Academic neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander III, whose career includes decades as a physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and revered teaching hospitals, was once staunchly committed to the materialist world view -- the belief that the physical world is all that exists. His scientific belief system was altered by a 2008 transcendental near-death experience (NDE) in which a bacterial infection severely damaged his brain as he fell into a week-long coma during which he experienced an odyssey into another realm. Despite a bleak medical prognosis, Dr. Alexander awoke to make an inexplicable return to full health. He has since become a pioneering scientist and modern thought leader in the emerging science that acknowledges the primacy of consciousness in the universe, he is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife, and Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness.


Website: ebenalexander.com


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Karen Newell is an author and specialist in personal development with a diverse body of work that rests upon the foundation of heart-centered consciousness. As an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave entrainment audio meditation, Karen empowers others in their journeys of self-discovery by demonstrating how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, and co-author with Eben Alexander III, M.D. of Living in a Mindful Universe.


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Website shared by Eben and Karen: innersanctumcenter.com


Twice-monthly webinars mentioned during the interview.


Some points discussed during this conversation:


Eben’s NDE and improbable recovery, including experience of a subterranean realm, the collapse of 4-dimensional reality, his guardian angel, and a “gateway valley” in which souls reside between lives.

The importance of music and sound. Binaural beats.

Experiencing a life review (how we impacted others) during NDEs has been reported for over 2,000 years.

Dealing with things now so they do not need to be handled during your life review.

The brain does not create consciousness. Our mental states create our physical reality.

Is the world about to undergo a “phase transition” to a “golden age”?

The alignment of science and spirituality - the afterlife and reincarnation studied seriously. Important because mainstream society trusts science. The work of Ian Stevenson and Jim Tucker.

The brain as a filter.

The harmful ramifications of science not understanding consciousness as primary.

Materialists are entrenched because it’s hard to admit that one’s life’s work has been based upon a misunderstanding. They are going extinct.

Memory storage: in the brain or in the ‘cloud’?

Kindness, compassion, love, forgiveness - feminine qualities the world needs now.

The importance of discernment on the spiritual path.

How would a person choose their parents and other life events? Our perspective between lives is much broader and not ego-bound.

How do we know our life’s purpose and how to live it?

During sleep, we interact with subtle realms.

The veil shrouding humanity’s consciousness is thinning.

Do we reunite with pets on the other side?

Illness can be a learning experience for the soul.


Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.


Interview recorded April 17, 2021.


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