This may confuse readers, but I don't mean that you are wrong but rather that it might be more clearly stated.
It is my understanding that all realities, including NPMR, in which we have an avatar and interact with other avatars or objects are virtual realities.
No avatar is real. All avatars are just the result of the perception or interpretation of the consciousness behind it.
This is to me a questionable and confusing way to put it. True that all avatars in PMR or in NPMR are not the material physicality that they appear within their 'native' VR, if this is what you mean by 'not real'. Try that all avatars are real as the result of the perception of the consciousness behind it which is an IUOC. Our IUOCs are as real as the most real thing in existence as the LCS which they are a natural and inherent part of. Even AUM is in a sense Virtual as AUM is just as much a meta reality existing 'above' the LCS as AUM is The One Consciousness existing above the LCS within the messaging that makes up AUM's digital mind as it connects the IUOCs into the Union of all IUOCs that is AUM. Nothing is more real that the perception of such a VR creating data stream by an IUOC. That it is virtual does not mean, not real. And keep in mind that that conscious perception of an IUOC occurs only when that IUOC receives a data stream to interpret which provides the perception of the VR which that data stream represents. That is a data stream created by an instance of The Big Computer which provides within that data stream the elements to be interpreted as being within that particular VR.
When that same IUOC receives a data stream that is part of the internal data/thought stream of AUM or that consists of that part of AUM which Tom calls metaphorically, The Big Computer, there is no VR creating component within that data stream. Then there is no consciousness but rather the simple handling of the data stream to be reacted to by that IUOC by applying logic, interpretation, pattern matching or reiterated pattern matching. In other words the IUOC is functioning as what might be thought of as a neuron in the mind of AUM or a single computer within the 'cloud computer' that makes up an instance of The Big Computer as the 'super computer' that it is. So while our IUOCs function as part of either AUM, within the Union of IUOCs that is AUM, or as a part of the mind of AUM which Tom refers to as The Big Computer, our IUOCs are not conscious as they receive no data stream components to be conscious of as being within a VR. The Consciousness that IUOCs are Individual Units of is The One Consciousness, the Consciousness of AUM. When an IUOC is individually conscious, it is because it is receiving a VR creating data stream which includes within it the data stream components which it interprets as being conscious.
This is not unlike the PMR model of how brains work. The neurons within our PMR brains are not individually conscious but rather some how, unknown to PMR science, they in their union as our brains create consciousness, just not in a manner which that science can explain. The MBT
explanation is rather that the brain in PMR is virtual as part of the VR of PMR. That our apparent consciousness as the PMR avatar possessing that virtual brain is the gift of AUM as AUM, through the metaphorical TBC, creates a special message that places us in the PMR VR and provides the experience of being there and being conscious, once it is interpreted by our individual IUOC.
What is life like for consciousness when it isn't in a VR? I'm not sure. I guess it could be something like the void, but I could be wrong.
I have described this above in that our IUOCs when they process data streams that do not represent a VR are totally without consciousness as the things which we interpret as consciousness and being conscious are provided to us, to our IUOCs which have the experience of being us as VR avatars, through the data stream which creates that experience. Our IUOCs are no more conscious within themselves than the neurons that make up our VR brains are conscious within themselves in the PMR model of reality.
See if this is not more clear and if not, I'll lick this calf over again as the old farmer used to say.