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Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness Hardcover – October 17, 2017
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Living in a Mindful Universe is a compelling introduction to a vitally important and rapidly unfolding paradigm shift in science. It highlights the decline of a nihilistic worldview held by scientists for centuries, where consciousness was a meaningless side effect of brain activity, to the rise of a far more comprehensive worldview where consciousness is the fundamental "glue" that defines reality itself.
Dean Radin, PhD, Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Similar to Einstein, Eben, a man of science, delves into the Spiritual Oneness. He realizes that there are many paths up the mountain and they end up in the same place. As a result of understandings that Eben encountered during his coma, he succinctly conveys familiarity with many planes of consciousness, and the way he demonstrates this awareness is fascinating.
Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now
Numerous books have been written about consciousness, mind, soul, and love, but nobody has put them together in such an ingenious way as Dr. Eben Alexander. His book LIVING IN A MINDFUL UNIVERSE will bring its readers a road map for life that is desperately needed in these times of stress, conflict, and confusion. It not only deals with life after death but how to live a more meaningful existence right here and right now.
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., co-author Personal Mythology
Dr. Eben Alexander's case history is one of the most important in the history of medicine. The fact that he physically survives his illness is astonishing, but his account of a journey during his coma to a resplendent domain that operates according to the principle of boundless love is even more surprising. Alexander's experience shows that the dismal, vacuous view of materialism, which guarantees total annihilation of consciousness with physical death, is almost certainly wrong.
Larry Dossey, MD, Author: ONE MIND
With a background in neurosurgery and having had direct experience of non-ordinary aspects of reality, Eben Alexander is a unique and valuable cultural asset in our efforts to develop a more mature understanding of the nature of self and world. In this delightful and mind-opening book, Eben and Karen take us with them on their journey of exploration subsequent to Eben's NDE. They show that the insights they have had are accessible to any one of us, and that sane, coherent, non-materialist views of reality not only exist, but are no longer fringe.
Bernardo Kastrup, author of Brief Peaks Beyond and Beyond Allegory
Living in a Mindful Universe goes beyond Dr. Alexander's previous books in showing how science and spirituality are coming together to give us a more complete understanding of consciousness, meaning, and purpose in the universe -- and in describing how we can realize our role in it.
Bruce Greyson, MD, Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS), University of Virginia, co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences
In this third book based upon his extraordinary experiences during a coma induced by bacterial meningitis, Eben Alexander provides new information about the coma and its aftermath, connects his experiences with world-wide and world-old mystical traditions, and links experiences of this sort with modern developments in physics. An exciting new journey of scientific self-discovery is certainly underway.
Edward F. Kelly, PhD, DOPS, University of Virginia, and lead author of Irreducible Mind (2007) and Beyond Physicalism (2015).
In this impressive book, Eben Alexander gives us a frank and very personal account of the life-changing transformation following his deep-coma experience. He shares with us ... his newly obtained insight in the mystery of the Collective Mind. This perspicuously written book will bring deeper understanding of the nature of the human spirit, and gives us all a greater knowledge about the nature of reality. Highly recommended.
Pim van Lommel, MD, cardiologist, author of Consciousness Beyond Life
Eben Alexander and Karen Newell, two of the brightest and most sensitive people I know, have written a truly wonderful new book. Their book is both a personal journal of their spiritual quest and a practical manual for the care, education and nourishment of the soul.
Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, author of Life After Life and Glimpses of Eternity
In Living in a Mindful Universe, Eben Alexander and Karen Newell explore the worlds of both science and spirit. They offer clear explanations of findings that challenge the Supreme Illusion of everyday physical reality, along with frank accounts of their own efforts to connect more with the Collective Mind. The result is a work filled with wisdom and compassion.
Jim B. Tucker, MD, New York Times best selling author of Return to Life:Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives
While eloquently telling us about the Mindful Universe, Eben Alexander and Karen Newell skillfully and beautifully drive home a timely and important message:You are not just part of a self aware and ever evolving universe, you are the one that gives it awareness and is evolving it! You are your universe. The authors make the compelling case that the future of our world and the future vision for our universe lies directly in our hands and in the choices we make.
Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, New York Times Best Selling Author of Super Brain and Super Genes
As a neurosurgeon previously steeped in materialism until his beliefs were shattered by a near death experience, Alexander is in a unique position of being able to provide a more comprehensive description of the true nature of reality than conventional science or spirituality can offer, which he delivers with great elegance within the pages of this book. Living in a Mindful Universe not only shatters conventional boundaries that traditionally separated science from spirituality, but also provides us with important insights on how to apply this understanding to our lives, which is much needed and so important in the fearful world we seem to be living in today!
Anita Moorjani ~~ New York Times BestSelling Author Dying to be Me
I have great admiration for Dr. Eben Alexander, because he didn't ignore something that science cannot (currently) explain--namely, a detailed near-death experience when his brain was clinically incapacitated. Highly recommended for anyone looking to harness the power of the human mind!
−Kelly Turner, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds
A very important book, with rich stories illustrating a world beyond the limits of materialistic science and one neurosurgeon's quest to rethink everything he has learned. Dr. Alexander's humbleness, along with the wise counsel of Karen Newell, is a roadmap for those wishing to bridge science and spirit and enter into a life of wonder and magic. And, it's a great read!
William Arntz, Creator of What the BLEEP Do We Know!?
Having previously accepted the philosophy of 'scientific materialism' as the ultimate truth, Dr. Alexander found that his life-transforming near-death experience during coma had shattered all of his former beliefs about the nature of consciousness, the roles of the mind and brain, and the meaning of life and death. His emergent understanding, which parallels much of the awakening in the modern scientific community, is presented in Living in a Mindful Universe, which illuminates the many steps he took to expand his understanding of a much larger, richer, and deeper cosmos.
Bill Guggenheim, Coauthor of Hello From Heaven!
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Dr. Eben Alexander, author of international phenomenon Proof of Heaven, shares the next phase of his journey to understand the true nature of consciousness and ways to cultivate a state of harmony with the universe and our higher purpose.
In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander's brain was severely impaired by adevastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a weeklong coma. It was almost certainly a death sentence, but he miraculously survived and brought back with him an astounding story. During those seven days in coma, he was plunged into the deepest realms of consciousness, and came to understand profound truths about the universe we inhabit. What he learned changed everything he knew about the brain, mind, and consciousness and drove him to ask a question confounding the entire scientific community: How do you explain the origins of consciousness if it is not a byproduct of the brain? His challenge relates to a revolutionary shift now underway within our modern scientific understanding. Ultimately, direct experience is key to fully understanding how we are all connected through the binding force of unconditional love and its unlimited power to heal.
In Living in a Mindful Universe, the #1 NewYork Times bestselling author of Proof of Heavenand The Map of Heaven shares his insights into the true nature of consciousness. Embracing his radically new worldview, he began a committed program of personal exploration into non-local consciousness. Along the way, he met Karen Newell, who had spent most of her lifetime living the worldview he had only just discovered was possible. Her personal knowledge came from testing various techniques and theories as part of her daily routine. With Living in a MindfulUniverse, they teach others how to tap into our greater mind and the power of the heart to facilitate enhancement of healing, relationships, creativity, guidance, and more. Using various modalities related to meditation and mindfulness, you will gain the power to access that infinite source of knowing so vital to us all, ultimately enriching every facet of our lives.
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It is odd how some naysayers feel the world would be an infinitely better place if everyone just realized that life was a pointless cosmic accident; that we are born, live, and die for no lasting purpose whatsoever and that life has zero transcendent meaning. In fact, you do not even have free will, you have just been tricked by your brain into believing you do. That love you think you feel for your family? Just another biological brain function.
However, since the dawn of man, virtually every culture on earth has somehow intuitively grasped that there is more to life than meets the eye. It is part of the human condition and many of us sense it in our spirit. It strikes me as peculiar that some people make it their life's work to try to talk us out of that inherent belief, and convince us it is just a self-delusional mental con job we accept in a fruitless effort to sooth our own ignorance and fear. The critics occassionally appear to claim they are "certain" about things for which no such certainty exists. They may be personally settled in thier own minds, but that is not the same thing as scientific proof.
From my perspective, it is not anti-science to recognize that for all the good modern science has done, there are aspects to our existence that science cannot and does not adequately address. Nor should we dismiss personal experience as if it somehow does not matter.
This book and others like it offers an alternative to the growing hopelessness gripping so many people these days.
There were a few practical strategies but not many. Maybe I had the expectation the book would be more self-help which it wasn't. But still an okay book.
From the viewpoint of a deep mystical experience the Inner Universe is ultimately liberated from any vision and imagination. The pure void (Sanskrit: Sunyata) is the fullness of life beyond birth & death.
In Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, chapter 47, we read and learn:
Without going outside, you may know the whole world.
Without looking through the window, you may see the ways of heaven.
The farther you go, the less you know.
Thus the sage knows without travelling;
He sees without looking;
He works without doing.
With all respect, the book "Living In A Mindful Universe" does not reveal new insights into the innermost temple of the Holy & Universal Spirit.
We all need to unveil the veil of ignorance (Sanskrit: Avidya) to get access to the Castle of Brahman.
Roland R. Ropers
Spiritual Coaching & Spiritual Language Research
Founder of the field of ETYMOSOPHY