(Carl Jung describing an experience at age 12)
In the experience of Self-realisation, the individual ego is dissolved, yet there is still an 'I', a self, but this Self is universal. Only this Universal Self is real. The experience of Self-realisation is an experience of becoming real.
In the Speilberg movie A.I., the android child, David, asks the Blue Fairy to "Please...please...make me real."