Mark, I simply ask the questions, get the answers, and start and stop the session. What the person views is their business, not mine. I never indoctrinate anyone to look for past lives, and it's never happened that they've found them, and yet their "case condition" seems to resolve without viewing anything like that.
I don't think that the being IS their body, I just don't believe they existed prior to the body, or that they will exist when the body ceases providing the computing environment.
The materialist dicta is that mental states of being are an emergent phenomena of the physical processes of the body. They begin as a result of the bodies processes, and terminate accordingly. To attempt to draw a distinction between the "being" and the "body" in such a formalism is ludicrous.
The alternate view that being arises from spirit and that spiritual phenomena interact with physical processes through as yet undetermined means stands in contrast to the emergent phenomena paradigm. It draws a clear distinction which can be experienced subjectively and thereby demonstrated. It doesn't conform to the materialist model, hence materialist approaches to empiricism are insufficient for addressing the prospective truth of the paradigm.
You pays your money and you take your choice.
Mark A. Baker