I understand what you are saying. But what I suppose that I am trying to say is that we are like a lotus. We can
view existence like a seedling in the mud on the bottom of the pond… or we can grow up through the murky waters and spread our petals on the surface into the sun. Existence remains the same, perhaps, but what we perceive of this same existence has changed. The flower is enlightened by the sun, however the seedling is not. Existence remains the same for both the seedling and the flower, yet the flower sees something more from the same existence. Even though both exist in the same so-called realm, it is the flower that is enlightened, and the seed is not. The flower exists on a higher vibratory rate so to speak. We choose to bloom or not through our free will. Not all flowers realize that it is their true purpose to bloom though.