Also, this apparent realness - isn't it something that progressively loses its meaning as your QOC develops. Its relative meaning, of coarse, as your awareness broadens, but also in experiential term such as not being [i cant find the word] subjected/overwhelmed/controlled by pain, pleasure and so on?
I believe lower entropy beings, such as Tom, can shift awareness and process more than one data stream at a time. I don't think this would make things seem less real, or lose it's meaning.
I would guess it flops the other way.
I think the key is strangling your ego, your false front, not caring what others think of you, giving up this core project of directing the man in front of the curtain, and starting to experience real pain and pleasure, rather than the pseudo life of ego feedback.
So you drive an old rusty car...but it gets you there...but debt free...this is part of authentic living
When you interact with people, you set aside trying to impress them...rather, you focus on their concerns...this sets up some very real and helpful paradigms for you
You start to invest in your right hemisphere in some way....you may have a very cranky neglected right hemisphere...a little bit goes a long way when you are dieing of thirst
And then your actual environment starts to shift because you are traveling down a different decision tree
If the bar you set for yourself is to find a few beans to eat, and experience a day of adventure...interaction with others...refining your emotional defense skills....where is the pain?
Have you seen American Beauty...note the final scene
If you have some sort of chronic physical pain, I suppose you could use PSI to take PMR breaks