Why is it important to recognize the difference between ideas and directly perceived appearances? Firstly, to disconnect with the flow of interpretation and fantasy. To “get real”, so to speak. To realize the beginnings of waking up. But the second part is just as important, and it is to be able to see, when the dream begins to disperse and amongst what is left in direct perception, that which is knowable, real, consistent and true. What can be known with certainty? Consciousness/existence is. You as a person do not exist, but the light of awareness does. The awareness that comes through “you” is actual, and the only real “thing” that can be known directly and with certainty. You is not real, does not contain what you are, or represent what you are, but consciousness noticing the reading of this does. Take a look and see for yourself…..