Yes, from the scientific-positivist standpoint, much of what we consider "substance" is energy, such as the resistant forces between the particles, which we call touch. But if we reduce energy down to the material, and raise material up to energy, then we arrive at the robotic conception of the body as a chemical clock, when, as I would argue, it is such yet with the spark at the helm. There is a seperation from the material and the immaterial even within the frameworks laid out by Hermes Trismegistus, both in his creation story and in passages such as those found in his discourse to his son:
>Unless you first hate your body, my child, you cannot love yourself
>...it is impossible to be engaged in both realms, the mortal and the divine... there are two kinds of entities, corporeal and incorporeal, corresponding to mortal and divine...
But Hermes also gives conflicting reports: in one creation, there are two gods (Craftsman and Logos); in another, there are many; and elsewhere there is one. That being said, were he consistent, I still would not take all of his discourses as a package deal, much as I reject the OT and its insistence upon salvation of flesh rather than of the soul (in exoteric Judaism, there is no guarantee of the soul, just the breath). Hermes was a wise Pagan who received visions from Jesus and wisdom of the Ancients, but I will not say he is infallable--I am a Christian above all and a Hermetist second (or rather third/fourth).
I can say nothing with regards to what I know nothing of (egregors, tulpas--things I would rather not think about because of personal associations), but I can say that the Fae and Ghosts most certainly exist astrally, as either Logos/Tao or some concurrent force beyond my ken (perhaps in the writings of Valentinus).
>where would salvation come from?
>Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. - John 14:6 KJV
Yet still through the practices of the Eastern religions, a soul comes closer to Moksha/Theosis/&c., though without Grace, they cannot escape from metempsychosis from their current lives.
Question: We can at least both agree that Jesus lived clothed in flesh, as a man? Otherwise, if he was but a spirit or vision, his perfect life becomes much less remarkable.