Understanding the Fear of Life

The fear of life is the first cause of all our psychological troubles.

The fear of life is a silent and false assumption that life is untrustworthy and dangerous that runs in the background of all experience.

Now, strictly speaking, there is no requirement that you understand the cause of your mental misery before you can be rid of it and, conversely, mere understanding of the cause will not free you of it. But a clear understanding of the actual cause of our mental misery, although not required, vastly simplifies and mitigates the tumultuous experience of regeneration that often follows that first look.

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The Search for Identity Is a Call for Self-Inquiry

Identity: (1) The character or personality of an individual:  unity and continuity of personality; (2) one’s perception of the sameness and persistence of one’s own individual personality:  sense of self. (Merriam-Webster)

Before you begin reading this post, please Google the phrase “the search for identity”. You will be shown links to almost 43 million pages that approach the issue.

It would seem that identity, and the search for it, is the heart and soul of being human. If that’s the case, how can it be that such a critical component of being human is considered to be such a mystery by so many? What is identity, after all? Where is it to be found?

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First Do No Harm

If you have done the Looking, mastered Self-Directed Attention, and have begun to see the value of Just One Look in your own life, there is often a natural impulse to describe to your friends what you have found. If that’s the case with you, STOP!

I beg you to stop because, unless you fully comprehend the true nature of what has happened in your own mind, you will almost always sow confusion and helplessness where you wanted to plant understanding and self-reliance.

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Podcast Episode 22: What Does It Feel Like to Be You?

In this episode, John Sherman reveals the actual nature of Ramana Maharshi’s Self-Inquiry, which is to get a taste of what it feels like to be you, and he explains what that inward movement of attention accomplishes.

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Podcast Episode 21: Just One Look and Self-Inquiry

In this episode, John Sherman speaks about how the practice of Self-Inquiry, when engaged in from a spiritual or magical thinking foundation, is crippled. Therefore, the best course to self-reliant human life is to simply look at yourself, your presence here, in the manner of Just One Look and follow with the practice of Self-Directed Attention.

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Podcast Episode 20: Our Journey with You So Far

In this episode, John Sherman talks about the Just One Look Method and how it has proven to be extremely effective. He explains that our goal now is to find a way to bring the suggestion to look at yourself to all human beings everywhere who are willing to try it for themselves.

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Spiritual Understanding

Carla and I have come to an understanding that the non-dual spiritual teachings that seem to be everywhere in one form or another in these times are worthless at best.

There are millions of us who have believed in them and trusted them to ease the misery of worry and fear that is the lot of the vast majority of us. We do so because we are told that the wisdom to be revealed upon our acceptance and surrender will bring an end to our war on our own life, which is caused by ignorance.

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Podcast Episode 19: A Free Mind Is an Open Mind

In this episode, John Sherman speaks about how nothing compares to a mind that is freed of the context of fear and then gains the ability to decide for itself what to believe and what not to believe based not on fear but on self-reliant understanding.

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The State of the World

We cannot help but pay attention to the sorry state of human affairs in our time. And there is no reason to turn away from the facts of the world’s current descent into madness, murder, and torture. This is, after all, the world we live in.

But there is no reason to allow our attention to be pulled to the fear-driven drumbeat of misery and helplessness that appears in a mind still under the effects of the fear.

Something can be done after all. We can work together to bring an end to the worldwide epidemic of neurotic personal fear that is the one true cause of all human violence against self and others.

This advice holds true for everyone, whether or not they have done the act of looking at yourself. If you haven’t done the act of looking at yourself yet, please go to our website now and start on the path out of a fear-driven mind immediately. Continue reading

Podcast Episode 18: The Brain, the Mind & the Fear

In this episode, John Sherman speaks about how the mind works by using neural impulses from the brain to create understandings and actions.

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Podcast Episode 17: Let’s Not Throw Away Our Shot!

In this episode, John Sherman speaks about how right now we have it in our power to bring an end to the baseless foundation of fear that is
all that stands in the way of human sanity.

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Why Practice Self-Directed Attention?

JustOneLook is a two-part process. Those two parts are the Act of Looking at Yourself and the Self-Directed Attention Exercise.

The Act of Looking at Yourself resets the mind and triggers a period of Recovery in which the mind restructures itself, in a context that is no longer based on the Fear of Life Itself.

The second part, the practice of Self-Directed Attention, is fundamental in the recovery.

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Podcast Episode 16: Hard Times

In this episode, John Sherman speaks about the dangerous situation humanity faces today and encourages all who have experienced the effects of JustOneLook in their own lives to help us bring it to the world.

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Podcast Episode 15: Mind Matters

In this episode, John Sherman speaks about how you can acquire a true understanding of the power of a human mind free of fear and confusion, and learn to use that power to shape your relationship with your own life as it unfolds.

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These Times

I will not pussyfoot around the situation facing humanity today.

I am seventy-four years old and I have seen a lot of drama in my own life and in the lives of humans everywhere. In the 70s, I robbed banks and destroyed the means whereby working people were being made poorer every day. In the course of things, I was shot, put on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, and imprisoned for almost 20 years in federal prisons.

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Podcast Episode 14: You Can Change Your Mind

In this episode, John Sherman speaks about a simple method that gives you the tools to change your fearful mind into a mind that is sane, fearless and self-reliant.

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Podcast Episode 13: What to Do After the Looking

In today’s episode, John Sherman speaks about the two paths that are available to you after you have done the act of looking at yourself.

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Podcast Episode 12: Attention Is the Key

In today’s episode, John Sherman speaks about the importance of the Self-Directed Attention work and how it relates to the act of looking at yourself.

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