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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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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 10-23-17

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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So insightful!!!

This book will give you some new ways to mediate and show you parts of the metaphysical world you did not know about.

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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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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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Brilliant!

Excellent advice on the next step in our journey as spiritual beings. I will read this again and again.

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Annoying infomercial/New Age Yoko Ono

Karen’s vocal performance was excruciating to listen to. She sounds like a robot talking to a 3 year old. The whole thing felt like Dr. Alexander had found his Yoko Ono and was flaunting his new infatuation and business endeavors. For people like me, who have studied the NDE field for years, this was rudimentary information and felt like an infomercial. I did try, but it was too annoying to finish. Returned for a credit.

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Who is this book for?

I consider myself to be quite an open minded person.I am a believer in the "after life" so i purchased this title. I found it interesting but i also found the scientific language portions of the audio very tedious.I am not an uneducated person but i am not an academic either and i think this kind of content would be better directed to purely academic littérature.The critisism of wikapedia

was unnessasary.People who appear to be living on a "higher" spiritual level would feel no need to respond as the author does.I would not reccomend this title to the "average" reader, and that comes back to my original question.
Who is the book for?

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Robotically-narrated infomercial

The book starts out well but turns into an infomerical for binaural beats CDs. The woman narrator is TERRIBLE. She sounds like a robot. I could not finish the book I became so disgusted.

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Disappointing narrator/ book

This book started off strong, I loved the beginning about consciousness but then it was just example after example with not much practical tips which is what I was hoping for.

What really bothered me though was the narration by Karen Newell. I enjoyed Dr. Alexander’s narration but when her started reading her voice was so robotic it didn’t even sound like a person. To me a narrator amplifies emotion and meaning and I felt like that was lost anytime she read.

Overall I did enjoy the content of the book, but I wouldn’t recommend the audio version.

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