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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bali braces for classic bike invasion

Trisha Sertori, Contributor, The Jakarta Post, Denpasar

More than 1,000 classic motorbikes from across the nation Saturday will roar into Denpasar to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Association for Old Motor Bikes (HMT).

The bikers are currently en route for the two-day celebration, riding from Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Sumatra, Java and Lombok astride motorbikes dating back almost 100 years.

"The oldest bike in the association is a 1916 JAP and it still runs like new. The newest are from 1961," an HMT member and prime mover behind the national event, Komang Wisnaya, said.

Visitors to the mega motorbike event, hosted by HTM's Bali chapter in East Parking, will see classics from Norton, Triumph, Royal Enfield, B.S.A, AJS and the German Zundab, along with old Harley-Davidson "dream bikes" -- all in mint condition.

Denpasar will come alive to the grunts and growls of the big bikes as they tour the city, passing Saturday morning shoppers and re-living the "Rebel Without a Cause" dream.

This image is actually way off the mark, Wisnaya said. Biker associations around the world are known for their regular "charity runs" and the Bali HTM Chapter is no exception.

Last year the association traveled the length and breadth of Bali, bearing gifts of money, food and clothing to numerous orphanages across the island.

Wisnaya said HTM was formed in 1989 when a few classic bike enthusiasts joined to discuss ways to find new areas. At that time there were old bike owners across the country but they did not have an association to link them together.

"It was felt by becoming a community we could pool our resources and information. If someone needs a rare spare part we can look through the association or use our overseas contacts," Wisnaya said.

Better access to spare parts keeps these magnificent bikes on the road, Wisnaya said. Many are found in pieces and must be rebuilt from the ground up.

"It takes around six months to rebuild a bike. After that they never have mechanical problems. They run like new."

The bikes are almost revered like religious icons, being ridden only a few times a year on association bike tours.

"Before we tour the bikes are first washed and polished, and when we return they are cleaned and covered up until next time," he said.

When he first became interested in bikes at 17, Wisnaya's father was not impressed at his choice of hobby.

"My Dad used to have a problem with old bikes because he thought if I got into motorbikes, I'd get into drugs and alcohol. He now understands it's a great hobby. When I go for a ride with the HTM community, all my problems disappear," Wisnaya said.

The community spirit will emerge in the weekend program, with dangdut, games, bike contests, Negara Jegog bamboo ensemble, biker clothing and accessories and a door prize "that will knock your socks off".

"Bali HTM has a classic DKW 500 cc motorbike for one very lucky winner. Tickets for the competition cost Rp 25,000 (US$2.50) each but entry to the event is free," Wisnaya said.

The Bali HTM chapter has raised funds for the event independently with assistance from Penzoil.

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