Real vs. Reality
For most of humanity, what is real is what can be seen, touched and experienced; and our idea of reality matches our experience of what is real. But our perception of what is real does not necessarily make up reality. In fact much of what we know to be real is not reality. This has been a plague on mankind for thousands of years. But now unlike anytime before in history we are learning what life really is at record speed and distributing that knowledge even faster.
One easy example is the age old question of; If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound? In reality sound (an audible noise) does not exist. When a tree falls it creates a vibration. What we hear and call sound is nothing more than a vibration that requires ears (or lungs if you're a frog) to create the audible noise. So while sound is very real to humans, animals and even plants, the reality is there is no audible noise only vibrations that requires a living being to translate it.
Another, more bizarre example is our idea of life and death. Most of us believe that the life we live in is primary but through quantum physics and the study of near death experiences we now understand that the life we live in is secondary to where our souls originated from and will return to which we call the quantum realm. All things are first created in the quantum realm which is all around us and right in front of our faces but not observable to the naked eye although there are people in the world who can access and experience it.
To learn more about the things we believe to be real but are not actually reality check out these great reads as well as the two videos on this page:
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling
Becoming Supernatural. How Common People Are Doing The Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza