yes, the initial stages of the work become automatic like you don't have to think about digesting your food, but there is always the need for a certain modicum of effort or vigilance to stay awake. it is just that it is no longer expereinced as a struggle. true self-remembering cannot become a habit. within this field there are several deluded teachers who engage in intellectual gymnastics and do not appreciate how much real work is involved in awakening.
I have experienced the same with CBT to a certain extent - at some stage the brain seems to stop generating as many negative and upsetting thoughts, anxiety lifts as a result, and the mood improves. I found Katie Byron's method even more straightforward and easy to use and much more effective as a result.
when you say 'modicum of effort or vigilance to stay awake' are you referring to 'awake' as your participation in everyday life or effort to be 'awake' in the sense of awake to what katie refers to as reality. I assumed you meant the former as when you stated it 'is no longer expereinced as a struggle'. Im asking as I recently re-read this book and found that 'the work' was doing me just from reading te book rather than having to even write anything. I became quite high so much so that I didnt want to sleep until quite late at night. I wanted to sleep more so stopped doing it