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Living in a Mindful Universe

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Dr. Eben Alexander, author of international phenomenon Proof of Heaven, shares the next phase of his journey to understand the true nature of consciousness and how to cultivate a state of harmony with the universe and our higher purpose.

In 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander’s brain was severely damaged by a devastating case of bacterial meningitis, and he lapsed into a weeklong coma
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 17th 2017 by Rodale Books
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Serious students of meditation and spiritual contemplation
Shelves: spiritual
3.75 stars. I will preface this review with a disclaimer: I have always been drawn to texts that deal with the metaphysical, and if you are a straight up materialist this book isn't for you. If you have an open mind towards the fact that there may be things beyond what our five senses can perceive, then read on.

The promise that Living in a Mindful Universe would marry ideas of science and spirituality, and explore the idea of non-local consciousness, immediately drew my attention. And the book d
Barbara P
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I came upon this book recently and pounced on it. Having read his book, Proof of Heaven, I was eager to follow him on his journey of consciousness and pushing the boundaries that have separated science from spirituality. He does this in a clear and magnificent way. He writes as a scientist/surgeon/brillant mind/Near Death Experience. Put all these factors together I have trust and deep interest in what he writes, along with his co-author Karen Newell. I discovered a
kindred spirit. In my continue
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Heart of Consciousness captured and held my attention. I was torn between giving it four or five stars. I decided upon 4 because there were times when he ventured off the path a bit but in reality, it is a solid 4.5.

I loved this book because this neurosurgeon's recounting of how his experience during a week-long coma (and his 2% chance of survival) challenged his orthodox Western medical and scientific paradigm of materialism and vi
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great follow-up to the author's book, Proof of Heaven. I would definitely recommend reading Proof of Heaven prior to reading this book for a richer experience and understanding.
Jeremy G.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a provocative and informative book chronicling the journey of a materialist-based physician through coma to a more metaphysical view of consciousness. Reviewing a great deal of research and experimental studies regarding NDE's and OOBE's; he concludes - with a great deal of substantiation - that consciousness may reside in a more supra-conscious realm. I highly recommend this book to "believers" & skeptics alike, since it provides more than a speculative view of the science of consc ...more
Karen Kline
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you ever ask, "Why am I here?" or "What is the meaning of life?" this is the book for you. If you are a science-minded sceptic thinking there is nothing after this life, this book is for you. If you are curious about Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and the hard science behind what happens in the brains of people who die and come back to life, this is the book for you. I don't proclaim to understand all of the science in this book, but Alexander puts enough of the research into layman's terms th ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Alexander's story. I read his first two books when they first came out. The two reasons I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 is because 1) I thought it was going to be more about the bridge between quantum physics and spirituality ( but that's on me, not the author); and 2) near the end I felt there was a lot of filler material that wasn't necessary to his purpose, and frankly became bored and wanted to hurry and finish the book. For example: the entire episode of whale watching with his ne ...more
Mary Beth
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, I love this topic - it's my kind of discussion.
Second, it contains what I find mindful: a well rounded perspective on possibilities and perspectives (Mind Full, that fun play on words). I find that Dr. Alexander's approach is honest and as straight-forward as this topic can be. Although I personally believe capturing consciousness inside any container is a bit like herding cats. Many cats captured and released. Some even wandered back of their own free will.
The appendices knitted much to
Moira Shepard
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the combination of science and soulfulness in Eben Alexander's writing. He makes a strong case for the reality of Near Death Experiences (NDE) while conveying the wonder, beauty, and significance of such experiences.
The good doctor skilfully builds up to a thrilling call to awaken our consciousness that left me deeply moved and eager for his next book.
His life partner and co-author, Karen Newell, sounds like a person I would like to have met in the pages of this book; but Alexander's is
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading Proof of Heaven and Map of Heaven, you might say I am a fan of Dr. Eben Alexander's work, and you'd be right.
This book takes Dr. Alexander's personal story and brings it into a broader context of contemplation, mindfulness, belief, prayer, neuroplasticity... so it may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed reading about Eben's further exploration into the forces that unite us - all of us - rather than divide us.
Saqib Rizvi
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! This book has brought me closer to understanding the nature of reality. Eben is doing great work by merging science and spirituality. Inputs by Karen are really helpful. Love you guys!
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book found me; I didn’t find it. Which makes sense once you’ve read it.

I was in my public library, picking up a different book (which I’d put on hold). When I had that book, I felt that I needed to go and have a look around to see what else I might find.

Initially, I was looking “something on constructing gardens”. Finding the gardens section, I stood looking at the shelves, and then had a very strong, almost audible(!) knowing that was, “it isn’t in this shelf. Go left”. So, I went left.

Marcel Patrick
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, nde
There are some real pearls of wisdom not to be missed in Eben Alexanders latest edition to his writings since his Nde/Coma experience. I have been following his story since he first wrote Proof of Heaven and I find his ability to articulate the spiritual world literally a god-send in this day and age.

But what really stands out when I read this book is how his overarching higher self shines through to teach one how to extricate themselves from their own earthbound consciousness, not through exerc
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating Content

Very interesting content but a bit arduous to read. It possibly could have been more than one book. Even so, fascinating story.
Brett Kronewitter
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I found this to be a bit esoteric for my tastes although the transformation Eben experenced after his NDE was remarkable.
Christine Korbesmeyer
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, his story and insights are fascinating.
Jose Vallejo
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Good work, I liked it, but I feel like I already knew a lot on the subject. This was for those who doubt. I firmly believe it.
David H Hansard
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book was better.
Christine Boswell
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Scientist and doctors who are studing the brain's functions.
I actually expected more of his coma experiences than was present in this book. Although it is great subject, not into neuroscientist theory or scientific studies. The book should of had more detail in the beginning of what he experienced and a little less of his speeches, meetings and studies. Sorry but this book got shut down at page 22.
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Eben Alexander III (born December 11, 1953) is an American neurosurgeon and the author of the book Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, in which he describes his 2008 near-death experience and asserts that science can and will determine that the brain does not create consciousness and that consciousness survives bodily death.
“Among other things, HeartMath research tests theories about the electromagnetic field of the human heart using machines that measure faint magnetic fields, such as those that are often used in MRIs and cardiologic tests. Remarkably, the heart’s toroidally shaped electrical field is sixty times greater than that of the brain, and its magnetic field is 5,000 times greater than that of the brain. The heart generates the strongest electromagnetic field in the body, and its pumping action transmits powerful rhythmic information patterns containing neurological, hormonal, and electromagnetic data to the brain and throughout the rest of the body. The heart actually sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. In other words, the heart has a mind of its own. Studies reveal this electromagnetic field seems to pick up information in the surrounding environment and also broadcasts one’s emotional state out from the body. Their measurements reveal that the field is large enough to extend several feet (or more) outside our bodies. Positive moods such as gratitude, joy, and happiness correlate to a larger, more expanded heart field, while emotions such as greed, anger, or sadness correlate to a constricted heart field.” 0 likes
“Fascinating research results point to the realization that our hearts interconnect and exchange information with others. In studies, subjects are trained to enact specific heart coherence techniques such as focusing awareness in the area surrounding the heart and generating a feeling of appreciation. Coherence reflects a higher state of balance and synchronization in the body’s cognitive, emotional, and physiological processes, leading to lowering of stress reactions and more efficient function. Positive emotions are correlated with higher degrees of coherence, thus generating appreciation in the heart alone can beneficially affect the person’s physiological functions, including the autonomic and parasympathetic nervous systems.” 0 likes
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