As I have posted previously, it all looks to me like a power grab. I think it matters in the sense that part of not being a predator is learning not to be prey either. But other than that it doesn't matter. I think there's a time for sitting around doing nothing while complaining about how vain and corrupt everything is, but that time is very short.
I've had enough with the dreaming/tripping drug scene also, which is a primary reason I haven't been posting here. Its like an experiential ponzi scheme, a hive-mind vampire sucking its own blood. Though people imagine they're progressing, all objective indications are that they're recycling the same experiences that countless other people have already had, while eroding their capability to build something better. Put down the f-ing bong and face reality. Were you abandoned or abused by your dad? Do you make a living by manipulating other people? Do you keep going through the same doomed romantic patterns over and over? The only real escape is to turn around and think and feel to understand what's really going on. Stop the shrinking away emotionally and intellectually because you're trying to continue getting away with something that the consequences you wish to escape are subtly attached to.
On the topic of whether astral matter is real....Is money real? If you have a pile of cash it looks real, and feels real. But the federal reserve could change a policy and in an instant it would become a pile of paper. How about the money you have in the bank? Its a bunch of iron atoms all polarized in the same direction somewhere, or a bunch of electrons trapped on a material interface. And yet, money is clearly in some sense real, and its closely related to power. And power is closely related to desire. Is it made up of exotic matter somewhere? In a way it doesn't make a difference, in that matter itself is patterns of relationships and representations of of things. But one of the things that makes money real is that money can be turned into other tangible outcomes. People can by food, houses, properties, vacations, drugs, and sex. If it wasn't for that, money would be nothing. So what's with all this spiritual parasitism, such as by gurus seen and unseen, or the spirits that work through drugs, or the gods of religions? What do they gain from it? I think it comes back to what can be converted into physical outcomes. The gods need minds to think with, and bodies to live in, and wills to be marshaled as fate.
Anyone who has been using the internet for very long knows the pattern where a new web site springs up and offers some useful or enjoyable experience for free. Then at some point after people have become attached by habit or dependent, it starts adding profit making hooks, such as selling your browsing information to advertisers. In theory, the advertizing is needed to pay for the internet experience. But the reality is that the overwhelming cost of the internet is the bandwidth needed for the advertizing, and the profits of billionaires like Zukerburg. It wouldn't take much in the way of ads at all to support the information content that people use the internet for.
Pretty much everything else in this world works like this also. If someone has power over you, chances are they will try to use that power to abuse you eventually. But we're not all slaves, at least not entirely, because we resist that abuse, and we cultivate some degree of will not to abuse other people. Central to this we organize ourselves in a way that doesn't involve the imbalances of power that would lead to abuse. Likewise with our interactions with spirits. If we give away some of our power for the sake of an exotic experience, in the long run we're screwing ourselves. This is one way to look at drug use. People think they're in control, but that's not the trajectory at all, even though it may take decades for this to become obvious. In my view, one day of being able to soberly feel who you are and what your problems are is worth a decade in chemically or meditatively induced bliss. Face yourself and deal with who you are, and in time the bliss will come all by itself. And it will stay with you, for a while the weather will periodically storm at the surface for a while, but the ocean underneath will not come and go, subject to biochemical cycles. Likewise with gods and gurus. You will interact with them, but it won't be a slavish dynamic, where you suck up to them and they shower you with a few benefits that they produce from the control that they have over countless other devotees. If a god or spirit guide shows signs of deception, don't give them the benefit of the doubt. Call them on their bullshit. If they're true, they won't be offended by this, they'll explain what's going on in a way that you can understand and that really makes sense. If they have to resort to mystery mongering or projecting blame onto other people or demons, don't deal with them. Make yourself fit for dealing with honest souls, if there are any, or do without.
This is what I think anyway, what I choose, and experience seems to suggest that it produces good results.