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Posted: Sun 01/20/2013 02:00 PM
Born in 1953, Eben Alexander III grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the adopted son of a neurosurgeon father and a devoted mother. He followed in his father’s footsteps and went to medical school to become a neurosurgeon. He went on to teach at Harvard, got married and had two sons. Life was good. But on November 10, 2008, at age 54, Dr. Alexander contracted an extremely rare and deadly form of meningitis and fell into a deep coma. During the seven days the doctors spent trying to revive him, The former skeptic claims he had a near-death experience in which he visited heaven and met God. He battled back from the brink of death, transformed with a new sense of faith, of wonder, and purpose, to share with people what he says he saw beyond the body and beyond the Earth. Watch parts of their conversation below!
Dr. Alexander says that when he woke up in the afterlife, there were no pearly gates or angels. Instead, he says, he had no memory of his life on earth and found himself in a dark place until a beautiful presence took him into another dimension. Watch as he describes his first memories of his near-death experience:
After emerging from the dark place he first found himself in during his near-death experience, Dr. Alexander says, a beautiful woman guided him into another dimension on the wing of a butterfly. Watch as he recalls the experience and shares the message this woman gave him that we can all take to heart:
Posted: Fri 01/18/2013 08:01 AM
Posted: Thu 01/17/2013 08:00 AM
In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander contracted a rare form of bacterial meningitis that shut down parts of his brain, put him in a coma and nearly killed him. During this time, he says he saw heaven and writes about the experience in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven. As he came out of the coma doctors didn't expect him to survive, Dr. Alexander says he didn't remember who his family was. Watch as he shares the most terrifying part of his experience. Plus, which real-life story this reminds Oprah of in this exclusive footage you won't see anywhere else!
Posted: Wed 01/16/2013 08:00 AM
This weekend, Oprah is talking to Dr. Eben Alexander about his near-death experience and what it taught him about life and faith. Dr. Alexander has outlined his journey from a man of science to a man of faith in his best-selling book, Proof of Heaven. Read the prologue below, where Dr. Alexander outlines a close call he had while skydiving. Then, tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT!
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. —Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
When I was a kid, I would often dream of flying.
Most of the time I’d be standing out in my yard at night, looking up at the stars, when out of the blue I'd start floating upward. The first few inches happened automatically. But soon I'd notice that the higher I got, the more my progress depended on me—on what I did. If I got too excited, too swept away by the experience, I would plummet back to the ground... hard. But if I played it cool, took it all in stride, then off I would go, faster and faster, up into the starry sky.
Maybe those dreams were part of the reason why, as I got older, I fell in love with airplanes and rockets—with anything that might get me back up there in the world above this one. When our family flew, my face was pressed flat to the window from takeoff to landing. In the summer of 1968 when I was fourteen, I spent all the money I'd earned mowing lawns on a set of sailplane lessons with a guy named Gus Street at Strawberry Hill, a little grass strip "airport" just west of Winston-Salem, the town where I grew up. I still remember the feeling of my heart pounding as I pulled the big cherry red knob that unhooked the rope connecting me to the tow-plane and banked my sailplane toward the field. It was the first time I had ever felt truly alone and free. Most of my friends got that feeling in cars, but for my money being a thousand feet up in a sailplane beat that thrill a thousand times over.
In college in the 1970's I joined the University of North Carolina Sport Parachuting (or Skydiving) Team. It felt like a secret brotherhood—a group of people who knew about something special and magical. My first jump was terrifying, and the second even more so. But by my twelfth jump, when I stepped out the door and had to fall for more than a thousand feet before opening my parachute (my first "10 second delay"), I knew I was home. I made 365 parachute jumps in college and logged over three and a half hours in freefall, mainly in formations with up to 25 fellow jumpers. Although I stopped jumping in 1976, I continued to enjoy vivid dreams about skydiving, which were always pleasant.
The best jumps were often late in the afternoon, when the sun was starting to sink beneath the horizon. It's hard to describe the feeling I would get on those jumps: a feeling of getting close to something that I could never quite name but that I knew I had to have more of. It wasn't solitude exactly, because the way we dived there actually wasn't all that much of that. We'd jump five, six, sometimes ten or twelve people at a time, building freefall formations. The bigger and the more challenging, the better.
Posted: Mon 01/14/2013 12:00 AM
Oprah sits down with neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander, whose remarkable near-death experience radically shifted his faith. The author of The New York Times best-selling book Proof of Heaven shares the extraordinary details of his journey into the afterlife. Watch a preview today; then, tune in Sunday for the complete conversation.
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