If you have ever wondered if life after death is a myth or for real then you may find ‘Proof of Heaven; A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the afterlife’ an interesting read.
Written by Dr Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon with vast experience spanning several years, having trained at the prestigious Duke University, taught and practiced at Harvard. One would naturally expect Dr Eben to be capable of rendering insights on the workings and capabilities of the Human brain.
Until 2008, Dr Eben Alexander has often dismissed near death experiences (NDE’s) as figments of human imagination and a product of the complexities of the human brain. All of this changed however when, on in the said year, Dr Eben woke up to a severe headache and his wife had to take him to the hospital where doctors discovered that he had been infected by a rear bacterial disease, E Coli meningitis. The bacteria was eating up his brain, leading him into a coma where he would experience events that will change his perspective on NDE’s and spirituality for the rest of his life.
“In my past view, Spiritual wasn’t a word I would have employed during a scientific conversation, but now, I believe it’s a word that we cannot afford to leave out… “
What makes his journey into the world beyond spectacular, I find, is the fact that the doctors had hitherto declared that his cortex had shut down. The Cortex of the human brain by the way; is the part of the brain that controls human thoughts. Hence there is no way his experiences could have been a figment of his imagination, even though some of his critics don’t entirely agree with that.
Seven days on Life support went by and Dr Eben’s family, having prayed and hoped for what seemed like eternity, were contemplating letting him go when he opens his eyes. He recovers at a pace that can best be described as ‘miraculous’, considering the fact that there was a very high probability that he would die, and if he did survive, according to specialists, chances are that he would be a ‘vegetable’ for the rest of his life. All of which, of course, didn’t happen.
I must warn however, that if you are a core NDE skeptic you may need more than this book for your “scientific tangible proofs” of an afterlife, even though the author makes frantic efforts to scientifically proof the authenticity of his experience.
Having read a handful of accounts on NDE’s myself, what I like about Dr Eben’s book is his “non religious” approach which is a rear thing whenever the topic of near death experiences is being discussed.
As I go through the book, I am reminded that the basis of our existence is founded in love, that I am loved beyond measure and need not entertain any fear.
“None of us is ever unloved: each and every one of us is deeply known and cared for by a Creator who cherishes us beyond any ability we have to comprehend.”
Apart from the scientific explanations that were a little bit out of my zone and his emphasis on what happened at the hospital with his family more than what was experienced in the realm beyond. Dr Eben Alexander’s book will keep your thoughts running till the last line. I found it a great read, you should get a copy for yourself.
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