Keep in mind that that continuum doesn't just happen in the non-physical.
It's as much a part of your everyday physical life as it is while sleeping.
Have you ever been so drunk that you couldn't remember portions of that night? That's you, being fully awake in the physical, yet your consciousness is, in effect, "dreaming".
You're DREAMING while you're PHYSICALLY AWAKE!
Yes ... I have stated a few times here in the last two months or so that the physical and non-physical is all one thing
, so the mentioned continuum includes both. I agree with your reminder, but I was focused on answering the question in the context presented (e.g., dreaming). I see night time sleep (and dreaming) uniquely both as (1) physical rest and (2) a less disrupted connection back into the non-physical.
I do not adopt the conclusion (like Tom Campbell holds forth) that the physical experience is purely a simulation. The physical experience is more than another form of dreaming. However, I do agree that both "simulation" and "dreaming" are useful metaphors for mentally exploring our relationship to the physical. We often live and reflect the metaphors that we are focused upon. It is highly interactive here as creators of our own experience.
Overall, my growing sense is that we are much more complex than imagined or discussed. I do not have all the words to describe this mystery that we are, but I was reminded not too long ago by my guidance that I am the "captain of my mystery ship". So, I present this metaphor.
Very generally, my current understanding is that we are complex beings extended into the physical from our non-physical aspects (Source, if that is preferred). In that, I do not see the non-physical as better than the physical OR humans as less than others (that are not human). The human is a small part of who I am (and I am human - that is a reality). The physical experience is an expansion of Consciousness, and we are participating in that expansion (as human extensions). I am here for the joy of that expansion. When I am in joy, I am lined up. So, certainly the more conscious we are in waking life while consistently experiencing things that we are joyful about, the more consciousness comes forth and the more it expands.
As a result, getting out of body is not the most important activity. Being extended here (consciously) and experiencing things sure seems to be though.
These are how I "word" things for myself.