All real experience is Direct Experience. There is no Direct experience and ... other experiences.
There is no other tool that you can experience / label what is.
Direct experiences are labelled by thought.
You see things and thought labels them writes a story "oh it is a bird"
But isn't it simply "color ?"
You hear sound and thought writes a story "oh such a nice music"...but isnt it simply sound ?
Thought content writes stories "this happened..that happened...this was 5 years ago this will happen tomorrow."
isn't it simply thought..Arising in the now.
Can you be aware what thought says right now ?
As you saw thought content does not tell anything real about what is.. It is just a painted commentary of what is.
It is a memory thought. The content of memory thoughts are based on AE, no? Where does the content of thought come from? When the younger body was experienced it existed. Is not thought content derived from prior AE?
There is nothing called prior AE.
We looked at this on the "time" exercises that time does not exist. It is only thought creating an illusion to house all experience and all is happening in the now.
All is real is here and now.
The rest is thought content. Just ignore them..Let them be there without a belief..
Just focus on what is actually experienced here and now and you will see that these are all thought content.
Our labelling: "it is real, it happened, did not happen, it is not" does not change the fact that is is only a thought content..
If it is not simply a thought content then what is it ? A smell - color ?
Others tell me they experienced the same thing or have a similar memory
Isn't also "others telling you this and that...." another thought arising in the now..Where are they now or you are again
talking about a memory of them saying this or is this an imaginary future thought ?
What is the actual experience of others if there is no you ?
Just take a slow focused good look and tell me please
What is a 2 years old lisa in reality ?
Did she really ever existed ?