Best Spirituality Book for Depression: Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander
If you don’t love a memoir about a near-death experience, check your pulse; you’re probably already dead.
Can this book help me overcome depression?
Probably not. But I recommend it anyway.
Does it address depression specifically?
No. Most of the near-death experience books on my list don’t. However, I wanted to include them as I do find them very insightful and inspiring, and can help with depression in a more roundabout way.
What does it say that can help?
As advertised, this book is the story of a neurosurgeon’s near-death (death?) adventure. He also describes why he believes his experience really happened, and goes into some depth on the nature of consciousness.
Outline and highlights:
- “In the 1920s, the physicist Werner Heisenberg (and other founders of the science of quantum mechanics) made a discovery so strange that the world has yet to completely come to terms with it. When observing subatomic phenomena, it is impossible to completely separate the observer (that is, the scientist making the experiment) from what is being observed. In our day-to-day world, it is easy to miss this fact. We see the universe as a place full of separate objects (tables and chairs, people and planets) that occasionally interact with each other, but that nonetheless remain essentially separate. On the subatomic level, however, this universe of separate objects turns out to be a complete illusion. In the realm of the super-super-small, every object in the physical universe is intimately connected with every other object. In fact, there are really no “objects” in the world at all, only vibrations of energy, and relationships.”
- “What that meant should have been obvious, though it wasn’t to many. It was impossible to pursue the core reality of the universe without using consciousness. Far from being an unimportant by-product of physical processes (as I had thought before my experience), consciousness is not only very real—it’s actually more real than the rest of physical existence, and most likely the basis of it all.”
- “All the objects in the physical universe are made up of atoms. Atoms, in turn, are made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. These, in turn, are (as physicists also discovered in the early years of the twentieth century) all particles. And particles are made up of . . . Well, quite frankly, physicists don’t really know. But one thing we do know about particles is that each one is connected to every other one in the universe. They are all, at the deepest level, interconnected. There is nothing about the physics of the material world (quarks, electrons, photons, atoms, etc.), and specifically the intricate structure of the brain, that gives the slightest clue as to the mechanism of consciousness.”
- “Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it’s the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times. Omniscient, omnipotent, personal—and loving us without conditions. We are connected as One through our divine link with God.”
To what degree do you think it can help me overcome depression?
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Where can I find it?
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