Already Here: A Doctor Discovers the Truth about Heaven
by Leo Galland
Blurb from Goodreads:
Already Here tells of the death of Leo Galland’s son, Christopher, at the age of 22; the direct visual evidence Christopher showed him that our souls do go on; and the communications he received from Christopher’s spirit that dramatically changed Leo’s understanding of life and its meaning.
In life, Christopher was a brain-damaged special needs child who challenged everyone he knew with his unpredictable behavior and uncanny insights. After his death, he revealed to Leo the real purpose of his life, as a spiritual guide who taught others by confounding their assumptions and expectations. And he began to share with Leo a new perspective on everything from the nature of good and evil to the concept of timelessness—“God’s moment”—to the notion that the universe is, fundamentally, an act of love.
Christopher’s wisdom was revealed to Leo over the course of a year, coalescing into three themes, which Leo calls the Gift of the Opposite, the Gift of Presence, and the Gift of Timelessness. Leo quickly came to realize that these gifts were not for him alone: they contain ancient wisdom, held sacred in many traditions, that Chris intended him to share with others. He wrote this book, under Chris’s direction, to do just that.
Already Here presents a unique dialogue in which an analytical, scientific mind tries to comprehend truths from another plane of existence—one that, nonetheless, is inseparable from our own. Chris describes Heaven and Earth, spirit and matter, as unified opposites that cannot exist without each other and cannot be separated from human consciousness. The book takes its title from Christopher’s final message to Leo, in which he describes Heaven as an “eternal present” where everyone is together, even those of us still living earthly lives. “Lighten up,” Christopher says to his father. “You’re already here, you know.”
My thoughts on this book:
I found this book by accident after looking up natural heartburn treatments for a family member. As I was looking at the author’s other books, I found Already Here and knew I had to read it. I’ve always had an interest in the afterlife and spent my free time studying NDE’s when I was in college. The subject fascinates me.
In this book, author Dr. Leo Galland writes about his son Christopher before and after his tragic death. Chris was a brain-damaged, special needs child from birth. He was special and challenged everyone he met with his behaviors, including family, friends, and teachers. When Chris passed away it was totally unexpected and out of everyone’s control. That day, Christopher’s spirit revealed itself to Leo and Chris’s mother Christina.
As time goes on, events take place that convince Leo that Chris is still very present. Leo has encounters with him and this book is basically a memoir about everything he learned from Chris that explains Christoper’s life along with Heaven, Earth, spirits, and how they all connect. Leo learns about the Gift of the Opposite, the Gift of Presence, and the Gift of Timelessness and shares all of these experiences with readers.
“The Universe itself is an act of overwhelming love.”
He also shares thoughts about transcendence after death and how we can exist when our bodies are dead. All of these experiences brought Leo to a better understanding of life and why we’re here. He shares how he applies it in his life now.
“Heaven and Earth are unified opposites that create God’s moment.”
I ended up picking this up on Audible and wish I would’ve grabbed the physical book or at least the Kindle version instead. I really needed to take notes and ended up writing a lot down as the book requires deeper thought than what I could give and because of that, I had to pause frequently. I did appreciate that it’s narrated by the author himself though.
People tend to be dismissive when it comes to thoughts on the afterlife, especially when they haven’t had experiences themselves. They hear the stories, but they don’t see the evidence. I personally found Leo Galland’s story compelling and it made total sense to me. It’s extremely thought-provoking and the book required deeper thought than what I expected, but I enjoyed it in the end. I loved reading about Christopher and wonder what it would’ve been like to know him. I’m really happy to have found this book and highly recommend it.
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Hay House, Inc. (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401954162
- ISBN-13: 978-1401954161
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