The goal is to reach that Integral Lens, which can bring us a greater sense of awareness and connection to the larger whole. Once we achieve it, we realize that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
One example is the process of putting a picture puzzle together. We can see each piece individually, but when we’ve placed all the pieces together correctly, a whole new picture emerges. Baking a cake is another illustration. We add together flour, eggs, baking soda, water, and heat, and the result looks quite different from the ingredients that went into it.
When we can “see” through all the different lenses, we get a kaleidoscope-view of the whole picture that calls for new paradigms for living and working together.