Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (1 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Article Stats   34 comments

Life Arts

What does bottom up mind have to do with you personally?

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H1 5/8/09

Become a Fan
  (286 fans)
I'm working on a book on bottom up-- the bottom up mind, the bottom up revolution and way of seeing and doing. To write a bottom up book, you pretty much have to get other people involved, in a bottom up sort of way, so periodically, I'll be posting articles and polls asking you, my readers, to pipe in with your two bottom-up cents worth.

Bottom Up, please
image from flickr by by martapiqs


So... how does using a bottom up mind, seeing with bottom up eyes, engaging in work and projects and relationships have to do with you personally? That's my question. That's why I'm writing this book, because I believe that if you have "bottom up consciousness" you will more intentionally both tap the power of bottom up to make a difference in the world AND your life and you will challenge the top down systems and structures in place that are destructive or less than optimal at all levels of society and personally.

We're all part of the that great bottom, so we can all play a role in joining together to take UP the power, the change, the progress, the achievement that comes from tapping the raw, waiting to be utilized power of bottom up.

So many people fail to realize there are countless groups and organizations just waiting enthusiastically to hear from them, to welcome them to help in making a difference. I'm talking about YOU.

Families have both top down AND bottom up aspects. Sure, the parents are, theoretically in charge, but families support each other and take care of each other and that often means seriously considering and taking care of the needs of all members-- even the most difficult children.

I was preparing my breakfast, while talking on the phone this morning. My friend asked what I was having. I replied, "Wheat Checks and All Bran, with dried cranberries and sliced grapes," I replied. She pointed out that this is not doing things the way the big corporations dictate, that I was doing breakfast my own way. Buying packaged food, preparing it as specified, even buying whole meals prepared to be nuked in the microwave-- that's embracing the top-down programming the big corporations have devised for you. Yes, it can be time-saving. But think about what it does for the environment-- all the packaging. I could do better. I could buy in bulk, but being the only one in my house who eats that way (my kid eats exactly as the corporations have programmed it has seemed inefficient to buy and store bulk-- though, upon writing this, I'm going to take a second look.



How many ways do you allow yourself to just fall into the ruts that top-down operators-- corporations, churches, schools, government, organizations, old habits-- that have programmed you. You DO have other, older programming that is bottom up. You CAN liberate yourself to re-connect with that programming, those reflexes. You don't have to do it alone either. There are a lot of people out there who have already made the choice and started along the bottom-up path, which, BTW, can still take you to the top of the mountain.

So how do you discover the ways you, or orgs you belong to, or your city, state, company or nation are riding in top-down ruts, reacting with top-down reflexes? How can you become aware of these patterns so you can free yourself. I'm going to be lazy on this one and put it to my readers, for starters, to see what they come up with. That's a bottom up way to deal with a question. To digress, there are thousands of blogs, community blog sites, bulletin boards where YOU can go and post questions and get help. That's the bottom-up way to get answers, insight, wake up calls. it's there, now, for you to use.

Now, if you think you are not living within a top-down world, reacting to top-down unseen controls and stimuli that directly affect your life, you really have to check out this BRILLIANT short video with a scene starring Meryl streep.

Please respond with a comment below.

 

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. 

Rob Kall Wikipedia Page

Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

A Conspiracy Conspiracy Theory

Terrifying Video: "I Don't Need a Warrant, Ma'am, Under Federal Law"

Cindy Sheehan Bugged in Denver

Ray McGovern Discusses Brutal Arrest at Secretary Clinton's Internet Freedom Speech

Libertarian Legacy? Ron Paul's Campaign Manager, 49, Dies Uninsured, Of Pneumonia, Leaving family $400,000 Debt

Interview: McCain Fellow Hanoi Hilton POW & Naval Academy Dorm-mate; Why He Won't Vote For McCain

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
21 people are discussing this page, with 34 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

...or so, certain people thought I was "da sh... by Jennifer Hathaway on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:08:53 PM
By the way, "bottom-up" and "top-do... by Jennifer Hathaway on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:48:17 PM
it reads NOTE... by TRADESMAN on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 8:07:15 PM
I came back on line a little over three years ago ... by Kyle Griffith on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 4:09:19 PM
...will wu wei more toward the question.  or ... by waldopaper on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 4:44:00 PM
Bottom-up thinking is all there really is, though ... by Daniel Geery on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 6:14:05 PM
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd3zZa5xGgM... by Nemo on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 6:26:01 PM
I al... by Theresa Paulfranz on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 7:19:24 PM
jesus's teachings [whether you believe or not]... by TRADESMAN on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 7:50:36 PM
I "Dropped out" of the ratrace in the la... by Bia Winter on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 9:21:16 AM
...if you think in terms of "bottom-up,"... by waldopaper on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9:23:16 PM
I had Wheat chex, cranraisins, grapes banana's... by Patrick Lafferty on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9:24:18 PM
...right on- amen. Weight is shifting from the co... by waldopaper on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9:44:04 PM
I think you are right on the money. Imagine an edu... by Mark Watterson on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 10:26:24 PM
"...Imagine an education program that teaches... by Jennifer Hathaway on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 11:06:33 PM
Did you ever think you'd come to see the glaring f... by Patrick Lafferty on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 12:50:43 PM
We need more than the "nukular" family, ... by Jennifer Hathaway on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2:31:41 PM
consider this to be a strange world.  I have ... by shadow dancer on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 10:32:56 PM
It's not the world that's gone mad, it'... by Dave Kisor on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 4:20:55 PM
People still eat that crap? ALL cereals prepackage... by Cinderfella on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 12:18:14 AM
You are so right about those cereals. There are a... by Colleen De Koning on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 3:11:31 AM
while experiencing "Trickle Down", more like pisse... by Stanimal on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 3:16:54 AM
The width of the circle has no top no bottom, only... by William Whitten on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 1:40:10 PM
I really do support what I perceive as t... by Herb Ruhs on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 2:34:03 PM
"...The urge of the privileged to analyze and... by Jennifer Hathaway on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 3:46:00 PM
What America throws away daily could easily suppor... by Dave Kisor on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 4:02:30 PM
For years I have had the dream of living on 50 to ... by Simple Truth on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 4:29:50 PM
     Certainly the net has bee... by mary sunshine on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 4:54:58 PM
"As for expanding the circle, William, that h... by William Whitten on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 9:15:38 PM
Although you didn't use the word, Rob, self-re... by Kitty Antonik Wakfer on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 7:06:54 PM
It should read "Self-Responsibility - a neces... by Kitty Antonik Wakfer on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 9:18:05 PM
I have an completely different mental image for "b... by William Whitten on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 10:56:28 PM
and having principles... and the stubbornness and ... by bucketslogg on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 1:32:19 AM
  PROGRESSIVE POLITICSProgressive, progress; ... by William Whitten on Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 5:00:00 PM