Inquiry Practices

Aviv Shahar with Jeff Vander Clute

December 23, 2020

We paused on this idea of how the brain likes to complete things. So your brain sees, my brain sees, two data points and we complete the picture. That old example of somebody driving like crazy, and you say he's a jerk, but you don't know that he's urgently driving a friend to the emergency room. And it's not that he's cutting traffic, he's trying to save somebody. But we didn't see, we didn't have, that data point. And we paused again, on this reason, the evolutionary, the biological reason as to why the brain was wired with imperative that caused it to develop shortcuts, abbreviations, approximations, all in the idea of conserving energy.



Because the problem for the sapient arising was that this brain that we developed needed to consume a lot of energy. So it needed to develop its own algorithms that would provide it with shortcuts. Because of that, we bring to so much of our life the technology of shortcuts, thanks God. When it's otherwise, you'd never come out of your house because every simple act would require so much. And there would be nothing that was relegated to the automatic part of your system.

But when it comes to the developmental, and the spiritual, and the contemplative, and the inquiry life of your possibility, you want to be able to stay with open-ended questions, open ended inquiries. So you need to work against that brain reflex. 

In the age of ideology we found power grounded in answers. But now, in the age of emergence that we are experiencing, we know that all these ideologies never could work in this day and age because they are too simplistic. Which is why we must explore into the space of inquiries because we need to continually integrate, and encompass, greater complexity and greater search.

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).

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.


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