I see chronic hypnosis in daily life. Whatever manages to pierce it is usually craved. It was for me.
I recall a third eye experience while walking through a mall near christmas one year, when I could see the filters people project from within their sleeping state and how they overlayed everything perceived. It was like seeing the dust covering citta, only the dust wasn't dust, in my vision is was like a cylinder around folks, a screen of projection that overlayed anything perceived with personal projection. If I didn't pass into that cylinder, I remained invisilbe to them. If I did pierce the cylinder, they would react to me... but not to me personally, they would react to the filter that overlayed, or projected onto me like a film projector.
I lived in hypnosis and trance for decades myself and looking back, it took quite a jolt to cut through it. Many of my former pursuits were eventually revealed not to bring awakening but to further fuel greater trance. When awakening began, only then did I begin to sense the depth of my former sleep.
Thankfully, waves rise to the point they can no longer sustain themselves, so with enough time spent in hypnosis, sleeping in a walking trance, I seem to have reached a saturation point and perhaps this was the catalyst to awaken (in spite of the desire to continue that coccoon of dampening trancelike hypnotic wading through life).
I think those peak experiences early on, are craved and interpreted as progress as they pierce the perpetual trance hypnosis palpably and that is a possible reason folks feel those are the only experiences that bring progress.
Time will tell. Keep walking a path and it will eventually reveal source, even if that is at the point of death.
As to the Sheriff mentality... I'm over it. Self appointed Sheriffs policing threads, jumping on newbies and telling them what and how to practice. Crapping on anything unfamiliar, or non-lineage... browbeating and fear mongering exploration. I get they operate, thinking they are protecting folks, but it feels more like they are assuaging their own fears and projecting them and then fighting their own projections by berating folks.