This spoken-word poem "Look Up" speaks to people very deeply. It expresses the disconnection that so many individuals are feeling in our 'smart phone' age. More importantly, it expresses the collective angst we are feeling as a civilization at the Reflection-Based Terrain (Diamond).
Diamond is a Terrain of innovation, invention, imagination, of progress and creativity. As a result, our Diamond Western World has spawned great technological advances. Yet it is ultimately a world that creates vast disconnection, because it is a world experienced in the mind.
A culture at Diamond is a mind-based culture, where each person constructs their own mental identity, and projects that construction out to the world to have it reflected back en masse. It is an outer-directed culture, where we distract ourselves with mental stimulation to keep us from looking inwards. It is a lonely culture, with its strong emphasis on individual success and personal uniqueness, at the expense of community and connectedness.
As a collective, we in the Western World are not yet on the move to the Connection-Based Terrain (Circle); we are still firm ensconced at Diamond. Yet there are lone voices starting to speak out from Circle, reminding us that there is much more to life than technology, image and identity. There is the world of the heart, of deep human connection. It awaits us as a species.
We in the Diamond Western World feel incredibly sophisticated, sitting in our technological towers, micromanaging the world with our computers. However, once our civilization eventually makes the enormous jump to Circle, we will look back on this era of living in the mind as a very primitive one.
It takes poems such as this to jolt us awake and remind us that there is more to life than our smart phones, our number of 'friends' on Facebook, our career successes and our bank balance. There is the preciousness of a single moment of looking into someone else's eyes and experiencing Oneness.
This preciousness awaits us. It will be experienced on a daily basis once we make the collective jump to Circle. Then connectedness will become the norm, and disconnection will be a distant memory.
Yet we can only be where we are. Evolution cannot be rushed. And right now, as a collective culture, we are at Diamond. So let's experience disconnection to the fullest while we are here, trusting that eventually we will shift back to connection, before all is lost. For life always heals itself back to Unity.
In the meantime, every now and then, put down your phone and just breathe. Turn off your computer and take a moment just to BE. Feel the wind on your skin, the air in your lungs. Connect with your Self. Then turn to the person next to you and look into their eyes. Really BE with them. Connect with them, just for a moment. By connecting with another, you are connecting with Everything.
Treasure every single moment of connection, both with yourself and with others. They are few and far between in our Diamond world.
By Tahnee Woolf, co-creator of the Ten Terrains Of Consciousness.