Living in a Mindful Universe: A book review

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Living in a Mindful Universe

A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

by Dr. Eben Alexander and Karen Newell

Imagine, being terribly ill and falling into a coma. Imagine feeling suspended in time for seven days. Now imagine, miraculously awakening and remembering everything that occurred during those seven days. Much to the astonishment of his doctors and colleagues, that is exactly what happened to American neurosurgeon, Eben Alexander, in 2008. This near-death experience led Dr. Alexander to change his perspective about consciousness and to write an international best seller book about it — Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

Book cover: Living in a Mindful UniverseIn this new book, Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness, he, along with co-author Karen Newell, shares the next phase of his journey to understand the true nature of consciousness. He asked the question; how do you explain the origin of consciousness if it is not a bi-product of the brain? What he has learned since his near-death experience, changed everything that he thought he knew about the brain, mind and consciousness. His years as a doctor and successful neurosurgeon did not prepare him for this “new world view.”

In Living in a Mindful Universe, he explains how his new awareness shifted him into exploring non-local consciousness. Here he bridges the gap between science and spirituality illustrating the true nature of consciousness — helping us understand the why and how.

He invites us to try the methods and modalities that he uses to cultivate a state of harmony with the universe and our higher purpose. He includes stories and teachings from other scholars who travel on his same journey.

These scholars included Karen Newall and Kevin Kossi, innovators in the field of brainwave entrainment. Newall and Kossi developed a series of audio recordings which helped to quiet the mind. They discovered that a quieted mind becomes more aware of our internal observer. This awareness gives us access to our expanded consciousness. You can find out more about this emerging field of audio meditation on their site Sacred Acoustics.

Dr. Alexander also discloses the adventures that the three of them have had with these recordings. These experiences caused life-long friendships to develop which brought Eben Alexander and Karen Newall together as co-authors. With this book, they offer a way of tapping into your greater mind and finding the power of your heart — to help heal relationships, stimulate creativity, seek guidance and more.

I recommend this book. I found the book extremely interesting and the teachings worth following.

If interested, Alexander and Newall offer a free, 33-day companion course to Living in a Mindful Universe. They use concepts from the course to help guide us into connecting “with our divine spiritual nature.” Find out more on Dr. Eben Alexander’s website at http://ebenalexander.com/33days/.

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