Neurosurgeon and author Dr. Eben Alexander spoke at Vail Symposium event |

Neurosurgeon and author Dr. Eben Alexander spoke at Vail Symposium event

Karen Newell, Dr. Eben Alexander and author Lisa Cooper take a moment during Vail Symposium’s Living at Your Peak Consciousness Series event at the Arrabelle at Vail Square.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

On March 16 at the Arrabelle at Vail Square, the Vail Symposium hosted Dr. Eben Alexander for a return visit to speak about his new book, “Map of Heaven,” and his experiences. Alexander also hosted a workshop with Karen Newell discussing meditation and consciousness on Tuesday. Both events were well attended, with nearly 200 attendees at the lecture. Vail Symposium board member Gary Gilman was thrilled with the turnout.

“There were many enthusiastic people lined up after Eben’s talk, during the book signing, to buy books and talk to Eben after his lecture. There was a lot of vibrancy there and many people were signing up for the other Consciousness Series events,” Gilman said.

Alexander, a neurosurgeon, shared his experience involving a seven-day coma resulting from a severe case of bacterial meningitis, which lead him to the near-death experience that he wrote about in his first book, “Proof of Heaven.”

“I know that there are those of you in the audience … who have had profound, spiritually-transformative experiences and that you know exactly what I am talking about. … We come to know things through entirely different channels,” Alexander said.

Alexander summed up the most important and fundamental message that came through his experience.

“You are deeply loved and cherished forever. This is a message for all souls. You have nothing to fear,” Alexander said.

The Living at Your Peak Consciousness Series continues today with Dr. Julie Beischel discussing her research findings during her lecture “Does Consciousness Survive Death? Evidence from the Laboratory.” The series concludes March 30 with Jeff Olsen, who will share tools to assist individuals overcoming adversity to help them choose joy, hope and trust.

Vail Symposium would like to continue with this type of programming and needs your support to grow the series.

“We need your help to sustain the Living at Your Peak Consciousness Series. Less than 10 percent of our income comes from ticket sales for programs like this one. Your donation helps us cover costs associated with presenting the programs in this series, such as speaker airfare, meals and lodging, and ensures that we can continue to bring speakers like Dr. Eben Alexander to your community for many years to come,” Gilman said.

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