Dr. Alexander said his near death experience was a “great gift” that has changed his life, his views and his faith completely.
“It is such a gift,” he said adding, “I needed that awakening.”
Before his NDE, the 54-year-old was a man of little faith in anything other than science. He explained that in the year 2000, his son needed information for a genealogy project but there was little information he could give him. His mother had given him up for adoption and he had no idea who she was. However during research, he found her.
“Because of this I found out where my birth mother was but it was not a good time to see her,” he explained. “It crushed my last hope in any belief or in prayer.”
For 25 years, Dr. Anderson worked as an academic neurosurgeon at such places as the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. During that time, he dealt with many patients who suffered “severe alterations in their level of consciousness.” He always believed that if the brain died, so did the patient and death was the only result.
He also thought anyone who related a near death experience must have been hallucinating due to the brain being under such extreme stress. Since his NDE however, the doctor has had a change of heart in more ways than one.
“Death is only a transition” and “our soul is eternal,” he said adding that like many other NDE experiencers, he no longer fears death.
On his web site Life Beyond Death he notes: Consciousness is the most profound mystery in the universe.” He noted that during his illness, his brain was “severely sick” and certainly not working properly. Nonetheless, he had a real experience that is as clear to him today as when it happened.
“We are consciousness in spite of our brain!” he exclaimed.
When he came out of his coma a week later, his doctors were completely surprised.
“I should not have come back at all,” he said. “I had about a two per cent chance of surviving and in two months, I had a complete recovery.”
Although he still believes in the value of science, he said it is important to “extend its boundaries” to include the spiritual aspect of existence.
“Materialistic science is a false pathway,” he said because it does not take into account the human spirit.
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See Part 3: NDE offers Message of Hope for Everyone