Is There Proof of a Spiritual Universe?

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Eben Alexander and Karen Newell

The first book about my NDE, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (2012), hit a resounding chord with readers around the world, and yet I felt that the title prevented some in the scientific community from reading the book. Those who have read it realize that it is a commentary on the nature of the mind-brain relationship, and especially of the fundamental nature of consciousness itself. While my story certainly supports the reality of an afterlife, the book is far from being just a discourse on “heaven.”

The revelations of my message address the very fundamental nature of reality and human experience, and cover territory well beyond the question of whether or not some aspect of consciousness survives the death of the brain and body. Such knowledge is directly relevant to how we approach life in myriad ways. It is a mistake to assume that Proof of Heaven is simply a clear-cut confirmation of the teachings of modern-day Christianity (an accusation from close-minded skeptics who I’m convinced have not read the book, but rather are simply recoiling at the title). Of course, my overall message greatly supports the original teachings of Christ, which places love as the central guiding force and stresses the connectedness we share through love, but it is not limited to Christians alone.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Eben Alexander III, Karen Newell

Many times each month, I am asked to give interviews and presentations.  In a recent interview conducted by Elise Loehnen in New York, while Karen Newell and I were guest presenters at Gwyneth Paltrow’s in Goop Health event, we were able to crystallize the main points of our message succinctly. The appropriately titled podcast (one that makes our message accessible to all), “Is there Proof of a Spiritual Universe?” was posted on May 24, 2018, and we felt it would be of particular value to our friends and followers to hear it. Also just posted is a Goop Q&A with Karen where she discusses her own path of spiritual awakening.

The spiritual realm is not exclusive to any one group of people – it is accessible to us all and this fact greatly affects how we live our lives here and now. My books and talks have resulted in a deluge of communications from practitioners of some of the deep mystical traditions of many faiths (Kabbalah, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bahá’í Faith, among others), confirming the resonance of my journey and message with their own understandings. I can’t stress enough that our message is for all humans. But, at its core, my mission and process are scientific, based on personal experience and on a modern rational approach to understanding how best to interpret such experiences in drawing conclusions about the nature of reality.

My second book, The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People are Proving the Afterlife (2014), demonstrated the ubiquity of such spiritually-transformative experiences across all cultures, religions, belief systems, and millennia. From a scientific point of view, Proof of Heaven was a question-mark that challenged the status quo. But my newest book, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness is much more about the modern scientific study of the brain and mind, and certainly goes much further in trying to get to some answers about how to understand it all. Some of these deep scientific concepts, and their importance to us as spiritual beings living in a spiritual universe, are crucial in trying to heal our somewhat broken world.

This process of awakening will ultimately involve the synthesis of both our scientific and our spiritual nature as human beings. Some physicists are already comfortable with the notion of our universe being fundamentally mental, not physical, based on a maturing view of the metaphysics underlying the experimental results in quantum physics. The deepest lessons and refined experiments in quantum physics nudge us gently toward this realization.

And the wealth of human encounters that include near-death experiences and similar spiritually-transformative experiences richly opens our understanding of ourselves and our universe so that the most reasonable conclusion involves the fact that all of our existence is spiritual, in the sense that our lives matter. We are here for a reason, and we have great responsibility for our choices in how we deal with our fellow beings. Acknowledgement of the scientific underpinnings of our spiritual nature will help in this grand awakening of humanity. Replacing our erroneous materialist (or physicalist) world view with one based in our connectedness and purpose, i.e., our spiritual nature, will provide the most beneficial revolution in the history of human thought.

 

45 replies
  1. Richard.
    Richard. says:

    When you are dead there is no coming back.
    The experiences that are being described are the manifestations of a dying brain.
    This is all there is.
    Look after it.

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  2. Bette
    Bette says:

    Thank you for all that you bring to the discussion of the nature of mind and of the meaning of our existence. Fascinating to read the recent study confirming the facts of your medical case and the recommendation to include studies of patients who have NDEs in the literature. (PS — “Kabbalah” is not a faith; it is an umbrella term for a collection of writings and teachings that emerged from — and stayed within — Jewish tradition. The faith is Judaism, and I’m sad that for some reason you did not include it in your list of major faiths.)

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  3. Tomas
    Tomas says:

    I have recently revisited the problem of interaction between body and soul. By soul I mean our “spiritual” self, a conscious entity that can somehow “incarnate” in the physical body but can also exist independently of it. Apparently, if there is such a soul it should be made of something else than of the familiar physical particles that constitute the physical body. But the problem is, how does this soul interact with the physical body while eluding the observation of physicists?

    To specify the dilemma: if the soul interacted with the body via a very weak force, it might elude the observation of physicists but its influence on the body would seem insignificant. If on the other hand the soul interacted with the body via a relatively strong force, this force should be detectable by physicists. We need an interaction that has a significant influence on the body and yet has failed to be detected by physicists.

    One possible answer could be that the soul interacts with the body via a relatively strong force that results in measurable changes in brain activity but the soul’s influence on the brain would normally be within the usual variance of human behavior and due to the rather limited level of detail at which we can measure complicated brain processes (fMRI, EEG…) and the myriad external influences on the brain, it would be difficult to tell whether the measurable changes in brain activity are or are not entirely caused by familiar physical particles inside and outside the brain.

    The problem with this answer is that the brain consists of the same elementary particles that physicists observe with high precision in particle accelerators and there they have failed to detect a force other than from the known physical particles. A relatively strong force should be detectable in particle accelerators. So if the soul influences the brain in a significant way, this influence would seem to be limited to the brain and maybe to some other complex physical objects where it would be difficult to differentiate this influence from the influence of familiar physical particles. Why would the soul influence only brains or other complex objects? The only reason that comes to mind is that the soul would want to hide from detection, which seems rather questionable.

    So I have searched for a different possible mechanism of interaction between the body and the soul and have come up with a combination of weak force and resonance: the soul might interact with matter via a very weak force and that’s why it has not been detected even in precise observations in particle accelerators, but it would be able to influence the brain in a significant way via resonance. Resonance is a familiar physical phenomenon in which a periodic external force or vibrating system drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at specific frequencies. Thus the effects of a weak force would be amplified, theoretically without limit if the driven system had no resistance. It might be that only highly complex structures like neural networks provide patterns that can resonate with the soul and so the otherwise weak interaction between soul and matter would be difficult to detect outside the brain.

    The interaction between the soul and the brain could also go the other way: via resonance, brain activity would influence the soul, and thus the soul would be able to receive information from the brain, including information that encodes perceptions of the sensory system of the physical body. After the death of the physical body, the soul could continue to exist and hold consciousness but would lose access to further information provided by brain activity.

    To become closer to God while in physical body might involve strengthening the resonance, and thus the interaction, between the brain and the soul.

    As a layman in physics, I don’t really know if this idea is possible, specifically whether it is possible that a weak force would be able to induce significant resonance on the scope of neural networks without being detected in our current particle accelerators, or whether perhaps gravity could do the job of the weak force.

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  4. SAM GROBSTEIN
    SAM GROBSTEIN says:

    I read your book “Proof of Heaven” and what most intrigued me was the fact that you were
    adopted from a loving mother that felt she could not take care of you. You wound up in a
    loving family and a father who was a neurosurgeon. You followed in his profession and also
    became a neurosurgeon and survived a critical illness. WAS THIS ORDAINED?
    I consider my life and what changed the direction was a fall from a one and a half story roof at the age of twelve and survived with a crushed vertebra and a concussion when the fence that broke hit me on the head. After a month in the hospital and another month in a full body cast I recovered but this completely changed my life.

    Because of my time in recovery I was required to redo my eighth grade so I finished high school in 3 1/2 years and became an engineer. Got married and had four beautiful daughters, three who are also engineers and one is a veterinarian.

    I truly believe that there is a unknown hand in directing ones lives.

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    • Hugh Gale
      Hugh Gale says:

      Sam, I don’t follow the time line in your having 3 1/2 years to finish high school. Do you mean 4 1/2 years? And by the way, I am not skeptical as to belief in God’s guiding hand in life’s events. I am simply trying to make sense of the time line. Sincerely, Hugh

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  5. janice glaz
    janice glaz says:

    Bought your book and have been surfing through all your media. Question about heart math, question about the heart chakra. In the New York Times and Wall Street Journal I read and viewed a photo of the iron or mechanical heart designed to either pulse or stream blood. So if this becomes another techno reality. Our heart chakra will emit through metal? That would mean our aura can in a near future enliven a robot? What do you and Karen have to offer on this weirdness?

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    • maki
      maki says:

      It was said that brain activity stops within 3 minutes after cardiac arrest. So, do you mean that there is brain activity that correlates with consciousness in the past 3 minutes? Or does it refer to weak activities that do not correlate with consciousness? Also, do you see violent brain activity as seen with rats?
      I would like to tell Professor Eben, authority of neuroscience.

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    • Shawn
      Shawn says:

      In proof of heaven he explains how his brain was not capable of conscious thought for over a week(by labs, scans, neuro exams). Therefore he was not capable of biological consciousness during that time. Certainly there is brain activity after cardiac arrest but at least his story is different.

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  6. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    Dear Charles, Thank you for answering my comments and outlook. How I wish that others could experience something of what I have, over decades of time. In less than two years I will be 80 years old. How at some time in that period – was not really an Aha moment, it was gradual and at various times. I would say, “That’s it! that’s how it is, of course” If you have asked to have “the truth” revealed to you, then don’t ask any more, accept what you already know up til now, then the framework will widen. One might say, ” None of us know the full truth” That is because we are limited in our expectations and the fears, doubts and questions come from the physical brain. Link into your Heart, which is where the soul resides, thank your soul for your life and experiences, state you are ready to open your eyes and heart to what Is. The Is goes on for ever, grows wider and higher until we cotton on that we are part of It anyway. Fears and doubts, misgivings is the contract, the lines of the play that we have volunteered to express and digest, not just for our own growth, but for the benefit of others too. The circle widens ever including others across the Planet. Ask – trust – watch out for signs and synchronicity, keep a log, one day you will read it all back. “Of course” you will say. This is the task of all humanity. That’s enough for now, I don’t know it all, just sharing what has made sense to me over my life time. Love and Blessings to all. Margaret.

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  7. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    Hello Charles, there is so much evidence over thousands of years, if you like, that warrants following the experiences of others when they share stories of the same vein you share with us. If you know that you weren’t dead dead and can read or hear so many other, not only NDE’s, but experiences recently published in books such as Lisa Smart with “Words at the Threshold” then please do not hold onto that reluctant fear. You know what you experienced, no one can take that away from you, I know what I have experienced in my work life with those in need and still continue to do so in my social, family life and spiritual experiences. I no longer believe, or hope, I know. Rejoice, my friend. Blessings, as usual to all. Margaret.

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    • Charles Keeley
      Charles Keeley says:

      Thank you Margaret. What got me to this site is that I happened upon a debate Eben had participated in which asked is there an afterlife? I know that my problem has always been a lack of faith. I don’t know why, even with my out of body experience as I call it. A while back while talking about it after my Love’s passing with my daughter, she said said “How do you know if you were breathing and your heart was beating while you were laying there?”. I do know that after that, the only fear I had of death was leaving my wife and family. Now I have to wait till God decides when I pass on and go to her. I even feel a little guilty in a sense that maybe I’m using God to get to her which might not be what He wants. So I pray for His mercy on that. The age old question of man is “Why are we here?”. Well, the way I see it, everything farms something. We’re a Spirit farm. I don’t believe in reincarnation because then we’re just a Simms game for the Spirits. I’m rambling a bit now. Yes, I know I was at the door, and I believe my love is beyond that door. I just wish she could tell me. There I go again.
      Thanks again, and God bless you too.

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  8. Charles Keeley
    Charles Keeley says:

    I am deeply mourning the passing of my wife who died in my arms 6 months ago. One of the promises I made to her is that we will be reunited again forever. I pray every day that God has mercy on me and reunites us soon. I accept that I should suffer for past sins and hope He answers my prayers.

    My hope is not only based on God’s love and mercy, but also having the following experience. During the winter of 1982, I do not recall the day but believe it was in February, I was hit by a truck while crossing a street taking a coffee break from work. There is little more to this description I’m writing but don’t want to write a book here in a comment section. It’s as clear in my mind today as though it happened today. I remember before I hit the ground thinking “Oh S#!t, I’m dead”. I felt nothing from the hit, but suddenly I was above my body, looking at myself laying on my left side between two parked cars in left over slush from a snow fall. I was closer to the car parked in front than the car parked behind. My head was about a foot from the curb facing to the left and a little toward the street, as my body was a little curled up on my left side. The only way I can describe the feeling was that it was a feeling blissfulness, like I could stay there forever. I looked at the cloudy sky and then back down on myself. I saw a man walking as though he was walking toward me. He was walking on the sidewalk on the side of the car parked in front of me. I never would had been able to actually see him coming positioned the way I was. Suddenly a thought came to me in a flash. My wife, who was pregnant with our fourth child. I thought to myself “No, I can’t go yet”. What happened next is the most convincing part. I dove into my body and immediately started to get up. The man who was walking toward me helped me up and into the building where I worked. I know I dove back into my body. I could see myself as I got closer and then I was inside and back to myself. I believe the man who helped me was the man who hit me because he said “What color was the truck”, and then told the people at work that I slipped and fell. An ambulance came and they took me to the Hospital. My entire left side was bruised to blackness. Shoulder, arm, ribs, hip and leg. I had a two by two on the back of my head. They put me through a full body CT and found no broken bones or internal injuries. I didn’t tell anyone about my experience afraid they would keep me there and I wanted to go home to my family. They suggested I stay over night and see a neurologist but I said I wanted to go home so they let me. Besides my family, there is probable less than ten people I’ve ever shared this with.

    Throughout the years, I’ve tried to poke holes in all of this. I am a skeptic by nature. I question everything. But this I know happened. I now hang on to hope that my wife and I will be reunited. My only fear is, and this is part of my skepticism, is that I wasn’t Dead Dead. What would had happened if I was Dead Dead? I try not to dwell on that, but that thought is still there. I just have to have hope in God.

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  9. Peter Anthony, JSC
    Peter Anthony, JSC says:

    Here is another interesting point: it is at conception that human consciousness and soul life begins – at the same time the body is made by the uniting of t he egg and the sperm. This comingling of the material and spiritual realities just could not take place at some other arbitrary time. This is supported by the St. Luke scripture that tells us that the human body / soul life of Jesus began when he was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit – the Power which is God’s Dynamic Love. She immediately went to visit her elderly cousin Elizabeth who was also pregnant b;y her husband Zechariah – the three month old child in her womb was John the Baptist who recognized Jesus, just days old, in the womb of Mary when she walked in the door and he leapt for joy in Elizabeth’s womb.

    Abortion is the murdering of a developing full human being. When science and faith can talk then this will be clear and the abortions will stop. Abortion is not is recreational sport.

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  10. Peter Anthony, JSC
    Peter Anthony, JSC says:

    “For those who have faith, no explanation is necessary, for those without it, no explanation is possible.” And the correlations go with it: for those who are gifted with the ability to go beyond the visible, an infinite amount of life and activity abound, for those who can’t get past a scientific ceiling, no explanation is possible for those same realities. Spirit comes from spirit, which means that it cannot be self-generated or self-preserved. This along with the material body all exists at the good please of the Creator God and Father who can unplug the whole thing anytime He chooses – now will He? that is the question, and if He wills not, then what are those consequences? Interesting questions!

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  11. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    Looking again at our comments, may I suggest that you look at the Website of Owen K Waters. To me he has demonstrated great insight on God, our souls, intent, experience, healing, relating to others. He teaches of creation, angelic beings, Gia, how we can silence out the ego. Stated simply, without any great fuss, esoteric, but plain and easy to follow, not just for guru’s or those of many years. Eben talks of his “proof” which to him is as valid as that of any other, Stephen. Not only that, there are millions who can identify with him, in relation to their own experiences and stories. There is a continued surge throughout the path of humanity, one reads in history of this awakening, it ebbs and flows as we enter, exit and re-enter this sphere on a learning curve. This learning curve embraces the wise, the ignorant, the sick in mind and body, those who live in love and those who function within the “seven deadly sins” There are too many supportive aspects to this discussion for it to be spoilt by sarcasm. Much love to all. Margaret.

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  12. stephen gipson md
    stephen gipson md says:

    Dude I’m glad you made it but your story proves nothing at all. You should be careful about using the word proof as a scientist you have made an egregious error.

    Stephen Gipson MD

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    • Eben Alexander
      Eben Alexander says:

      Looks like you haven’t read the books, Stephen, but are simply recoiling at the title. In fact, my experience and that of millions of others that defy explanation by our simplistic and false notions offered by scientific materialism are due for a fundamental and unprecedented shift, and in fact prove a far richer reality than the paltry fiction of conventional science (which is totally clueless about consciousness, and about the proper understanding of the deep mystery of the measurement paradox in quantum physics). More open minds and receptivity to the subtle signals from the Universe will be crucial in helping us emerge from the dark ignorance of our current world.

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      • Rudi M.
        Rudi M. says:

        Stephen probably didn’t understand what he read. When I ask God what truth is, answer was; truth for us is what we are able to understand in actual moment.

        At my website I post just a bit of my spiritual experiences, you encourage to post more.

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    • Gerald DeCaire
      Gerald DeCaire says:

      When you say “proof” I can only assume you mean proof in the sense it has been proven to a collective body politic or a consensus of scientific minds? I say this because I can assure you that Eben has had his “proof” whether you have experienced it or not. I find that skeptics too often read like that bad T-shirt which says “If I wanted your opinion, I’ll give it to you,” which presumes more knowledge than they’ve actually experienced. It’s confounding, really.

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  13. Rev Fr. William Dinga
    Rev Fr. William Dinga says:

    LOVE IS ALL THERE IS! LOVE BEING GOD, GOD BEING A TRINITY OF THREE SEPARATE PERSONS, whose very existence generates the Love Between the Father and the Son, as a third Person, the Holy Spirit. This is the force and reality behind all of creation – Everything is quivering and is vibrating and humming at the speed of triune life! IT IS BEYOND AMAZING!

    The only response that mankind can possibly have to God who created everything according to his own design and purpose, including consciousness, and self-consciousness and awareness – is to say THANK YOU – and COULD YOU HELP ME IMPLEMENT THIS KNOWLEDGE in my own particular field of interest.

    Love is all there is, period.

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  14. Rev Fr. William Dinga
    Rev Fr. William Dinga says:

    Mystery solved? What is of earth is of earth – human consciousness did not spontaneously generate in the brain; what is “human” “self-aware” “possessing free will” “decidedly loving” did not spontaneously burst into existence – what is of earth is earth – but is an entire gift of the Creator of all things, and bestowed on the potentially highest form of creation – an evolved ape-like creature – making it the highest form by the very gift from outside creation into creation of the Creator’s own “image and likeness” – what is born of spirit is spirit.

    and the very “power to comprehend all this” is also a free gift given to all who ask for it: – this power is FAITH.

    Therefore: the mystery is not only solved, but available to be understood by everyone, especially children.

    It is up to us to pray for the gift of faith, or the increase of it – and then, the mysteries of the universe open right up!

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  15. Rev Fr. William Dinga
    Rev Fr. William Dinga says:

    There is talk, however, of person who not only had a near death experience, but who actually died for three days, and then came back to a newer, fuller, indescribable quality of living – he exists now not as the product of evolutionary duration – but rather, he exists in a radically transformed upgrade in essence, quality, and abilities. And he is inviting as many who would want to share in his super-natural state. I am interested in how, like him, we are equipped now to enter into his own experience and existence. The body we are given to work out our Purpose in life – then – will be brought back to us after death, at the proper time – and then, as this story goes – the new heavens and the new earth will have arrived – a third level if you will, if you count the earth we are in now, the second level earth we experience when we die, which we think is all we need – but then the third and highest level is the one with the “Ultimate Upgrade” if you will – the likes of which there are no words to adequately describe. There will be a unity not only of existence, but also of Purpose, and the only proper response we humans in our new glorified state an make is praise, adoration, blessing, honor and glory to the Supreme Source of all Life, Love and Forgiveness. Then the long awaited wedding will begin!

    Therefore it is essential to continue to study what human consciousness is, but the bottom line is that it is TOTAL GIFT from THE TOTALLY OTHER – the GOD OF LOVE – the GOD OF JOY – the GOD OF PEACE! The God who simply wants to share his Personal Love Dynamic with others. Otherwise, there would be no “self-awareness” “self-consciousness” or the ecstatic depth of a perpetual experience of LOVE!

    The other side of the science coin is always GOD! and all that emanates from him as free gift! In that “otherworldly” reality. This can only be proven by applying spiritual tools and gifts – beginning with the power to relate to God on his own level – that is what we called the VIRTUE of FAITH – a theological term very familiar to St. Thomas Aquinas – which goes hand in hand with another VIRTUE or dynamic power: LOVE (CHARITY, a theological term), both of which give a perpetual resource called the Virtue or Power of HOPE – all emanating from the Death and Resurrection of the Word made Flesh: Jesus! LOVE made Flesh!

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  16. Rev Fr. William Dinga
    Rev Fr. William Dinga says:

    It is interesting that Dr. Alexander’s experience and interpretation of what he and many others like him have experienced – to me as a Roman Catholic Priest and Monk – not only sounds credible and real – but most likely are very credible and real. I should like to make one observation, from a Catholic viewpoint, that everything while credible and real and true – is only the Grand Overture – to the Real REALITY and EXPERIENCE that will be permanent and beyond the description of even the already inexpressible beauty, power, love and joy and bliss that we will all experience – for those giving the nod that it is so. Not that the nod makes it so, but it is the entrance token that is needed into this glorious unfathomed-to-now realm.

    The time has arrived for Science to meet Religion. In my experience as a priest / monk – i would recommend looking into the Word On Fire media presence of the Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles – Bishop Robert Barron – his is probably one of the most Pastoral and Non-threatening Apoligsts in Church History. His recent address at Google Headquarters ranks among the best brief summary of human yearning, desire and finding – that I have heard to date! It is not coincidental that not only he but many, many Catholic theologians, teachers, and pastors and religious community members are on the exact same page as he is. We have come from many different backgrounds and paths, but we are converging now on the exact same finish line. I believe that Dr. Alexander’s major contribution to the “final lap” is that as a well-established credible member of the Scientific community – he can speak truth to Truth Seekers in that realm – and convince them that Soul separates from the body at Death – but that soul / consciousness / human being-ness continues at that point! That can do nothing but put the icing on the cake of the core basic truths of Catholicism. Well done, Dr. Alexander!

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    • Eben Alexander
      Eben Alexander says:

      Be wary of sensational headlines that make general claims. You reference an interesting article that comments on one small parcel of the millions of such scientific observations that will slowly chip away at the “easy problem” of consciousness, a project which some brain scientists estimate will only take “a few centuries”. The easy problem has to do with “qualia,” that is an assessment of how to make sense (from a neuronal and brain perspective) of the redness of an apple, the emotional power of a beautiful sunset, or the bitterness of love lost.

      Far more daunting is the “hard problem” of consciousness, which points out the tremendous explanatory gaps that exist in any current physicalist model (that is, “brain creates consciousness”) with actually explaining the big picture of the unification of conscious awareness as humans experience it. When one realizes this all goes far beyond the simplistic perceptual elements of normal waking consciousness to include the reality of “non-local” consciousness, that is the evidence that phenomena like telepathy, precognition, presentiment, out-of-body experiences, remote viewing, past life memories in children indicative of reincarnation, etc., are real, one begins to glimpse the enormity of the challenges of understanding Consciousness.

      It is all actually a complete investigation into the very nature of reality (space, time, mass, energy, causality, as well as exotic experiences of consciousness like dreams, near-death and shared-death experiences, after-death communications, death-bed visions, etc.), given that no human being has ever experienced anything other than the inside of her own consciousness. Time itself is part of the maya, or illusion, built in on this side of the veil between consciousness of self and the grander, unfettered conscious awareness of primordial mind.

      We tend to believe we are physical creatures existing in, but separate from, the physical world. The findings of quantum physics seem very mysterious because, even as the most scientifically proven field in the history of science, they imply in no uncertain terms that there is no objective physical reality independent of the observing mind. There seems to be one mind that we all share, and it projects all of emergent physical reality. None of us are separate from that co-creative force of the entire universe.

      What should you do (you ask)? Embrace the extraordinarily intriguing journey into your own consciousness, through a regular practice of meditation. Quiet the “annoying roommate” voice in your head, voice of the ego, as well as of linguistic brain and its associated logic and reason, and open your mind to the grand possibilities to be revealed by the universe. Let go of all prior assumptions. Your Awareness, the inner observer, is the most related aspect of this primordial mind. This journey of discovery will never end. Human free will is greatly empowered by this ongoing revolution in thought, one that I believe will be the greatest such revolution in recorded human history.

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  17. JORGE ELIECER RIVERA FRANCO
    JORGE ELIECER RIVERA FRANCO says:

    Apreciados Familiares – por lo de humanos- la búsqueda es la tarea y la tarea es la vida.¡PERSISTENCIA!….Y EL CAMINO LLEGARÁ A SU PUERTO.

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  18. Cornelia Rappoport
    Cornelia Rappoport says:

    This is your spiritual mission you are sharing and expressing, Dr. Alexander. Thank you very much. Just as Dr. Brian Weiss had his naysayers in the late 80’s, people are frightened by what they do not understand. I certainly appreciate any Light (cerebral, mystical, scientific, religious) that you can shine on this hurting planet. Blessings, Cornelia

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  19. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    Good Morning all, lovely early Summers day here in the UK. I had a flash of insight yesterday, we are Experiencers. That applies to every lifetime. I believe that we return to this planet time after time, that seems to be evident when one remembers past lives. So, our experience, however grim or joyful, is, I think, partly planned and perhaps, partly, whoops! taken the wrong turning, or what might seem to be so. Living intentionally within the sphere of Love is what I am aiming for and many more are doing so, every day. Enjoy your weekend, all. God Bless, Margaret.

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  20. Mark Pflughoeft
    Mark Pflughoeft says:

    It seems to me we need be ready in order to find Spirit.
    Some may talk of an inner or psychic pain being necessary in order to turn from traditional views and began to follow ones own voice. Regardless, we awaken to our inner Spirit when the inner doorrs are ready to opens, so I’m not sure anyone can be convinced logically that our vast inner world exists. Materials like yours Eben are valuable once we are already on our spiritual paths and are looking for reinforcing thoughts. Personally though, I’ve enjoyed your attempts at turning spirituality into science or vise versa. I also appreciate your courage. My 2 cents is to not worry about people accepting it. Just accept that they’ll come along when they can.

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  21. Ana Martinez Marshall
    Ana Martinez Marshall says:

    Dr. Alexander:

    I very much appreciate the fact that you have undertaken an extremely difficult task; namely to shift the materialistic and reductionist paradigm of science as it exists at present. This is a monumental undertaking, and I admire your courage and determination in this regard. I just wonder if it is an attainable undertaking. It seems to me that you are trying to convince skeptic scientists with reason and scientific evidence. And yet, your incredible journey into the spiritual realm took place at a time when your brain – your rational and scientific thinking – was turned off. Couldn’t this have actually been the message? Could it be that the message was for you, and that it was telling you: “Don’t get so hung up on the brain, Eben. This is not a cerebral matter.” What impressed me about your experience as you related it in “Proof of Heaven”, was that it came after you reached out to God in utter helplessness when you cried: “God Help me!” That has been, since time immemorial, the way mystics have come to great revelations, as they struggled with what San Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross in English) called The Dark Night of the Soul. I’m sure even the most skeptic scientists can change their views if they have such an experience. But I suspect that to try to change their thinking cerebrally is futile. Perhaps the most that will happen is that some of them will become agnostic, but that few, if any, will achieve a complete turnaround. I wish you well in your efforts, but, please do not get too disappointed if it does not bear the kind of fruit you are going after. Maybe, just maybe, that is not the way it is meant to happen.

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  22. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    Hello all again, I wanted to make a comment to Bob about his use of the entropy. I had to look in the dictionary, because I had not come across it before, or if I had, maybe it did not register. It means, does it not, “A measure of the ratio of transfer of information in a message” ? I don’t think Eben is denying or belittling Jesus, but do bear in mind that the Gospels we have for general use, have left out so much of Christ’s teaching, many books and gospels were discounted some hundreds of years ago. I would rather utter the original Aramaic Lords prayer for example than the one most of us know today. We all report back, as it were from our own experiences, that is our learning curve. We take it from there in a sense of where we are at the time. Hopefully, we are curious enough to look at it further. Much love to all, Margaret.

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  23. Bob
    Bob says:

    I have spoken to you several times. I do think you are doing important work regarding the human spirit but don’t think the final word will be that the universe is all there is. I heard a recent analogy. If a human was the size of a Coke can and was filled with ocean water would it have captured the full essence of the ocean? The ocean is so much larger than us. We cannot fully grasp reality. As Thomas Aquinas said, “It is all straw”. So keep working but don’t undermine the centuries of good work that the church has done. Maybe some of the explanations seemed simple, but it all is based on the battle of love versus entropy.

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  24. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    It is Margaret again. I have just watched a short video on “Out of your mind” Alan Watts. I receive regular information, insights, ponderances, if that is the right word! It was sent by Phillip Carr Gomm, who is a druid. the video is so close to the truth, I don’t know how much closer it could get. If any of you know of Alan Watts you will know what I am talking about. I really must get on, this seeking truth business, takes up a lot of one’s day! Again, Much Love, Margaret.

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  25. Margaret Coles
    Margaret Coles says:

    Hello all, good to “chat” again. Proof, well to those of us who have had and are still having proof of a Spiritual energy, there is no argument. But no-one can persuade another of this. It arrives, the curtain is drawn back and the Light comes in. But the Light is there and has always been so, we live in Light, we are Light ourselves, but for most of us it is not realized, until a happening occurs that takes the scales off our eyes. For some it is an immediate revelation, for some it culminates after, perhaps grim years, others it is a gradual process, levels are revealed over a period of time. But when the scales are lifted, my word! “Thank God for that” we might cry. The Aha moment. There is so much to discover re this revelation, that most times it comes in relay’s over a period of time, on various levels, because there is no end to it. Personally, I went through some very dark times, some steep stairs to climb, but over decades, of not only my personal journey, I took others along with me and we saw the Light together.Many years ago when I saw my own hands expand in Light as I prayed, when I was visited by a spirit nurse who gave me healing, when I consciously looked back on my sleeping body, whilst being encouraged by a spirit companion to leap off the window sill and fly, when I saw, with others, faces of my Grandmother and Father within the turned off television screen, this phenomena lasting several days. So many more experiences, too numerous to fill this page. We are all on our individual journey’s, but the Web is shuddering all the time to keep us moving in the direction of awakening and that happens mostly by example. All exciting stuff!. Love to one and all. Margaret,

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  26. Liz Wheat
    Liz Wheat says:

    There was no sound in the video titled “Shift in Consciousness” with Karen Newell and Dr. Alexander. I turned on the close captioning (cc in the bottom of the screen toward the right side, click on it until you get the red line), and read every word.

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  27. Stig Dahlstrom
    Stig Dahlstrom says:

    Dear Dr Alexander and Karen Newell,
    Thank you for your email of today. I have done a little research about the universe. Following opinions have been released:
    1) Why is universe a quantum world?
    2) Why does the universe expand?
    3) Why is there a gravitation force?
    4) Why does the electron exist in three classes of weight?
    5) Why does the weak power exist?
    6) Why is there more matter than anti matter?
    If the universe is forever, what prevents mankind to exist forever?
    The Higg particle are considered to have created all matter.
    The dark energy is introduced in order to explain why the universe is expanding.
    Kind regards
    Stig Dahlstrom

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  28. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    “Replacing our erroneous materialist (or physicalist) world view with one based in our connectedness and purpose, i.e., our spiritual nature, will provide the most beneficial revolution in the history of human thought.” This very statement, even if I questioned any others from you, draws me in and deeply resonates with me (at a soul level), since I was awakened (in the middle of the night years ago) by the words, “We Are All Connected.” I have been talking about that experience for years, researching all the ways that we’re connected, and writing about it.
    I look forward to reading your most recent book. Beautiful!

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  29. Patricia Roop Hollinger
    Patricia Roop Hollinger says:

    I am a believer. At a very young age I rejected the heaven and hell concept; for I could not grasp that a loving entity would banish someone to an eternal hellfire. I have read your Proof of Heaven and Living in a Mindful Universe. Thanks for sharing so openly and honestly. I look forward to continuing my growth process in another realm.

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    • David
      David says:

      Hallo Patricia,

      the “other realm” you talk of is actually right here and now and is the “kingdom of heaven” which Christ Jesus spoke of as being “within you”. Eben Alexander caught glorious glimpses of this realm and has benefited mankind enormously by relating his experiences and conclusions publicly. Amazingly the principle behind this was discovered in the middle of the 19th Century by a very famous American woman who also had the courage to speak out. What she learned is widely practiced today by readers of her work “Science and Health”. I am sure there are many other people in all sorts of traditions who are being inspired to reach back into the spiritual roots of their own traditions. Salvation is indeed universal.

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