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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. …

Monday, March 22, 2010

Editorial: Jakartans Shouldn’t Accept Traffic, Floods

Jakarta Globe, March 22, 2010, Editorial

Jakarta has shown a lack of initiative in facing the traffic problem, even as a gridlock crisis looms. (AFP Photo/Bay Ismoyo)

For the 12 million people who call the Indonesian capital home, there may be no other city they would choose to live in. But life in Jakarta is certainly not all rosy, as residents are forced to battle horrendous traffic congestion and pollution each day. And when the rains come, many have to tolerate the inconvenience and destruction of flooding, including of their homes, and also the millions of rupiah in damage that comes with the rising waters.

Because Jakartans have had to live with traffic congestion and floods for so long, many residents have come to accept such inconvenience as part and parcel of living and working in the city. But as Vice President Boediono has pointed out, this sorry situation can and must change.

Many other cities in the world and in the region have overcome similar challenges and there is no reason why Jakarta cannot do the same if the political will is there. The Jakarta administration and the central government must work together with the full support of the bureaucracy if the capital is to take its place as among the most livable cities in the region.

What is badly needed, as the vice president noted, is a comprehensive transportation plan that incorporates all public transportation, the use of private vehicles on public roads and proper housing planning within the city center. In this regard, the city government must work with the large property companies to reach a win-win situation.

It is now widely acknowledged that if there is no improvement in managing Jakarta’s traffic, the capital will face gridlock in a few short years. Yet there seems to be no sense of urgency on the part of city officials to tackle this pressing problem. For all purposes, progress seems to move at a snail’s pace, if at all, when it comes to dealing with traffic.

Like many other cities, Jakarta has no option but to build more high-rise apartments within the city to lessen the time and distance that residents have to travel. But Jakarta must also offer proper recreational facilities and green spaces to encourage and attract people to live in the city. It is telling that a city the size of Jakarta has practically no large open public space, let alone a New York City-style central park.

Now that the vice president has publicly raised this issue, we sincerely hope the bureaucracy will take up the challenge. There is no shortage of urban planners in the country. If needed, we can also use the expertise of countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, which have successfully developed modern public transportation systems with proper city planning. It is time Jakarta stopped being identified worldwide with crippling traffic jams and annual destructive flooding. We can and we should do better.

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