We are moving towards subjective experience, not necessarily a hypothetical non-physical plane of existence. Jack and Hagart are right in pointing out that if something is non-physical then it can't possibly interact with or be affected by the physical. For something to be affected by physical forces it has to be physical by default in order to be compatible.
Consciousness is still an unsolved puzzle but the evidence available seems to support the notion that it arises from matter epiphenomenally.
Have you guys heard the auditory continuity illusion. Check it out. It is very interesting and suggest a delay in information processing before it reaches consciousness. It starts off with intermittent beeping followed by a simultaneous broadband sound growing in volume. At some point you will erroneously perceive the beeping as though it's continuous.
It's important to follow science and avoid being swayed by strong illusions or jumping to conclusions. There is a good book called "The User Illusion" by Tor (can't remember his surname now). It propounds the idea that consciousness arises not from information in the brain, but rather, "exformation". It gets us to consider an unchartered territory between chaos and order where consciousness, as an illusory 'spotlight' arises.
Most of the information that we possess captured by our sensory organs is unconscious. There is so much information captured in the complexity thatin order for our organisms to survive in this world we must only focus at a limited and usually relevant portion in order to bring about a coherent and meaningful perspective.
The "I" that sits on top of all the unconscious complexity is swayed to focus at only small fractions of information whilst convinced of being the author of decision-making when even a concept such as free will has no place in our deterministic universe of cause and effect.
In essence, consciousness is riddled with lies and can be reduced to a strong illusion. The "I" doesn't really exist. To be conscious of something is to be aware of something that has passed. In this vein of thinking, if consciousness arises through exformation rather than information, if the less information it considers the better for its survival, then consciousness contradicts itself. It's a paradox and an illusion, not something of a spiritual essence in the way that esotericism conveys. The conscious self is a simulacrum of an entity.
We are not really conscious of much at all. When we get good at something through training, practice and repetition we are not conscious of much of the processing behind it at all. We just learn as we trust our complex unconscious to do all the work.[ Post made via Android ]