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I loved this audio book. In the middle of the book I got a Light Bulb Moment when Dr. Eben Alexander shared some recent studies that gave an explanation of how he had his experience detailed in Proof of Heaven - even though his brain was not working. The explanation is excellent. And . . . it's scientific! It felt like I had been looking at Consciousness ideas through the wrong end of a telescope and at that moment when Dr. Alexander explained how these recent studies of the effects of certain substances on brains studied under FMRI machines showed how they shut down parts, yet the people experienced things . . . and he talked about the brain as a filter . . . it was a LIGHT BULB moment - it felt like Dr. Alexander reached out and turned that telescope around and suddenly I was looking at things from the other end - and seeing a lot more, clearly.
Karen Newell's contribution to this book is also interesting. I really enjoyed learning more about the use of sound and a bit about her. I've often used the Seeking Heaven cds and it is nice to know a bit about the person behind the Seeking Heaven program. And, her business partner, fellow sound explorer was introduced as well.
Especially interesting parts were when Dr. Eben Alexander explained the significance of the Double Slit Experiment and really interesting was when this book intersected with Robert Monroe's books with the story of Agnew (Bonsall?)
It is hard to believe that it was only in 2008 that Dr. Eben Alexander had his life-changing coma. It is fascinating to see his evolution and how he is using his experience to bring a lot of information to many people. Proof of Heaven was "what happened to me" and then Map of Heaven "here's what I've found by researching literature" and now Living in a Mindful Universe is "here's an update, the people I've met, the changes, and the most recent significant studies about Consciousness plus, some great suggestions for application of meditative practices along with personal stories."
It's a fun book and I learned a lot. The mention of his meeting many authors and researchers I am interested in was fun too. The movers and shakers of this reality.
Materialists who still stick to the belief that the brain creates thoughts are standing on thin ice. Read this book to find out why.
Narration: I like both Dr. Eben Alexander's voice and Karen Newell's voice. There was a review posted that was unkind toward Karen, and it is rather baffling. I have noticed that many narrators are men, and they naturally have more of a timbre. Karen's voice is feminine, soft, and direct. Both have voices with an undertone of sincerity. I enjoyed this audio book very much.
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This new book by Eben Alexander is an excellent synthesis of the diversity of research from the last 100 years into the dynamics that support a conscious Universe and he asks us to live more mindfully in our actions and beliefs and awareness.
This book is a great progression from the first two and points toward more o come. I highly recommend to anyone wanting to expand their repertoire of observer-based non-dual science and living. I am glad kt is narrated by Alexander himself. He is a great narrator.
Definitely 5 stars!
more like this.
it is time though to begin basing the books on the daily practices to get back to the higher essence of living consciously including spiritual practice.if you will..regardless of what that means for you.
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