Well i'd like to take credit on the perception is reality statement- - i don't know if i can - i know i argued with glory mule on such topics many times... but that's just my ego talkin'
I've often believed that we do influence our perception. I feel i've expierenced this first hand. My pops was schizophrenic and committed suicide when i was 7. From about ages 7-21 I spent the time angry and ticked off. I wondered how so much bad luck and how much suck in life could be just for me when everyone has it so much easier.
One day i woke up, and everything was bright, was no longer tinted and tainted. I'm much more positive, but still attracted to the dark side of humanity (for my arts purposes in poetry, music, etc) but now instead of trying to convey that feeling, i'm trying to convey to people to recognize when you get stuck in such things and how they do affect you...
If you haven't seen this movie, i suggest you rent it - "In the Mouth Of Madness" - it's a move done by John Carpenter - based off of ideas by HP Lovecraft (My personal favorite author of his genre).
And i think we are both in agreement on the power of 'faith' in terms of how it affects what is happening.... sometimes it makes me nervous when so many people are willing to accept and believe in ideas that are so fearful and negative.....
on the kabbal jews - i'm not sure EXACTLY what sect they are - but the tree of life teachings are the same for my QBL teachings -
it's funny sometimes, i once learned einstien used science in conjunction with the QBL - in terms of explaing how the creator set things up - etc -
Just food for though....