The golden thread throughout Witnessing Perfection is that the eternal divine light manifests as countless modified energies and shadows. The one supreme consciousness permeates all entities in existence and enables relationships and interactions to occur through that cosmic unity. This supreme Godhead beams out qualities and attributes such as life, power and will, which are desired by sentient creatures. In human beings these qualities belong to the soul and are chased by the ever-changing self, which is like the soul's shadow companion. Enlightenment is the result of synchrony between the self (which is a conditioned consciousness) and the soul (which is pure consciousness), reflecting the light and qualities of the supreme consciousness, or God.
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri is a writer-philosopher from the Islamic city of Karbala, who combines knowledge and experience of the spiritual teachings of the East with a keen understanding of the West. Educated in Europe and America,he abandoned the oil business to pursue spiritual knowledge. He has recently established the Academy of Self Knowledge (ASK) in South Africa, aimed at the committed seeker of self knowledge and spiritual development.