What defines the difference? Some aspects of "hard" reality have been shifted by consciousness. Possibly the shifts brought about in "hard" reality by consciousness are far larger and more frequent than you might think. The answer lies in contacting not "thoughts thunk" (which are after all small scale byproducts of consciousness) but the raw flux itself of consciousness without selfdivision. Once we learn to truly navigate that sea, thinking thoughts becomes a hobby like table tennis.
Then doors open.