A second source of authority for the Bible is spoken of best by that greatly afflicted mythical figure, Job. Job tells us, “Through my flesh I vision God.” (Or, as nineteenth-century poet John Keats reformulated Job’s insight, “I am certain of nothing but of the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of Imagination.”) For the mystical reader of biblical myth, to “vision God” is to understand being, for God and being are one.
Kabbalists read Job’s words with a pronounced emphasis on the word my. ”My flesh” means not only my physical form, but also the body of my life experience, my heart’s affections, and my imagination. The verse is thus taken to mean that we access the epic of being through the drama of the psyche. Each of us can access the psyche only through our singular psyche–that is, through our unique story.
Radical truth is to be found, albeit paradoxically, in radical subjectivity–in the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination.
Dr. Marc Gafni