Let’s look at experience. What is called ‘experience’ is the effect of reacting. It is conceptual and not actual. It has no existence as such; and what experiences must be ‘me’. Whenever there is experience and the cognising of experience, there is always the presence of ‘me’ just as whenever there seems to be awareness of ‘me’, there must be a present experience. Experience, then, must be inseparable from ‘me’ and it must always be experienced by ‘me’, never by ‘I’ or ‘you’.
Being sentient is suffering experience. Experience is suffered psychosomatically by an apparent sensorial apparatus. Being the object of experience gives the idea of individuality, of being a ‘self’ or ‘me’. What we really are, which is I, does not and cannot suffer experience. Only objects suffer experience. Experience is what we are. Perceived experiences cannot be anything apart from the perceiving of them. Objects, as part of experience, appear to us as ‘other’, as independent entities experienced by a self, and they appear that way because we have been conditioned to see them that way. In order to experience we must experience in duration or time and we must necessarily be what duration is, or at least an aspect of what we are, for duration is inherent in every experience.