The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife
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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.
wanted to process it. We never finished it together. We had him only six weeks at home; he never did tell us more about his experience. He passed away on January 4, 2014 of H1N1: 2009 (swine) flu virus. Thank you so much for writing your book. It helped us all immensely. When my son passed away, I figure he went back to Heaven’s gates and talked to God again. Sincerely, Claire In December 1991, a well-known San Francisco psychoanalyst named Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer had a problem. Her daughter’s
derives from the Egyptian Al-Kemi or “black earth”—presumably a reference to the black, fertile soil on the banks of the Nile. There were Christian alchemists, Jewish alchemists, Muslim alchemists, and Taoist or Confucian alchemists. It was simply everywhere. Wherever and whenever it did begin, alchemy grew into a fantastically complex and widespread series of practices. Most of these were concerned with turning “base” metals like copper and lead into gold. But the prime goal of alchemy was
once again, then a piece of sky and gradually the light was no more, and the cornfield was spread before me. I stood there for a long time, trying in vain for it to come back and have tried many times since, but I only saw it once; but I know in my heart it is still there—and here—and everywhere around us. I know heaven is within us and around us. I have had this wonderful experience which brought happiness beyond compare. We see God in the miracle of life, in trees, flowers and birds—I smile
mathematician Edwin Abbott in his 1884 novel Flatland, in which a voyager to a land of three dimensions has an equally frustrating time when he returns to his two-dimensional world and tries to tell his two-dimensional friends about it.) But no matter how hard it is to bring news of these realms down, it is absolutely key that those who have had these experiences try to do so anyway. These descriptions are the food we need today. Mapping those worlds above in a nonaggressive, humble way is a
Aristotle ended up disagreeing with much of what Plato had to say. Specifically, Aristotle questioned Plato’s assertion that there is a spiritual world beyond the earthly one: a world infinitely more real, upon which all that we experience in this world is based. Plato did more than just believe in that larger world. He went within, and he could feel it there inside him. Plato was a mystic, and like countless mystics before and after him, he realized that his consciousness, his inner self, was