Already Here tells of the death of Dr. 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 Dr. Galland’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. He began to share with Dr. Galland 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 Dr. Galland 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’ 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 Dr. Galland, 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.”
Dr. Leo Galland, an international bestselling author and a respected scholar, is a global leader in integrative medicine and functional nutrition. He has received the Linus Pauling Award from the Institute of Functional Medicine for creating basic principles of Functional Medicine, and the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to healthcare from Marquis Who’s Who. He is the author of five popular books and several dozen scientific articles and textbook chapters. A board-certified internist, Dr. Galland is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. He received his education at Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Galland is listed in Leading Physicians of the World and America’s Top Doctors.