Just One Look
 

Twenty-One Questions About Looking At Yourself

  1. I have "been there, done that". What makes it different than all my previous practices that I started and abandoned? Why should I try this?

  2. What's the benefit in looking at myself?

  3. What if I feel like there is nothing wrong? Is your approach for me then?

  4. How much does it cost?

  5. If it's free, why are there so many requests for donations on the website?

  6. How much effort does it take? Do I need to designate time towards it? How much time?

  7. My spouse is afraid you are a cult leader. I was involved with a cult previously and it did not end well. Are you one?

  8. Is it possible to speak with you directly?

  9. I don't believe in God. Can I work with your approach?

  10. Do I have to give up my personal religious beliefs in order to work with your approach?

  11. John Sherman, are you against religion?

  12. Are you asking me to see me? How is that possible?

  13. Isn't looking at myself the same as self-inquiry?

  14. What do you mean when you say "look at yourself"?

  15. I already know who I am. How can I benefit from your approach?

  16. How long does one have to work with this looking business to see any results?

  17. Does looking at myself lead to self-realization and enlightenment?

  18. I have a busy life and very little time for myself. Can I still engage in this practice?

  19. How will I know my looking is working?

  20. Will looking at myself make my life better?

  21.  How often do I need to look? Can one can fail at the first look, if it isn't repeated?

 

1. I have "been there, done that". What makes it different than all my previous practices that I started and abandoned? Why should I try this?

Why not? Just one look. It's simple and easy and requires no training or understanding. It will cost no money and very little time.

top

2. What's the benefit in looking at myself?

You will discover what it feels like to be you and that you are all you ever wanted.

top

3. What if I feel like there is nothing wrong? Is your approach for me then?

Try it and find out. This simple approach is for everyone. Problems are completely optional, and you are not required to change anything at all.

top

4. How much does it cost?

Nothing. Everything we do is free of charge.

top

5. If it's free, why are there so many requests for donations on the website?

Like most non-profit organizations, ours relies on donations from those who support our work. These donations are tax-deductible in the United States. No one is required to donate.

top

6. How much effort does it take? Do I need to designate time towards it? How much time?

Actually, it takes just one look. All that is needed is a sincere desire to feel what it feels like to be you. Then, whenever it occurs to you, take another look at yourself. It's that simple.

top

7. My spouse is afraid you are a cult leader. I was involved with a cult previously and it did not end well. Are you one?

No. Looking at yourself requires no belief or allegiance in any form. There is no requirement for membership. You are simply invited to turn the beam of your own attention inward and get a glimpse of what it feels like to be you. The looking needs no new understanding or the abandonment of any old understanding, no new belief or the abandonment of any old belief. The looking does not even require that you believe in the looking itself. It requires only that you try it.

top

8. Is it possible to speak with you directly?

Yes. There are Worldwide Online Meetings, Online Open House Meetings, Online Intensives, Public Meetings, as well as opportunities for Private Conversations.

top

9. I don't believe in God. Can I work with your approach?

Absolutely. This simple act requires no belief, nor the abandonment of any belief. (See FAQ #7)

top

10. Do I have to give up my personal religious beliefs in order to work with your approach?

This simple act requires no belief, nor the abandonment of any belief. (See FAQ #7)

top

11. John Sherman, are you against religion?

No, I am not.

top

12. Are you asking me to see me? How is that possible?

Truth is, the feel of you permeates all of your experience, and it is completely possible to get a brief taste of it if you try. What we are asking you to 'look' at is, after all, only you. Try this: bring to mind the memory of some moment in your childhood and see what it felt like to be you then. Isn't that exactly what it feels like to be you now? That's the feeling of 'me'. It never changes.

top

13. Isn't looking at myself the same as self-inquiry?

No. Self-inquiry is an ancient spiritual practice that may well have been an attempt to achieve the result that looking at yourself actually produces, but it has had very little success over the thousands of years of its existence. Self-inquiry as taught is an extremely frustrating and complicated practice, with many forms. What's needed is stark simplicity. Look at yourself. Period.

top

14. What do you mean when you say "look at yourself"?

Looking at yourself means turning the beam of attention inward and making direct contact with what it actually feels like to be you - what you refer to when you say 'me'.

top

15. I already know who I am. How can I benefit from your approach?

This is not about knowing who you are. This is about performing a simple act to feel what it feels like to be you.

top

16. How long does one have to work with this looking business to see any results?

The amount of time before seeing results varies from person to person. You can read and listen to reports covering a variety of personal experiences in our Community Center Forums.

top

17. Does looking at myself lead to self-realization and enlightenment?

The looking is not intended to bring about any preferred or idealized state. The act of looking at yourself eliminates the cause of human disaffection with life. When that goes, you will gradually discover that your life, just as it is, is all you ever really wanted.

top

18. I have a busy life and very little time for myself. Can I still engage in this practice?

Yes, all that is needed is a sincere desire to get a momentary taste of what it feels like to be you. You can look at yourself while washing the dishes, or walking down the street, or changing diapers. All that is required is that you try it whenever it occurs to you to do it.

top

19. How will I know my looking is working?

The most consistent and reliable indication seems to be that you find yourself wanting to try to look again and again, even if nothing seems to happen.

top

20. Will looking at myself make my life better?

In time, your relationship with the events in your own life will change, and what seemed to be a problem will not bother you so much anymore.

21. How often do I need to look? Can one can fail at the first look, if it isn't repeated?

I believe that one look is enough. If the intent of the looker is focused on touching the feel of me, it cannot fail. I know that even if the intent is not so clear, the looking can still succeed, because that was the case with me. Continue reading...

top

Click here to go to our comunity forum and read conversations about the act of looking and its benefits.