In between what is real and what we perceive to be real is our interpretation by the state of our consciousness which serves as the mirror that reflects on the outer what we are being on the inner. What we believe, we see and it is as real as it gets for us.
That mirror is made up of the coming together of our mental state of thought, our emotional makeup, physical wellbeing-ness or otherwise and our awareness and mastery of these bodies at play. The more these are purified and aligned with the awareness of the observing self, the clearer the mirror, the less distortion of truth, goodness and beauty that come before us. The more we experience them in the joy of being.