I believed until recently that consciousness was, in some sense, supernatural. But now I tend to think consciousness is a mental construct, like our concept of a chair.
And I believed qualia was a sort of building block of consciousness, but now I think consciousness is an example of qualia — the qualia of being self-aware.
But qualia does still seem strange. It makes sense that our brain would have some notion of a sensory input like red to distinguish it from other sensory inputs like green or blue, but it does more than distinguish it — it grants it an absolute quality that seems impossible to convey..
..I'd love to see a stack trace of my brain when I say "I am now experiencing the non-relative absolute redness of seeing red".