Proof or Projection of Afterlife? Doctor Publishes Book On “Proof of Heaven” From First Hand Experience

Dr. Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, has published a book “Proof of Heaven” that purports to show his personal view of the afterlife. Alexander says that he was a skeptic until he fell into a coma in 2008 with meningitis. He then claims to have experienced consciousness after death. He describes how he found himself greeted by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a “place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones” and “shimmering beings.” He then came out of the coma . . . and eventually wrote a book.


Alexander insists that it was only later that he considered the beings that he saw might be angels but such “words do justice to the beings themselves, which were quite simply different from anything I have known on this planet. They were more advanced. Higher forms.” He also describes a “huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if the winged beings were producing it. the sound was palpable and almost material, like a rain that you can feel on your skin but doesn’t get you wet.”

What is most striking about this account is the acceptance of the memory as real as opposed to his own generated images during his coma. The fact that the images are so stereotypical would seem to raise this possibility. Experts like Dr. Bruce Greyson have found that electrical stimulation of angular gyrus in the brain creates the same (though not necessary all) of the visions described in out of body or near death experiences including a light in the distance and even out of body visions. The suggestion is that these images are the result of the brain misfiring under stress.

Likewise, Swiss researchers were able to trigger (through electrical stimulation of the temporal lobe) a patient seeing herself lying in bed from from above and experience a sense of floating near the ceiling. Of course, the ability to reproduce such sensations does not conclusively disprove accounts like Alexander’s book.

Alexander gave his account on this PBS “Wormhole” segment where he describes the realization that he was a spot on a butterfly wing in his out of body experience:

What do you think about these accounts?

Source: Telegraph

107 thoughts on “Proof or Projection of Afterlife? Doctor Publishes Book On “Proof of Heaven” From First Hand Experience”

  1. “The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.”

    — Robert A. Heinlein

  2. By meditating on Gods word. How can I be proselytizing when I do not belong to any religion? Jesus frees people. That is clear. That means Jesus is not the originator of Jails. There is one k judgment. There is one second resurrection as described in REV: 20. Knowing we have jails that we see made from the mind of the devil there is also a jail unseen too. People that have NDEs when they think they see hell are seeing the devils jail. That is what Satan could not put Jesus in when he laid his life down for us. I do not see Pharisaical religious condemners here I see good souls here. When you study the KJV you will find out that sodomites were more like police men, and condemning judges. Sex had nothing to do with it.

  3. artiewhitefox,

    Who told you that? And don’t sau KJV. If you are a believer, fine, but why proselytize here. There are only inbitten sinners here, none can be saved. Try better places. Or amuse us as you will. In all amity. Agape.

    1. By meditating on Gods word. How can I be proselytizing when I do not belong to any religion? I do Jesus frees people.That is clear.That means Jesus is not the originator of Jesus. There is one k judgment. There is one second resurrection as described in REV: 20. Knowing we have jails that we see made from the mind of the devil there is also a jail unseen too. People that have NDEs when they think they see hell are seeing the devils jail. That is what Satan could not put Jesus in when he laid his life down for us. I do not see Pharisaical religious condemners here I see good souls here. When you study the KJV you will find out that sodomites were more like police men, and condemning judges. Sex had nothing to do with it.

  4. Matt, I’m missing something- I don’t understand your reply unless you are referencing an earlier reference to Stephen King/Dark Half? Sorry, not enough coffee today I guess.

  5. Here is a “dreamy” one I just found after the slick talker in prison vid.
    Just to lighten up.

  6. A very small amount of fatness, not to say obesity, will heighten the risk for sleep apne, ie obstructed breathing.
    Good way to an early death and lots of dreams.
    Sleeping on your side will help some, but not all fully.

  7. “I suggest you research lucid dreaming if you haven’t and have the time. I would also suggest that you talk to your doctor about these experiences again, s/he might want to have you get a brain scan of some sort to rule out anything like a lesion or tumor or some organic problem because organic brain problems can affect ones dreams. Just my two cents…”

    Supposedly lucid dreaming can be effective, but honestly if you DO have this problem, but usually there’s one or two things about your sleeping habits that you can tweak to make the episodes way less frequent. Sleeping on my side (rather than my back) and getting up once I woke up after 4:00 did it for me. I haven’t had a problem with it for a couple years.

    Anyway, it’s a pretty well know thing, and is only a symptom of serious problems very rarely.

  8. lottakatz 1, October 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I read everything I could get my hands on regarding ‘lucid dreaming’, controlling the action in ones dreams, setting yourself up to have certain kinds of dreams, returning to a dream one wakes up from and would like to return to etc. I became very good at doing these things and a particular kind of disturbing dream I would have occasionally simply disappeared after I began controlling it to the point of turning the disturbing aspect of it into a pretty fun experience.
    ======================
    It wouldn’t be fun.
    ———————–
    I suggest you research lucid dreaming if you haven’t and have the time.
    ==============
    I’m not an author. You would lose.

  9. Gyges, I enjoy dreaming and always have. I would also have dreams that were disturbing and dreams that involved appearing to be awake and watching what was going on in my dream, sometimes involving multi-leveled observational states. I read everything I could get my hands on regarding ‘lucid dreaming’, controlling the action in ones dreams, setting yourself up to have certain kinds of dreams, returning to a dream one wakes up from and would like to return to etc. I became very good at doing these things and a particular kind of disturbing dream I would have occasionally simply disappeared after I began controlling it to the point of turning the disturbing aspect of it into a pretty fun experience.

    I suggest you research lucid dreaming if you haven’t and have the time. I would also suggest that you talk to your doctor about these experiences again, s/he might want to have you get a brain scan of some sort to rule out anything like a lesion or tumor or some organic problem because organic brain problems can affect ones dreams. Just my two cents…

  10. Pete, it’s not a problem. Well known fact is that suicide bombers are impotent; 79 virgins is OK for them. This is not a grammatical error.

  11. I guess whatever the positive experience in people having this happen–we probably should be glad for them if it forstered comfort later in life, whatever the cause might be.

    No sense in really worrying / debating death if it hurts our outlook in life; since it is going to happen to us all eventually.

  12. Gyges
    1, October 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm
    Bron,

    If they can build identical me’s why abduct me more than once?
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    comparative analysis….like any good science experiment….

    idealist707
    1, October 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm
    OT OT OT Sort of…..

    Speaking of flaky, this years Nobel laureates in Physics have shown that quantum theories basis may be ignored.
    Ie you can look at some quantum particles without their sticking out their tongues at you.
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    maybe after all the attention of discovery they aren’t shy anymore….

  13. Gyges,

    Interesting matter you offer in you “sleep paralysis”.
    First why paralysis? A question of being incapable of moving your limbs in spite of extreme effort in willpower?
    Or unable to effect the course of the action given in the dreams. (How many times have I tried to get somewhere and never succeeded?)

    In my case the feeling of physical effort not yielding results is usually caused by entanglement in bedclothes or clothing. Or because you fear retribution and don’t dare to follow up your “punch”.

    The most intense dreams I have are the ones which touch on suppressed emotional strings or otherwise not often touched ones. Longing after your passed away wife will do.

    Hope you were writing for real and not trolling.
    I rose happily to the bait as the subject of our minds relation to reality is fascinating.

    Gyges is foxy that way at times. Ehhhh?

  14. let me know when a suicide bomber comes back and says he got his 79 virgins.

    we’ll know it’s real when he asks for one woman who knows what she’s doing.

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