Proof of Heaven
Harvard trained neurosurgeon Eben Alander, III, M.D. was brain dead. His brain's cerebral cortex was damaged beyond function by a horrible infection of E. Coli bacteria. He was EEG monitored, CT'd, MRI'd, and PET Scanned. His brain was 'dead' for 7 days. Based upon our current science, it would be impossible for Eben to think or feel a thing.
Yet dream great dreams, fly, soar, love and be loved were some of the many things that occurred. How?
This life has a purpose. We are here to accomplish specific things or to learn specific things. What we experience or learn beyond what's required are simply 'gifts'. So it is with a "Glimpse".
A "Glimpse" is the gift of being able to see the future; it's the gift of seeing the next life; or sometimes it's the 'gift' of seeing a previous life. For Eben it was seeing and 'feeling' Heaven.
Eben, as accurately described, was a skeptic. He'd seen thousands of years where religion was abused to harm, to enslave, to manipulate, and ultimately to kill people. Eben swore a Solumn Oath, as a physician, to serve people, to help people and to secure safety and richness of life for people. Eben was a 'good man', but he held out little doubt for the 'next life'. He was a skeptic.
Eben was not religious. He doubted any description by other doctors or patients who described dying, and coming back to describe what they experienced. In fact, he had many 'pat' answers already formulated to 'greet' the faithful and 'bring them down' and back to 'reality'. But, for his current set of 'Western scientific certainty', he had no answers.
Most likely, this is exactly why this skeptic was gifted a "glimpse" of Heaven.
To be honest, Western 'science' has no way to measure what happens to a being when there's no brain activity for 7 days. Science, in a linear state, will never be able to document and record a non-linear condition, (like Heaven). But, if truth be told, would you want science to be able to describe 'exactly' what happens to each person, on the 'other side'?
Would it be 'the same' for each person?
Each person enters from a different 'position' and has different 'missions' they are to accomplish. This present Earth bound 'life' was a gift to 'learn' and to 'grow' and to 'experience'. The current life experience is like a child in college who has a chance to go to Europe for the first time.
Who deosen't want to learn about a new 'land' and have a blast doing so? You know the person will grow and 'learn' many new things.
Imagine a private 'club' where a specific set of rules and a secret 'hand-shake' were known by only the few member of this group. Would anything remain 'special' or 'unque' if every activity of the group were published in the New York Times down to the last detail?
There are certain things we must achieve by 'faith' and not by 'verifiable linear facts'. These concepts of faith versus 'verifiable facts' are those mentioned which are critical and 'crucial' for the skeptic. For example: define unconditional love in detail (you can't unless the other person has a mutual point of reference and belief). Now, describe 'complete trust', (again another impossibility without a common 'point of reference'').
Alas, we're in a 'Linear Relationship'- one based upon time and mutual experience. It was Einstein who proved that time is 'flexible' and not fixed. Since time was 'flexible' and a person can speed up time, or slow down time, then a condition must exist whereby there is a state where there is no linear time.
Ancient Tibetians and Budists describe this concept. Before Christians and Jews forgot how to pray, they too were able to experience the 'Place with No Time'. Native Americans frequently are connected to this deeper concept of an absence of time. For these many reasons, peoples who understand the concept of the "Place with No Time" are 'not understood' by others, as the 'others' have no common point of reference.
A person could die, (and come back), and have an accurate point of reference to discuss with others. But the 'pool' of others is severely limited. How many 'other' people die, or are brain dead and 'come back' to this life?
Decades ago, when I had my first (brain and heart)"dead" patient describe 'Heaven', I knew that this person gave me a huge gift. I'd not yet died, so their experience I accepted as a point of reference. I later wrote a term paper on Life After Life, (a book by Robert Moody- written in the 1970's) which described over one hundred people who died, (and who were monitored and who 'flatlined' in hospital settings).
Every person who described the experience recalled the greatest beauty and total lack of pain or distraction they'd ever felt. This situation held true for 100 people, except for three people. Those three had committed suicide. Those three described being 'alone' in an empty darkness and hearing a low (worrisome) rumbling noise and felt fearful and alone. Without time, these people could relieve their entire life in a moment and do so again and again.
The 'suicide people' felt alone, selfish, and they felt empty. They knew they'd made a 'horrible mistake' and would lead an entirely different and better life. These people were given a 'Glimpse'. The glimpse they received was partly a 'gift' for them and definately a gift for others who were depressed and thought of 'ending it all'.
For those who attempted suicide, their 'life replay' was no comfort and left them feeling alone, empty, and that they had committed a 'horrible mistake'. These things happened for a reason.
Eben felt unconditional love, the presence of a soul who would never leave or abandon him, and who would help 'grow' his abilities on the other side. Eben's experience would qualify as a gift and as a glimpse. What he chose to do, back on this side, was entirely up to him.
Eben was a skeptic. He did not believe. Then Eben Alexander experienced a journey and beauty he could never experience in this life. He determined to gift his faith of a greater life beyond to others.
The huge skeptic bacame the believer.
This experience has parallels to the movie "Contact" where Jodi Foster stars as the scientist (in love with Matther McConnehey) who will only believe scientific facts which can be confirmed by others. Jodi goes thru a 45 minute 'experience' which only took a millionth of a second on Earth.
A corrupted man intimidates her and gets her to publicly doubt her own experience: until she realized that every monitor, every clock recorded a single millisecond she was 'elsewhere'. Except one. Jodi had an 'event' monitor which recorded the 45 minutes in 'another place'.
Matthew plays a minister who believes the opportunity to perform the 'science experiement' is an opportunity for Einstein (scientists) to prove the belief that other worlds and other realms exist.
Einstein's theories prove the existance of another realm which exists outside of time. It's fact.
It's time to believe!
When attempting to help anyone find their inner peace so they can see the "bigger" issues in life, it's nearly impossible to ignore the "next" life. People feeling the pain of losing a loved one have great emptiness- which needs to be solved. People looking to "find" themselves need to have direction, purpose and a "dream". People who feel "alone" need to know they have and will "always" have company. Each thought, each concept, can not be seen.
Please open and read the synopsis article, which appeared in Newsweek Magazine for October 15th 2012 (which is a beautiful day, as it's also my daughter Christy's 31st birthday!). Please read, see, and feel the depth of passion and beauty which Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, III, M.D. described while he was "brain dead". As a scientist Eben "knew every rational reason why" he should not be able to even think-- it was then that his thinking and understanding of all things changed forever.
We should all keep our feet firmly on the ground while reaching for the stars. We should dream great dreams and work to achieve great things for ourselves, but achieve more for humankind.
Please open the PDF file below. You'll be welcomed into a "glimpse" of Heaven. In this life, certain people are "Gifted" a glimpse or several glimpses of "the other side". Read the article. Eben has a "glimpse with a short stay": you'll have an opportunity to feel and see that "Glimpse". Faith, when coupled with love and compassion has always provided humankind with peace.
We wish for you great peace and serenity from reading this (PDF) article.
Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, III, M.D. describes his extended "Glimpse" of Heaven while "Brain Dead". His description causes us to rethink brain death and what really is in the "next" world.
Heaven Article One.pdf
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Powerful Lessions in Personal Change
So many times we speak with patients, and in describing their partner, they'll say something like, 'I don't know why they don't like me anymore-I'm still the same person'. That claim is way, way out in left field- out of the park --way-out. Every 90 days, 85% of a person's cells die and are reborn, so from a physical standpoint- NO you aren't the same person you were 90 days ago.
Then there's the mental and personal aspect: have you really failed to grow since you were 5 years old-- are you really the same person as when you were at 5? Hopefully you're also not the same person you were 90 days ago. Hopefully, over the last 90 days you've learned some new things, learned some new talents and hopefully have also become a better person.
We have a patient who was divorcing her spouse, because, workdays he'd go to work, come home, eat and get drunk. Then repeat. On weekends it was a "long drunk". The last time he'd read a book was in high school-- which was 37 years ago. The sad thing was this man could not figure out why his wife did not enjoy being around him!
Knowing this, would you really want to claim to be the "same person" you've been "all along"? Hopefully you've grown.
A Great Movie
Listening to the story about the drunk, who "gives it a go" during the day, only to repeat the same day over and over again by getting drunk as a skunk, causes us to look for a movie about this. Such a fine movie exists.
Please consider watching the "chick flick" romantic comedy of "Ground Hog Day" with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. We see the main character, "Phil Connors", go from repeating each mundane, boring day, to finally learning he has to grow to go forward to the next day. In the final clip Phil has grown massively in the months and months he's repeated the same "Ground Hog" day at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennysylvania.
If you like reviews, Gene Shalit called it, " A romantic comedy fantasy that is Bill Murray's best performance." Buy the DVD and run it a few dozen times, and then a few more. Growing, as a person, and finding love is wonderful!
So, What Can a Book Do?
One book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, written by Stephen Covey is huge. How big? If everyone in the U.S. read this book, beginning in 8th grade and re-read it each year, and discussed it in a class, about 99 out of 100 prisons would not need to be built, and most human suffering would cease to exist. That's huge!
The reason is that The 7 Habits outlines each of the basic 'human truths' which we all crave and all need to learn. Next, the book instructs us as to the various 'whys' behind why we should do or not do certain things. When the 'right' things are done for the 'right' reasons, a person finds huge success, happiness, and fulfillment: a definition for serenity.
In all of time, since several centuries of publication, The 7 Habits is one of the top 10 books in number of copies published, referenced, and read over all other books. Most important, this is a book everyone of us wished they could read when we were 13 or 14, or when we were troubled, and didn't know what to do next. It gives direction.
The book does not 'judge' people. It gives you the tools to see and understand the things you always wanted to do. It then challenges you to become the best person, the most constructive and positive person you can be. Best of all it explains that this wonderful journey of life is never ending- in a good way. To always grow, to always learn and apply more, and to become a better person, a stronger and more happy person. The book gives wise guidance and then allows the reader to 'judge' where they are versus where they'd like to be, and it then helps to establish a path to get to that better place. Please, read this fantastic book- you'll be thrilled you did!
Today I Will Make a Difference!
Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of their thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will make and possess thoughts that are happy and hopeful.
Today and forever, I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconviences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my constant companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a happy and wonderful difference.
I will be grateful for the 24 hours that are before me. Time is a commodity. I will refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use today for loving and giving.
I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on, victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's Okay to stumble...I will get up. It's okay to fail...I will rise again.
I will spend time with those I love and care about: my partner, my children, my family, my friends.
A person can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A person can own nothing and yet be very wealthy in love and in relationships. Today I will spend at least 5 minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening: 5 undiluted minutes with those I care for and care about. Today and everyday I will make a wonderful, beautiful, and creative difference.
The above was adapted from the original version from 'Shaped by God' (original title: On the Anvil), by Max Lucado.