“I have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends,” wrote Albert Camus of the afterlife in his novel The Plague. It’s a sentiment that cardiologist Eben Alexander shared until having a near-death experience. In 2008, Alexander contracted bacterial meningitis; he was in a coma for six days, during which time he claims to have had visions of a heaven that filled him with joy, peace, and love. He chronicled his out-of-body experience in his book Proof of Heaven and is coming to S.B. to speak about his “insights on consciousness, including eternity of soul … the illusion of a separate self, the brain as a reducing valve and the creative source that underlies all of reality.” Alexander will be joined by audio meditation specialist Karen Newell. The event takes place Saturday, January 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Marjorie Luke Theatre (721 E. Cota St). Tickets: $20 (general)-$100 (reserved seating; meet-and-greet reception, 4:30-6 p.m.; and copy of Proof of Heaven). For tickets and information, call 451-8646 or visit iands-sb-s2.eventbrite.com.
Dr. Eben Alexander
Lecture: Dr. Eben Alexander
Cardiologist Has Near-Death Experience, Visions of Heaven