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There are top-down religions and bottom up religions and ways of thinking about matters of faith and god.



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Top down religions tend to tell people what to do, how to iive, using a god figure as ultimate authority, often with a high priest, pope, rabbi, head mullah, etc. as the ultimate authority. Most put their religion above all others and may have evangelism and conversion as a value-- God wants EVERYONE to believe this religion. 

Bottom up religions tend to come from the earth-- authority figures are humble, aim to empower people, help them find ways to connect and synergize with nature. 

There are some religions that are a mix of both. For example, some evangelical churches encourage grassroots prayer groups. 

Some religions, perhaps most, allow human weakness-- particularly the urge to power, greed, lust-- to corrupt some of the original teachings of the founders. 

I've written this hoping that commenters will flesh out specific examples of different top-down and bottom-up religions and practices. 

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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god should pray to people instead of people prayin... by David Swanson on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:31:31 PM
Regarding religion, ever since I can remember, I h... by Burl Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:59:25 PM
A religion that is both makes the most sense to me... by Sekhmetnakt Frost on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2:22:09 PM
Would love to hear more... by Rob Kall on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7:33:36 PM
The Kemetian belief system is (in brief) the relig... by Sekhmetnakt Frost on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:53:49 PM
I am familiar with the term "as above, so below."T... by E. J. N. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 9:39:19 PM
Spiritual hierarchy has nothing to do with a balla... by Sekhmetnakt Frost on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 12:03:48 AM
FYI: According to the early Gnostic Christians (wh... by E. J. N. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:39:57 PM
Qabalah whatever the spelling is found around the ... by Sekhmetnakt Frost on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 5:18:04 PM
all people of any and all faith are wrong cause I ... by Burl Hall on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:11:39 PM
click here There are several Kemetian schools of... by Sekhmetnakt Frost on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 12:17:08 AM
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spiritual numbers were rock n roll.  Let it B... by Burl Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 6:20:43 PM
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is one of my favorite koans.  I sometimes mus... by Burl Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 6:28:18 PM
"As for the best leaders, when their work is accom... by E. J. N. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:04:30 PM
I think what you said is right on the money.In my ... by E. J. N. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 5:07:58 PM
Bear in mind that Judaism (and most Eastern religi... by Jack Flanders on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7:23:41 PM
You probably know more about Aristotle than I do, ... by E. J. N. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 8:48:56 PM
I am sure you are correct on all points. Thank you... by Jack Flanders on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 9:13:30 PM
I agree that those who believe in the concept that... by E. J. N. on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:19:36 PM
"The Qur'an also makes it clear that Mohammed's mi... by Michael Dewey on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5:42:14 AM
For conversation's sake, E.J., in my humble opinio... by Burl Hall on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 4:10:54 AM
Burl, I agree with you about organized religion as... by E. J. N. on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:43:40 AM
Has anybody found the right words?  I think t... by Burl Hall on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 1:36:53 PM
"Does this mean we may play a role in what happens... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:18:18 PM
I hope I'm not sounding too heady with my response... by Burl Hall on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 5:13:01 AM
Fundamental to religion is the structure of sp... by Ed Lytwak on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 5:46:56 PM
lets go deeper for conversation's sake.  I ha... by Burl Hall on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 4:25:54 AM
First an observation, humans are so so hiera... by Ed Lytwak on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 9:30:51 AM
with what you say to a large degree.  I debat... by Burl Hall on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:03:11 PM
All are superstitious and mystical to some degree.... by Steven Kurtz on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7:04:46 PM
Lao-Tzu introduced the way of ... by Jody Walker on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 8:56:56 PM
Whether a religion is top-down or bottom-up concer... by K V Ramani on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:36:18 AM
Most religions, spiritual or anti-religious moveme... by anna kakol on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:03:43 PM
wide open to me, especially your last line.  ... by Burl Hall on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 2:14:30 PM
As a Living Unit Of The Least Of The Bottoms Up Ph... by Daniel Penisten on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 7:02:36 PM
According to many spiritualists, it takes thousand... by Peter Duveen on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 8:20:05 PM
Original and plagiat. Some should survive Toba cal... by Ethan Hollow on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:58:11 PM
A very shallow article. This simplistic top-down/b... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:01:21 AM
First, I did not suggest this was an article. It w... by Rob Kall on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:32:33 AM
And overall a great conversation from my perspecti... by Burl Hall on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11:50:14 PM
We have the Chiefs in place in local Churches.&nbs... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:46:59 AM