At Portals of Perception we enjoy exploring what is emerging on the frontiers of human awareness and experience to discover new pathways into expanding consciousness and a brighter future. In this conversation we take a deeper look at the experience of ‘searing moments’ – the profoundly meaningful moments, positive or perhaps traumatic and painful, that may still be influencing our behavior and attitudes and how we engage with life.

Even with searing moments from early in life, we can decide and choose how we think about and write the experience into ourselves. We call it the practice of searing moments: continually unfolding their meaning to a point where we rewrite and update their significance. It’s the idea that we can, in our meditative and contemplative practices, access the experience and its energetic 

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content, and actually change and update its script in ourselves; it’s not something that happened in the past.

The practice of searing moments also has a profound philosophical and theological dimension central to the journey of each human endeavoring to become a self-chosen and self-authored life. What is emerging is that humans are now in the early stages of graduating to a new phase of evolution, where we are summoned or activated into Homo universalis to begin releasing the universal potential of human life and all that it means.

I imagine those who are listening may also be reflecting on key instances of a transformative nature, be they painful or inspirational. What I'm drawn to then is the updating or rewriting; it's like the reinterpretation that becomes available with perspective, and hindsight, and additional life experience in service to unfolding the universal potential of human life… So it does seem like we're on the cusp of something there and I'd love to have an additional tool in the toolkit for the work of Homo universalis.

Jeff Vander Clute

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.