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"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Unabsorbed rain causes flood cycle

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Despite reforestation success in Jakarta's upstream areas, flooding will continue to be an annual occurrence in the capital, a study say.

A study of the subsurface conditions of Jakarta has concluded that underground channels from Parung in Bogor to Serpong in Tangerang are blocked, preventing rainwater infiltration and causing large amounts of runoff.

Robert Delimon, a member of the geotechnology team at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), said massive limestone deposits below the ground -- known as the Bojong Manuk formation -- prevented water absorption into the ground.

"This causes a noticeable increase in the volume of surface flow to Jakarta, which is the main source of flooding in the capital."

Robert said flooding had occurred in Jakarta over the last century, even when much of Bogor was forest and there were not many buildings in Jakarta.

The team found the volume of water in the Ciliwung River suddenly increased after passing Parung from Jakarta.

"This is strong evidence that groundwater contributes to the increased volume of water in the Ciliwung. It also proves that Bogor does not supply groundwater to Jakarta," he said.

He said the supply of groundwater in the capital was purely from rainfall in the city.

Over the course of the study, the team monitored a number of groundwater wells citywide and found that only the water in a few wells in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, had a similar composition to the groundwater in Bogor.

The survey funded by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) of Japan will be completed in 2010.

"We will further study the subsurface conditions of Jakarta to determine which areas are suitable for water catchments," he said.

A city regulation requires the owners of buildings with roof widths of over 50 meters to construct tanks measuring 2 cubic meters, while developers using a 5,000 square meter area are required to set aside one percent of the total area for a water catchment facility.

Robert said the regulation on water catchment wells would not be effective if developers did not have a good understanding of subsurface conditions.

"Jakarta is a former delta region, wedged between depositions of sand and clay. The depth of water catchment wells must be in line with this composition," he said.

He said catchment wells must be located no more than 40 meters below the ground to function effectively.

The administration has said there is about two billion cubic meters of rainfall in the city every year but only 170 million cubic meters is absorbed, causing a water deficit of 36 million cubic meters per year.

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