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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)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Indonesian province asks church to maintain rubber plantations

PONTIANAK, Indonesia (UCAN): A provincial government in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo Island, has offered the Catholic Church rubber trees for parochial financial self-sufficiency.

"Ideally, each parish in the Archdiocese of Pontianak should receive a prime grafted rubber plantation of at least five hectares," West Kalimantan Vice Governor Laurentius Herman Kadir told 17 Pontianak archdiocese parish priests.

For the 2007 fiscal year, however, the government is providing a two-hectare parent estate each for Pontianak archdiocese and Ketapang diocese, Kadir said.

The priests gathered in the West Kalimantan province capital for a May 18 presentation on rubber-plantation programs by the vice governor, a Catholic. He was accompanied by Idwar Hanis, a Muslim, who heads the provincial plantation office, and Capuchin Father Jeremias Melis, head of Pontianak archdiocese's Komisi Pengembangan Sosial Ekonomi (commission for socioeconomic development).

"We ask the Church to graft prime rubber saplings and offer them to the parishioners who have land to cultivate rubber plants," Kadir said during his presentation. He added that each government-provided, one-hectare parent estate has 8,000 grafted plants, which can produce at least 2 million rubber trees each year.

Under standard cultivation, a rubber plantation can have 20 productive years, he added. During these years, a plantation can be a cornerstone to help people improve their economic situation.

Furthermore, "the government has prepared funds as working capital, available through easy bank loans, to revitalize rubber plantations," he said. To qualify for financing, farmers need only to set up a cooperative farmer group, prepare land and register with the district or municipal government.

The government has an interest in rubber plantations, according to Kadir, because rubber has long been important in Kalimantan's economy.

The governors of all four Kalimantan provinces, he added, have committed to improving rubber plantations in the 5 million hectares (50,000 square kilometers) set aside for agricultural plantation in Kalimantan. This amounts to 9 percent of the total area of 547,891 square kilometers.

In the past, Kadir said, the West Kalimantan government had the impression that it did not get full cooperation from the local Catholic Church in helping people improve their livelihood. Besides Pontianak archdiocese and Ketapang diocese, West Kalimantan is also home to Sanggau and Sintang dioceses.

According to the vice governor, that impression did not take into account the efforts of Capuchin missioners, who came to the area of Sejiram town in Sintang diocese in 1890. "They gave instructions on how to plant rubber trees," he said, adding that the rubber plantation they started there is still active.

To improve people's welfare, he suggested, the Church must encourage people to diligently work on productive economics, especially through rubber plantations.

After the vice governor's presentation, Father Melis thanked the government for the prime rubber parent estates. He promised that the parishes would gradually develop their own rubber plantations.

"With a prime rubber plantation under standard cultivation, each parish can attain a set income. It will be a good example of relying on productive economics instead of the generosity of nature," the Netherlands-born priest said.

With a coordinated, integrated effort, Indonesia can be a major producer of natural rubber by 2015, Suharto Honggokusumo, executive director of the central board of the Rubber Association of Indonesia, told UCA News on May 19.

Annual global demand is 11 million tons of natural rubber, he said. But in 2006 only 9.2 million tons were produced. Of that, 49.7 percent came from Thailand, 21.8 percent came from Indonesia, 18.1 percent came from Malaysia and the rest came from other countries.

He believes that by 2020, Indonesia will be able to supply 3.5 million tons, which will boost the country's foreign exchange and farmers' incomes.

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