In this "base layer" there is a continuity of the streams of phenomenal experiences that "conglomerate" into distinct streams (souls), the continuity of this streams is maintained through the karmic patterns, memories, senses and intuitions, so each next phenomenon is a continuation of the karmic history of the previous phenomena within the stream (in Buddhism called "dependent origination of phenomena"), but also influenced by the whole Cosmic structure of all other phenomena and streams. It is like a multitude of streams in the ocean where the streams are still continuous and can be identified, but actually no solid borders can be found between them and they all constitute one ocean. So, in a sense, there is a phenomenal stream called "Eugene" just like there is a stream named "Gulfstream" in the ocean, and this stream does not end after the death of the body, it just changes its form. So, the ocean of Consciousness is always structured into streams and other structures that maintain interconnectedness of the streams, and the streams do not "dissipate" into any diffused state after dissolutions of the physical-level bodies. So, the "base layer" is not any kind of a diffused or indeterminant state where no continuity of streams exists anymore, but just a layer of perception of how consciousness actually functions as streams of phenomenal experiences if we remove all those incoherent models of "One, Many, self, perspectives" and so on that we overlay on such "base layer" of perception. And note that all these "incoherent" ideas are also part the karmic structure of each stream, so basically the difference between the stream formed in dualstic and in nondual states is that in the nondual streams all those patterns-senses-ideas of "separate me", "separate objects", "One and Many" etc are dissolved and not present anymore, but otherwise the streams of the continuity of "individuated" phenomenal spiritual activities continue.Cleric K wrote: ↑Sun Mar 05, 2023 1:55 am OK, but then, if you follow your philosophy to its ultimate conclusions, it makes no sense for you to make any plans for your post-incarnational nondual future. These plans exist only for the illusionary Eugene perspective. When you shed all the layers after death and reach the base layer, together with this the question "from whose worldline you have arrived there" ceases to have any meaning. Since the base layer is completely One, it makes no sense for the One Self to exist there and still feel that it has arrived from Eugene's worldline. This would mean that the base layer is not absolutely base after all because it is imbued with some relative knowledge about how it was reached. For example, if John Smith dies into nonduality and reaches the base layer, that would have to be a slightly modified base layer which encodes the intuition that it has been reached from JS's worldline and not Eugene's.
There are two solutions. Either we exist within a relative modification of the base layer, which contains concrete intuition about the worldline that has led us to this point or there would have to be complete indeterminacy about the worldline through which the base layer has been reached. The former would mean that even the base layer has relative beingness because there are as many versions of the base layer as there are different worldlines from which it has been reached. The latter would mean that all of Eugene's plans for some high quality nondual time are meaningless because the base layer state you have reached could have been equally reached by any other enlightened being, who, by the way, may have had a plan to go on a Bodhisattva mission right away. There's no 'you' who would be able to appreciate the fact that you have reached the nondual state through all the hard work that you currently invest. That Self that lives in the base layer can't tell apart if it's there because of Eugene's work or John Smith's.
So now maybe you can understand that in such dualistically-formed streams there is usually an identification with a sense-idea of "my body", be it a material body, etheric or astral or else, so it is very natural for such streams to reincarnate, take shapes of bodies and keep firmly associating/identifying with the bodies. However, for the nondually-shaped streams such association is not present, it is clearly seen that the bodies are simply conglomerates of phenomena in the stream not pertained to any "self", so they can still deliberately take shapes of bodies to present themselves to other streams and communicate with them, but there is no sense of association/identification with these bodies. This is why these bodies are called "emanations" rather than "incarnations".