In the October 18, 2012 issue of Newsweek a neurosurgeon writes about his journey to the afterlife. Dr. Eben Alexander chronicles in vivid, sensory detail his near-death experience after his cortex shut down for seven days due to a rare bacterial meningitis. While in a deep coma, Alexander experienced the universe as "the same one both Einstein and Jesus were speaking of in their very different ways."  He is so convinced this experience is "Proof of Heaven" (title of his forthcoming book) that he's willing to put his name and professional credentials on the line.

Alexander received a three-part message from a being he encountered while on his journey:

"You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever."
"You have nothing to fear."
"There is nothing you can do wrong."

In addition to seeing "big, puffy, pink-white clouds," Alexander speaks of "entering an immense void, completely dark, infinite in size, yet also infinitely comforting." He quotes the 17th century poet Henry Vaughan who described "this vast, inky-black core that was the home of the Divine itself."

"There is, some say, in God a deep but dazzling darkness." (Vaughan)

Medieval mystics knew and wrote about the Void, the Abyss, the no-thingness of God. God is everywhere and nowhere, in the dark as well as the light.

Something for us to ponder in our hearts.

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