A Neurosurgeon Changes His Mind About God

This week’s News and Culture update:

Dr. Eben Alexander’s book, “Proof of Heaven–A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife” is being published Oct. 23, 2012. He shares his experience in a recent Newsweek interview: Proof of Heaven: A Doctor’s Experience with the Afterlife. I was intrigued by many of the statements, coming from a doctor who specializes in the workings of the human brain. After being in a coma for 7 days and defying the odds of coming back alive and well, he shares his insights about God, heaven, and life.

Here are some excerpts:

“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, and I intend to spend the rest of my life investigating the true nature of consciousness and making the fact 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.”

The message he got…

“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.”

“You have nothing to fear.”

“There is nothing you can do wrong.”

In his words:

“This new picture of reality will show the universe as evolving, multi-dimensional, and known down to its every last atom by a God who cares for us even more deeply and fiercely than any parent ever loved their child.”


  1. Virginia Stopfel says

    This is very helpful for prison ministry—perhaps especially with inmates suffering from addiction, the basis of most incarceration at my institution. So many of the programs educate the men quite thoroughly in all aspects of the brain: the various parts, what each part plays in their behavior and emotions, etc. This is useful “ammunition” in the arsenal of Spirit provided by a former believer in “brainology.” Thanks, Ingrid.

  2. Sharla Allard says

    Thanks, Virginia. I’m quite sure the author doesn’t think “You can do no wrong” means we can indulge in any kind of evil we want without consequence! Might be puzzling to others, too, out of context. Guess I should read the context!

  3. Sharla Allard says

    I enjoyed the neurosurgeon’s insights into God’s love for him after his time in a coma but am puzzled by how he might interpret the message “You can do no wrong.” Is anyone else wondering, or can anyone who’s read the book tell me?

    • Virginia McCullough says

      Hi Sharla, I haven’t read the book yet, but “You can do no wrong” speaks to me of the idea that God only sees us as good, our true being, spiritual reality.

  4. Virginia McCullough says

    This is such a reassuring message. Thank you. I love that it’s in the present tense, not some future time but now. Reminds me of “…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” from the Bible (II Cor. 6:2).

  5. Debbie says

    This article was just wonderful. I loved the profound “messages” he received during this experience. I also appreciated this observation of Dr. Alexander: “Not only is the universe defined by unity, it is also—I now know—defined by love. The universe as I experienced it in my coma is—I have come to see with both shock and joy—the same one that both Einstein and Jesus were speaking of in their (very) different ways.”