By Bruce Chilton
When they arrived on the position which God had indicated to him, Abraham built
an altar there, and organized the wooden. Then he certain his son and placed him on
the altar on best of the wooden. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the
knife to kill his son . . .” —The publication of Genesis
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Extra info for Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
That “I” is no more than a temporary formation in the field of consciousness. As long as that form identity is all you know, you are not aware that this preciousness is your own essence, your innermost sense of I Am, which is consciousness itself. It is the eternal in you–and that’s the only thing you cannot lose. *** Whenever any kind of deep loss occurs in your life–such as loss of possessions, your home, a close relationship; or loss of your reputation, job, or physical abilities–something inside you dies.
At the root of it lie the basic egoic patterns: the need to be right, and, of course, for someone else to be wrong, that is to say identification with mental positions. There is also the ego's need to be periodically in conflict with something or someone in order to strengthen its sense of separation between me and the other, without which it cannot survive. In addition, there is the accumulated emotional pain from the past that you and each human being carries within, both from your personal past as well as the collective pain of humanity that goes back a long, long time.
You can learn to recognize all those forms of suffering as they happen and know at this moment I am creating suffering for myself. If you are in the habit of creating suffering for yourself, you are probably creating suffering for others too. These unconscious mind patters tend to come to an end simply by making them conscious, by becoming aware of them as they happen. You cannot be conscious and create suffering for yourself. *** This is the miracle. behind every condition, person or situation that appears bad or evil, lies concealed a deeper good.
Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Bruce Chilton