A Quote by Peter O. Erbe on true perception, contrast, shadow, temptation, perverted way of seeing life, fear, and two sides of the coin
"To heal is to chage the perception of a condition - not the condition! This is True perception.
This is standing on the bridge of the cross. The very concept of opposites is a concept of division, of split seeing. We only see one side of the whole at a time. If someone paid us with a coin we most certainly would not say: 'I dislike the tail side of the coin, give me the head side only'. A coin comes with two sides, so does life in the temporal world. We accept the two sides of the coin as one coin. Yet we do not accept the two sides of life as ONE life.
Obviously, there is a conflict here and that is our way of seeing. True perception always sets free from conflict because it does not perceive conflict. 'Ah,' I hear someone say, 'Wise words, indeed. But what if I lie dying of thirst in the desert. How could True perception give me water?' Remember the principle of stabilized perception? We recall: it is a fact that we believe what we see. It is equally a fact that we do not see what we do not believe. Another way of putting it is: we only experience what we hold possible. What we do not hold possible we do not experience in the case of the thirsty man it means he holds it possible to die of thirst. He sees what he believes.
True perception sees not lack of water as the man's problem. It sees fear of death as the underlying principle of the problem - this is the idea the problem contains. Lack of water in this case is the form through which the idea of fear of death expresses. Giving the man water may quench his thirst but cannot quench his fear. The next time around the man shall fear again. This means he has not understood the principle fear represents. Now he needs more contrast again to help him remove his 'blinkers' to learn to look past the form aspect of his problem, the lack of water. True perception would now look at (fear of) death and recognize it for what it really is, a perverted way of seeing life, the Ego's answer to life. Once again it would see the idea of death as nothing but the voice against God, a shadow of life. A shadow is an appearance, is absence of light. Absence of ilght cannot be, for light, or love or God, is All-There-Is. Therefore this shadow must be an imagined appeareance. Imagined appearances are dreams. In other words, True perception recognizes any experience which offers the temptation to doubt life as part of the great dream, and dissociates itself from such madness. What is cannot see as real it cannot believe in. What I cannot believe, I cannot experience. This is the reason for the answer to the thirsty fellow, for to him I say: 'With True perception needs not the contrast of such as experience, for contrast only comes to teach True perception!"
Source: God I Am: From Tragic to Magic, Pages: 143 & 144
Contributed by: Nara-Narayana