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Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. For seven days he lay in a coma. Alexander’s recovery is 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.

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I am an avid reader and an exceptionally rare reviewer. But this book touched me deeply so I will offer my thoughts on the book: Perhaps it is because I desperately needed something positive and much larger than the incredibly divisive and engulfing 2012 election cycle that I gravitated to this book or that loss of loved ones has never been completely put to rest. I thoroughly enjoyed the balance that his science/medical background gave to his story. I, like the author, seem to have spent so much of my life in waning faith. I found his compelling and credible story of great comfort. I hope to hold onto those threads of faith and weave a blanket in which I can wrap myself in and allow me personal growth and aid in becoming a more loving me. There are many reasons to pick up this book. The most simple is because it will make you feel good... And I dont know anyone that couldnt use some additional feel good in their life.

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Proof of Heaven—do not let the title fool you that this is a Christian tome about streets of gold and pearly gates. Eben Alexander, M.D., a well-respected neurosurgeon, saw many medical cases in which patients claimed to have seen deceased loved ones or heaven. He dismissed them all as chemical processes in the brain—until he had his own near-death experience while in a seven-day coma. Alexander states that while in his coma his neo-cortex was non-functional. The only thing keeping his body alive was his brain stem.

Alexander says he was a Christmas and Easter church-goer, and thought ideas of God were pleasant fantasies. In his coma, however, Alexander experienced angelic beings, and sounds and sights more beautiful than anything on earth. He gives a list of scientific explanations that he used to cite as reasons for these “delusions,” and refutes most of them because his neo-cortex was not functional and it’s the neo-cortex that processes such experiences. He also refutes other scientific versions in an appendix, with medical language that only a physician would understand.

Alexander was in a coma induced by bacterial meningitis, and his recovery was a medical miracle in itself. He should have died and his story alternates chapters between his medical condition that worsened day-by-day, and his concurrent experiences in the other realm.

While on the “other side,” which Alexander states is really a dimension that is right here, he had a female guide who took him on a tour of the universe. He’d always had a fascination with flying, astronomy and physics, and found that while out of body he gained instantaneous knowledge and understanding of how the universe works that would take him years to learn here. He reports that he did not see any loved ones in the other dimension and had no personal identity as a neurosurgeon who had an earthly family to which he wanted to return. He feels his lack of a sense of personal self allowed him to go deeper into the experience than most others who have near-death experiences. While he thought he had not seen any loved ones, once out of his coma he was given a picture of his birth sister, whom he’d never met because he was adopted and she had died. He was shocked to find that she was the angelic guide who gave him the tour of the universe.

Alexander states that our physical existence on earth is like a speck of dust compared to the vast reality of love beyond space and time. The reason we do not recognize true reality is that the brain filters it out of our consciousness. While Alexander used to think that consciousness was solely of the brain, he now knows that the brain has nothing to do with consciousness and our sense of existence goes on beyond the body. Again, he knows this because his neo-cortex, which allows for the organization of personal life information, was not functioning. He now feels that our society, while it has benefitted from technology, needs to regain its lost sense of the mystical. Without knowledge of our oneness with each other and all life, we are prone to random violence, escalating greed, global pollution and lack of purpose and meaning.

Alexander states his scientific mind never allowed him to believe a loving God exists. In fact, he calls the God he experienced “Om,” a feminine presence whose message is that love is all there is. “Om” felt like the primordial creative sound that pulses throughout the universe. This presence is available to everyone and has nothing to do with accepting religious tenets or being a good person. The main messages Alexander received were: all of us are loved and cherished; there is nothing to fear; we can never do anything wrong.

I have read a number of near-death accounts and what I like about Alexander’s is that his description of life beyond the body most closely resembles what is taught in A Course in Miracles (ACIM). ACIM is the only spiritual path that satisfactorily answered my questions about world suffering. Some of the areas in which Proof of Heaven sounds like it’s right from ACIM are:

 The brain does not really think. It filters bits and pieces of information and formulates a story. This is what it decides is reality, all the while true reality lies outside its awareness. Our daily experiences are an illusion. However, love is the true reality and the love we have for our children, spouses, friends, pets, etc. never dies.

 Time does not exist in reality. Time and space are only a function of the dualistic nature in the physical universe.

 We are loved, innocent and there is nothing to fear.

 We must choose love instead of fear because we are allowed to choose what we will experience.

 The false belief in separation from God is the source of all anxiety and problems and the solution for every problem is recognizing that we are one with each other and God.

 Physicality is characterized by defensiveness. There is no loss in Spirit, therefore nothing to defend.

 Alexander described life as being like an egg and the creative aspect of God is the shell around the egg’s contents. However, he felt that while his consciousness was identified with all that is, he could never fully become one with Source. A Course in Miracles likewise indicates that God is beyond consciousness.

Proof of Heaven is both enlightening and entertaining and it is a must-read for anyone interested in life beyond the body. It is especially helpful for skeptics with a scientific bent, as it answers commonly-held criticisms scientists hold about consciousness and God.

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A year ago, I recommended the stellar book “Sum” (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49...) to a relative of mine. This Christmas, they gave me “Proof of Heaven” as a gift. I can see why they may have thought I would have interest in both these books; they are both about the afterlife, and both written by neuroscientists. That is where the similarity ends. Whereas “Sum” is insightful, idea rich (what Neal Stephenson might call “Idea Porn”), endlessly creative, and deliberately presented as a series of fictional thought experiments, “Proof of Heaven” is clichéd, stale, and laughingly presented as science. Whatever your philosophical or spiritual beliefs about the afterlife are, this book has almost nothing to contribute to your understanding of them. There are no new insights here, except that people can be wonderfully misled by their own thoughts and memories. Still, given the discussions that this book provokes, it is worth reading and discussing in some detail.

So why did this book reach the top of the bestsellers lists, and spawn numerous blog posts and news articles? First, it deals with a very real and fascinating phenomenon, that people who believe they are near death often return to full consciousness with compelling stories of their experience. Note that I said “believe they are near death”; extensive research has shown that Near Death Experiences (NDEs) occur when a patient believes they are dying, whether or not they actually are. Second, and more importantly, Alexander glosses over psychological explanations for his experience, and for those who dont know much about the neuropsychology of memory and consciousness, might paint a somewhat convincing picture. He employs a neat trick to do this: cleverly manipulating the readers perception of the passage of time, which allows him to discuss only neurological or spiritual concepts while ignoring psychological ones.

What does the passage of time have to do with this experience? Everything! Look at how “Proof of Heaven” is structured. For most of the book, chapters alternate between Alexanders otherworldly experience and the story of his physical body and family. The reader is thereby tricked into feeling like these two events happened simultaneously. They did not. The memories that Alexander reports from the time of his coma were created after her regained full consciousness. This is just how memory works, and we all do it all the time. It has been known for years that the notion that memory creates a sort of “videotape” of personal events is simply not true (read anything by Elizabeth Loftus, such as http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...). Furthermore, the feeling of being certain is an emotion, and has only a very weak relationship to actually being correct about the matter (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27...). There are hints throughout the book that Alexander is confabulating and constructing memories (pg 82: “it will take me years to understand...”), but he ignores these completely when discussing possible natural explanations for his experience. Because he presents the events in the physical world and his own experience as having taken place at the same time, Alexander is deliberately trying to keep the reader from questioning the role of altered memory.

One last thing. The idea that Alexander is immune to these biases of cognition and memory because he is an expert or a former skeptic is asinine. Intelligence or attitudes do not protect us from being tricked by our own brains. If you need any evidence that smart people can be fooled even in their area of expertise, check out this article: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci.... Science is interested in verifiable phenomena because they can be observed by more than one person, and so reduce the risk of any one individual falling for such cognitive biases. This is not to say that groups dont get fooled; they certainly do. But history has shown time and again that objective and verifiable evidence leads to correct predictions much more often than an individuals personal experience (just look at vaccine denial).

If your faith is fragile enough that you need “evidence” that claims to be science, then this is the book you deserve. If you define faith as something that does not require proof, there is little for you here.

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Gobbled this book right down because the authors near-death experience isnt the most amazing part---it was his perfect credentials for influencing everyones opinion about that experience!

Ive visited places such as this neurosurgeon visited during his 7-day coma, and my nearly forty years of studying the *interdimensional* science of Consciousness made it all seem normal and to be expected of someone in his dying situation. What impressed and astonished and delighted me was how PERFECTLY his situation was designed to gain the attention of everyone who has NOT yet come to the awareness that consciousness does not begin or end with the physical brain!

I highly, highly recommend this book. Its quick to read, because the story is so compelling, and the doctor/author has gone to great lengths to explain why this was NOT hallucination (that part of his brain was classified as completely nonfunctional at the time), or any other among a long list of conventional sciences debunking explanations for NDEs. His unique experience refutes all of these arguments.

The only flaw in the book isnt really a flaw: he cant yet explain how or why these things happened to him. Not to worry, Dr. Alexander! Others have and will. For instance, @The Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation@ by Ernest L. Norman offers complete, diagrammed, scientific explanations for the aspects of consciousness that bridge dimensions. This science fully explains how and why he experienced the visions and connections of his NDE, where he went, and perhaps even why he did so.

As for why his deceased father didnt come to greet him during his other-side visit--that, too, can be explained. Its in my books, its in E.L. Normans books, and one day Im sure the author will understand, as well.

Because of my already-established beliefs, Id stopped reading about near-death experiences, but I will be recommending this book to everyone wholl listen!

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I dont read books about NDEs. I am on the skeptical side, yet spiritual too. A book written by a neurosurgeon whod been a big-time skeptic, whod contracted a life-threatening illness (1 in ten-million gets his form of meninggitis), and spent 7 days in a coma during which he experienced a totally unique NDE... when I saw the book on the table at BJs and recalled that a friend had sent a link to several of her friends, I decided I had to read it. Bought it 2 days ago and, despite a busy holiday-prep schedule, finished it this morning.

I believe Dr. Alexander, and I agree with his assessment that its impossible to accurately describe his experience in words (which might be why some other-NDE-readers are @disappointed@ with his writings, per a few comments her on GR). Yet has managed to describe enough (for me) to get across at least the @aura@ of love and acceptance present during his timeless journey and the idea that everything is connected (and, thus, we never truly lose anything or anyone). What I found most convincing, however, were his descriptions of scientific facts and data from his own medical case records which support his statements that his experience was not a hallucination or some sort of compensation made by various parts of the brain. He explains how there is no such possibility because the portion of his brain through which hallucinations & other such options might occur was not available during his ultra-deep coma.

I am not a scientist but what Dr. Alexander writes came across clearly and succinctly. I am a bit of a skeptic but I think thats a good thing - it means I am forever seeking. This book is a good one for a seeker. It doesnt answer all the questions, it admits theres plenty of mystery, yet it offers hope and love. I highly recommend it.

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