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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. …

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bandung's old trees pose dilemma, loved but feared by some residents

Yuli Tri Suwarni, The Jakarta Post, Bandung

Unpredictable weather has seen some Bandung residents no longer look at their city's ancient trees with fondness and appreciation -- but as threat to their life.

The reason was A recent accident that killed tax office employee Yusli Rasyidin.

He was hit by an aging tree as it crashed to the ground during storms late August -- and this horrid accident is still fresh in many resident's minds.

So the people of Bandung have pushed for city administration to cut down some of the old trees, especially those in an obviously fragile condition.

Purnama, a West Dago resident, said he was worried he too might one day see the same terrible fate as Yusli.

"It will be more dangerous when the rain comes," Purnama said.

"More trees might fall down."

Most of the city's older trees can still be found along streets in north Bandung, mainly in Jalan Sumatra, Cihampeulas, Dago, Imam Bonjol and Ganesha.

The accident which killed Yusli took place on a clear and sunny day, when there was no rain or any sign of a storm.

Head of Bandung city Park Office, Yogi Supardjo, said the tree had fallen because its roots had become too old to stabilize it -- but that they had not been able to detect the tree's state in time.

He said the tree's roots could also have been damaged by members of the public dumping chemical and household waste, including vinegar-filled food leftovers.

"We're still investigating the accident now," Yogi said.

But he said he would not make any rash moves to cut down all the city's old trees.

In fact, he said Bandung needed some 600,000 more trees to provide a stable oxygen supply for the city's residents -- as well as to provide a cooler atmosphere and shade.

Data from the Environment Monitoring Agency in West Java, said Bandung's temperature had increased by 3 degrees Celsius.

The city's temperature once reached 30 degrees Celsius at most but was now climbing to sometimes 33 degrees, the data said.

Environment expert Mubyar Purwasasmita from non-governmental organization Observers Council of Sunda Plateau Environment and Forest said Bandung should have around 1.2 million trees to supply oxygen for its some 2.5 million residents.

"If people start to talk about cutting down old trees, tell them to wait a minute," Mubyar said.

"We need oxygen to live too and the main problem lies with poor supervision and maintenance by officials."

Yogi said there were less than 100 old trees found across several locations in northern Bandung.

He said his office had tried to prevent old trees from falling by cutting off fragile or too-heavy branches.

And the city has today imposed strict and multi-layered regulations to protect their old trees.

Laws around the environment and the city's 2005 local ordinance regulations would see fines of between Rp 5 million and Rp 100 million imposed on anyone found purposely damaging the city's trees.

Yogi blamed inadequate experience and a lack of technology to help his office learn more about the real condition of the city's oldest trees -- but he said they would do their best to preserve them.

In addition, he said there were plans to insure the city's older trees that could become a threat to pedestrians and motorists.

Jakarta administration has insured 4.6 million trees across the city and would pay insurance fees of Rp 150 million annually.

"We just want to take precautions.

"If there is an accident like the one that happened to Yusli, it will not be a problem for us to provide compensation," Yogi said.

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