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11.2. We don't know what we are

What can we say about the «thing» Descartes points to: that which experiences, that which exists, that which we are?

Can we experience the Experiencer?

Can the Experiencer at all be separated from the experience – even in theory?

Since you yourself are experiencing, you should ask yourself the question.

What do you know about that in yourself which experiences? We are not talking about your senses, thoughts or emotions, but that which has these experiences.

Do you know anything at all?

You know how it feels to experience, but do you manage to experience your own essence, what your mental self is or from where it comes?

We can get glimpses of insights, have revelations, experience hallucinations through drugs or séances; we can meditate and study. Some of us experience that we sense, see, hear, feel and know more than others.

What we capture is that there is something «more» outside our concepts of time and space, outside the physical.

Yet we humans in practice have no common, unified understanding of what it is that experiences. We fail to distinguish this (possible) «object» from the act of experiencing, our subjective experience; the activity.

So, there we have our starting point again. All is one, but we have no idea what «one» is.

That we experience is a fact, but we do not know anything else with certainty; we only get hunches and are referred to have faith in whatever it is we are told to believe.