I love a good popular medical book, especially if it’s about brain. Before I had a child, you could often find me sitting in the reading room of the Wellcome Collection in London reading new medical books they have lying about. Add my fascination with death, and I absolutely had to read Eben Alexander’s book about his near death experience.
Premise is simple – a neurosurgeon contracts very rare form of meningitis, goes into a 7 day coma, survives against all odds and lives to tell the story about what he has seen on the other side. The twist though is that previously medical professionals believed that near death visions were a product of our brains, specifically neocortex. A bit like showing us a movie before we check out. However Eben Alexander’s neocortex was not functioning and it was documented medically. No other medical theory can explain his experience.
Fascinating book overall. I want to leave you with 3 profound phrases that an angel left him with before he left afterlife. They are worth meditating on:
You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.
You have nothing to fear.
There is nothing you can do wrong.