Many people have described having near death experiences (NDE), and so has Dr. Eben Alexander. But he brings a unique perspective to the experience. As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander had been studying the mind, brain and consciousness for over 20 years. I caught up with Dr. Alexander at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, and he shares his experience and what he learned in this episode of my podcast, Lisa.FM Thrive!
In 2008, Dr. Alexander came down with bacterial meningitis. He spent a week in a coma, and doctors didn’t offer much hope for his recovery. All the while, while lying in a hospital bed, his mind was an odyssey in between worlds. In his bestselling books, Proof of Heaven and Map of Heaven, Dr. Alexander describes what he experienced, and what he learned about the mind, and consciousness.
During his ‘other-world experience,’ he said he had no memories of his life as a doctor. He describes going from ‘an earthworm eye view’ to being “rescued by a white light” into a world of “beautiful life, blossoms, flowers, buds on trees, butterflies sparkling streams… Swooping orbs of golden light, emanating changes that would blow through me like a tidal wave.”
He describes riding through the beauty on a butterfly wing, with a beautiful girl as his guide. “And her message to me: You are deeply loved and cherished forever, you are deeply loved and will be taken care of.”
Alexander says the joy of his journey is to now be able to share the universal message of unconditional love – oneness and pure love.
NDE survivor Dr. Eben Alexander speaks to a full house at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, February 2016 (Photo: Lisa Osborn)
“The one healing power of unconditional love, of that deity.” Whether you call it God, Allah or any other name, he says “the words get in the way. They imply that there is a separation, but the separation is the Tower of Babel. That is… our ego and our false sense of self trying to isolate us from the rest of the universe, whereas in fact we are all one with the entire universe, and this is what we are all about.”
Dr. Alexander says everything changed for him after he came out of the coma. His speech and brain capabilities came back within weeks. But, he is still investigating his experience and thinks he will continue to do so for the rest of his life, and beyond.
Reincarnation, he says, is something he didn’t pay much attention to before his illness. Now, he says it’s something that humans should realize is a fundamental part of our existence, “including Christianity.”
Another important lessons he learned was about fear.
“I came back from this journey realizing that there is nothing to fear but fear itself… as we come to remember that we are all part of the one great spirit, we can realize that there is nothing to fear.”
Dr. Alexander says he believes there’s a tremendous shift of awakening going on in the world right now, despite all the conflict and tragedy in the news.
“I believe we are about to shift to a much higher realization of human potential and how interconnected we all are and our deep spiritual nature.”
He says sound is what propelled him through this magical other world. “It’s important to point out the that music, vibratrion, sound, frequency were the ways that my soul used to traverse those higher realms.”
Today, he uses a sound program called Sacred Acoustics to help him re-enter the world he experienced while in the coma, as he continues to make more sense of his experience. “Sound is the key to the universe.”
Here are some of the resources Dr. Alexander mentions in our conversation: Eternea.org; SacredAcoustics.com; EbenAlexander.com
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