Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

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  • Anglais
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Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

↭ Early reader series ⣣ PDF Author Karen Newell ⤟ i n t r o d u c t i o n Discovery consists of seeing what everybody hasseen and thinking what nobody has thought Albert Szent Gyrgyi 18931986 , Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1937 What is the relationship between the mind and the brain Most people do not dwell on this question Its best to leave such musings up to neuroscientists and philosopherswhy spend time thinking about such scholarly matters Brain and mind are clearly related, and thats enough for most of us to know, right We have important things to focus on in our lives As a practicing neurosurgeon, I was exposed daily to the mind brain relationship due to the fact that my patients would often have alterations in their level of consciousness While this phenomenon was interesting, my focus was pragmatic I was trained to evaluate those alterations in consciousness in order to diagnose and treat various tumors, injuries, infections, or strokes affecting the brain We have the tools and, hopefully, the talent to benefit our patients by restoring them to normal levels of conscious awareness I closely followed developments in physics and knew there were theories about how it all works, but I had patients to care for, and important things to consider My complacency with that arrangement of casual understanding came crashing to a halt on November 10, 2008 I collapsed on my bed and fell into a deep coma, after which I was admitted to Lynchburg General Hospitalthe same hospital where I had worked as a neurosurgeon While in coma, I experienced things that, in the weeks after awakening, baffled me and cried out for an explanation within the bounds of science as I knew it.According to conventional neuroscience, due to the severe damage to my brain caused by an overwhelming bacterial meningoencephalitis, I should not have experienced anythingat all But while my brain was besieged and swollen with infection, I went on a fantastic odyssey during which I remembered nothing of my life on earth This odyssey seemed to have lasted for months or years, an elaborate journey into many layers ofhigher dimensions, at times viewed from the perspective of infinity and eternity, outside of space and time Such a complete inactivation of my neocortex, the outer surface of the brain, should have disabled all but the most rudimentary experiences and memoryyet I was haunted by the persistence of so many ultrareal memories, vivid and complex At first I simply trusted my doctors and their advice that the dying brain can play all kinds of tricks After all, I had sometimes given my own patients the same advice My final follow up visit with the main neurologist involved in my care came in early January 2010, fourteen months after awakening from my treacherous weeklong coma Dr Charlie Joseph had been a friend and close associate before my coma, and had struggled with the rest of my medical colleagues through the brunt of my horrific meningoencephalitis, recording the details of the neurological devastation along the way We caught up on the specifics of my recovery all of which were quite surprising and unexpected, given the severity of my illness during that fateful week , reviewing some of the neurological exams and MRI and CT scan results from my time in coma, and performing a complete neurological examination As tempting as it was to simply accept my extraordinary healing and current well being as an inexplicable miracle, I couldnt do that Instead, I was driven to find an explanation for the journey I took during the comaa sensory experience that completely defied our conventional neuroscientific concepts of the role of the neocortex in detailed conscious awareness The unsettling prospect that fundamental tenets of neuroscience were incorrect led me into deeper territory in my final discussion with Dr Joseph that blustery winter afternoon I am left with no explanation whatsoever as to how my mental experiences deep in coma, so vibrant, complex, and alive, could have possibly occurred, I said to him It seemed real than anything I had ever experienced I recounted for him how numerous details clearly placed the vast majority of my coma experience as occurring between days one and five of my seven day coma, and yet the neurological examinations, lab values, and imaging results all confirmed that my neocortex was too damaged by the severe meningoencephalitis to have supported any such conscious experience How am I to make any sense of all this I asked my friend Ill never forget Charlies smile, as he looked at me with a sense of knowing, and said, There is plenty of room in our understanding of the brain, and mind, and consciousness to allow for this mystery of your remarkable recovery to indicate something of great importance As you well know, we encounter copious evidence in clinical neurology that we have a far way to go before we can start claiming any kind of complete understanding I am inclined to accept your personal mystery as another lovely piece of the puzzle, one that greatly raises the ante in approaching any understanding of the nature of our existence Just enjoy I found it most reassuring that a highly trained and capable neurologist, one who had carefully followed the details of my illness, was open to the grand possibilities implied by my memories from deep in coma Charlie helped open wide the door that has led to my transformation from a materialist scientist, proud of his academic skepticism, into someone who now knows his true nature and has also been offered a glimpse into levels of reality that is most refreshing, indeed Of course, it was not an easy journey in those initial months of exploration and confusion I knew that I was entertaining concepts that many in my field would consider beyond the pale, if not outright heretical Some might even suggest that I let go of my inquiry rather than commit professional suicide by sharing such a radical tale.As Dr Joseph and I had come to agree, my brain was severely damaged by a near fatal case of bacterial meningoencephalitis The neocortexthe part modern neuroscience tells us must be at least partially active for conscious experiencewas incapable of creating or processing anything even remotely close to what I experienced And yet I did experience it To quote Sherlock Holmes, When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth Thus, I had toaccept the improbable This very real experience happened, and I was conscious of itand my consciousness did not depend on having an intact brain Only by allowing my mind and my heart to open as widely as possible was I able to see the cracks in the conventional consensus viewof the brain and consciousness It was by the light allowed in by those cracks that I began to glimpse the true depths of the mind body debate That debate is of extreme importance to us all because many of our foundational assumptions about the nature of reality hinge on the directions in which that debate flows Any notion of meaning and purpose in our existence, of connection with others and the universe, of our very sense of free will, and even of such concepts as an afterlife and reincarnationall of these deep issues depend directly on the outcome of the mind body debate The relationship between mind and brain is thus one of the most profound and important mysteries in all of human thought And the picture emerging from the most advanced reaches of scientific investigation is quite contrary to our conventional scientific viewpoint A revolution in understanding appears imminent This pathway of discovery continues to unfold, and will no doubt occupy me for the rest of my life Along the way I have encountered some of the most expansive experiences and intriguing people I could possibly imagine I have learned not to be seduced by simplistic falsehoods about an assumed world, but to strive to assess and deal with the world as it truly is As human beings seeking a deeper understanding of our existence, we are all well served to take that approach to heart During the Deepest anD most perplexing phases in the nine years since Ifirst awakened from coma, my mantra has often been, Believe in it all, at least for now My advice to you, dear reader, is to do the samesuspend disbelief for now, and open your mind as broadly as possible Deeper understanding demands this liberation, just as trapeze artists must release the trapeze to tumble through the air, trusting that their partner will be there to catch them.Think of this book as my outstretched hands, ready to support you as you take the greatest leap of allinto the glorious reality of who we truly areWhile eloquently telling us about the Mindful Universe, Eben Alexander and Karen Newall skillfully and beautifully drive home a timely and important message You are not just part of a self aware and ever evolving universe, you are the one that gives it awareness and is evolving it You are your universe The authors make the compelling case that the future of our world and the future vision for our universe lies directly in our hands and in the choices we make Dr Rudolph E Tanzi, Joseph P and Rose F Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and New York Times bestselling author of Super Brain and Super GenesEben Alexander and Karen Newell, two of the brightest and most sensitive people I know, have written a truly wonderful new book Their book is both a personal journal of their spiritual quest and a practical manual for the care, education and nourishment of the soul I love their brilliant, in depth thinking and analysis, which sheds exciting new light on near death experiences and other phenomena of the spiritual life Raymond Moody, author of Life After Life and Glimpses of EternityIn this important book, Eben Alexander and Karen Newell lead us on an unforgettable journey that opens our hearts to a deeper understanding of consciousness As a neurosurgeon previously steeped in materialism until his beliefs were shattered by a near death experience, Alexander is in a unique position of being able to provide a comprehensive description of the true nature of reality than conventional science or spirituality can offer, which he delivers with great elegance within the pages of this book I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in gaining a deeper understanding of our true nature especially those who are not afraid of breaking down the boundaries between our scientific and spiritual beliefs Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of Dying To Be MeHaving previously accepted the philosophy of scientific materialism as the ultimate truth, Dr Alexander found that his life transforming near death experience during coma had shattered all of his former beliefs about the nature of consciousness, the roles of the mind and brain, and the meaning of life and death His emergent understanding is presented in Living in a Mindful Universe, which illuminates the many steps he took to expand his understanding of a much larger, richer, and deeper cosmos Bill Guggenheim, co author of Hello from HeavenSimilar to Einstein, Eben, a man of science, delves into the Spiritual Oneness He realizes that there are many paths up the mountain and they end up in the same place As a result of understandings that Eben encountered during his coma, he succinctly conveys familiarity with many planes of consciousness, and the way he demonstrates this awareness is fascinating Ram Dass, author of Be Here NowNumerous books have been written about consciousness, mind, soul, and love, but nobody has put them together in such an ingenious way as Dr Eben Alexander His book Living in a Mindful Universe will bring its readers a road map for life that is desperately needed in these times of stress, conflict, and confusion It not only deals with life after death but how to live a meaningful existence right here and right now Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Saybrook University, and co author of Personal MythologyDr Eben Alexanders case history is one of the most important in the history of medicine The fact that he physically survives his illness is astonishing, but his account of a journey during his coma to a resplendent domain that operates according to the principle of boundless love is even surprising Alexanders experience shows that the dismal, vacuous view of materialism, which guarantees total annihilation of consciousness with physical death, is almost certainly wrong Newells contributions are a valuable addition, making possible a practical blueprint by which one can realize transcendent insights and spiritual growth without experiencing the dangerous trauma of Alexanders journey Their collaboration makes Living in a Mindful Universe vital reading as we struggle to recover direction, purpose, and meaning in modern life Larry Dossey, MD, author of ONE MIND How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters and Executive Editor, Explore The Journal of Science and HealingA very important book, with rich stories illustrating a world beyond the limits of materialistic science and one Neurosurgeons quest to rethink everything he has learned Dr Alexanders humbleness, along with the wise council of Karen Newell, is a roadmap for those wishing to bridge science and spirit and enter into a life of wonder and magic And, its great read William Arntz, creator of What the BLEEP Do We Know Living in a Mindful Universe is a compelling introduction to a vitally important and rapidly unfolding paradigm shift in science It highlights the decline of a nihilistic worldview held by scientists for centuries, where consciousness was a meaningless side effect of brain activity, to the rise of a far comprehensive worldview where consciousness is the fundamental glue that defines reality itself Dean Radin, PhD, Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Co Editor in Chief of Explore Living in a Mindful Universe goes beyond Dr Alexanders previous books in showing how science and spirituality are coming together to give us a complete understanding of consciousness, meaning,and purpose in the universe and in describing how we can realize our role in it Bruce Greyson, M.D., Carlson Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry namely, a detailed near death experience when his brain was clinically dead In his latest book, Living In A Mindful Universe ,he shares with us what he has discovered about the nature of human consciousness since awakening from his coma, and also gives readers tools they can use to deepen their own consciousness Highly recommended for anyone looking to harness the power of the human mind Kelly Turner, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Radical Remission Surviving Cancer Against All OddsWith a background in neurosurgery and having had direct experience of non ordinary aspects of reality, Eben Alexander is a unique and valuable cultural asset in our efforts to develop a mature understanding of the nature of self and world In this delightful and mind opening book, Eben and Karen take us with them on their journey of exploration subsequent to Eben s NDE They show that the insights they have had are accessible to any one of us, and that sane, coherent, non materialist views of reality not only exist, but are no longer fringe Bernardo Kastrup, PhD, author of More Than Allegory and Brief Peeks BeyondIn this impressive book, Eben Alexander gives us a frank and very personal account of the life changing transformation following his deep coma experience He shares with us his complete flip away from scientific materialism, and his newly obtained insight in the mystery of the Collective Mind He explains the importance to make contact with this high ordered consciousness by practicing conscious awareness on a daily basis Our picture 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