What we call “physical” is just small clusters of energy vibrating in a dense manner. Energy has no boundaries, but each physical form we see does have “visible” boundaries due to the “condensation”/clustering of energy – this is the play of duality in the midst of non-duality. The term “non-duality” is the crux of a lot of spiritual teachings (they call it Advaita) and it’s a pointer towards the inherent oneness of everything, basically it’s to make your mind understand the obvious truth that everything is inherently made of same energy – call it any name you want, I would just call it life-energy. It’s not complex to understand this, in fact it’s the most primary “physics” of life. However, the problem in becoming too focused on the “concept” of oneness (trying to be all light natured) is that there is a tendency to start trying to avoid the realm of physicality which is inherently a domain created for the experience of separation (dark nature) – everything in the physical is visibly separate with boundaries and unique characteristics, it is so for a purpose. It’s about integrating oneness and separation, expressing/enjoying the realm of separation from a place of inner oneness/wholeness (thus integrating light and dark nature).
As soon as we enter the realm of physicality it’s natural to forget our “non-physical” truth (though the connection is never lost), simply because it’s no longer “visible” to our perception – we start perceiving through our basic sense organs, which are nothing but “little machines” which are designed to interpret vibrations of physical nature (denser vibrations), they are not designed to sense non-physical vibrations – our awareness can become totally enamored by these senses, and thus lose touch with the wisdom coming from non-physical connection. Beyond these basic sense organs we have what can only be called “non physical” sense (every physical cell in your body has a non-physical connection) – intuition, heart-wisdom, inner guidance, inner inspiration, inner voice, are terms we use to define the “non-physical” inputs that we sense within us, the inputs coming to us from our non-physical realm/intelligence. The more you connect with the space of being the more available you are to the non-physical intelligence.
(As a side note: There are people who have some developed glands, like the pineal gland, that acts as a sense organ to see the “non physical”, which basically allows for some abilities which we call “psychic” reading/vision – but this ability by itself does not mean that one is balanced or is in touch with one’s inner wisdom, it’s just an ability to see non-physical vibrations and some people are meant to have it as part of their journey)
The “non physical” realm is as real as the physical realm that you see, in fact the non-physical realm is always the ground of creation, the platform that creates the physical through its intentionality. You as the body is not separate from you as the non-physical consciousness stream that birthed this body through its intentionality. Nothing can just manifest randomly, because life-energy requires a fuel/force to condense into physicality and this fuel comes from the “intention” that was the driving force for that creation. So who are you in the non-physical? What was your intention that created this body? What was your perspective for creating this body?
What’s the purpose of physicality?
Consider a space of zero physicality, there is just life-energy in its stable state – this state lacks any form of movement, it’s just a calm space which is alive but not moving. It doesn’t know anything about itself, except that it’s what it’s is, and it’s all there is. So, this life-energy is just stable, balanced and whole, but since it’s all there is, it has no clue what stability, balance or wholeness really is – just like you can’t “know” what sweet is unless you compare it with sourness. If sweet is all there was, you can experience sweet all the time but you won’t know what sweet is because you never tasted sourness, and without this “knowing” there can’t really be a true appreciation of sweetness. Life-energy being already whole cannot appreciate its wholeness, because that’s all it ever is. In order to know wholeness, it would need to become imbalanced in someway and then return to wholeness from this journey of imbalance, thus “consciously” knowing what wholeness is and thus consciously appreciating it. It’s a very simple logic.
In order to experience this journey, of imbalance to balance, it needs a “platform” to conduct this journey – it’s very similar to creating a platform for a video game, the platform being the “terrain”, or landscape, where the character plays the game. This platform is what the cosmos is – including a planet like Earth with its nature (brain-less forms like foliage and minerals). An intention creates a “stream” of consciousness, and this stream is created permanently, it can’t die anymore – because anything once created cannot be destroyed it can only keep changing forms. Several streams of consciousness get created from different intentions for “life forms”, or living beings, to incarnate on these platforms like Earth.
This pre-occupation is eternal – different journeys as different streams of consciousness and thus different experiences of coming to a balance, it’s very fascinating for it considering that life-energy by itself can never be harmed because it’s just energy, though it can take a temporary physical form and have an experience of being harmed as a part of understanding wholeness.
The living beings are endowed with a “brain” which is basically the most crucial part of creating the journey of imbalance, the brain is designed to be polarized, being created as a survival machine, and thus move out of an experience of wholeness – the brain polarizes dark nature and light nature of life-energy, and can thus become imbalanced towards dark nature and light nature separately. This capacity for separation is what creates the imbalance and thus starts the journey of imbalance for the stream of consciousness that incarnated as a body. This stream of consciousness will eventually come back to balance, through this journey, by consciously integrating the imbalance of dark and light nature, thus consciously balancing the mind and experiencing/knowing the state of wholeness. From this understanding of wholeness, this stream of consciousness comes to a conscious balance, after that it carries on with other intentions coming from this perspective of balance, it does not “disappear”. Though I’ve been stating “stream of consciousness” as some third person, I am actually talking about us – each of us is a stream of consciousness.
To have a general sense of this “non-physical” perspective is important to ensure you have a picture of what’s going on, instead of feeling that you’ve somehow ended up in some whacked out thing called life. You are just a stream of life-energy that’s actually moving towards coming to a “conscious” balance. An exasperated mind would question (with a plethora of choice cuss words) the purpose of going into imbalance, in the first place, and go through suffering, only to come to balance again , but such a mind does not see this logic from the non-physical perspective – the beauty of the experience of coming to a “knowing” of, and living, wholeness consciously instead of just being unconsciously whole.
A conscious movement towards balance
A large part of coming to this place of inner wholeness is to gain an understanding of the mind and no longer be a “prisoner” to its fear based movement. You cannot experience wholeness and be a prisoner to the mind’s negativity at the same time – it’s about transcending the fear based influences of the mind, consciously. The mind/brain plays an important role in this journey of moving from imbalance to balance because it’s the aspect that helps create the experience of imbalance – that’s was the very intention behind the creation of “brain” based living forms. It’s important to understand this role of the mind in helping you “know” wholeness consciously by integrating its imbalances/negativity through an aware understanding. You are not being judged or tested, you are not being punished, this is just your own personal journey as a stream of consciousness, it’s a journey that will inevitably come to conscious wholeness – and all the understanding/knowing that you gather from this journey towards balance will be with you forever in your non-physical nature. You’ve possibly been gathering understandings for many life-times on this Earth and this life-time could well be the culmination of these understandings bringing you to a conscious balance.
Some people, especially the ones who get hooked on Advaita teachings, can get so obsessed with the “concept” of oneness that they start using it as a crutch to avoid physicality, their constant argument is – “Everything is ultimately one so why bother”, this can become an excuse to start defending imbalances/conflicts within oneself by taking refuge in the concept of “everything is fine”, this is an end of honest awareness, and this defeats the very purpose of having an understanding of oneness which was to assist in releasing some limited beliefs/perceptions, in the mind, created by false ideas. The understanding of oneness is just one of the understandings to help you move towards finding conscious balance – don’t use it as a crutch to start defending your right to be imbalanced. It’s only your own authenticity that will serve you in making this journey towards inner wholeness, you have to be honest within yourself to sense your imbalances, to sense if you are enslaved to any fear-based influence of your mind. No-one outside you can really know 100% what’s inside you, only you can meet yourself completely and it’s your responsibility to be honest to yourself – it’s only a fearless honesty that allows seamless growth towards wholeness.