Understanding Near-Death Experiences with Eben Alexander
Presenter Spotlight Q&A
Please share what you do in 10-15 words: I share what I learned during my near-death experience and teach how others can access the same realms.
Why do you do what you do?
There are two answers to this, and they’re equally true. The first is essentially altruistic. Too many people live in fear of death — their own or that of their loved ones. I certainly did before my experience. The more people understand that death is not the end of personal existence, and that their place in this universe is so much more than the physical, mundane, finite life we’ve all been taught to focus on, the greater their experience of that life is. The more they can access the unseen and understand those experiences are real, the happier they are, the richer their lives are.
The other answer is that once you understand that there is more to this world than we can see, it’s unthinkable not to continue to research, to study, and to talk to people about their experiences. Curiosity, and especially curiosity about the human mind and brain, has driven me since I was a child. It took me thirty-odd years to learn everything I could about what scientists have proven about the human brain. It’s going to take me a lot more years to learn everything that’s possible when we put western neuroscience together with all of the other medical, scientific, and spiritual traditions of the world to see how it all fits.
What are you currently fascinated by in your work?
I’m fascinated by the nature of consciousness and tools that can be used by all souls to tap into infinite mind through deep meditation. Currently I work closely with Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, in ongoing research and development to refine brain entrainment recordings used to profoundly expand one's awareness. I listen to these recordings on a daily basis to enhance my own consciousness and ability to access the realms I encountered during my near-death experience and beyond.
How did you come to your path? Any aha moments or key teachers?
I have had too many key teachers to name — I learn something from every conversation I have with near-death experiencers, researchers, and all fellow souls on this journey. I was put on this path following my own near-death experience, which happened in 2008.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Waking, Dreaming, Being by Evan Thompson and Beyond Physicalism edited by Ed Kelley, et al.
Eben Alexander, MD, was an academic neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston, with a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of Heaven, The Map of Heaven, and Living in a Mindful Universe.