thanks for the insights Erin!
I'm wondering especially about appearances, because, as an artist, I would like to think that our bodies are only of this earth, and that we take an entirely different form when we're in spirit, becoming more beautiful, more.. well.. ethereal.
There are so many trappings that are of this earth, eg clothing, hair colorings, weight, health, etc.. that it would be nice if when we're in spirit form, all of that stuff dissolves, and we transcend all the physical trappings and become pure beautiful spirits.
That's interesting too about the higher self that stays in the ether.. I always wondered what and where my higher self was.