Alexander contracted meningitis which sent him into a seven day coma, during which he says the experience occurred.

During this period the doctor felt “something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death,” reported Newsweek.

He explained that he found a “place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones” and “shimmering beings”.

Alexander decided to write down his thoughts and what he could remember from the experience, but he struggled with how to describe the things he saw. “Birds? Angels? These words registered later, when I was writing down my recollections.

“But neither of these words do justice to the beings themselves, which were quite simply different from anything I have known on this planet. They were more advanced. Higher forms.”

The doctor’s accounted his feelings and sightings which were intricate and detailed. He spoke about hearing a chant, winged beings and a rain that doesn’t soak you to the bone.

A “huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above, and I wondered if the winged beings were producing it,” said Alexander.

“The sound was palpable and almost material, like a rain that you can feel on your skin but doesn’t get you wet.”

He is aware that sceptics will find the whole thing unbelievable, as he was once a sceptic himself.

“I know full well how extraordinary, how frankly unbelievable, all this sounds. Had someone even a doctor told me a story like this in the old days, I would have been quite certain that they were under the spell of some delusion.”

Alexander has a new book coming out called Proof of Heaven.

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