The Bible is not just factual; it is also metaphorical, like a factual poem, an interactive poem. A painter painting the artist. Looking through its lens you can predict what you want, a prediction that does not verify the Bible, but verifies you. the Bible can reveal truth, buy only when we stop believing that the Bible is True. Revealed truth is discovered truth in my everyday life, discovering the Universal in my Relative everyday life. But this has to a an original discovery by me, not something given to me by parents culture and church. Truth is interactive. I create truth with what is given in my everyday life. Truth is my surrendered interaction with the world that is given to me as experience. the Bible is a recorded effort of this interaction of a people, the ancient Hebrews. This is their interaction, not mine. I have to create my own interaction, my truth.
To me the big block in our discovering the universal truth in the Bible is that we don’t read it a poetic. O, Israel….Israel is the Self, the One Self as a people a tribe. This Bible is a oral tribal teaching. The People is the One, the Tribe is the One. But in our modern culture I as an individual it the One thing. But to the Bible people the tribe is the One…there are no individual outside of the Tribe consciousness.
So when this People Mythology gets translated into modern consciousness, we get confused. Trump and his base is like Israel, a Tribal consciousness. In a Tribal Consciousness, you think as the Tribe, believe as the Tribe, feel as the Tribe, but this is in conflict with one culturally validate individual I identity. This creates a neurosis because you FEEL the Tribe, but THINK the individual. We now have a split between body (TRIBE) and mind (ME).
I think this also applies to black tribe and white tribe, Christian Tribe, or any Tribe that feels as One. Bodies belong to tribes, and body feels, so we feel the pain when our. Tribe is hurt, and yet, as separate individuals we don’t draw the distinction between my feelings and the tribal feelings. When feeling as a Tribe, we feel attacked as a. tribe, even though we are not personally being attacked. So I react with tribal feelings to events on the news that are metaphors for the Tribe and Me as One. When I belong to a Tribe (of any kind) the Tribe’s values are my values, and my Tribal Values are made stronger when attacked by other Tribes. My Tribal Values only exist because of conflict with other tribal values. if all had the same value, there would be no special or tribal value. When you belong to a Tribe, the value is that my Tribe is the One true Tribe, and other tribes are false or of lesser value.
I think the Tribal Hurt is more acute with Black people because they (like women) are closer to their body wisdom, closer to their feeling wisdom and the pain of their tribe. Racism for the White is identity with a White Tribe, which grows acute when in conflict the the Black Tribe. Tribal feelings get mixed with personal feelings, Tribal fears with personal fears. Tribal fear is present when there is no reason for personal fear.
So the question here is what is universal Truth as discovery, as my revelation instead of truth given to me by the Bible or society.
How can I belong to a tribe and be separate from the tribe at the same time. Freedom from the tribe is seeing the conditioning of the tribe on my body, on my feelings. When I’m conditioned by tribal feelings, there is a conflict between the Tribal Feeling and my personal body/mind which is One, or is potentially One. When my feelings are dictated by conditioning of Tribe, my mind is split from my body. The pain I’m feeling is then misdirected to a false cause, the cause that is blamed on the tribe that is attacking my tribe.
The true cause of the pain is the gap or split between my mind and body, a mind that is ME and a body that belongs to the Tribe. The Tribal Body mind is unconscious and my mind is conscious. If I identify with the Unconscious Tribe, the I split myself into unconscious and conscious, night and day…but where is the One?
I must discover the One…for that discovery is the Universal Truth of the Bible. The truth is that You have to discover the One that has no second in your life, your time, your history.