Why We Must Be Down To Earth In The Age Of Social Media…

Why We Must Be Down To Earth In The Age Of Social Media

“We are present only when we are grounded.”

We are not taught how to have the greatest experience of life, or even how to optimally live. We are conditioned through the institutions of education, entertainment, genetics, politics, religion and society. Engagement in social reality overshadows the empowerment of the universe. Spirituality, intuition, enlightened emotion and intelligence are all extracurricular activities, chosen by the few yet abandoned by the many.

Within the egocentric, social parameters of accumulation, achievement, advancement, security, and status, all things universal are forsaken, even our very souls. All of us have infinite opportunities throughout the course of our lives to create our unique path. When the direction of our course in life drifts one degree from its center, we eventually find ourselves arriving many miles removed from our intended destination. This is when social reality hacks our experience.

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The bane of banality

For those who have read the articles I post, it is evident I am not a fan of social reality. I am mainly inspired by creativity, community, consciousness, empowerment, evolution, imagination, multidimensionality, and transformation. In my observation, these are the foundations of universal experience. I choose my words wisely when representing the universality I aspire to embody. However, they pale in comparison to the essence I attempt to articulate.

It is not just the phrases and terms assembled to express what it is I experience. It is the energy between the lines that encourage diverse levels of understanding. One that has taken me decades of personal evolution, observation, and transformation. I do not perceive myself as “enlightened.” When we interpret ourselves in this light, we often wager our vision, intention, purpose, and destiny for artificial power, recognition, self-righteousness, significance, and vanity.

Binary being

Transposing the universal into the terrestrial for the sake of application, manifestation, and transformation is my intention in translating the omnidimensional into the literal. This is my purpose. It is evident we live in a three-dimensional construct, existing as two-dimensional beings. What does this mean? Our reality is a domain with three dimensions, length, width, and depth. This is how animate and inanimate objects appear to us as “real.”

As human beings, we experience our lives through two dimensions of interpretation, our instincts, and intellect. Yes, we all have emotions, and occasionally we have intuitive epiphanies and insights. However, our mind and body hold the reigns of our being. As we experience our lives through these filters, we are enslaved into duality. Therefore, conflict and division rage between us. Yet, the battle and distance within us is far more hostile and vast.

Eye of the beholder

Our experiences are defined by our perceptions. However simplistic this may seem; we make it more complex. Our perspective often lacks three essentials: discernment, evolution, and observation. When we observe our experience, it is an expression of consciousness. When we practice distinction, we create a transcendent vision, progression, and understanding. This elevates our perception and empowers the evolution of our being.

These practices cultivate our transformation. However, experience is greater than perception. Our perspective is simply a filter. Our senses have been socially distorted, highjacked, and manipulated for the purpose of diversion, preoccupation, and oppression. The triviality of society is in stark contrast to the embodiment of our soul. It is the social beast we feed with our fear and engagement. If this is not evident in current events, then we are in conflict, denial or oblivion.

“Evading our soul is a crime against humanity.”

Know thyself

We exist in the vacuum of a virtual reality transpiring as a tragic fantasy. We are more engaged in interacting superficially in our relations with others, we have neglected our relativity with ourselves. Most of us don’t even know ourselves. Who we believe ourselves to be is almost entirely dependent on how we are perceived by others. Our inner criticism, judgment and reticence traumatize us to the point of non-existence.

We are shadows of who we are destined to be. The truth is, we are the cause of our unfulfilled experiences. Our obsession with amusement, distraction, and information is our avoidance of being present to our personal dilemmas and social crises. Whether it is our career, family, politics, religion, or social life, we often evade authentic belonging to sustain artificial, conditional relations. This is most evident in how we conceal and defend our personal deficiencies.

Up on the downstroke

We are all now challenged in ways we have never experienced. We have been driven well beyond the boundaries of our conditioned tolerance. Most of us are overwhelmed with despair, depression, isolation and sadness. It is one thing to be aware of the impacts these social elements impose. It is another matter entirely to observe their effects, focus our attention, shift our intention and expression and transform our experience.

We must transition from programmed causality to create something new amidst the antiquated patterns of our personal captivity. The common design of reality is one of enslavement, no matter what the nature of our engagement. In essence, we are anesthetized, desensitized, and traumatized into the quandary of human existence, it is as water to the fish. In essence, we are unable to see the personal prison to which we sentence ourselves. Our social conditioning has condemned us to a life of death.

Circle of life

We tend to believe the burden of personal and social transformation is solely on our shoulders. Yet, the more we stand to hold a space for others to evolve and transcend, the greater energy we generate to empower the circle of life. Breaking the chains of our conditions, entitlement, expectations, judgment, insecurities, and self-righteousness inspires the awareness and freedom necessary to manifest our personal and mutual destiny.

We are all related. What happens to one of us impacts all. Not being our true self inhibits our unique expression. Our greatest opportunity is to create, empower and transform how experience exists for all. This shifts our social inclination from personal greed to community need. Understanding and practicing acceptance, empathy, encouragement, listening, and sponsorship is our collective rite of passage. It is a declaration of our commitment to make a difference.

Ground zero

However spiritual we perceive ourselves to be, it is futile unless we apply, express, intend and manifest it into our experience. As impossible as it may seem to transform reality with our chosen practice, the fullest expression of its empowerment is best established collectively. Personally, I challenge the objectives of all who proclaim, wield, and weaponize their spirituality in the wake of our present global circumstances.

As difficult as it may seem to be intimate with our personal and social encounters, grounding ourselves into our experience is the only way we will transform. Beyond the fantasies we invent to escape the harsh reality in which we exist is our opportunity to inspire universality for all. Our observation, focus, balance, and intention empower our potential to relate with others and ourselves. The experience becomes wisdom when we bring the universe down to earth.

“Experience is the gravity of grounded existence.”


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Iam Saums


Iam Saums is an author of articles on community, consciousness, creativity, music and transformation. He has been featured on numerous…

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