Near death experiences and the stories that accompany them are just a bunch of nonsense. At least, that's what Dr. Eben Alexander used to think. Alexander is a neurosurgeon, and was once confident in the fact that tales of white lights and pearly gates were patently false, and entirely unscientific. But then Dr. Alexander had his own brush with death.
Dr. Alexander contracted meningitis, a rare illness which attacks the part of the brain which controls thought and emotion and shuts it down. The illness left him comatose, unable to think or communicate with anyone, for seven days. Brain scans showed that his cerebral cortex was completely inactive, with only the occasional sputtering activity. Just when doctors finally made the difficult decision to give up trying to save him, Dr. Alexander woke up. And when he woke up, he was a completely different person.
Before the coma, Dr. Alexander knew that there was no God, no heaven, nowhere to go when you die. But when he woke up after seven days of being practically dead to the world, he had a story to tell. A story which was remarkably similar to the ones which he had scoffed at over the years. He had met an angel, and that angel had taken him to speak directly with the Divine source of the Universe. He now not only believes that Heaven is real, but that Science can and will one day present incontrovertible Proof of Heaven.
Dr. Eben Alexander, born in North Carolina in 1953, is a neurosurgeon and graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He has served as a resident neurosurgeon at Duke, Newcastle Hospital (UK), Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston, MA), and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is certified by both the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological surgery.
A Harvard-trained neurosurgeon’s minute-by-minute account of
his own near-death experience—and what he discovered in the heavenly realm
A scientist’s case for the afterlife…
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are controversial. Thousands
of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that
they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly
trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of
his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the “soul” is really
a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain,
might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply
fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Then came the day when Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked
by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and
emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days
Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed
the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had
Alexander’s recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle.
But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma,
Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who
guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met,
and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.
This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of
a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his
journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief
in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space
that no professional triumph could erase. Today he is a doctor who believes
that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are
real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.
This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to.
That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or
person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.
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