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The fear of life itself is the cause of all human aggression and self-destructive behavior. It poisons our relationship with ourselves, with one another, and with the Earth itself. The fear of life itself comes upon almost all of us accidentally at birth, when the shock and violence of our arrival sets the context and contaminates the soil within which our entire psychology—all of our understandings, our bedrock assumptions, our likes and dislikes and our sense of identity—will take form.

The fear of life is a psychological autoimmune disease that seeks to protect us from the danger of being alive by holding life itself at arms’ length, lest we fall in and perish. It warps the lens of personal psychology through which we perceive the meaning, validity, and the likely effect of everything that happens to us, with us, within us, and around us. It creates and maintains the delusion that life is not safe, that life is not to be trusted. More about the fear of life.


The Just One Look Method is an extremely simple approach to mental misery unlike anything you have ever tried. It will wash away the fear of life and heal the mind of anyone who will try it. It will rid you of the root cause of your dissatisfaction with life and the painful yearning for peace and fulfillment that seems never to be fully satisfied.

The Just One Look Method is the result of over eighteen years of experience working with people all over the world who have seen their relationship with their own lives change dramatically for the better.

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A Complete Reorientation of my Inner World
The effects of the looking for the past week are undeniable. Of course in some way nothing at all has changed. But the relationship to thought has completely changed. Somehow it’s just not where my attention and energy is. Feels like a complete reorientation of my inner world. The feeling of me is at the center, not all the thoughts about me and the world. Not sure if that make sense to anyone but the shift is subtle yet the implications are huge. Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ll stay with the looking as it has taken me and I trust it. Finally, I’ve realized my own authority on all this. My looking and my recovery won’t fit any prescription or formula. Thank you John & Carla, and everyone else on this forum and doing this work. It really is unlike anything I have ever known. (S. M. - USA)


About John and Carla Sherman

John and Carla Sherman

We have been meeting with people all over the world for more than 18 years, in person and online, to teach Self-Inquiry. Over the years, we have developed an innovative and practical approach to this ancient method that makes it work for anyone who is willing to try it.


Upcoming Meetings

Online Open House on Wednesday, December 15th from 11 AM to 12 PM PT (UTC/GMT -8)

Self-Inquiry Unbound: A John Sherman Webinar on December 30th from 11 AM to 12 PM (UTC/GMT -8)

Public Meeting in Sebastopol, California on Sunday, January 14th from 2 to 4 PM


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