In Quantum Physics they have a metaphor called “The Great Smoky Dragon.”
It refers to the idea that at its most basic, fundamental level, the nature of reality is not measurable.
Meaning any kind of system has a lot of components.
When talking about a particle, it’s got mass, spin, charge, direction, momentum (which is a function of mass and speed).
But the MORE you know any one of those, the LESS you can know the other.
This is different than taking the temperature of a pot of hot water.
When you do that, you lower the water by soaking some of the heat into the thermometer.
But matter, at it’s fundamental level can only exist as a probability wave in some parts, and a physical entity in other parts.
It CAN be pure probability wave, but it can NEVER be wholly physical.
The Great Smoky Dragon metaphor is the idea that you can see the dragon’s head, you can see the dragon’s tail, but the middle is a vague puff of smoke.
Most people are aware of the idea that we are “not physical beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a physical experience.”
But what if that’s not accurate?
What if that is only a metaphor, like the smoky dragon is a metaphor (which is a metaphor with a metaphor since dragons are metaphorical creatures).
What if the “other side,” we are really spiritual creatures having a physical experience, but on “this side” we are physical creatures having a spiritual experience?
One thing about metaphors if that if you start to think they are REAL, you can get into trouble.
What if your boss said that you’ve got to go and kill some dragons.
But he was metaphorically referring to taking market share from your competition.
Only you thought he was being literal, and you showed up with your dragon killing tools.
You’d look pretty silly!
They say that before you become enlightened, you have to chop wood and carry water.
And after enlightenment, you still gotta chop wood and carry water.
So what’s the point?
Maybe the point is that chopping wood and carrying water AFTER being “enlightened” is a lot better.
That’s why any kind of system should be accessible from both perspectives.
Both your “enlightened self” and your “unenlightened self” is going to need an ax and bucket.
And any other tools you use to help you succeed should address both sides.
Luckily, the energy (just like the wood and the water) that makes up both sides is the same.