I've got about 30 hours into my instrument training, and feeling pretty good about things. I've been hand-flying everything in a C172 and C182. Then Saturday I flew as safety-pilot for a local guy with a Centurion. Beautiful plane. Panel had an old KLN-89 GPS, King digital radios, and 2-axis autopilot. As we shot 3 approaches, completely hands-free (with the autopilot), my eyes were opened! I couldn't believe how much lower the stress/workload was! Need to write down hold instructions: no problem. Adjust for wind: no problem. Basically, all he needed to do was manage his power settings. I understand the value of learning to hand-fly all this, but I completely see the value of reducing workload with an autopilot!!! I'm sure you guys all knew this, but never actually having seen it in use in IFR, it was an eye-opener for me!