The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our true identities as spiritual beings. The Map of Heaven takes the broad view to reveal how modern science is on the verge of the most profound revolution in recorded history—all around the phenomenon of consciousness itself!
When Dr. Eben Alexander told the story of his near-death experience and his vivid journey to the other side, many readers wrote to say it resonated with them profoundly. Thanks to them, Dr. Alexander realized that sharing his story allowed people to rediscover what so many in ancient times knew: there is more to life, and the to the universe, than this single earthly life.
Dr. Alexander and his co-author Ptolemy Tompkins were surprised to see how often his readers’ visions of the afterlife synced up with each other and with those of the world’s spiritual leaders, as well as its philosophers and scientists. In The Map of Heaven, he shares the stories people have told him and shows how they are echoed both in the world’s faiths and in its latest scientific insights. It turns out there is much agreement, across time and terrain, about the journey of the soul and its survival beyond death.
In this book, Dr. Alexander makes the case for heaven as a genuine place, showing how we have forgotten, but are now at last remembering, who we really are and what our destiny truly is.
In the follow-up to his bestselling memoir Proof of Heaven, neurosurgeon Alexander takes up the topic of near death experiences (NDEs). Here he calls on philosophers, scientists, and reader correspondents to paint a fuller picture of heaven. Of these, the fan mail is the most plentiful, as many readers were eager to share their NDEs with an author who seemed to understand them. Those looking to continue that personal connection, however, will be disappointed by Alexander's cursory survey of thinkers, from Aristotle to Swedenborg. Those seeking greater scientific rigor than the first book provided will not find that, either. The connections between Alexander's examples and conclusions are tenuous, as when he suggests that communication after death can be demonstrated by a bereaved husband who sees butterflies his wife's obsession after she dies. The most practical portion is an appendix in which Alexander describes how he has used meditation as a portal to the unseen world.