WARNING: This blog might ruffle your cyberfeathers. It’s not aimed at any one person (living or dead), or at any one situation. It’s a very general call to action for us all to take responsibility for the energy we put out into the universe – with particular emphasis on social media. If it moves you to the point of wanting to say something, please do use the comment mechanism at the bottom of the blog… and let’s keep it constructive and clean, folks; I’d rather not have to use the delete button! 😀 Thank you.
HOW many fall outs happen because people post or read stuff on Facebook and feel hurt, vilified, angry or frustrated? And how many people use social media as an outlet for their feelings without considering the energy they’re effectively firing out into the universe?
To take that a step further, how much damage are we causing to our world by pouring all our anger, hurt and frustrations into a man-made machine designed to pick up our thoughts and spread them across the globe?
The trouble with social media is that it provides a platform for people to throw out all sorts of stuff without really thinking. It doesn’t feel real when it’s on Facebook because everything’s at a distance when we’re communicating through a screen. We can’t see or feel the reactions/responses of people at the other end of the line, and we can’t sense the subtle inflections in the words or read the body language being displayed. Comments and status updates don’t feel like real ‘currency’ & it’s too easy to spend. So much of our communication is lost when we’re not face to face…
Social media: a powerful tool for good
Before I go on, let me be clear… I am a big fan of social media. Used properly, I believe Facebook, Twitter et all can be powerful tools for good. Where it all falls down, as usual, is when mankind kneejerks into action, typing away and pressing that ‘send’ button faster than anyone could ask “what do you intend to achieve with this?”
Only this morning, I was talking to an online pal about ‘unkind’ Facebook comments and he said he’d explode without Facebook as an outlet for his (sometimes pretty strong) opinions. And that’s just it. Case in point. Just because something’s being said via a screen it doesn’t mean people don’t feel it – or misunderstand it. And if ‘enlightened’ people are using a worldwide platform to vent their anger at the world, how far and quickly is that energy pattern spreading and how much damage is it doing at an energetic level? The energy of anger doesn’t suddenly turn into flowers and butterflies when it leaves our physical form; it doesn’t just float out there to be reabsorbed by Mother Earth and transmuted into positivity.
A few weeks back, another friend was messaging me about the value of people exorcising their “demons” (their word, not mine) on Facebook. Well, using social media as a platform to talk about one’s own journey and discoveries is one thing, but it’s very easy for the runaway train to turn into one of hate, accusations and cyber bullying, isn’t it? Or, at least, to be perceived that way. And where do we draw the line? I asked him how he might feel if we changed the platform. What if we encouraged people to release their inner “demons” in shopping centres or schools? And what if the weapon wasn’t a keyboard? Emotional woundings caused by social media updates (even if they’ve been misunderstood) can prove just as fatal to the soul as a physical wound to the flesh.
The point is, just because we might be operating in isolation, even miles away from the nearest physical presence when we grind our axes online, it doesn’t mean we aren’t capable of causing damage. What if we all took a few minutes to reflect before taking to the keyboard? What if we had to write our updates and then sit on them for 24 hours or more before we could make them live? What if we all sat with the things we read online for a little while, rather than submitting to a knee jerk reaction that person’s comment was aimed specifically at us, or designed to hurt us, or posted just to make a point about our way of life? Would things be different if we still had to write with a quill pen and then wait for a courier to turn up on horseback to deliver our messages?
It astounds me that so many defend posting all kinds of inflammatory/bitter/needling/angry/wounding updates online without stopping to think about the ripple effects. It feels so hopeless. So much anger and hatred spreading like a disease through the cyber veins of the world.
Maybe this is because my views differ from those of so many who see anger as a good, clean emotion. I don’t see it that way; so much of what my spirits teach me has to do with the way our emotions become distorted and about the damage caused by people throwing out anger. And it’s not about quashing it (which is horribly damaging in its own right), but more about being self-aware enough to recognise what’s going on and, perhaps, begin to work with the core issue before it distorts into something else. And when we do feel angry (and I think we all do – no matter how ‘enlightened’ we might feel ourselves to be), don’t we have a responsibility to deal with it and work through it rather than just firing it out into the universe and hoping it will disperse? Of course, this leads into a whole other topic about people’s reactions to your own updates being their issue, which is, perhaps, a whole different blog. It’s part of the same ripple though, isn’t it? We can only be responsible for our own actions and feelings, and part of that is taking responsibility for the energy we put out there – online or not.
If this blog achieves anything at all, I’m hoping it might just encourage you to think about the responsibility we all have to be mindful of our actions – not just within our tiny social bubbles (and they are all tiny in the scheme of things), but within the greater scheme of the universe and the energy we either support or pollute her with, not least when it comes to social media .
Until next time, walk in truth and beauty,
- What do you think? Have you been adversely affected by social media commentary? Have you used social media to successfully vent your own anger? Should we post away freely or consider our actions carefully first? What kind of energy do you feel we’re creating online on a global level? Leave us a comment below…