Used to hearing his patients talking of their near death experiences after he had operated on them, Dr Eben Alexander, a neurosurgeon, was sceptical of the descriptions they gave to him of what they experienced while they were unconscious – until something similar happened to him. He had a most rare attack of e-coli meningitis and was out in a coma for a week. He became aware that all the things his patients had been saying to him for years, were totally true.
He starts off by describing how he fell into the coma at home, and was taken to hospital. Later he describes his journey of discovery during the coma, of another level of existence, in which ‘I’ means ‘we’, where there is no fear, no evil, only unconditional love, and which provides the key to understanding life in this far from perfect world, and beyond.
On our planet, he adds, evil makes free will possible. There are multiple lessons here.