What difference do you see between spirituality and metaphysics?
To some they're the same, to others different, depends on definition.
OK, let's say metaphysics deals with whatever is beyond the physical world as we see it.
Sure, you can say there are finer levels of energy, of mind and of consciousness with their attendant phenomena that one can experience. If so, you could say spirituality is always one step ahead of that, dealing with the elimination of a separate self that does the experiencing.
So whether you're doing your taxes or dealing with angels you still could be wandering in the desert of self veiled to Self?
I guess depends on the emphasis, how much juice you invest in whatever you experience. Still, realizing one is adrift is a big step. So too much focus one phenomena can be distracting, like the sights and sounds of a new city, when in fact you really would like to find your way directly to the train station. You could say metaphysics provides a general map and that the path of spirituality dispenses with everything but the most direct route.
You talk a lot about remembrance. Is there a way to look at it in terms of steps or stages?
One way to look at it is as a continual or recurring process, meaning that it's constantly interrupted or disrupted. In that case, one just keeps returning to square one without any regrets.
Seems like this step would cover a lot of territory.
An entire lifetime. What can change is more depth and frequency of those instances of remembrance, more ease of shifting those gears, more immediate locating of that place where remembrance occurs in one's inner geography.
And what's square one that you mentioned?
Square one is actually that very place, that location, the starting point as well as the ending point. Periodically setting aside time during the day, before or after actions or during activity helps us approach that point. This makes it practical, not unattainable.
And beyond that step?
Beyond that would be better described as a leap where remembrance is continuous. That's where there would be a full integration of a transitional ego with ego-mind's activities, where the usual attractions and distractions no longer interrupted.