I do agree entirely with your sentiments, my friend. However, everybody has got a different story to tell when they get knee-deep into this; everybody's path to The Emerald City varies. So, I can only speak about my own life experience and from my own perspective.
When I first got into this, about 8 years ago, the game was all about indirect and Mystery Method. As a result, like many other people, I memorized dozens of lines and routines and went indirect and under the radar. However, this proved unsuccessful because, not only did all these lines, routines and theories keep me imprisoned in my head, in addition, underneath it all as a man, I was everything that was unattractive to a woman: try-hard, insecure, desperate and eager to please. This was the veneer of game that I was referring to.
However, when I graduated - as men automatically do, to a more direct style thru exposure to the guys from RSD, Sasha, the fellows on here etc., things improved...but only SLIGHTLY. Direct game is a lot more simpler, cleaner and sexy, and so I WAS able to throw away 90% of the indirect stuff that had been clogging up my mind. However, even with direct game there are still important things to remember which still forces you to go into your head at times, preventing you from being sharp, present and completely in the moment.
Having said that, although the direct route felt more simpler and more congruent to the person I am, there was still a lot of unattractive aspects of my personality bubbling away under the surface.
However, the change came only recently. In the course of learning pick-up, people will come across the name, Eckhart Tolle and his teachings. Some people like him, others don't. However, it was the teachings and ideas of a guy called, Adyashanti that really opened my eyes. I won't go into what he has to say - that's your job.
As a result though, my understanding of you, me, life and the universe blasted through me like an electric shock and produced a feeling of such calmness and positivity that I had never experienced the like of before. That feeling has now transcended into how I interact with women: I talk slower, I move slower, my eye contact is steady and unflinching, my head is full on no-thinking, I do nothing, and girls - young enough to be my daughters, regularly eye-ball me and smile at me as we pass each other on the street.
It's all good, but it has taken me YEARS to get to this point in my life.
On a side-issue, chaps, checkout, 'The Secret' by Rhonda Byrne.
Here to help, yours respectfully,