I'm saying the vessel and the consciousness are co-existent as an individual agent of consciousness.
It's like there's an ocean of consciousness unlimited in quantity and identical in quality, non-local and timeless, just existing. Pieces of it extend into denser realms. A piece of something infinite in quantity and otherwise identical is not delineated by any physical form since its quantity is unlimited. Its delineation into form is precisely the form itself, the vessel, which incidentally is also consciousness but much denser. Of course, then, there's nothing there, except certain denser forms have the magical potential for sentience, whereby they can be the ego of the unlimited ocean and give it the experiences it could never have on its own. Spirit ensouled in flesh.