If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you may have read previous postings about Colton Burpo and Akiane Kramarik, two young people who have experienced out-of-body events in which they saw Heaven or Christ. I’ve since had comments from some that at least implied that children that young couldn’t have really understood the alleged events.
Well, now we have a story of an adult. But, not just any adult. This one happens to be a prominent neurosurgeon. First of all, let me provide links to the stories of Colton Burpo and Akiane Kramarik as a refresher.
Now, after all that, here is the story of Dr. Eben Alexander, one which I will not tell but will just post the story and the link to the Telegraph news article. The story has evidently originally been written in Newsweek, so I must give them credit as well as The Telegraph.
Afterlife Exists Says Top Brain Surgeon
A prominent scientist who had previously dismissed the possibility of the afterlife says he has reconsidered his belief after experiencing an out of body experience which has convinced him that heaven exists.
By Mark Hughes, New York
09 Oct 2012
The Telegraph (co.uk)
Dr. Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis.
During his illness Dr. Alexander says that the part of his brain which controls human thought and emotion “shut down” and that he then experienced “something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.” In an essay for American magazine Newsweek, which he wrote to promote his book Proof of Heaven, Dr. Alexander says he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a “place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones” and “shimmering beings”.
He continues: “Birds? Angels? These words registered later, when I was writing down my recollections. But neither of these 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.” The doctor adds that 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.”
Dr. Alexander says he had heard stories from patients who spoke of outer body experiences but had disregarded them as “wishful thinking” but has reconsidered his opinion following his own experience.
He added: “I know full well how extraordinary, how frankly unbelievable, all this sounds. Had someone even a doctor told me a story like this in the old days, I would have been quite certain that they were under the spell of some delusion.
“But what happened to me was, far from being delusional, as real or more real than any event in my life. That includes my wedding day and the birth of my two sons.” He added: “I’ve spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold as I myself did to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us.
“But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it.”
The original article is in this week’s Newsweek
So, with all the above related to us by the good doctor, I took real interest in his descriptions of the images and sounds that he experienced. My, but what glory may await us.