How sophisticated is your ability to perceive reality? Are you still watching the light shine off the surface of things and getting caught up in the phantasmagoria of existence? Do you still believe in the report of your senses and call that reality? Or have you begun to experience things in enough depth that you know to look past the surface into the deeper inner workings of reality?
This is always a matter of experience, and this is one of the essences of skillful means – the ability to read the underlying truth of a thing while ignoring the apparent appearance of a thing. Things are rarely what they appear to be. The origins of being are obscure. The spirit is deeply veiled.