The three most common views on consciousness in the past were that 1)
The universe is made of matter and mind - the old style dualism of
Descarte; 2) Only matter exists. Mind is just an
epiphenomenon that arises from matter being arranged the right way (e.g.
a turing machine); and
3) Only mind exists. Matter is an illusion. Number two is obviously the
modern mainstream view. An article
in The Age presents a new option: matter and mind or two sides of the
same thing; both exist, neither is primary.
So, this guru goes to a hot dot vendor and says, "Make me one with
What is reality? If we are just a figment in a dream, the universe
seems real enough to us that we really can't perceive it if we are or
not just a figment. At any rate, our destiny, in the astronomical view
of the universe seems hardly modifiable and our fate is pretty much
sealed. Instead of trying to change the universe, we should try to
change ourselves and be content with the brief life that we do have.
And, we should hope most of all that whoever is dreaming us doesn't wake
up anytime soon. We have to assume and accept that what we perceive
around us is reality, because accept it or not, reality is what is
happening to us day by day. We must deal with that reality, be it a
dream or not, because to us it is real, whether it really is or not. So
in that sense, from our persective, matter is real from our state of
mind and our state of mind is all that matters. :-)