“Life After Death” is a topic that fascinates us all, and has done so ever since we looked up at the stars and wondered if there was more… beyond this life. Of course there’s a part of us that doesn’t want this (life) to be all there is and some psychologists suggest we manufacture this idea of heaven to comfort our anxieties about death.
The truth is, many who have experienced medical death come back to report an experience and sense that there’s an afterlife.
One of my concentrations at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor was consciousness studies, and we examined and researched human consciousness transcending death with an academic lens. My observation is that it appears quite favorable, even more than probable.
One of my favorite books on the topic is Life After Death: The Burden of Proof written by Deepak Chopra… but recently an article titled Is This Proof of Heaven? A Brain Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife has really caught my attention. As the article states…
Before his experience, he did not believe existence of a non-physical spirit. Trained in western medical school and surrounded by medical colleagues who are deeply invested in the materialism view of the universe, he thought that the idea of a soul was outlandish. Dr. Alexander changed his mind after he was in a coma for seven days caused by severe bacterial meningitis and experienced a vivid journey into the afterlife. He was guided by an beautiful angelic being and shown the Divine Source, which he referred to as “Om”.
He then returned to his physical body, experienced a miraculous healing, and went on to write the NY Times #1 best selling book “Proof of Heaven.” What Dr. Alexander confirms is that our life on planet Earth is a “test” of personal growth, and that the way to make progress in this test is to overcome evil while spreading love and compassion.
He then makes 3 notable points:
- The experience of the afterlife was so “real” and expansive that the experience of living as a human on Earth seemed like an artificial dream by comparison.
- The fabric of the afterlife was pure LOVE. Love dominated the afterlife to such a huge degree that the overall presence of evil was infinitesimally small. If you wish to know the Universe, know Love.
- In the afterlife, all communication was telepathic. There was no need for spoken words, nor even any separation between the self and everything else happening around you. All the questions you asked in your mind were immediately answered to you telepathically as well.
I have to admit that the healthy skeptic in me gets activated because the picture he paints is the kind of thing you would use to sell a lot of books; on the other hand, it also aligns with so much of my personal theories about an afterlife… it seems a little too good to be true.
When I think of some of the greatest minds of human history like Albert Einstein, most of them believe in a “Spirit of the Universe,” but does that necessarily mean that we as spiritual beings transcend physical existence after death? Even if the answer is yes, there are still so many unanswerable questions, and the unknown will always scare us to some degree.
Today, I’m ok with the mystery of the Great Mystery…
…and I don’t need to drive myself crazy thinking that I have to know the answer. What I can wrap my mind around, and what is strive for instead is a renewed gratitude for being alive just for today. This path sets me up spiritually, mentally, and emotionally to be in alignment with what’s in front of me, what is real. And besides… my intuition, not my cognition, tells me there is MORE going on behind the veil and that’s good enough (for now).
What ultimately matters… love yourself…
…so you have the capacity to love others.
This allows us to fall in love with the human experience, and this my friend is a state of bliss/heaven we have access to anytime we choose once this framework is in place. In this video clip, Anita Moorjani (author of Dying to Be Me) talks about her well documented near-death experience with lymphoma and how it helped her to understand what our illnesses can teach us and what really matters most in our lives.