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The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife Paperback – October 7, 2014
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"Eben Alexander proves to us once again that experience is the greatest source of knowledge. Relying on his own near death experience and those of others who have written to him, Eben takes us from the wisdom of the Greek philosophers through to modern medical researchers to give us an overview of that mysterious place known as the afterlife. . . . A courageous book that tackles the question of life after life with science, philosophy and the heart rending experiences of many who have gone to the other side." (Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., author of Life After Life)
“Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander generated enormous interest in what happens when we die in Proof of Heaven, his many-splendored account of his near-death experience. In The Map of Heaven, he expands his account by relating similar experiences of others, and by a rich analysis of supporting views from scientists and philosophers. The evidence Alexander offers suggests that the day is approaching when it will be considered irrational and unscientific not to believe in the survival of consciousness following physical death. This day cannot come too soon, for it will restore meaning and hope in a world besotted with the morbid fictions of materialism. Thank you, Dr. Alexander.” (Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters)
"Dr. Alexander does it again. He brings his unique and considerable scientific knowledge and illuminates the world of spirituality. He creates a geography of science and faith that shows us a larger world filled with hope and dignity." (Allan J. Hamiton, MD, FACS, author of The Scalpel & The Soul and Zen Mind, Zen Horse)
"In this important book, Eben Alexander describes how his own life-changing NDE was a personal example of what scientists, spiritual leaders and ordinary people throughout the world have been reporting, especially in the last two decades. This book makes it wonderfully clear how these mind-blowing experiences can have an enormous positive impact on the way we live our lives." (Pim van Lommel, M.D., author of Consciousness beyond Life)
"Moving beyond Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander here draws upon his own coma experience in combination with related accounts from a wide variety of sources to advance an ecumenical vision, which I strongly support, of recovering humanity’s lost wisdom through creative synthesis of the best in contemporary science and religion." (Edward F. Kelly, PhD, author of Irreducible Mind and Beyond Physicalism)
About the Author
Eben Alexander, MD, has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last twenty-five years, including fifteen years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is the author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven. Visit him at EbenAlexander.com.
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Now he has written a follow-up book that provides a background of research and includes selections of other people's moving NDE experiences and insights which demonstrate the increased awareness of mind, body, spirit and consciousness that such an experience can precipitate. His new book references many well-know seekers, historical figures, psychologists and quantum scientists: Aristotle; William James; Niels Bohr; Sri Ramakrishna and Plato, to name a few. Although he is, I believe, a Christian, his attitude towards all religious traditions is open and accepting. In pages 6 - 9 he discusses the ancient Mystery Schools and the Eleusinian mysteries, which, like Christianity, placed an emphasis on initiation. He follows this up with a letter from a reader of his first book who is seeking information and clarification regarding his "Earth Worm Period." His thoughtful and insightful answer is, I believe, profound in its simplicity.
For full disclosure, I will add I have experienced out-of-body phenomenon, and for this reason, I attended the recent 2014 Afterlife Conference (my first ever foray into that world). I went specifically to hear Dr. Alexander speak about his experience. It was one of the most honest and compelling disclosures I've had the pleasure of hearing in recent years. It is quite clear that he experienced The Light of Heaven because it shines through him now.
This second book by Dr. Alexander is as illuminating as those other works and deserves a place on my bookshelf beside them.
Chapters 5 and 6 are my favorite chapters. Five talks about how children have an inherent spiritual sense that sometimes gets squashed out of them. Chapter 6 describes the life of joy in the Spirit World where we all will spend eternity. It's important to learn about it before we get there. It sustains us in the difficulties we experience in this physical lifetime. You will thank yourself you invested in reading this book.