I want to allude an experience that feels almost like Descartes' idea of "I think, therefore I am". Because the phrase is a proposition, I find it very difficult to fit in the statement in because I have no idea to use the phrase in a verb manner, adjective manner, etc to make the sentence sound fluent. This is the statement that I am trying to fit the phrase into:
The experience that we had undergone confused our consciousness in the real and virtual worlds and made us think with Descartes' "I think, therefore I am".
It sounds very very awkward at the end. My intention is to let the reader consider the experience to be something surreal, like Descartes' idea, which a person in a state of a dream-like situation tests or verifies his existence because of the feels-so-real-yet-could-be-false-or-real type of experience.
What are some of the ways that I can implement this "I think, therefore I am" into the statement while still sounding fluent and making sense?