...only in your mind and millions of others it is perceived this way.<quoted text>
It is called "transubstantiation" ! Jesus' REAL PRESENCE in the Eucharist. You need to interpret the Scriptures as the Early Church Fathers (correctly interpreted) them in 397 AD and as the Early Christians "lived out" their person faith and Salvation in Our Lords REAL PRESENCE (the TRUE BODY and BLOOD of Jesus HIMSELF!
In truth and honesty - it is a manufactured wafer and wine. But the illusion of the ritual is much more appealing and happier for you when you are participating.
I understand hojo, you need to follow others, instead of taking responsibility for your beliefs.