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'Proof of Heaven': Author and neurosurgeon explores life after death

VAIL — Dr. Eben Alexander’s book, “Proof of Heaven,” has been on The New York Times Bestseller list for 72 weeks. Worldwide, millions have read the story, and millions more remain fascinated by the topic of near-death experiences and higher consciousness.

A neurosurgeon, Alexander was among the nay-sayers of near-death experiences as he served on editorial boards of several acclaimed journals, and taught at Duke University, Harvard Medical School, University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Virginia Medical School.


However, when a rare illness attacked his brain and forced him into a seven-day coma, Alexander would experience precisely the sort of event he had downplayed for years. In his book, he claims that while his body lay in a coma, he journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There, he claims to have met and spoke with the divine source of the universe itself.

As a highly trained neurosurgeon who proclaims the certainty of a near-death experience, Alexander brings a unique perspective to this other-worldly topic.

“Few who understand the ins-and-outs of the human brain are ever able to encounter such an incident as a near death experience,” said Tracey Flower, the Symposium’s executive director. “Dr. Alexander, through his book and his presentations does a fantastic job detailing a subject that can be very difficult to accept or understand.”

Alexander will speak Thursday at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail as a part of the Vail Symposium’s Living at Your Peak speaker series. His event will be the first of a three-part series on higher consciousness that will span consecutive weeks.

Tickets are anticipated to sell out, and registration is highly recommended. To reserve tickets or find out more information on Alexander’s program as well as the other two consciousness programs, visit the symposium website at www.vailsymposium.org.

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The VailDaily Updated Mar 18, 2014 08:01PM Published Mar 18, 2014 10:42AM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.