As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences.— Eben Alexander
The most sublime Eben Alexander quotes that will activate your desire to change
Laughter and irony are at heart reminders that we are not prisoners in this world, but voyagers through it.
Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it's the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal-and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God.
Our eternal spiritual self is more real than anything we perceive in this physical realm, and has a divine connection to the infinite love of the Creator.
There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind - my conscious, inner self - was alive and well.
We-each of us-are intricately, irremovably connected to the larger universe.
It is our true home, and thinking that this physical world is all that matters is like shutting oneself up in a small closet and imagining that there is nothing else out beyond it.
My journey deep into coma, outside this lowly physical realm and into the loftiest dwelling place of the almighty Creator, revealed the indescribably immense chasm between our human knowledge and the awe-inspiring realm of God.
We can only see what our brain’s filter allows through.
Our spirit is not dependent on the brain or body.
It is eternal, and no one has one sentence worth of hard evidence that it isn’t.
A story-a true story-can heal as much as medicine can.
I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.
Evil was necessary because without it free will was impossible, and without free will there could be no growth—no forward movement, no chance for us to become what God longed for us to be. Horrible and all-powerful as evil sometimes seemed to be in a world like ours, in the larger picture love was overwhelmingly dominant, and it would ultimately be triumphant.
We - each of us - are intricately, irremovably connected to the larger universe.
I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon.
Physical life is characterized by defensiveness, whereas spiritual life is just the opposite.
I'm not the first person to have discovered evidence that consciousness exists beyond the body. Brief, wonderful glimpses of this realm are as old as human history.
I finally chalked it up to the fact that the brain is truly an extraordinary device: more extraordinary than we can even guess.
Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything.
Those implications are tremendous beyond description.
My experience showed me that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness, that human experience continues beyond the grave. More important, it continues under the gaze of a God who loves and cares about each one of us and about where the universe itself and all the beings within it are ultimately going.
Our culture is obsessed with youth because we have lost the ancient knowledge that growth never stops. We are not transient, momentary mistakes in the cosmos- evolutionary curiosities that rise like mayflies, swarm for a day, and are gone. We are players who are here to stay, and the universe was built with us in mind. We reflect it, with our deepest loves and loftiest aspirations, just as it reflects us.