Anyone who openly declares that consciousness is not brain is going to get some attention. Especially when it’s from an established neurosurgeon whose knowledge of brain science includes 25 years of clinical practice, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Dr. Eben Alexander has collected his fair share of skeptics over the claims he’s made in his New York Times bestseller, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.
After a year of being on the shelves for public consumption, his book has sometimes taken a beating from critics who have poked holes in his story of surviving a very rare case of meningitis, which nearly left him dead or at best a vegetable.
Still, no one can dispute the proof that he’s alive and well today. His very existence begins to unravel common theories about the brain being the source of life and experience. Now he travels throughout the world, lecturing in churches, hospitals, and at symposiums, giving interviews to journalists the likes of Oprah, as well as working on a new book he says will unpack the science behind his recently adopted theories on brain, consciousness, and spirituality.
I read Proof of Heaven when it was first released and I met Dr. Alexander briefly at a talk he gave in New Bedford, MA in the spring, but I relished having an hour of his time to discuss the questions I’d considered since I first followed his story in the headlines.
I started off by telling him I write exclusively about the connection between consciousness, spirituality, and health to which he replied, “Right on the money!”
The following are highlights from our discussion:
Why do you think you came back to tell your story?
Well, I know that my initial connection to come back, as I explain in the book, was my love for my ten-year old son, Bond. Even though I did not recognize my son with my eyes when I was aware of his face and I didn’t hear him with my ears as he was pleading with me to come back, he had somehow reached across all of those dimensions and brought me back to this world. I came back because of that connection of love.
I also think what I bring to the table helps to legitimize near death experiences (NDE’s) from a scientific standpoint and explain the nature of our reality–how our mind and consciousness basically can never die. The reality that unfolds has tremendous implications for health, too.