I finished reading the bestseller Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander M.D. -- and it was awesome.
Alexander, trained in rational, scientific thinking and a practicing neurosurgeon was not a believer of consciousness (i.e. the soul) outside of the functioning of the brain itself until he ended up for 7 days in a coma himself.
His near death experience (NDE) was not only unbelievably vivid, but also, as he reiterates again and again, absolutely real ("more real that the house I sat in, more real than the logs burning in the fireplace")!
The key beautiful messages that I came away with:
What is the relationship between G-d and man?
- G-d loves us, unconditionally.
- Our physical bodies and brains, with limited sensory organs, are filters that give us a kind of "amnesia" of the Divine.
- Our personality, soul, spirit "continue to exist beyond the body"and is a "direct extension of the Divine."
What is the meaning of life (i.e. why are we here)?
- The universe is purposeful, and it "bring[s] beings into existence and allows them to participate in the glory of G-d."
- Evil exists in this world only to provide us the free will for growth to the Divine and ultimately for our ascendance in other dimensions.
- There is "no need to fear the earthly world" and thus no need to be concerned or build ourselves up with "fame or wealth or conquest."
- To return to the spiritual realm, "we must once again become like that realm" by showing love and compassion for others.
- "Other family" (i.e. angels) are "watching and looking out for us" and helping us navigate our time here on earth."
- "Our struggles and suffering" are eclipsed by the larger eternal beings we are.
What is the future world like?
- Injustice in this world is eclipsed by the "beauty and brilliance of what awaits us."
- The visible, physical world is but a "speck of dust" compared to the invisible, spiritual world that is "awash" in goodness, hope, and abundance.
- Time doesn't function the same in the spiritual world, "a moment can seem like a lifetime, and one or several lifetimes can seem like a moment."
- Our understanding of space is false; the "vastly grandeur universe isn't far away physically, but simply exists on a different frequency."
- We are not only part of the fabric of the universe, but also are "completely unified"with it, and are "intricately and irremovably connected" with "no real differentiation between 'me' and the world."
Having recently lost my mother, I found great solace in this book and its timeless message of purpose in our worldly lives, hope through a brighter future in the next world, and the immortality of our souls with our loving Father In Heaven.
Thank you Dr. Alexander for sharing your experiences and these eternal truths with us. ;-)
(Source Photo: here and my first GIF)