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The Transformative Benefits of Near-Death Experiences

Broadcast on October 31, 2022
With Eben Alexander, MD & Karen Newell
Hosted by Lisa Bonnice

Around the world and over millennia, NDEs reveal the universality of a common spiritual realm. For those like Eben Alexander, MD, and Karen Newell, a profound transformation in attitudes, beliefs, and values often occurs. Among these so-called “after-effects” of NDEs are increased compassion for others, a sense of higher purpose, greater appreciation for life, and losing any fear of death. Without actually having an NDE, meditative and transcendental experiences can potentially lead to comparable transformative after-effects.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • NDEs often lead to a complete shift from a physicalist worldview, the belief that only the physical world is real, to one that acknowledges the spiritual realm as primary
  • Psychiatrists note NDE after-effects can be as effective as traditional therapy or drug treatment, and these effects have been observed during the death process in hospice settings
  • Researchers are studying the precise cause of these life-changing benefits, as well as how meditation/mindfulness practices can cultivate similar after-effects
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Eben Alexander, MD

Neurosurgeon & Bestselling Author of Proof of Heaven and Living in a Mindful Universe

Academic neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander III, whose career includes decades as a physician and associate professor at Harvard Medical School and revered teaching hospitals, was once staunchly committed to the materialist worldview — the belief that the physical world is all that exists. His scientific belief system was altered by his 2008 transcendental near-death experience (NDE), an odyssey into another realm during a week-long coma.

Despite a bleak medical prognosis, Dr. Alexander awoke to make an inexplicable return to full health. His medical case and unprecedented recovery were validated in the peer-reviewed Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease in September 2018. Since his NDE, Dr. Alexander has been reconciling his rich spiritual experience with neuroscience, quantum physics, cosmology, and the philosophy of mind. Dr. Alexander speaks around the world to educate others about the role that consciousness plays in wellness, healing, and recovery.

A pioneering scientist and modern thought leader, Dr. Alexander has been featured in more than 400 media interviews, including for Good Morning America, 20/20, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, Larry King Now, Fox and Friends, Discovery Channel, Biography Channel, and numerous international radio, digital publications, and podcasts.

His three books, available in more than 40 countries, are Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife, and Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness, co-authored with Sacred Acoustics co-founder Karen Newell.

Karen Newell

Co-Founder of Sacred Acoustics & Sound-Journey Facilitator

Karen Newell is an author and specialist in personal development with a diverse body of work that rests upon the foundation of spiritually transformative experiences. Her lifelong interest in ancient cultures and sacred sites catalyzed her drive to understand the purpose of our existence. She became fascinated with esoteric spiritual texts and sought the complete story of humanity’s collective history. 

In her search for answers, it became clear that first-hand personal experience is crucial for deepening one’s understanding. Inspired, she enrolled in hands-on experiential courses to investigate and develop such skills as meditation, lucid dreaming, astral travel, telepathy, remote viewing, self-hypnosis, and forms of energy healing, which validated that we all can develop these abilities. Most surprising was that this exploration led to unexpected personal and spiritual growth.

As an innovator in the emerging field of brainwave entrainment audio meditation, Karen empowers others in their journeys of self-discovery. Using Sacred Acoustics recordings and other techniques, she teaches people how to enter and engage with their inner world to connect to guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness, and develop intuition. This serves as a foundation for greater alignment with meaning, purpose, and connection to the universe at large. Her teachings enable individuals to achieve life transformations towards greater self-fulfillment and contentment, quality relationships, and choices aligned with one’s soul calling from a heart-centered consciousness.

Karen is co-author with Eben Alexander III, MD, of Living in a Mindful Universe. At international workshops presented with Dr. Alexander, Karen demonstrates key practices of consciousness exploration: heart awareness, intention, maintaining neutrality, emotional management, and cultivating internal knowing. She shares a broad knowledge of spiritually transformative events, including near-death experiences, after-death communications, and shared-death experiences, with a focus on their similarities and transformative aftereffects.

Eben Alexander, MD & Karen Newell