Yes.Onceler said: I just find it a little dull, to be honest. The endless NDE accounts, it kind of reminds me of the epiphanies of recovery literature writ large. By contrast, this life is interesting, absorbing, poignant, dazzling, challenging, multifaceted, sweet. It deepens with age and provides endless moments of joy and sorrow, pain and discovery. If I listen and watch closely I can usually detect the subtle drifts in energy and influence, like reading a river from a kayak, and this, and my heart, are guidance enough. I just keep getting distracted from the Grand Mystery by the exquisite ordinariness of this humble life.
Any one else feel this way?
I think your account is reflective of John Sherman's thinking, which I both agree with and diverge from.
John Sherman's technique is effective and at least for me, a critical step. In my experience, the main instruments of awakening are self-observation and self-honesty. John Sherman's technique is a specific kind of self-observation.
Sherman likes to say that this is all that is needed (Everyone likes to say their thing is the only thing). I agree that the dissolution of the basic fear of life is pretty big. For me, it turned my awakening from frantic-urgent to joyful-creative. And so I agree that it's pretty good--it brings about the abiding experience of curiosity, inquisitiveness, the settling of the mind, the seeing of the larger patterns of life, oneness with the human experience. And it seems to be on-going; even after several years, there are still times that I am surprised by something which pops up in the mind which can be seen and dissolved.
And so I agree with Sherman and you that this is pretty good. But giving some consderation to what Sherman really says, that once you've done the looking, you live your life as a human being, I say that living my life as human being includes going further. This is where I both agree and diverge from Sherman. This is pretty good and I am enjoying it, and I am now free to pursue any endeavor I want, and I choose to go further. There is further to go.
There is more to explore. I'm not given to explore NDE or law of attraction or stuff like that. (I tried and couldn't get interested). I am interested generally in the exploration of consciousness. Is physical reality physical? (It isn't). What is the nature of consciousness and how far does it go and how does the realization of the nature of consciousness affect my human beingness? These are not questions of spirituality. These are questions of actual, real life. For me.