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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, April 10, 2007

Bad manners Busway is a test for all Jakartans

The Jakarta Post

Meet what might be Jakarta's new agent of behavioral change: the busway.

Since the introduction of the TransJakarta rapid bus in 2004, the capital has had no need for street signs calling for more urban discipline. People are now supposedly learning from experience.

Wait, first let's highlight the word supposedly. Today -- a little over two years after the busway's launch -- good behavior is still far from the norm.

Supposedly, people are required to learn several social manners when taking what is meant to be Jakarta's fastest means of transport.

You queue to buy the tickets. You queue in the shelters, letting others exit before you enter the bus. You don't bring food into the cabin and you give your seat away to elders, pregnant women and children.

Yes, those are all new manners for us Jakartans.

The guards in black and orange uniform are ready to make sure that you do just what you're supposed to.

But, on more than a handful of occasions, we still see people who suddenly appear to be deaf, who look at you with a poker face when you scold them for cutting into the long ticket queues.

"What?!" a woman said as she stared at us after pushing her way with her handbag into the small space between the ticket booth and my friend.

These occurrences, rare enough as they are, are what happens when times are good on the Busway.

But in the busway's newer corridors, peak hours tend to fill up the entirety of the buses' 15-hour daily operation, making everyone on board too cranky to show any manners at all.

Prior to taking a TransJakarta bus from Pulogadung to Harmoni Central Station, a dozen passengers waited for more than half an hour to get a tiny standing space inside the cabin.

After that irritating half hour spent watching packed buses pass by, it would be too much to expect passengers to let others exit before entering the bus.

Or would it?

Isn't it logical that we'd have more space to enter if we just waited a minute to let the others exit?

"But if you step back instead of pushing forward, you'll lose your space to the people next to you," a fellow passenger said.

"And if you enter a full bus, don't shift too far inside even if there's an empty space there. You'll have trouble getting off," was another trick they shared.

Once you're inside a packed bus, you feel no different from being inside a Metro Mini or a Kopaja, which is definitely why people still use the "survival of the fittest" tricks they learnt in the regular buses.

The guards no longer serve as etiquette police, but as kenek (driver's assistants) busy making sure that everyone can exit at their destination point.

"Pasar Baru! Pasar Baru!," shouted one guard as he tapped his wristwatch to the aluminum handle to grab more attention, a gesture similar to a kenek tapping on a Metro Mini window.

Those alerted that they were approaching their stop quickly shouted back at him "yes! Pasar Baru, wait, wait!"

Some had to really struggle their way out through tiny gaps in the crowd.

After some exited, they left free space deep at the back of the bus. Perhaps unsurprisingly, no one wanted to fill it, worried they would have to go through the same energy-consuming effort to reach the door.

Honestly, sometimes I find it hard to resist acting the same.

And there's practically no social pressure to behave better, as everyone would do much the same when the situation gets bad enough.

So do Jakartans really have a chance of having more discipline?

Looking into the technical details of why the discipline course being taught aboard the TransJakarta buses has failed can give us a more optimistic view.

No corridors have been yet been served with enough buses to adequately accommodate the number of passengers who use the busway.

There are only 96 out of 125 buses serving the Blok M-Kota route, 94 out of 126 for the Harmoni-Pulogadung and Harmoni-Kalideres routes and a mere 32 out of 112 for the other four corridors.

The TransJakarta operators complain the rest of the buses are still stuck at the customs office.

Just like those buses, passengers can also say that their social manners are still stuck -- perhaps somewhere inside the packed buses or back at the shelter they were waiting at for an excruciating half an hour.

But suppose there were enough buses available, could Jakartans can pass the Busway social manners test?

Well, could we?

-- Anissa S. Febrina

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