Do you believe heaven really exists?
I have never seen Heaven. I can’t tell you from experience what it is like. Just like others, I myself am very intrigued by stories of people who have claimed to have been there and come back. I was raised by a Christian family. I am a product of a family whose faith in God is strong. We believe on what has been written in the Holy Scripture. When I was a kid, I have been always told about the ‘paradise’ or what we know as the Garden of Eve. My grandparent usually sent me to Bible school every Sundays. I have been always wondering since then if heaven really exists. I have seen pictures, visual images and sketches on how the heaven looks like. My teacher during Sunday school was used to provide colourful images just to let us see it. I was so amused and at the same time excited every time I saw such mostly natured-theme pictures. Sometimes it almost boiled down to the fact that I thought of dying young so that I could see the heaven right away ( just too much excitement after seeing the very beautiful and majestic paradise… ^^ ) Questions like ‘ What if I won’t be able to see heaven after death?’ ‘What if I go to hell after death?’ ‘What will happen to me in the purgatory?’ etc, gambols in my mind.
Yesterday, I was so busy checking my twitter timeline and suddenly diverted my attention to my blog. As soon as I signed in, the web page directed me to the reader’s area. I navigated to ‘Life’ section of the blog. Actually, that’s my favorite part. It is where I can read inspirational writings. A certain article caught my attention and entitled “Heaven Is Real: A Doctor’s Experience with the Afterlife”. Without further ado, I quickly clicked the title and began reading the entry. While reading it, I felt goose bumps. My subconscious told me something like ‘I wish I could experience it’… ‘‘This could be so true?” As I went further in reading, lots of questions were already playing in my mind.
This is how the story goes:
When a neurosurgeon found himself in a coma, he experienced things he never thought possible—a journey to the afterlife.
As a neurosurgeon, I did not believe in the phenomenon of near-death experiences. I grew up in a scientific world, the son of a neurosurgeon. I followed my father’s path and became an academic neurosurgeon, teaching at Harvard Medical School and other universities. I understand what happens to the brain when people are near death, and I had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death.
The brain is an astonishingly sophisticated but extremely delicate mechanism. Reduce the amount of oxygen it receives by the smallest amount and it will react. It was no big surprise that people who had undergone severe trauma would return from their experiences with strange stories. But that didn’t mean they had journeyed anywhere real.
Although I considered myself a faithful Christian, I was so more in name than in actual belief. I didn’t begrudge those who wanted to believe that Jesus was more than simply a good man who had suffered at the hands of the world. I sympathized deeply with those who wanted to believe that there was a God somewhere out there who loved us unconditionally. In fact, I envied such people the security that those beliefs no doubt provided. But as a scientist, I simply knew better than to believe them myself.
In the fall of 2008, however, after seven days in a coma during which the human part of my brain, the neocortex, was inactivated, I experienced something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.
I know how pronouncements like mine sound to skeptics, so I will tell my story with the logic and language of the scientist I am.
Very early one morning four years ago, I awoke with an extremely intense headache. Within hours, my entire cortex—the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion and that in essence makes us human—had shut down. Doctors at Lynchburg General Hospital in Virginia, a hospital where I myself worked as a neurosurgeon, determined that I had somehow contracted a very rare bacterial meningitis that mostly attacks newborns. E. coli bacteria had penetrated my cerebrospinal fluid and were eating my brain.
When I entered the emergency room that morning, my chances of survival in anything beyond a vegetative state were already low. They soon sank to near nonexistent. For seven days I lay in a deep coma, my body unresponsive, my higher-order brain functions totally offline.
There is no scientific explanation for the fact that while my body lay in coma, my mind—my conscious, inner self—was alive and well. While the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity by the bacteria that had attacked them, my brain-free consciousness journeyed to another, larger dimension of the universe: a dimension I’d never dreamed existed and which the old, pre-coma me would have been more than happy to explain was a simple impossibility.
But that dimension—in rough outline, the same one described by countless subjects of near-death experiences and other mystical states—is there. It exists, and what I saw and learned there has placed me quite literally in a new world: a world where we are much more than our brains and bodies, and where death is not the end of consciousness but rather a chapter in a vast, and incalculably positive, journey. [ Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/10/07/proof-of-heaven-a-doctor-s-experience-with-the-afterlife.html ]
And that’s the inspiring and moving story from a Neurosurgeon who claims to have visited the AFTERLIFE.
He claims to have been escorted by an unknown female companion and says he communicated with these beings through a method of correspondence that transcended language. Alexander says the messages he received from those beings loosely translated as:
“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.”
“You have nothing to fear.”
“There is nothing you can do wrong.”
There have been quite a number of books written by or about people who claim to have personally visited Heaven.
Some of these authors profess to be Christians while others do not. The descriptions of their experiences vary regarding such things as entering into a dazzling white light at the end of a dark tunnel and being greeted by deceased loved ones, or being in the presence of God and seeing the shed feathers of angels dotting the grand floor of His throne room. Many of their stories contain information that would seem to be beyond their ability to know at the time–or at all.
Although these individuals supply much information, the content raises many questions. Obviously, everything they say can’t be true because some of the content in one book contradicts what’s written in others. How do we know who is giving us an accurate and truthful account?