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...
I highly recommend it."
"From Plagues to Miracles made the story of Exodus come to life for me in a way that it never had before. I'm not an Old Testament guy, but still I found Bob Rosenthal's approach to Moses and Pharaoh to be most illuminating. I highly recommend this book, and I congratulate Bob for his unique contribution."
Gary Renard, best-selling author of The Disappearance of the Universe
"This book provides a provocative and spiritually insightful reading that will enrich any [Bible] study you do in your own life."
Tikkun Magazine, Winter, 2013
"Robert Rosenthal uses the book of Exodus as a metaphor to skillfully illuminate the functions and dysfunctions of our minds and the ways to heal them and ourselves."
Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., author, Essential Spirituality, The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind
"Dr. Rosenthal's From Plagues to Miracles recaptures the spirit of early Judaism by recasting [Exodus], the grand narrative of Judaism, as a working mythology for spiritual awakening."
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, Rabbi Rami's Guide to God, Rabbi Rami's Guide to Forgiveness