This week has seen a surge of interest in the NDE of neurosurgeon, Dr Eben Alexander. His book Proof of Heaven will be released in the USA on 23rd October and in the UK on 1st November. The book is an in-depth description of his NDE.
Thank you to the followers of the blog who alerted me to this.
In April of this year I was very excited when I met Dr Alexander when we both spoke at the Bioethics Forum at Madison, Wisconsin, USA. I was present while he described his NDE and what was fascinating about his NDE is that it is the deepest and most profound NDE that I have come across. He described it in such great detail but also with great emotion. Like many NDErs, his conviction that his NDE was ‘realer than real’ was most apparent by his enthusiasm for sharing what he experienced in such a public way.
I have worked with many physicians and surgeons during my 21 year nursing career and a few have confided in me about their own NDEs. However, their NDEs have not been as profound as Dr Alexander’s and they will not share this experience with anyone else for fear of being rejected by their peers. Indeed, very often I found them trying to explain their experience away in terms that they had been taught during their medical training but couldn’t quite explain it.
So for Dr Alexander who is a respected neurosurgeon with intricate knowledge of neurophysiology it is a very brave and important decision to talk about his NDE so publicly. Not only has he very publicly shared his experience but his NDE has motivated him to completely review his understanding of consciousness. Consequently he has also changed the way he responds to patients who report NDEs. No longer does he try to explain them away as reactions to drugs or low levels of oxygen or to fever.
This is a very significant NDE. In particular the part where he describes the angel on his shoulder is most intriguing as after his recovery he recognised her face – I won’t give any more details away and spoil the read!
It appears that Dr Alexander’s testimony is a great support to the notion that the current scientific theory that consciousness is a by-product of the brain is too limited and that a new understanding of consciousness must be sought.
I very much look forward to reading Dr Alexander’s book.
To read the articles in the media see the links below:-
NEWSWEEK COVER STORY: DR. EBEN ALEXANDER’S NDE
The October 15th edition of Newsweek is running a cover story on Dr.
Eben Alexander’s near-death experience. According to Newsweek’s Facebook
“When leading neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible — exclusively excerpted from his upcoming book Proof of Heaven, he shares his journey to the afterlife in this week’s issue of Newsweek.”
To download a copy of this issue on your iPad, go here:
HEAVEN IS REAL: A DOCTOR’S EXPERIENCE WITH THE AFTERLIFE By Dr. Eben Alexander The Daily Beast October 8, 2012