Thursday, July 25, 2013

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, by Eben Alexander MD.  I am half way through this incredible story, moved to tears, and utterly astonished that the man is alive to share his journey to the centre of the universe.
I'd heard about this book from several colleagues and patients, so knew it was a "must read".  I remember the "Shack" was a book that came at me.  A bit like the Hound of Heaven. Eventually a friend gave me a copy as a gift of the Shack. Then Richard Rohr's book "Falling Upwards" was another that hounded me like this Eben Alexander masterpiece.
Reading Eben Alexander though is like reading the most extraordinary ER story set in the Holy.  He is a leading Harvard scientist, researcher, world renowned academic and surgeon.  I can read his celebrated technical and scientific papers in my foremost office journals.  Yet here is his story of not waking up because he hascontracted a rare and deadly meningitis.
The book is written on the outside and inside. On the outside it's all the doctors and nurses and family dealing with a patient and loved one in the Intensive Care Unit fighting to save a life long after it's known he's probably gone. The long tense days described are science, mystery, adventure and family love. 
On the inside it's Eben's story of his experience with spirituality.  It  is probably more than a Near Death Experience.
I'm reminded of Spiritual Brain by Mario de Beuregaard, the neuroscientists' book about his PET Scan research on Carmelite Nuns meditating.  He begins by laying out what is "science" and what is 'pseudoscience" describing how 'political and monetary' interests have worked to maintain the 'status quo' of luddite thinking about today's  Rennaissance in Science, where physics and spirituality are meeting full on.  What we think in the subatomic realm affects what we see. Creation is extremely creative indeed. 
Eben Alexander's timeless journey inward while his brain is  is a truly miraculous story.  I read it like I've been there with a deep sense of peace and hope and thanks.
Dr. Moody researched NDE's decades ago.  Nothing learned then has been disproven. Indeed there is even more substantial evidence of 'life after death', consciousness beyond the body. Since we've recorded brain waves stopping and heart stopping and patients reviving only to tell the people in the room what they were doing long after they were officially declared dead.
The limits of our science and understanding are what Kurt Vonnegut called "peepholes on reality'.
 Real science is humble and open minded, not so open minded that our brains fall out but a lot more mindful than the merely brainy ones would have us believe. The soul rejoices in the whole.

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