Consciousness is both creator and creation, the knower and the known, the inside and outside of everything no matter from what angle you observe reality. It takes an entire book to justify such a claim, but the advantage of regarding consciousness as the “real” reality needs no extended argument.
The advantage is that “something from nothing” now has meaning, and it matches reality as lived by the average person. Once you realize that at your source you are connected to intelligence, creativity, knowing, and all the rest, there is the possibility of getting more of those things. They are the most valuable things anyone can hope to find, and one can go further to say that love, compassion, bliss, and all spiritual values are also embedded in the same setup.
Exactly: Our Attention Creates The Future