I spoke recently about liberating the person. This is a stage well after we have liberated the soul and woken up to our universal nature. As we grow into our universal nature, there is an unfolding embodiment, a descent of the divine into form. How effective that is depends on how able we are to support it. What that means varies some by person.
We gradually come to see the body as cosmic. As that becomes progressively embodied and the physiology gradually adapts to sustaining that presence, we find a refinement even of the surface physical form.
The inner purity or clarity required for awakening gradually moves forward into the physical. Not from diet or posture or attitude but from divinity itself.
Lorne Hoff used the analogy of an iceberg. Awakening is like an iceberg breaking off the glacier of ignorance. The iceberg then floats in the ocean of being. Over time, it gradually melts and merges with being.
This is liberation on the level of the body itself. The body would become known as nothing but an appearance of light. The mechanics of its expression (the cosmic devata) have become known. As they recreate in every moment, we would have full control over its presence and appearance.
Beings who have reached this level of liberation are still very rare and certainly don’t include myself. Getting this far along while still in a body is exceptional. But there are a few stories like Babaji, the founder of Yogananda’s tradition. (he shows up in several traditions)
In some ways, full enlightenment is giving us the ground on which a true embodiment can unfold.