I just finished reading a novel called Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, It's about a neurosurgeon who goes into a coma for a week, experiences a completely different "reality", and returns to the normal world a changed man -- feeling inspired to share his story with others. His experience is profound because the things he describes during his journey are not only some of the same things reported by those who have near death experiences, but as spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar mentioned during one of his public talks, these same things are also described in ancient Vedic texts that are thousands and thousands of years old. The fact that this level of wisdom, recently only accessible and available to well studied yogis, is included in a NY Times bestselling novel is definitely a sign of the times.
I won't share the details of Eben's journey into those other realms during his coma (read the book! ), but I wanted to share some of his reflections once he came back, because his words resonated with me deeply. When life was feeling quite dry about 10 years ago, I used to fantasize about halfway "dying" in some way where I could come back to Earth and feel less fear and more appreciation for my life, more purpose, focus, perspective, inspiration and determination. Luckily I found a way to light that fire under myself without checking out of the planet for awhile, but I'm always inspired by others who have a life-changing experience which renews their passion for life and the mystery of existence.
I chose the name of my business, Higher Purpose Healing, because I wanted to capture the fact that healing happens on all levels -- mind, body, and spirit. And while my focus as a healer may be diet change and working with herbal formulas and physical detox symptoms, the shift in mindset and the nourishing of the soul that takes places when someone chooses to love themselves into health and well being, is a multi-level, beautiful healing experience.
So while I appreciate the intelligence of Western doctors and the hard-earned careers they've developed, their general approach to healing (outside of emergency situations) no longer resonates with me given that their scientific view of the body and how they were trained in school doesn't make room for understanding consciousness, the soul or the energetic foundation for universal existence. Which leaves a large gap in understanding when determining the origin of human dis-ease and how to heal and regenerate the body...but more on that in a future blog post. In general, I'm looking forward to the accelerated bridging of science and spirituality, which are not in conflict with each other, and are literally two sides of the same coin.
Excerpts from Proof of Heaven....
"We see the Universe as a place full of separate objects (tables and chairs, people and planets) that occasionally interact with each other, but that nonetheless remain essentially separate. On the subatomic level, however, this universe of separate objects turns out to be a complete illusion. In the realm of the super-super-small, every object in the physical universe is intimately connected with every other object. In fact, there are really no "objects" in the world at all, only vibrations of energy, and relationships....
All objects in the physical universe are made up of atoms. Atoms in turn, are made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. These in turn, are all particles. And particles are made up of...Well, quite frankly, physicists don't really know. But one thing we do know about particles is that each one is connected to every other one in the universe. They are all, at the deepest level, interconnected..."
"The ascendance of the scientific method based solely in the physical realm over the past four hundred years presents a major problem: we have lost touch with the deep mystery at the center of existence -- our consciousness. It was (under different names and expressed through different world-views) something known well and held close by pre-modern religions, but it was lost to our secular Western culture as we became increasingly enamored with the power of modern science and technology.
For all the success of Western civilization, the world has paid a dear price in terms of the most crucial component of existence -- our human spirit. The shadow side of high technology -- modern warfare and thoughtless homicide and suicide, urban blight, ecological mayhem, cataclysmic climate change, polarization of economic resources -- is bad enough. Much worse, our focus on exponential progress is science and technology has left many of us relatively bereft in the realm of meaning and joy, and of knowing how our lives fit into the grand scheme of existence for all eternity..."
"Like many other scientific skeptics, I refused to even review the data relevant to the questions concerning these phenomena. I prejudged the data, and those providing it, because my limited perspective failed to provide the foggiest notion of how such things might actually happen. Those who assert that there is no evidence for phenomena indicative of extended consciousness, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, are willfully ignorant. They believe they know the truth without need to look at the facts....
We have been seduced into thinking the scientific world view is fast approaching a Theory of Everything, which would not seem to leave much room for our soul, or spirit, or for Heaven and God. My journey deep into coma, outside of this lowly physical realm and into the loftiest dwelling place of the almighty Creator, revealed the indescribably immense chasm between our human knowledge and the awe-inspiring realm of God."