Whitley Strieber's Dreamland
Friday October 26, 2012

Is Heaven Real?

Dr. Eben Alexander lay in a hospital bed, his brain effectively dead. What happened next has completely overturned this scientist's understanding of the world. Listen as he tells us personally about his astonishing experience, and just why he is certain that it could not have been a dream. This is one of the most interesting, inspiring stories ever brought to Dreamland.

Listen as psychic medium Marla Frees and Dr. Alexander explore his journey into what he believes was heaven.

Marla Frees and Eben Alexander have a great deal in common, they met over a year ago at the Monroe Institute where they were working together in the Lifelines program retrieving souls who were in trouble or didn't know they were dead.

To learn more about Eben and his work go to LifeBeyondDeath.net.

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ABOUT MARLA FREES

Marla is a transformational psychic medium.

As a psychic, Marla is able to see, hear and feel any aspect of a persons life: their career, home, business, relationships, health and even the family pet.

Marla also mediates between the living and the dead as a medium. She sees what the dead want to show us, she hears what they say and she feels their emotion.

She does this work privately, in small groups in her office in Los Angeles and over the phone internationally.

There will be discounts offered to Dreamland listeners until the end of the year.

Just mention, "Dreamland " when you fill out the form on Marla's website.

Marla respects the anonymity of clients including doctors, lawyers and entertainment industry executives. Marla also works pro bono for law enforcement agencies on a case to case basis.


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Is Heaven Real? The Inside Story


Marla Frees and Eben Alexander have a great deal in common. Among the things that they have both done is to become involved with the Monroe Institute's Lifeline Program. They were in this program together. Dr. Alexander's objective was to repeat the journey he had made while he was in a coma. Listen as he tells us not only what happened, but also the WHY of it and how he has learned how to explore vividly alive other realms of reality in a consistent and repeatable way.

It is possible to break free of the assumptions that keep us bound to this level of reality. This discussion will take you to the edge of a new kind of freedom.

Learn more about the Monroe Institute and its many programs, including the Lifeline Program. Go to MonroeInstitute.org.

Eben Alexander's website is LifeBeyondDeath.net. You can watch Eben on the Biography Channel's UnXplained show. Go to UnXplained, watch the preview, then you will have access to the full segment.

In two weeks, Anne Strieber and Eben Alexander compare notes about their near death experiences for our subscribers. Don't miss it!


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Another great interview. Both the public and subscriber interviews are absolutely fascinating. Really like Dr. Alexander's comment about being conscious in-spite of having a brain. Thanks Marla and Eben!

Even the Young Turks is talking about this story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dOlkKCXtB8

Interesting and inspiring story. Transformation of Dr. Alexander's transformation is a sign of the times, which humanity must transcend bare-bones physical awareness and identity.

I was glad this was posted. Too much of this world is in the care of "demon infested reductionists"....It reminds me of the Mulla Nasser Edin story of the overeducated scholar who dies and gets to heaven's gate, only to begin to rationalize the experience....."Not so fast young man," he says, "How do I know this isn't the result of oxygen deprivation to a dying brain....." I am sure that you all can figure out the rest of this tale....

Dale

Maybe I'm just predisposed to always be looking for flaws but I've just heard maybe the saddest thing I've ever heard. The recounting of the "lost in limbo" children in the hospital setting because they were dead and didn't know they were dead and were fearful and having their only way out of that condition to be if someone is trained to know how to lead them into a different frequency does not jive with the perfect love that both Eben Alexander and Marla Frees attribute to being the essence of their "God." That the children were in a place where time does not exist and they had not yet been brought into heaven but were stuck, and would have remained stuck, in such an undefined place, presumably forever had Marla and Dr. Alexander not happened upon them through their experiments at the Monroe institute, is shocking, sad and dare I say "sick." And the concept that Marla has been in touch with other souls who did not know they were dead and were also stuck, presumably forever, again, could very well be the definition of them being in hell. What type of existence is that if not hellish? Really? Little children abandoned in such a place when they may very well have never been taught anything about God before their death experience are left to be abandoned by a God of perfect pure love? It makes no sense. And for my own sanity I will have to decide to believe that whatever spiritual experiences the Dr. and Marla may have had, I must attribute them to their own personal mental or spiritual needs and not based on reality. For if that really is reality then God is not just perfect pure love. It would mean God is capable of indescribable cruelty. It would mean a house divided can still stand and to punish children like that just to convince us to work our way toward God is astoundingly egotistical and petty and cannot possibly fit inside perfect love. At least, I sure don't understand it. It would be better for there to be no consciousness whatsoever after death. Then again, what could it matter what the puppets think.

Yes, a very interesting and enheartening interview. Dr Alexander's account is spellbinding and he has such a lovely voice; I'm not surprised that he is a Doctor, you can hear it in his voice. What a nice chap.

@ Scott Schairer: don't bother with religion, it's something people believe to be the truth. They are different.

I enjoyed Dr. Alexander very much.
Sorry, Marla, but, I found your multiple interruptions very annoying. Did Dr. Alexander anticipate questions during his talk? It didn't seem like it.

The interview was wonderful. I just finished reading his book, and found it impossible to put down. The depth of insight combined with his writing skill made the reading of this book a great pleasure. I am looking forward to the next interview with him.

I find it interesting that a mainstream publisher like Simon and Schuster is pursuing so much publicity about this book. I have seen this book and Dr. Alexander's story on the ABC Evening News and also on 20/20---he's everywhere. So many people have had these types of experiences documented in he past, and others have written on this topic too, but with a lot less fanfare. Maybe the fact that Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon gives him more credibility than others in more mundane professions? In any case, people are beginning to pay attention and maybe that is all that matters, and consciousness has expanded a bit.

Dr. Alexander did a great job describing his experience, with or without questions from Marla.

I think we must beware of assuming that our logic is sufficient to understand the way reality works, or the mind of God. We don't know why babies might go through these experiences of being lost in limbo (or believing they were) but if you consider that they are also souls that have passed through many lifetimes and many experiences, it is possible, just possible, that this experience of lostness can be a learning experience for them, sad as it is. We do not know the mysteries of being, so we cannot, I believe, make firm judgements about it. But I do understand your sadness at hearing of these children, and I am glad that you wrote about it because it is important to know that death is not a simple transition from life to a kind of heaven and can be a journey in itself. But the dead need not be alone, and in fact, should not be. Most traditional cultures had processes - rituals etc - specifically to help the dead pass over safely and smoothly, but we have lost that. Even our funerals are more about remembering the person rather than helping the person recognise their death and move through it. I was with my grandmother through her death and even though she was in coma, talked her through it because I knew that death terrified her. Maybe she didn't listen, but I strongly felt that she did. We can always pray for the dead and dying, including those we don't know. People could set up small prayer groups for children in hospital, and for those who have died, or for accident victims, or those who don't know they have died or whatever. We can always do something, I believe that that is our task, to do whatever we can to give love, and act with love. God is that fundamental loving force that allows us to exist, but we are responsible to find that love within ourselves and to share it.

I agree, this does demand an answer from the good Doctor or Ms. Frees.

Yes, Dr. Alexander was a great interview and find, for sure. What was also great for Dreamland was the fact that this interview came out before most others, essentially giving Marla Frees and Dreamland the scoop. The interview and scoop came from a relationship that Marla started developing with Dr. Alexander 2 years ago, while they have both attended The Monroe Institute many times together, as they say in the interview. This is the type of programming that is made possible through the relationships of the people at Dreamland. This was also similar to the interview with Dr. Brian Weiss, the regression therapist that Marla also brought into Dreamland, as well, from a relationship she had developed with Dr. Weiss. Keep in mind that Marla's gifts and work, work are very closely related to Dr. Alexander's experience, and also that of Dr. Weiss, which was what enabled her to develop these relationships over time and at all.

I would think that everyone would be thrilled to have this kind of great content on the site. This is what we all pay for, as subscribers. It's hard, if not impossible at times to find these type and level of guests. I say that because I don't see guests and programming like this at any other sites.

Thank you Marla, Whitley and Anne for these great shows.

I read the book, then listened to the interview. It's extremely interesting, but something occurred to me: Eben describes how his sense of the passage of time during his experience was non-existent, which I can grasp and understand - it all took place, as it were, in an instant, in the "now", yet equally it was an experience of eternal existence: he really can't say. I get the sense that back here in the physical world and trying to make sense of what he "remembers", he cannot help but interpret his experience as exhibiting something of a linear progression that stretched across the seven days he was in coma. First he was in the place of the Worms'-Eye View, THEN he was taken to a land of incredible beauty, THEN he was in space, THEN he was back in the place of the Worms'-Eye View, etc., etc. A linear progression of events, one seemingly following another. Perhaps this displays the limitation of physical thought processes trying to interpret and explain in words a collection of non-physical events. But the events in dreams often seem to progress in this "all happening at once" fashion, just as our explanations of them to others follow a "first this happened, THEN this happened" pattern, because it's the most familiar way we have of explaining how things happen in the real world. And even the most complex, seemingly lengthy dreams can occur in what is only actually a short burst of "real" time.

Eben's neural cortex completely shut down while in coma, then seven days later began re-booting. I understand that his neural cortex could not process any data while it was completely down. But is it not possible that, when it was re-booting, the entire experience he recalls could have occurred in those minutes, or seconds, or nano-seconds, of that transitional period from no activity to SOME activity in his highly-traumatised neural cortex - incredibly vivid, yet still dream-like images and concepts, generated out of already-stored memories and feelings, processed by his distressed synapses as they began receiving commands to start processing information again?

I'm not suggesting that consciousness does not survive the death of the physical body. I'm pretty much convinced that it does - at least, it's certainly my fervent HOPE that it does - and perhaps Eben and other near-death experiencers have something to tell us about what's to come next - but I have the feeling that the ONLY way any of us will ever be able to know for sure what's in store is when we experience it ourselves - and I mean FULLY experience it - that is to say, we die and do not return.

As the Master of the Key said: "A death is as unique as a face. You die into your expectations. But you generally survive them."

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