In the everyday view of seeing, I look through two holes in my skull, at what is in front of me. The scientific description of seeing with which we are familiar is that light strikes objects and enters my eyes, electrical signals go to my brain and somehow create there a mental representation of what is in front of me.
But what is the actual experience of seeing? The sensation is not one of me-looking-at-objects, rather it is of ‘object-space without me in it’.
Even if that object-space includes the appearance of my legs, those objects are not the me-who-is-looking, they are part of the object (body) this looking-me says belongs to it. We don’t experience being a body-which-is-looking, we just experience the seeing – and assume ourselves to be a me-who-is-experiencing-this. (We experience feeling sensations but we don’t feel seeing.)
We actually experience object-space, that is, space defined by the presence of objects, and we assume in our thinking that this represents me (on the margin of this space) looking at objects in the space. Can we notice this assumption and get back to a fresh un-thought direct experience of seeing?
See also Direct Experience of Sounds