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Proof of Heaven, Proof of Love?


Screen shot 2013-08-20 at 6.04.28 AMProof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D., takes us on a journey with him out of normal consciousness. As he lay in a coma, he journeyed “beyond this world” where he recalls that he met angelic beings and the Divine source of the universe itself.

The fact that Eben Alexander, M.D., is a neuroscientist and had a near-death experience (NDE) while miraculously recovering from bacterial meningitis, has made his book a best-seller as well as brought up much discussion on NDEs and the feeling of oneness and happiness that are usually experienced in this state.

I’ve already read rebuttals, such as from Steven Novella on the Neurologica blog that, “Alexander claims there is no scientific explanation for his experiences, but… they occurred while his brain function was either on the way down or on the way back up, or both, not while there was little to no brain activity. During this time he would have been in an altered state of consciousness, with different parts of his cortex functioning to different degrees. This state is analogous to certain drug-induced mental states, or those induced by hypoxia and well documented, and there is even some overlap with the normal dream state.”

I’m interested in the science vs. faith issue and feel they can be compatible. I don’t believe science can actually explain what happened to Dr. Alexander during his NDE – such as being guided by a biological sister he had never met during his life as an adopted child. I am fascinated by the revelations he had while in his NDE, where he experienced above all else, LOVE.

He writes that he learned, “Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything.” He writes that he found this the most single important emotional AND scientific truth in the universe.

Dr. Alexander claims that our brain is a barrier to our higher knowledge. Shamans and medicine men have long used mind-altering drugs to draw back the curtain of the rational mind to connect with spirit and the energy of the universe, love. They do this for healing purposes, and I found Dr. Alexander’s book healing as well.

I wish everyone could experience the unconditional love and acceptance that he experienced on his journey. It’s available to us all – meditation and prayer are recommended ways to experience this oneness. Opening the Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra in my experience have also allowed people to feel at one and in tune with higher consciousness and “knowing.”

Science still has much to discover about the mechanism of consciousness. There are still profound mysteries surrounding the spiritual or divine realm, our experience of reality, and whether there is a God. Dr. Alexander writes an intriguing story of his experiences before, during and after his coma and NDE, all ending with the beautiful message that we are connected as One through our divine link with God.

I found it a very interesting read, and basically embrace his message, whether or not NDEs can be scientifically validated. I’m passing the book on to my mother who is still mourning the loss of my father. Who doesn’t want the comfort of believing that our souls go on and experience wonder and beauty in the next life?

I applaud Dr. Alexander for sharing his story at the risk of criticism from his colleagues and the scientific community in general. It is well-written and inspirational, two very important criteria for me when judging a book.

For those interested in more info or sharing their own NDEs, Dr. Alexander has set up www.Eternea.org as a resource to foster cooperation between science and spirituality.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of Chakra Secrets, The Chakra Diaries, and Balance Your Chakras – Balance Your Life

www.thechakras.org

Learn to Communicate with your Spirit Guides


“Keys to the Spirit World” simplifies the process of communicating with your spirit guides, who are always there to help you navigate your path through the physical world.

This book helps you use all the spiritual tools and gifts you were born with, but most likely forgot. As a child, you may have heard your spirit guide(s) through your “inner ear,” but blocked them out as you grew older and more conditioned by society’s rules of what is reality and what isn’t. This book is a breath of fresh air, saying “Yes, you can take guidance from your dreams, inner and outer voices, thoughts, and visualizations.” Plus, O’Neill offers guidance on how to relax and allow communication with your spirit guides to happen. She even includes exercises to help you tear down the walls to spirit communication.

I especially liked the section on chakras and their correlation to spirit communications. O’Neill explains how chakras, our energetic centers, allow information to be received from the spiritual realm. She takes you one by one through the chakras, with special emphasis on the Heart Chakra, which is elevated and expanded through higher consciousness, the Throat Chakra, used for channeling information during spirit communications, and the Third Eye Chakra, which opens you to clairvoyance and clear seeing.

The author shares some of her own experiences as a child growing up with psychic abilities and the sensations she felt in these chakra areas before she understood their relationship to the spiritual realm. And she offers 10 Tips for Working with your Spirit Guides, invaluable for anyone who wants to have a stronger connection to spirit and accept guidance on their path.

Have you tried automatic writing, dream journaling or spirit guide meditation? O’Neill offers advice on how to use these tools to connect with your spirit guides. She ends her short yet very comprehensive giude with common blocks to spirit communication and how to solve them.

Communicating with Spirit Guides is immensely valuable – this book gives you the tools you need to take advantage of what is offered to each and every one of us from the spiritual realm.
Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

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