Cause for Great Hope in our World

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Today, Thursday November 16, 2017, marks the ninth anniversary of my return to the world after a seven-day coma due to bacterial meningitis – an illness that my doctors agreed most likely should have killed me. Their evidence that the human part of my brain, the neocortex, was too badly incapacitated for anything but the most primitive conscious awareness proved to be incompatible with the extraordinary experience I witnessed deep in coma, with features consistent with similar human experiences reported over millennia.

Of course, I have come to see my miraculous recovery and the extraordinary experience I witnessed deep in coma as a beautiful gift to be shared with the world. As my medical colleagues agreed, such a journey could not be simply dismissed as a hallucination, drug effect or dream because of the documented damage to my neocortex. My first book, Proof of Heaven (Simon & Schuster, 2012), marked the initial step in that reporting, but it represents a question mark in my journey, more than any kind of actual answer. Millions of people realized it represented a confirmation of an infinitely loving force at the creative source of our lives, but the deeper nature of that love remained elusive. But, as a scientist, I now had a far grander vision of the cosmos from my personal experience, one that demanded explanation. Such understanding did not result from the experience itself, but has necessitated a lifetime path of integrating my understanding of all such evidence from within the framework of science. Thus, I bask in my ongoing journey, which parallels the revelations coming to the scientific world in our ongoing voyage of discovery around the very nature of consciousness itself.

I have learned so much in the nine years since first awakening, in a journey of discovery, documented in my latest book, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness (Rodale Books, 2017), that has involved thousands of other people around this planet, including many of the brilliant and courageous scientists who are addressing the deep mystery of consciousness – of the relationship between mind and brain. This voyage of discovery is of crucial value to us all, because many of our conclusions about the nature of reality hinge on the direction in which the mind-body debate flows.

The answer emerging from the scientific study of the nature of consciousness is one that is contrary to the prevailing views of conventional materialist neuroscience (and thus of our culture at large), and in ways that are most exciting and bring cause for great hope and optimism for the human race. They suggest that we are all truly bound together experiencing life within the One Mind, a source of unbounded love, comfort and purpose. The greatest commonality between the world’s religious systems, that we should “do unto others as we would wish done unto ourselves,” seems to be written into the very fabric of this loving force that binds the universe together through consciousness itself. Our free will choices are crucial in defining the larger course of our lives, and especially in contributing to the universal evolution of consciousness itself. We will reap what we sow, and thus should adhere as best as possible to the golden rule stated above.

However, science and spirituality remain stuck in their current impasses, unless they are to be wed together, which is their true destiny. We live in an age when that marriage becomes a very real possibility. My effort to catalyze that hopeful vision comes in the form of my just-released book, Living in a Mindful Universe, co-authored with my life partner, Karen Newell. We are very optimistic that it represents “proof of heaven” for the rest of us – for open-minded skeptics, and for those who might not have read a book with the word “heaven” in the title. Of course, it also deeply confirms the beliefs that many have in an afterlife, of the connectedness of our souls that outlasts the death of the physical body, and especially in an infinitely loving God. But now, the support comes mainly from science (especially quantum physics, which essentially demands this spiritual truth) and from the analysis of extraordinary human experience and examination of the very fundament of consciousness itself.  As Werner Heisenberg (1901 – 1976), winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics 1932, so famously said: “The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.”

The companion online workbook to our new book is a completely free 33-day email course that includes a major topic of the book sent out each day, with an accompanying practice, and on many days additional resources (such as links to other books and articles, and also four Sacred Acoustics audio recordings to help people achieve deep states of transcendental conscious awareness, connecting with that primordial mind). The best part of the 33-day course is that individuals from all over the world (given the translate function available on the page to offer it to speakers of many languages) share comments and experiences on each page – a beautiful growing community of like-minded seekers from around the globe.

So, in reflecting on my return to this beautiful and loving world nine years ago today, I am comforted to be sharing the growing comprehension of my journey with the world, as humanity finally rises up to the beauty of our shared destiny – one that offers hope and promise of a better world just beginning to dawn, one of peace, harmony, and fellowship to every being in existence.

Peace and blessings to you all!

26 replies
  1. Tom Mayer
    Tom Mayer says:

    Dr. Alexander
    I have asked my youngest son Steve to order 3 copies of your latest book especially for family members that are gifted scholars. I myself find “Map of Heaven” to be so close to my lifelong search for God that it has been life changing personally. Tom Mayer

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  2. Lubov
    Lubov says:

    Dear doctor, I am your colleague.
    I read about your experience.
    Find a way to visit mount Athos.
    Much still open.
    With God!

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  3. Janet
    Janet says:

    To all:
    I was a teen reading about NDE’s and the first work on the subject, controversial as it was at the time. I have believed that we existed before arriving. Mainly, I believe this because the physical uniting of an egg and a sperm produces a soul, with each baby arriving with a personality and nature of its own, even in identical twins. For me this is a soul arriving in a physical body and then departing into another existence, also of its own unique nature.

    The concept of being of one mind and one spirit – all humanity of oneness – is difficult for me to comprehend just as eternity is unfathomable. In addition, meditation seems to escape me as well as my mind runs into the practical thoughts of the day. Of course, I realize that is my own limitation because spiritual experiences are very real.

    I would like to attend one of the meetings to try to experience the level of mindfulness that others talk about.

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  4. hamed tavana
    hamed tavana says:

    Hello and thanks to Dr. Alexander
    The path you have left is, in our opinion, a universal route, and one day everyone will go through it and will reach the center of love and well-being.
    This great path has been described by us as divine messengers for us in the past. However, their teachings were captured by the understanding of the people and the changes that the ignorant created.
    But its foundations are still in many religions and schools.
    Your attempt to bring the religious and scientific outlook closer to the problem of self-awareness is worthy of praise. We also think that the combination of these two great sources of knowledge is more fruitful. In this difficult way, he should not listen to the words of the fanatics, but he must continue the difficult path for the great cause.
    We will help as much as we can, although this assistance is negligible.
    Good luck
    Wishing everyone to join wisdom and love

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  5. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    Thank you Dear Karen and Eben for uniting us in the West Country of UK last night. It was a joy to attend with my friend and daughter. These discussion pages are such a lovely avenue for us all to keep a connection with each reader and followers of your teaching and lectures. I would like to answer a few comments, if I may and it ties in with some of Mark Sanders questions. In regard to reincarnation, choosing parents and the gruesome death of babies etc. The way I understand it, similar to Eben’s experience, we are spiritual energy derived from God, the spirit of all Loving and Living Consciousness. We are told that God wishes to learn of Itself within that which It created; forming us to live on certain planets, embarking on certain dramas, scenarios and so forth. But our physical energy, decision making and part of the discovery can cause many hiccoughs, disasters, trauma, really grim stuff. The human element of our existence can be so selfish, cruel, greedy and completely lost in what is some very dark intent to perhaps thwart the Plan. Last night before the program started in Bristol, I was aware of my Mother, could see her dress and feel her personality. During the meditation, my daughter saw her husband who died this year. She and I agreed that they showed only their most recent persona and like us all are adventurous spirits, energy that swirls, explores investigates, contributing to the whole Universe. The personalities are the stage characters as well as the audience. That being so, and when the Light goes on, nothing can stop us. It has taken me nearly eighty decades to reach this conclusion, going through all sorts of angles to grow my Spirit. I have been affected by others as they have been affected by me. My work has been to care for others in terminal stages and I am still available as a Soul Midwife, the scenarios I have witnessed would make a wonderful film! Re, proof, such as notes, items etc left in places that can only be seen by a rising spirit going through an NDE. I believe that has been tried by various clinical investigators. Much love to all, Margaret.

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  6. Linda
    Linda says:

    I would like to know how the concept of the divinity of Jesus fits into what you are learning. MY Christian friends say a person has to accept Jesus as his personal savior in order to go to heaven. I am very open minded and would like to know.

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    • Eben Alexander III MD
      Eben Alexander III MD says:

      The important thing is to walk the walk — that is, to live the life that Christ exemplified, because he resonated identically with the deep universal truth of pure love and oneness. “The kingdom lies within us all” and “These things and even greater you shall do” were Christ’s expressions that we all are Christ-like children of God. Amazing how so many falsely believe they can be very un-Christian in their lives, yet by claiming to believe in Christ they escape the destiny of having to reap what they sow (which one cannot escape — the universe is very just, and in this process of soul school, we learn the lessons of love in our life review, if we haven’t learned them before — where we feel any love, or pain and hatred, that we have given out to others over our lifetime — hence the powerful lesson “do unto others as you would have done unto yourself,” the fundamental tenet of many great religious systems.

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  7. Anita Biers
    Anita Biers says:

    In many ways I consider myself an agnostic, although I believe in the metaphysical world without the complications of religion. However, many years ago after I had my daughter I was extremely depressed and wanted to die.Now, after many years of believing I was dreaming, I realize I had an OBE (out of body experience). Still living at my moms, I was laying on the couch, feeling very sad and thought I was asleep, when suddenly I was in the kitchen (in an entirely different room) and looking down from the ceiling at my mother doing the dishes. I tried to talk to her but nothing would come out. Suddenly I was back in the dark livingroom, laying down, but I felt stiff. I tried to say “help me” but nothing would come out. My body felt like a rock. Suddenly I became warm and was able to move. I sat straight up and could speak. I hurried into the kitchen where my mother was doing dishes. For many years I passed this off as a dream.

    Another time, when my daughter was in the hospital and due for a critical surgery the next day, I had another strange experience. The doctor had called me to tell me that her temperature had risen and it if didn’t go down he would not be able to do the surgery which was critical for her survival. “It doesn’t look good.” He said. I was so scared. I don’t know how I fell asleep that night but suddenly I was awoken by a loud knocking (more like a booming). Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom. I shot up in bed. My two cats seemed startled. Again the sound. Very loud, like someone banging a huge drum. It literally shook the house yet nothing moved. As I walked in the hallway the sound seemed to lighten, then trail off, like the end of a song. I was afraid to open the door, although I knew no one knocking on my door could have made that sound because it was a tin door ( I lived in an old mobile home). The sound was gone. Of course no one was at the door. I shuddered and went back to bed. I really couldn’t sleep and that was about 3 a.m. I called the hospital at 6:30 and was told that somehow during the middle of the night my daughter’s temperature suddenly went down and they could do the surgery. I felt I had been told that in the way of another world. I will never forget that and that is how I know another dimension exists.

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  8. Liz
    Liz says:

    Finished your book a couple days ago. Was drawn to your website tonight, not knowing it was a special day for you. I’m telling all my friends about this. Thank you for bring light into this dark world.

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  9. Antoinette Atanasoff
    Antoinette Atanasoff says:

    Happy Birthday Dear Eben. The experience/awakening was meant to be so you as a doctor/scientist/humanitarian could share the Truth with the world – that we are truly ONE, that there is nothing but Love in the Universe and we as One, are to express this Love creatively in the world. As the old structures and way of thinking and doing are toppling you are showing us with others who are awakened a journey without fear and darkness. Love your latest book and how a scientific mind and a spiritual mind can join, merge and easily open our minds to take the leap of faith across the chasm of doubt and darkness into Light and Joy. Thank you and Karen for your Love and courage and beauty of spirit. Blessings.

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  10. Karen Hornby
    Karen Hornby says:

    I am elated to be part of this world view. This work you are called to do has resonance and humility. thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing your story and healing to us.

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  11. Patrick
    Patrick says:

    Never once did I check your twitter nor did I become aware of the twitter icon on top of your website. But today, I was somehow steered to your website and saw the twitter icon for the first time, clicked it and by reading your tweet I realized how special this day is to you. Congratulations! It was very tough, but you kept going, knowing you’ll be guided and surrounded by light and love. Thank you Eben for your courage and service to humanity, you are having tremendous reach and impact!

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  12. Susan
    Susan says:

    Dr. Alexander – you have been a gift to the world and the rest of us who have had life time haunting experiences with our consciousness.Thank-you!!

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  13. Sue Cowley
    Sue Cowley says:

    Thank you Dr Alexander for having the courage to share you NDE with a sceptical world. Keep spreading the word and bringing the knowledge of the all encompassing love of the Creator to as large an audience as possible. It really is ‘The dawning of the Age of Aquarius.’

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  14. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    Happy ReBirthday Eben! I am also reflective of mine on Feb 22, 1992, the night my daughter was born & I died, & returned again. That ultra reality, as you phrased it so accurately has remained with me all these years. In fact there are many events throughout my life I can often barely recall with such clarity. But that night remains as real as if it happened today. Thank you for your insights & observations that you are so willing to share with the rest of us.

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  15. Marc Sanders
    Marc Sanders says:

    I’m reading the book for the second time now. As an atheist and materialist it has given me new hope and new insights in essence of consciousness. Although I can see much sense in the explanation of a conscious universe (through quantum physics) and Dr. Alexander having had this profound experience, some questions still remain.
    Where does our character come from? Is the character we develop in our lives the same as our consciousness? because much of our character we inherit from our parents, so there is also a biological factor here, isn’t there?
    Dr. Alexander writes he met his biological sister in the afterlife. That raises the question: how are souls connected? Meeting a biological relative whom you have never met does not make much sense to me. Can you explain that?
    Finally, souls seem to choose whether they are reincarnated and can even choose their parents. How about babies in war torn countries that have gruesome deaths, or people that have terrible lives and deaths in concentration camps or wars? Were these choices made by the soul? I have difficulty seeing the sense in that.
    I try to keep an open mind and your book absolutely helps. I have met Dr Pim van Lommel last year after having read his book. That was also very inspiring.
    One more thing: NDE’s are experienced while the brain does not function. That, of course, is not the same as real death. Is it possible that the brain creates these profound experiences but our technology is not yet able to detect this? I have not heard about that possibility.
    Really finally…:-)…Out of body experiences: why is it so difficult to really prove this? Why can’t all hospitals have a shelf in the ER on the wall above a bed in which patients with a cardiac arrest get treated? And on that shelf you place a text or object that the patient can’t see from his bed. If people really float above their body and they can tell what object text they saw, you can actually get real proof. The fact that this does not seem to happen or we don’t hear any results makes me remain sceptical towards these stories.
    Many questions remain. I hope science will get some real answers in the near future. I’m looking forward to seeing some of your responses / views on these matters.
    Marc Sanders, Netherlands

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    • Bette Wester
      Bette Wester says:

      Marc, the good news is that you are searching for answers to your questions; otherwise you would never find them. My experience was not an NDE, but standing in deep prayer over my son, when I sensed the release of my spiritual body from my physical body (only enough that I noticed that I didn’t feel my clothing or anything physical). At that time I could see kind of an oval portal through which I could see, which I later heard an NDE say they were told yhe were “Saints”. All I was shown was the stream of heavenly bodies…all the same, drifting slowly forward and upward tward an out of my view, and they were singing praises in the most indescribably beautiful sound. Then when my husband came to the door, I notice I was back to the usually physical senses. My son was healed that night from having grand maul seizures on an almost daily basis for 15 years…that was 11 years ago. Seek and you shall find. Love to you.

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      • A. Irving Rosenberg
        A. Irving Rosenberg says:

        I admire all you have done so far after your wonderful experience. I hope you had a chance to review the concepts similar to yours and some even more “far out” in book by P.M.H. Atwater: A Manual for Developing Humans. She talks about a Super Animate Spirit World involving novel concepts of gravity, time and light and an “in-between realm” between spirit and matter. Good luck in all your endeavors. A. Irving Rosenberg, Esq. ” Author of Mind According to Logos” my book.

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    • H. Dieter Steklis
      H. Dieter Steklis says:

      Like you, I remain skeptical too about certain aspects of “surviving” physical death, especially as reported by those who have had near death experiences. For example, there is now evidence from rats to show that at the moment of death the brain goes into functional “overdrive” with unusual release of several neurotransmitters, including DMT which has in people been linked to states of consciousness remarkably similar to the near death experiences. DMT induces a feeling, for example, that the reality experienced under its influence is “real’ or more real than ordinary reality–a common report by NDErs. Vivid colors, out-of-body experiences, and feeling loved are also part of the DMT effects. These experiments don’t disprove the NDE experience as a genuine taste of the afterlife, but they are also compatible with a non-spiritual (i.e., physicalist) interpretation of an NDE.
      BTW, I am struck by your name because a dear philosopher friend of mine from Princeton, NJ, who passed away several years ago, had the same name–Marc Sanders! Strange…

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  16. Sekoiaa
    Sekoiaa says:

    Much sincere gratitude to you and Karen for so generously sharing your remarkable experiences and your ongoing work. I have read your first two books and purchased your Sacred Journey CDs – as well as faithfully listening to your 33-day online course. And, I intend to read your new book soon. You have given me hope that we have the capacity to create a more inclusive, kind, loving, and compassionate world. Thank you for all that you do.

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  17. Steve Rekedal
    Steve Rekedal says:

    If my goal is to develop and maintain a Conscious Contact with the God of my Understanding, then science (not the people of science necessarily) becomes my ally–even a “friend” who might push me, draw me, direct me to achieve that goal–a goal which is a spiritual journey, continually incomplete and simultaneously rewarding into eternity. CHANGE (implying a permanent condition, even a “new normal”) is no longer a useful term. TRANSITION is the norm. More spirituality leads to more exploration, leads to a deeper faith and confident expectations that more will be revealed. Happy anniversary, Dr. Alexander. Thanks for returning to reveal what you experienced, and the continual Transition that you are introducing to every one who has “ears to hear and eyes to see.”

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  18. Anthony Bopp
    Anthony Bopp says:

    I have been a student of Spiritual knowledge and learning for sometime. I have recently read your most current book and it gave me a great sense of Peace and Understanding, that is written about in the Bible, ACIM and many other person accounts. Thank You Dr. Alexander…..you are helping the world to pull back the veil that has hidden the truth for so long.

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