“Reality is changeless”, states A Course in Miracles. “For everything you see will change, and yet you thought it real before, and now you think it real again. Reality is thus reduced to form, and capable of change. Reality is changeless. It is this that makes it real, and keeps it separate from all appearances. It must transcend all form to be itself. It cannot change.”
This is a concept of “reality” whereby what is real must be eternal and beyond threat. You are real, right? So am I. But what about us is real, if not the parts that change, grow old, and eventually die? The answer is expressed by many words, but it is this: consciousness, spirit, the soul, or awareness, itself.
To recognize yourself as consciousness is to realize that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. You are temporarily inhabiting a body and mind, but you are not a body and mind. This dimension, where we live now, provides the illusion that we are separate from the greater body of consciousness. What is this experience of life for? So that consciousness can do something and learn. What we each learn in life is experienced by, and absorbed into, the totality of consciousness.
Consciousness is always creating. It is the source. As consciousness, you were given a mind. The purpose of this mind is to create. Every thought is an act of creation—some beautiful and some ugly, but all creation. The purpose of the body is to provide feedback to the mind through feelings and emotions which result from what you create. Create something true—from the energy of love and inspiration—and feel good. Create something false—from the ego—and suffer.
To know reality in this way is to have awakened. There is nothing to fear because you, as consciousness, are beyond threat. There is no reason to suffer because you recognize the causes of suffering as miscreations of the mind. Knowledge is very simple, though confusion is very complex.