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Dr. Eben Alexander, author of international phenomenon Proof of Heaven, shares the next phase of his journey to understand the true nature of consciousness and how to cultivate a state of harmony with the universe and our higher purpose.

In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander's brain was severely damaged by a devastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a weeklong coma. It was almost certainly a death sentence, but Dr. Alexander miraculously survived and brought back with him an astounding story. During those seven days in coma, he was plunged into the deepest realms of consciousness, and came to understand profound truths about the universe we inhabit. What he learned changed everything he knew about the brain, mind, and consciousness and drove him to ask a question confounding the entire scientific community: How do you explain the origins of consciousness if it is not a byproduct of the brain? His challenge relates to a revolutionary shift now underway within our modern scientific understanding. Ultimately, direct experience is key to fully understanding how we are all connected through the binding force of unconditional love and its unlimited power to heal.

In Living in a Mindful Universe, the New York Times bestselling author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven shares his insights into the true nature of consciousness. Embracing his radically new worldview, he began a committed program of personal exploration into non-local consciousness. Along the way, he met Karen Newell, who had spent most of her lifetime living the worldview he had only just discovered was possible. Her personal knowledge came from testing various techniques and theories as part of her daily routine. With Living in a Mindful Universe, they share techniques that can be used to tap into our greater mind, explore how the power of the heart, and discuss how both can enhance healing, relationships, creativity, guidance, and more. Using various modalities related to meditation and mindfulness described herein, you too can gain the power to access that infinite source of knowing so vital to us all.

©2017 Eben Alexander, MD and Karen Newell (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved, under license from Rodale Inc. All rights reserved. Portal and Lightbody by Kevin Kossi used with permission from Sacred Acoustics LLC. All rights reserved.

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An update on what's happened since Proof of Heaven

I loved this audio book. In the middle of the book I got a Light Bulb Moment when Dr. Eben Alexander shared some recent studies that gave an explanation of how he had his experience detailed in Proof of Heaven - even though his brain was not working. The explanation is excellent. And . . . it's scientific! It felt like I had been looking at Consciousness ideas through the wrong end of a telescope and at that moment when Dr. Alexander explained how these recent studies of the effects of certain substances on brains studied under FMRI machines showed how they shut down parts, yet the people experienced things . . . and he talked about the brain as a filter . . . it was a LIGHT BULB moment - it felt like Dr. Alexander reached out and turned that telescope around and suddenly I was looking at things from the other end - and seeing a lot more, clearly.

Karen Newell's contribution to this book is also interesting. I really enjoyed learning more about the use of sound and a bit about her. I've often used the Seeking Heaven cds and it is nice to know a bit about the person behind the Seeking Heaven program. And, her business partner, fellow sound explorer was introduced as well.

Especially interesting parts were when Dr. Eben Alexander explained the significance of the Double Slit Experiment and really interesting was when this book intersected with Robert Monroe's books with the story of Agnew (Bonsall?)

It is hard to believe that it was only in 2008 that Dr. Eben Alexander had his life-changing coma. It is fascinating to see his evolution and how he is using his experience to bring a lot of information to many people. Proof of Heaven was "what happened to me" and then Map of Heaven "here's what I've found by researching literature" and now Living in a Mindful Universe is "here's an update, the people I've met, the changes, and the most recent significant studies about Consciousness plus, some great suggestions for application of meditative practices along with personal stories."

It's a fun book and I learned a lot. The mention of his meeting many authors and researchers I am interested in was fun too. The movers and shakers of this reality.

Materialists who still stick to the belief that the brain creates thoughts are standing on thin ice. Read this book to find out why.

Narration: I like both Dr. Eben Alexander's voice and Karen Newell's voice. There was a review posted that was unkind toward Karen, and it is rather baffling. I have noticed that many narrators are men, and they naturally have more of a timbre. Karen's voice is feminine, soft, and direct. Both have voices with an undertone of sincerity. I enjoyed this audio book very much.

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Excellent ! Coherent and insight based.

This new book by Eben Alexander is an excellent synthesis of the diversity of research from the last 100 years into the dynamics that support a conscious Universe and he asks us to live more mindfully in our actions and beliefs and awareness.
This book is a great progression from the first two and points toward more o come. I highly recommend to anyone wanting to expand their repertoire of observer-based non-dual science and living. I am glad kt is narrated by Alexander himself. He is a great narrator.
Definitely 5 stars!
more like this.
it is time though to begin basing the books on the daily practices to get back to the higher essence of living consciously including spiritual practice.if you will..regardless of what that means for you.

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GREAT BOOK! I also experienced a NDE!

I had a NDE experience and was also a study subject with Bruce Greyson. I found the neurological opinion and great detail on the subject! Not a single doctor, of any type, could assist me with the aftermath of dealing with the changes in my body and mind. I have seen neuro docs, but no one was open to the NDE aspect. I quit speaking of it and still no explanation as to what I was dealing with. Evidence of abnormal neuro issues, but no explanations. Spiritual Gifts were given to me as a result of the enlightenment I received in the NDE. I did find some guidance to assist me along the way. IANDS was a great source of support. Thank you for sharing your own personal NDE with the world. It was helpful for me!

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excellent!

Very thought provoking and entertaining!
Authors voices are quite pleasing and much easier to understand subject matter than reading the printed word, at least for me. I highly recommend this work!

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Narration issues.

The subject matter was fascinating but Karen’s narration was sorely lacking. She was reading without emotion to the point that I had to skip over almost everything she contributed.

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Fabulous

This was a fabulous in-depth blend of spiritual and scientific data. Eben’s journey from Proof of Heaven to Living in a Mindful Universe fills the open reader with so much hope, relief and inspiration.

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Stellar!

Most appreciative that Dr Alexander and Karen Newell narrated this book. Listening to it over and over again, learning more each time.

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If you read this...

If you read this it is because you are seeking inspiration to purchase this book or not. My opinion is simple. A MUST. This is so incredibly true. Thank you for questionning these beliefs and so much more.

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He has done it again!

It feels like this book is an overview of his whole life and experiences up to date. theres some repeat data but at 12 hour it's amazing rich in detail new and old and no matter what he may have repeated, it's still a fascinatingly beautiful story which I believe to be true, with healthy spectisizum!

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Very Good

I appreciated this book almost as much as the first one about his experience with the near-death experience. I would recommend this to those who want to know more in their mind about his understanding of near-death experiences.

One thing I wish he would have elaborated on (perhaps in the next book) is why the relationship with his wife broke down and why Karen was able to pick up the pieces with him. This is not for judgment but rather to see what really changed that became irreconcilable. The element I am looking for is not just his change but wondering what is left of the person he was (besides his skills). He offers outside resources yet they are dependant on one's believing in them. Such as the specialized music. One of the other issues I see is that this is like a mystical journey to the depth of where one is born. Eben needs to go deeper into his heart and bring this forward. What he has done so far is a mixture of intellect trying to understand the nature of reality from his experience. The book that he writes, once he settles down from the child-like excitement of his experiences, will be incredible. What color is reality? How is the sound of silence perceived by the heart? What is his connection to oneness outside of the intellect? Does he see himself as being awakened or changed (or both)?

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