Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon doctor who claims to have experienced the afterlife during a seven-day coma, says the experience was like Plato’s world of ideals.
In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander went into a coma after catching an acute bacterial infection that had a severe neurological impact on his brain. For seven days, he lay unconscious. When he awoke, he described seeing a beautiful spiritual guide on a butterfly wing that took him through a wormhole.
Sharing his story with the U.S. Sun, Dr. Alexander described a land of “beautiful very lush forests and meadows, waterfalls into crystal blue pools, absolutely spectacular.”
Before fully detailing what his spiritual guide looked like, the neurosurgeon referred to the theory of Plato, the Greek philosopher who asserted that the physical world is not really the ‘real’ world. On the contrary, ultimate reality exists beyond our physical world.
In his words, “It was kind of like Plato’s world of ideals,” adding “It was a world of perfection.”
Afterlife experience for the doctor
After Dr. Alexander’s amazing experience while in a coma, dubbed “Gateway Valley,” he authored the book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey and dedicated his life to proving the existence of heaven.
Dr. Alexander made it clear to the US Sun that recent medical reports show that his mind was “in no shape to have any dream or hallucination.” Even so, he still miraculously managed to experience a life-changing encounter.
While in the coma that had him fighting for his life. he began seeing dark images that sounded pretty haunting. Nevertheless, he recalls not being afraid of the experience although he noted that while describing to people what this place was like, they would not find it very pleasant.
In talking about what he witnessed, he recounted how he was surrounded by unformed blackness and had “no memory” of his own life. Luckily, however, he was saved by a “white light” that came up along with a “perfect musical melody.”
Alexander recalled that “all that ushered me up through this wormhole, or light portal, up into the Gateway Valley, as I call it.”
The presence of “pure love,” he stated, “had “sparkling blue eyes, high cheekbones, high forehead and broad smile” although she didn’t speak a word.
Describing the spiritual guide to his final destination, ‘the core,’ he says he was filled with messages of pure unadulterated love while he rode on a butterfly wing.
On his website, the doctor describes his journey to the “unending inky blackness” of ‘the core’ and hearing ‘angelic choirs’ with thundering hymns further away. He stated that after exiting the wormhole, he witnessed a “perfect” world with some “earthly features.”
God’s presence in Plato’s world of ideals
Alexander claimed in his book that there was a deity known by many as God, but the entity could not be defined.
He wrote, “Allah, Vishnu, Jehovah, Yahweh—the names get in the way, and the conflicting details of orthodox religions obscure the reality of such an infinitely loving and creative source.”
The doctor also told the U.S. Sun that, during his week-long coma, he passed through multiple levels, always receiving the same message that “you are deeply loved and cherished forever, [and] you have nothing to fear.”
Although Dr. Alexander was adopted and was raised as a Methodist, he began to question religion when he began studying at Harvard. Be that as it may, it was only after after his birth parents rejected him and he tried to reconnect with them as an adult that he officially gave up on religion and became agnostic.
He said, “I just could not figure out how conscious awareness could survive the death of the brain and body. That was a big mystery to me, and that’s why I think I went through this extraordinary journey.”
Luckily, eight years later, right before his NDE, he eventually met his family and was hugged for the first time after receiving a positive response when he reached out to them again.
“I cannot tell you how powerful an experience that was, but that was really the beginning,” he declared.
Reflecting on his revelation of supposedly seeing God, the doctor said, “The deep reality is that any religion focuses absolutely on unconditional love, complete inclusion of all, no exclusion, kindness, mercy, acceptance, and forgiveness.”
He now perceives religion as something that should unite all people and firmly believes that, if it doesn’t, it should be “discarded.”
Recovery from the afterlife
The surgeon’s family was filled with shock at the new man they found when he woke up after seven days of fighting for his life and a coma filled with a collection of uncanny experiences.
Alexander shared his feelings saying, “I think it really scared my family tremendously. They’re all elated, but the first 36 hours I was in and out of my mind, kind of crazy at times.”
During the recovery process, Alexander said he spooked his sister by acting like a “little Buddha” in front of his loved ones.
“I was sitting on the bed like this little Buddha just saying, ‘All is well’ [and] looking everyone deeply in the eyes.” Yet he noted that he now remembers none of that.
Despite the severity of the experience, which he claims at one point was “an irreversible death spiral”, Dr. Alexander miraculously recovered, defying all the odds.
Newfound belief in God and religion
Alexander’s apparent interaction with death and heaven greatly transformed his relationship with religion and God. This was a miracle in and of itself, given that the reunion with his birth family was what had prompted him to give up on faith entirely just years prior to his NDE.
It was after his afterlife experience that the doctor urged people to prepare for death by advising them not to wait until the end to review their lives. Rather, he encouraged them to make every choice today in treating themselves and others with love and passion.
“This is not just about what happens when you die, but this is most importantly about how you make every choice today in treating yourself and treating others,” he said. “Don’t wait to do a life review at the end of your life. What a waste that is.”
Dr. Alexander asserts that he is no longer scared of death. Instead, he is now making good use of every moment he has in his earthly life.