Epic Victory: In 2008 neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander went into a deep coma that lasted one week. During the week long coma, Alexander’s neocortex did not function and caused him to go through a life-changing visit to the afterlife. In his New York Times best-selling book “Proof of Heaven” he shares his story to give others belief and hope.

Here is the story:

Dr. Alexander taught for 15 years at Harvard as an academic neurosurgeon. As a neurosurgeon, he did not believe in near death experiences and relied on scientific explanations for the out-of-body journeys that many of his patients had described. Alexander was a skeptical scientist who spent his career exploring the brain.

November 10, 2008 he fell ill to bacterial meningitis, had no brain activity and laid in coma at Virginia hospital for seven days. In Alexander’s essay he wrote, “Doctors determined that I had somehow contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain.” For six days he was placed on a ventilator at the intensive care unit. He was treated with triple antibiotics to fight the bacteria. His brain was only responding minimally and left doctors with the belief that he would not recover.

Alexander’s remarkable encounter with the afterlife began during his near-death experience. Though he was unconscious and unresponsive during the coma, he described a ‘hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey’ to a place he said was heaven. After Alexander became the patient, his experience gave him a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death. His experience forever changed Alexanders viewpoint on human consciousness and his discovery of the afterlife led him seeking to share his story to give others belief and hope.

Alexander wrote about his life changing experience to Newsweek stating, “According to current medical understanding of the brain and mind, there is absolutely no way that I could have experienced even a dime and limited consciousness during my time in the coma, much less the hyper-vivid and completely coherent odyssey I underwent.”

The meningitis has taken his memory from any recollection of his earthly experiences of his family, words, language and life lived. Eben stated that the meningitis had wiped his cortex out. When Alexander went into coma, he recalls being first taken to a mucky dark place through a “earth worm eye view.”He heard a pounding mechanical sound and saw disturbing faces that would appear from the muck. In an interview on the Super Soul Sunday show, he told Oprah that this was “the best consciousness that my brain ‘soaking in puss’ could muster.” He was rescued by what he said was a spinning white light that was very slowly spinning and moving toward him. He described it as a bright light that came with the most gorgeous melody. The perfect melody came toward him and as it came closer it expanded and it took over the views from the murkiness. This spinning white light opened him up to what he calls a new dimension.

During his passage into the new dimension, he felt that his experience was more real than (earthly) life and crisp in color. He was escorted by a beautiful woman on a butterfly wing. Love flowed from her. He described his body as floating above clouds and seeing, “transparent, shimmering beings arced across the sky, leaving long, shimmer like lines behind them.” Dr. Alexander III was told by his guide, “you are loved deeply, cherished forever, there is nothing you have to fear, you will always to be loved, and there is nothing you could do wrong.” He believes that the statement “nothing you could do wrong,” applied to that (heavenly) realm and not this (earthly) realm. He communicated with the beings through a method that transcended language. He then traveled to, “an immense void, completely dark, infinite in size, yet also infinitely comforting.” Alexander believed the completely dark void was God’s home.

He recalls seeing an orb of light and meeting the (heavenly God) deity. His thought of the power and awe of the all-loving, all-powerful (heavenly God) deity was beyond any words at all.  The divine creator of all (creation) was everywhere and through everything. He recalls the love was through everything and in everything. When he was in the higher dimensional core with the presence of the divine deity, he heard the sound he could most closely recall as, “OM”. It was a sound that had no beginning and no end. He called the divine deity “OM” in his book to describe the creator as “om”nipotence, and “om”niscience.  All of his visions are shared in his book:

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

As he laid there in the hospital bed, his son ran over to him after hearing the doctors give their concerns, he opened his fathers eyes and began to call out to him. Eben couldn’t recall who the child was, but felt the power of the love brought him back. On that seventh day, as his family prepared for the worst, Alexander suddenly opened his eyes. His breathing tubes were removed and remarkably he said to doctors, ‘thank you.” He couldn’t remember much of his life prior to the illness, but as he recovered, he began to recall the detailed memories of a remarkable experience during the time he was in coma. Alexander wrote, ‘there is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind- my conscious, inner self – was alive and well.’

Alexander writes, “I’m still a doctor, and still a man of science bit as much as I was before I had my experience. But on a deep level I’m very different from the person I was before, because I’ve caught a glimpse of this emerging picture of reality. And you can believe me when I tell you that it will be worth every bit of work it will take us, and those who come after us, to get it right.”

The scientist is now committing his energies to investigating the true nature of consciousness and making the facet that we are more, much more, than our physical brains as clear as I can, both to my fellow scientists and to people at large. He concludes, ‘At the very heart of my journey (is this), that we are loved and accepted unconditionally by a God even more grand and unfathomably glorious than the one I’d learned.”

After recovering from meningitis-induced coma, Alexander found his comfort at church. He said that he has found peace in spreading his message to others, in telling others that God is real and that prayer really does work. He said it isn’t about any one religion, it’s all about us being here for each other and manifesting a love toward each other. He explained that anything religion that divides us is gone when we are in heaven. This has changed everything for him in his life. Eben says that death is only a transition and adventure; and nothing to be scared of. He has learned through his journey that awareness is one and boundaries of self are fiction. Dr. Alexander III wrote that his love for God has deepened and his belief in the spiritual realm — in a divine, loving God — is now deepened. He said that it is important that we love one another. He credits his deep energetic vibrations of love toward his young son as the power that brought him back.

Eben Alexander writes, “we are conscious in spite of our brains.” He believes “The omniscient, all knowing, all-loving deity is right there in each one of us. We can get in touch with that and know it and feel it completely– starting by believing in it.” Eben feels that it is a beautiful gift in knowing God and knowing the payer does work and knowing that our lives mean so much more.

He wrote of his experience in his new book, “Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife.” The book was published in November and is available for purchase.


Notes & References

1. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/eben-alexander-harvard-neurosurgeon-proof-of-heaven-afterlife-coma_n_1951475.html

2. http://newsweek.tumblr.com/post/33080596787

3. http://www.monroeinstitute.org/thehub/a-surgeon-and-a-filmmaker-probe-neuroscience-and-mystery-at-the-monroe-inst

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW2-Ny5GxBo&feature=related

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN8bsq2Ic-4&feature=related

6. http://www.oprah.com/own-super-soul-sunday/Oprah-and-Neurosurgeon-Eben-Alexander-Proof-of-Heaven