I think I've felt the no-physical-body state many times before (like every single night) but until yesterday I didn't quite have a reference point to know what to look for, so I didn't pay attention to it and really embody my etheric form while conscious. Now...I think I can...
I usually pick a couple of goals to "work on" when I'm in the light-trance meditative state. I've been aware that I have a lot of fear about our future as a human race, so I look at that a lot. But when I try to envision what I would like us to move towards together, I have trouble--everything I think of makes me feel fear:
I imagine an earthly paradise--but it would have to involve massive depopulation, and I fear what would happen to all those people.
I imagine a world where everyone becomes more conscious and makes intelligent choices--but this hasn't an ounce of plausibility for me...and I also have to recognize that unless it's the same choices I would make, I still wouldn't really like the result.
I imagine an ascension process, where our consciousness takes us to a dimension that reflects our inner world of conflict or lack thereof. This is nice but it feels too every-man-for-himself...
I imagine technological innovation to the point that the damage to the earth can be healed and we can start afresh, new worlds discovered so our population can continue to expand. This one is all right, but I've thought that the only way it would really be all right to me is if other people left the world to go to those other planets, so I could stay here and not take the risks. Thinking about my fear of airplanes...it would be about one million times worse to go out into space.
Anyhow, I usually end up just envisioning a goal of how I would like to feel in the future, personally and about my fellow humans and planet, and I don't put any specifics in it because I really don't see how things could improve. But I do notice that in future envisionings, we keep wanting to just obliterate the shadow, and then it grows.
Then...I was thinking today...what if the shadow we see around us reflects the quality and the quantity of light? so the more sophisticated the demons, that shows the refining of the other side. And perhaps if we focus on not labeling one good and one evil, but instead on the quality of definition that's increasing in light and dark...because the definition, not the amount of light, signifies the growth of consciousness, pure clarity. And it's not about choosing light or dark--it's about simple awareness of the pattern of the whole.