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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)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Indonesian rubber output may rise 6%, industry body says

Claire Leow, Bloomberg - The Jakarta Post - 2007-04-12 10:39

Rubber output in Indonesia, the world's largest grower after Thailand, may rise at least 6 percent this year as long as prolonged rains do not disrupt tapping, the head of a producers' group said.

"April to September should be dry, that is normal, but now south of the equator, it is still wet so it means it is disrupting rubber tapping," said Suharto Honggokusumo, executive director at the Indonesia Rubber Association.

The Southeast Asian nation is a major grower of coffee, palm oil, rubber and other agricultural commodities, with output dependent in part on favorable weather.

The country experienced drought last year, triggered by an El Nino, followed by wetter-than-usual conditions in the first quarter of this year.

Indonesia's rubber output grew about 8 percent a year between 2000 and 2006, bringing total production to 2.6 million tons last year, Honggokusumo said in a telephone interview from Jakarta.

"Unless weather disrupts our production, a minimum 6 percent increase from last year will be normal," he said.

Rubber futures traded on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange, the region's benchmark contract, have more than doubled since 2002 amid rising demand.

Over the past six months, the price gained 34 percent to ¥289,7 (US$2.43) a kilogram on concern last year's dry weather affected the trees' productivity.

This year, Jakarta, the capital, was affected by the worst flooding in five years after heavy monsoon rains. The downpours destroyed 27 percent of the rice crop area, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono said on Feb. 7.

The archipelago, which straddles the equator, has 3.3 million hectares of rubber plantations, of which 70 percent are on Sumatra island, Honggokusumo said.

Trees in north Sumatra are less affected by recent rains than those in the south, he said.

The rest of the plantations are in Kalimantan and Java and some of those areas are affected by the rains, Honggokusumo added.

Rubber is used in the automobile and electronics industries.

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