Going Beyond Every Teaching
Going Beyond Every Teaching

Aviv Shahar with Jeff Vander Clute and Grace Boda

June 22, 2023

What is the real value and power of perhaps the most common advice we hear on a development journey, and generally in our lives — to know thyself? Why is self-awareness so core in the pursuit of purpose and meaning? Then once we answer why, what about how

The process of self-inquiry or self-appraisal is one of the most powerful tools we have on a journey of refinement, connection and transformation. It’s how we sense and recognize the invisible shape of our inner awareness and consciousness.

Through self-appraisal we integrate new perceptions and knowledge, which adds potency to our core conductivity, rewires our inner technology, and brings online new capacity for higher intelligence and meaning. Self-inquiry can update and elevate the purposeful journey to more fully express the emerging wave of new universal possibility.

In this conversation, Aviv Shahar is joined by two longtime Portals friends who embody an openness and ongoing self-inquiry. Jeff Vander Clute is a consultant and author of three recent books, including Beyond Every Teaching, a collection of transformative spiritual transmissions; Grace Boda is teacher, consultant and executive coach. 

The three share their inquiries and insights, and several brief transmission excerpts (in quotation marks) from Beyond Every Teaching:

  • Our fear of power does more damage than power itself; it's our fear that is problematic. Use power in the right way, an aligned way, which is life expressing itself, then we can't go wrong.
  • These are not simply definitions in the sense of understanding what a word means, but invitations into a deeper network, like mycelium in a rainforest; it's all interconnected.
  • “The inner power of enlightenment is a hungry flame that burns every fictional identity to the ground and reduces to ashes all impulses to be someone or be something.”
  • “Paths out of ego, even if well-trodden and sincerely recommended, tend to reinforce the fundamental idea of what is not really there. Every system of belief that involves the ego is a game of chance that cannot be won.”
  • “Drop the pretense and observe well all that unravels and falls away. Accept upset and welcome the disruption that is the last gasp of the false, upend apple carts and topple the tables of the ego's commerce.”
  • “Enlightenment is subtle, silent, and all-powerful. Enlightenment is readily recognized as a curious mastery of doing by non-doing and an effortlessness that accomplishes all.”

As you will see in the recording, the writings from Jeff are carefully and creatively formatted on the book's pages, which is part of the transmission experience.

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True inquiry, or the self-inquiry appraisal process, is a form of self-update where we allow ourselves to be rewired and transformed in the interior cosmology that we recognize as the invisible shape of our awareness and consciousness. As we integrate new awareness, new sentiments, new perceptions, and new realizations, the interior shape of our awareness space quivers and re-architects itself.

Aviv Shahar

Jeff Vander Clute

Jeff Vander Clute

Jeff Vander Clute coaches and consults, teaches, writes, and leads travel journeys.

He is a co-founder of Sourcing The Way, Enlightening Journeys and Expeditions, and The Consciousness of Money.

Jeff is also a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle and he serves on the board of directors for Alliance for the Earth and Source of Synergy Foundation (previous chair).

Visit: Beyond Every Teaching

Grace Boda

Grace Boda

Grace is an executive coach and transformational guide working at the leading edge of consciousness. She guides leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives and others to work with the full creative power of awakened Presence.

Grace holds advanced degrees in public policy and physical therapy (neuroscience specialty), is a certified executive and systems coach and professional mediator, and has advanced training in energy work, subtle perception, and the development of consciousness.

Visit: Grace Boda


Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.

Visit: Aviv Consulting