Little Rock, Arkansas -
LITTLE ROCK, AR - It's a question that science can't seem to answer - is there life after death?
For a neurosurgeon whose brain was attacked by a rare illness, he was taken to a place that changed his life.
Dr. Eben Alexander says he has "proof of heaven," which is the title of a book he's written about his experience that made the New York Times best-sellers list.
After spending seven days in a coma, he saw something he'll never forget.
"Lots of flowers, waterfalls, crystal pools of water, souls dancing. Lots of joy and merriment. Kids playing, dogs jumping, golden pure lights," he says.
It was there that he found a much deeper meaning of life and consciousness.
"It changed me from the ground up to realize we are all eternal spiritual beings that understand consciousness, we have a much deeper knowing, that the materialism that I worshipped before my coma fails miserably" says Dr. Alexander.
Alexander spoke in Little Rock on Wednesday as part of a Clinton School lecture series. He told an overflow crowd that the most difficult hardships may be the biggest blessings.
"It has changed everything I believe about existence. The hardships, disease, or injury, are all a gift- an opportunity for growth in our soul," he says.
Alexander says it doesn't take a near death experience to see the world in a different light. He challenges others to see the bigger picture.
"Show love, compassion, forgiveness, love ourselves, love our neighbors," says Alexander.