Dr. Eben Alexander
Before visiting the afterlife, Dr. Eben Alexander, a well-respected neurosurgeon, was a man of science and didn’t believe in life after death. In 2008, he woke up in middle of the night suddenly ill and in extreme pain. He had contracted a rare and deadly form of bacterial meningitis, which effected his brain. By the time he reached the hospital, he was in a coma and on death’s door with no recognizable brain activity. During his coma, he began his unbelievable journey to a place he didn’t believe existed. He said, "when I was younger I thought a heaven and a loving god made sense, but through my academic and neurosurgery career, I saw less and less that, that could be the case." The trip to heaven began in a dark formless place without memory, language or time. He found himself rescued by a "spinning melody of light." The place surrounding him was hyper vivid—colors, butterflies, flowers, and an unknown presence, a beautiful girl guiding him. He recalls that "she had a beautiful face with a wide smile, high cheek bones, absolutely gorgeous clear blue eyes." A word was never spoken to each other, but her thoughts would come into his awareness, "you are loved, you are cherished, there is nothing you can do wrong." He was told that they were going to teach him many things in heaven, but that he was going back. On the 7th day of his coma, he opened his eyes and his first words were, "all is well. Don’t worry, all is well." He made an astonishing full recovery. To refute scientific skeptics, he points out that he had such severe meningitis, his brain completely shut down and it would have made it impossible to have the kind of visions he generated. He wrote down everything he remembered before speaking to anyone, so as to not taint his memory. He later began to research other afterlife experiences and noted that everyone was guided to heaven by a family member. It haunted him that he didn’t know who it was that guided him through heaven, until a family member made the connection that his biological sister that he had never met, had passed away at age 38. When he saw a picture of her for the first time, he knew it was she that lead him. He is forever changed by his near death experience and now holds the confidence that our souls are eternal and hopes to tell his story all around the world. Dr. Alexander has since written a book, "Proof of Heaven."