I’d go so far to say that matter has a material “soul”, which gives any particle the properties it has in relation to other matter. Existing as a particle in its own right, it can be subsumed into a greater “soul”. Starting from the smallest up, the subatomic might be said to be ensouled “light”, or whatever one might call that which becomes a photon when the properties that make it so are bestowed upon it.
What I’m going to suggest next is that things become what they are and are not merely atoms on which we impose our meaning. A pail of water is a pail of water; brought into a room, the temperature of the water changes in relation to the room air temperature, because it is now part of the room. A photon becomes a light beam in a slit experiment, which as a whole produces a wave pattern on the screen. This would be in keeping with its being no longer a particle itself, but a vibration in the totality that is the experimental apparatus. When we try to detect a particle, whether we do so before or after the light is shone through the slit onto the screen, we change the nature of the whole which constitutes the experiment, pulling the electron out, disentangling it as they say from that whole. And in doing so, it reverts to the material “soul” that defines its existence as something separate. We then get a particle pattern, again interestingly, even when the detection is carried out after the event; this is because the experimental event is one, made up of things, space and time.
Individual bits of matter may be taken into the soul that constitutes a specific plant or animal. That living creature exists as one being. Imagine a one-celled creature moving its cilia and propelling itself through the water. It strikes a material body and it outer membrane lightens up as does our nervous system when light strikes our eyes. It perceives food and engulfs it. All this is matter, under the direction of the instinctual soul of this tiny creature. And, we too are made up of matter, all of it organized into cells and organ systems, working in unison under the direction of the human spirit, which brings all the complexity together as one in ourselves, and one with the world about us, material and immaterial.
We here exist as a unity, our physical bodies, participating in the world, our spirit defining our relationship with it, with one another, and with our Maker. One experience, uniting the perception in the perceiving with the observer, the known and the knower in the knowing, the lover and the beloved in love.