I was speaking with friends recently, trying to understand what was happening in the relationship between the three of us. There was clearly something stuck. What was going wrong? We were three good friends who have a lot in common. We have known each other for many years.

When it came to my turn to address what was up, I was surprised at what poured through my mind and through my words. Not seeing clearly? Find a new lens! The following ideas streamed through consciousness into the room.


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There are three lenses through which to see the world. They are all relevant to a human life.


The first lens is the personal. This lens focuses on your own immediate human experience—how you think and feel, how people and events are affecting you, and what is happening in your physical body. For obvious reasons, this is an important lens. After all, you could starve or find yourself homeless if you didn’t look through this lens.

There are less obvious results that come from failing to look through the personal lens. You might not notice that you are working too hard, or that you have a building resentment about something, if you didn’t look through this lens. You might notice that you are being triggered by a particular person for a mostly illogical reason, or that you are emotionally exhausted. If you didn’t look through the personal lens, you wouldn’t have the information necessary to do something about any of these issues.


The second lens is relationship. It is the lens that brings into view the experience of another person. What are they thinking? Both the stated and unstated parts. What are they feeling? How are they doing? What do they need from me?

The second lens makes us aware of the personal as it relates to someone else. It is hard to establish positive work relationships or positive love relationships if you fail to look through the relationship lens. You might end up being socially inappropriate and out of sync as you work or play with another person. As a result, the people around you may withdraw, or show aggression that might seem to come from out of the blue to the person who is not using the lens of relationship.


Creative Context

The third lens is creative context. This lens lets us see and understand the creative factors related to the sphere in which we are working. It contains a view of the immediate world in which we are living and creating—the place, the people, the projects, and the basic elements of creation that are present.

The immediate creative context could include such things as the purpose that brought you together with other people. It could include the creative concept for a project, the support you are receiving from others, the financial flow, and the cultural climate in which you are operating. If the creative context is building a house, it includes the blueprint and the construction skills that are at play. If the creative context is a legal practice, it includes the law of the land.

Beyond the immediate elements of the creative context, there are ever-widening circles of context for anyone’s life. There is the context of the town or city, the nation, and then the global context. There is a stellar context, some of which is articulated through astrology. And then there is a spiritual context. This is more than a person’s relationship with a particular religion or spiritual path. It is the actual relationship with the invisible source of life, and from the invisible source of wisdom that is available from within us.




What are the implications of all this? We need all three of these lenses to live a creative life. All three lenses are needed to be a conscious human being.

Many people have only a fuzzy, partial view of the personal lens, and not much more. They are not even aware of their own feelings, and they become unconscious about what their physical body is telling them.

Others become obsessed with what they are seeing through their personal lens. For these people, It’s all about me! The awareness of the personal obliterates awareness of the other person in a relationship. And it obliterates awareness of the creative context in which the person is living.

It is a rare person who is not only self aware—seeing clearly through the personal lens—but also aware of what they see through the relationship lens and the lens that lets them see their unique creative context. This person is moving into mastery. They are becoming a creator in the spheres within which they move.

If you are like most people on Planet Earth, you are struggling through these issues in the living of your life. You are seeking mastery in the middle of the muddle that is the current reality of the global culture. When we are wandering, trying to find the answer, we can create a bad experience. Most of us human beings have plenty of bad experience in our past. What do we do about that?

Have you ever noticed that the bad experiences in our memory of the past are transformed by a positive experience we have in the present? If we are simply repeating the bad experience in the present, all the feelings of discouragement, regret and shame that arise out of the memory are confirmed. If we are having a new experience in the present, seeing clearly through these three lenses, then the memories are transformed—or nullified. They are caused to be inconsequential because they are dwarfed by the monumental experience we are having now. The past is then transformed by the creativity of the present. And the future is then liberated. Our future is no longer based on the bad experience of the past. It is born out of the creative experience we are having now.

This creative experience is only available to a person when they see what is available to be seen through these three lenses: the personal lens, the relationship lens, and the lens that shows the creative context, which is the stage upon which the creative drama of our lives is taking place.

Not seeing clearly? Find a new lens.


-David Karchere

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atom Terpening
atom Terpening
October 7, 2016 9:28 am

Thank you David for your clear insights. Pondering the word ‘insight’ what comes to my attention is that these lenses are not pointing out so much as further in. Yes we use our eyes to see but that is not what is at play in understanding…our sense triggers emotions and thoughts so the personal lens of which you refer has to be able to focus there first. Thanks for reminding me that a deeper understanding of the dynamics of relationship with the immediate and greater world is found in deeper and deeper insights.

Margaret Coles
Margaret Coles
October 7, 2016 10:49 am

Hello David, and all, so many times, particularly recently, I have read words, heard conversations and been involved in the conversations of others that enfold a lot of what you have shared with us today. Now as I write this, I note the tiny words above”Every Cross is a Birth” This is so true as I witness trauma within a section of family, a learning curve for all of us. This statement holds up an insight given to me in regard to this play on our particular stage, but of course as it manifest’s it spreads and affects many more. If only we appreciated how much we affect each other. As always, much love. Margaret.

October 7, 2016 7:30 pm

Hello David, I just read your blog on new lenses. Several years ago I wrote a similar blog about the need for new eyes ( sort of the same train of thought). Howeber, what I have taken away from yours is that while I do operate in all three areas the missing element ( for me at least) is a lack of congruence in all three. This is what I am working on presently. I am proud of the success I’ve made so far but not ignorant of the fact I have more work to do. I want a different outcome for my life, and at this stage I’m willing to do whatever I must.thanks for sharing, if nothing else this information will be a continued resource for me, a type of checks and balances. Thanks.

– Jacii

Linda Moore
Linda Moore
October 7, 2016 9:47 pm

Beautifully spoken., David, as we live.

The physical lens of personal circumstance of surround of personal world is always present..we all have this to view through this lens. The personal lens is a matter of responsibility of caring of personal world that is unique of ones’ life.of all that brings us into NOW.

Relationship lens, a matter of heart. What do I see reflected. Don’t like it means change me. Can’t change any relationship in looking outward.. Right relationship comes from within. A vital lens in viewing me in relationship. of Me.. Don’t like what you see? Change my perspective.

Creative implications come through the lens where all is seen through focus, naturally, telescopically through each lens into broad scope lens , where we live within the personal lens, relationship lens and is all inclusive of living being.of creative implications.

Creative Implications are vast, and possible in a broad, telescopic vow through the lens of being.

Moving forward changing aperature to focus to a clear view only requires seeing through the lens to implication of the broad view !

October 8, 2016 3:16 am

well put David

Kari Bye
Kari Bye
October 8, 2016 1:09 pm

Thank you for being in my creative context, always contributing to increased clarity!

Michel Vaillancourt
Michel Vaillancourt
October 8, 2016 5:25 pm

Dear David
What a beautiful metaphor you created by using the three lenses, making people conscious that to see the world through these lenses demand responsibility, truth and love for what God created for humanity.A wonderful mission to bring to fruition our self-identity, offering truth, compassion, tolerance to our world.We are indeed privileged to be in such a position offering the best with the attitude that we are on the learning path, experiencing what God has in store for us, creating under His supervision. Thank you for these numerous gens of wisdom you share with us, revealing yet a new facette of your creator being.
One with You, Michel

Brianna Yakovee
Brianna Yakovee
October 9, 2016 3:47 pm

Great article! Where’s the share button for this article? I want to share it! I particularly like the thought of transforming memories into positive experiences by being present and clear.

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