Brief and simplified discernment to complement diverse past discernments:
A popular paraphrase or metaphor often used, in particularly in Eastern traditional practitioners is "You Are Already Enlightened". However, it should not be taken literally. And should be explained in proper context. Basically it should be understood as:
The essence of nature is everywhere and in everything. Consciousness (greater whole) is everywhere but not in everything. And which basically implied the following: the greater whole is enlightened, and the essence, nature, and ground of nature are enlightened which sentient or the essence, nature, and ground of being arose from process and mechanism of "Dependent and Interdependent Origination and "Dependent and Interdependent Arising". And therefore, implied that sentient such as human species (which has arose through the process from spectra-field to quanta to atoms to molecules to cells to multi-cells to cells networks to body to primitive body-mind to more evolved body-mind and so on over aeon) is endowed and embodied with the essence, nature, and ground of being. And essence, nature, and ground of nature. And have infinite potentialities of possibilities of transformation and evolution (which implied abilities and capacities to transform and purify or self-realize and self-actualize form-formless which implies consciousness and awareness which implied heart-mind which implied subtle body-mind or the real self or the self that not only has potential to transcend all realms and worlds within or of the greater whole. Rather, eternal state potential (or potential of enlightenment). And which metaphors or paraphrases such as "The Temple is Within", "The Body Is The Temple", "Seek Within", "Go Within", "Know Within", "Be Still and Go Within", "You Are Within", "Know Thyself", "The Kington Is Within" have been used across traditions globally throughout the millenniums.
And as such, the metaphor should be understood as being enlightened or nurture and empower by the greater whole. And potential for enlightenment through self-realization and self-actualization as sum of parts of the greater whole which has not been obvious or species had not yet realized (since nothing has its own intrinsic inherent independent existence. However, it is now slowly being revealed by the scientific communities and related disciplines)) just as the greater whole is eternal. The physical body is essential to create, nurture, and shape the subtle body-mind. However, it should be obvious to all that it cannot transcend beyond the known physical world not only because it is obvious that the biological material physical body remain on earth after biological physical death. Rather can be explained scientifically as the sciences have been revealed over the decades) in the known physical world. And beyond facilitated by the ground of being and nature or the greater whole process and mechanism (i.e. universal process of intertwinement and entanglement of sum of parts of the greater whole). And which is why in tradition such as Buddhism, practices such as 8 Noble Path (and complementary practices) were developed for such purpose (also existed equivalent concept such as certain Hindu traditions). And as such, would be great naturalness-spiritual and scientific explorations and quest opportunities.
Epistemology of Life and Ontology of Existence Foundation and Institute