From Plagues to Miracles
The Transformational Journey of Exodus, from the Slavery of Ego to the Promised Land of Spirit
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|In From Plagues to Miracles, psychiatrist Robert Rosenthal takes a fresh and bold new look at the story of Exodus in which the figures of Moses and Pharaoh represent dueling aspects of the human mind. Pharaoh is the ego-mind: arrogant, capricious, and cut off from God and Spirit. Moses represents the part of the mind that is and has always been in full, direct connection with God. And the Hebrews represent us—all of us, regardless of religious affiliation. Their trials are a mirror of our own spiritual dilemma as we’re tossed back and forth between ego and Spirit— Pharaoh and Moses—all the while trying to find our way to the Promised Land of inner peace and freedom.|
The plagues brought on by Pharaoh’s stubborn resistance to freeing the Hebrews are our plagues. They afflict us whenever we bow to the Pharaoh-like ego and accept its fears and desires as our own. Likewise, the miracles performed by Moses are our miracles. They arrive the moment we make the decision to free ourselves from ego and follow instead the guidance of Spirit and the Moses-mind. Viewed in this way, Exodus becomes a travel guide for the spiritual seeker: a powerful roadmap for navigating the different stages of the spiritual journey.
Although remaining faithful to the original Bible text, Dr. Rosenthal borrows generously from spiritual teachers and traditions as diverse as the Roman philosopher Seneca, Zen Buddhism and A Course in Miracles. He spices his accounts of transformation and miracles with personal anecdotes and real-life examples from his psychotherapy patients. If you’ve always felt that there must be more to the Old Testament, but could never sift the spiritual wheat from the thou-shalt-not chaff, then this book is for you. But even if you have little interest in the Bible, the insights offered by From Plagues to Miracles on the nature of the spiritual path and the how-to of miracles would alone make it an invaluable companion for any serious spiritual seeker.
"The great Biblical stories are diamonds of consciousness with infinite facets of illumination. From Plagues to Miracles takes the story of Moses and gives it new light...
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|Robert Rosenthal, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in the Princeton, New Jersey area. He held the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine and at Hahnemann University (now Drexel) in Philadelphia. He is a specialist in the areas of relationships, psychological trauma, and the interplay between psychotherapy and spirituality. Dr. Rosenthal was a close friend of Bill Thetford, Ph.D., one of the co-scribes of A Course in Miracles, and has studied the Course since 1975. He has served on the board of the Foundation for Inner Peace, publisher of the Course, for the past 20 years. He is also a novelist and screenwriter (see IMDb.com).|