Eben’s essay in TIME magazine, adapted from a portion of MAP: “Science is Being Forced to Take the Afterlife Seriously.”

Next, listen to Eben’s interview with Mind Body Spirit, a quarterly magazine published by London’s oldest esoteric book shop.  You can listen to his interview on youtube, and look for it in the next issue of Mind Body Spirit.

 

 

The Map of Heaven: Excerpts

First, thanks so much to everyone who participated in this week’s facebook giveaway, which ran Tuesday morning until 5 p.m. yesterday.  And congratulations to our five facebook giveaway winners! Owie Mahaney, Judy Shulga, Duane Goudge, Shawn Kellner and Karen Hastings, an Advance Reader Copy of Eben’s second book, Map of Heaven, is on its way to each of you as soon as you . You’ll be able to read it long before the book is available in stores or online, October 7.

If you were not one of this week’s lucky winners and you just can’t wait until October 7, fear not–this post contains not one but two excerpts of never-before-seen Map of Heaven material.

 

First, read the introduction to Map of HeavenIt is is available in full on the publisher’s website.  In it, you can find out what Nikola Tesla, neurophsysiologist Sir John C. Eccles, and quantum physicist Max Planck have in common.

Second, listen to a www.ebenalexander.com audiobook exclusive: a 7+ minute long preview of the Map of Heaven audio book, read by Eben himself.  Listen below:

If you’re an audiobook fan (as I am), note that Map of Heaven will be available from all major retailers on CD and for download, including Amazon, Amazon UKBarnes & NobleAudible and iTunes, starting October 7. If you sign up for an Audible.com trial (link here), you can preorder a copy of the MAP OF HEAVEN audio book to be delivered to your phone, computer, or other listening device on October 7–for free.  

In the meantime, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out  Seeking Heavena series of guided audio programs designed and narrated by Eben  and audio meditation specialist Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, or brush up on Eben’s story by hearing him tell it in his own voice on the audiobook Proof of Heaven.