tl;dr: Real freedom starts with awareness.
We exist here by the grace of our thoughts.
We perceive only what we project from a deeper level of mind.
The power of mind makes it all seem totally real but it is not reality.
The world does not exist outside our own mind.
That is why real freedom starts with awareness.
Although we seem to be part of this world, at every moment we can still decide how we want to see it.
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
– The Dhammapada, translated by Juan Mascaro