The two stood, locked in a deep gaze, fully experiencing what they found in each other's eyes.
However, you're obviously experiencing something bizarre.
One of the characteristics of actual experience is that its object is, or has been, present to an experiencing subject; and of possible experience that it can be present.
But, on the hypothesis that knowledge contains no inferences beyond experience, it follows that all the objects of knowledge, being objects of experience, are, or have been, or can be, present to an experiencing subject.
It is not necessary for him to follow Schopenhauer, Hartmann and Fechner in endowing the material universe with will or any other mental operation, because his phenomenalism already reduces inorganic nature to mere objects of experiencing subjects.