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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, June 16, 2007

The latest conservation campaign: Mall rats

Anissa S. Febrina, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

What can you do to help conserve the environment?

If making your way of life a bit greener is too much to ask, then maybe buying cute merchandise could be a more viable way to do your bit for the planet.

After a Thursday lunch, female executive Dania Wardhani walked out of a makeshift booth situated on the ground floor of Plaza Senayan, Central Jakarta, carrying four brown paper bags.

But unlike most shoppers, Dania's bags did not contain top designer shoes or the latest summer collection from one of the fancy boutiques.

Instead, Dania's shopping theme for the day was saving endangered species.

"This merchandise is cute. And buying it means I'm supporting conservation," the 26-year old said as she walked away from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) booth.

There was the Panda T-shirt, the blank cards bearing pictures of Sumatran tigers and elephants beside the slogan "save our precious butts," a pencil case and several colorful pins.

Office worker Sari Hutapea also had her attention caught by the cute merchandise.

"I have no knowledge about the environment. I'm just drawn in by this stuff," she said.

Sari ended up buying nothing, but still left with flyers about endangered species.

"People might start out being interested in our merchandise. But, as they stop by, we also hand out flyers containing information on endangered species or other green messages," WWF campaigner Maria Magdalena Lakaseru explained.

From that starting point, it then depended on each individual how far they wanted to be engaged in protecting the environment, added Dede, a fellow campaigner.

As green becomes the new black, and environmental groups start to reach out to the public by new means, it is no longer unusual to see a stuffed Orangutan toy sitting in the front of any posh boutique.

From June 11 to June 24, the Orangutan is paying a visit to Plaza Senayan, to spread a message of awareness about the endangered species.

In just three days, more than 300 people visited the WWF booth, campaigners said. Some left with merchandise, some did not. But all were at the very least reminded that some species were on the brink of extinction, in turn threatening the ecological balance.

"We do this kind of public outreach once a month and the message is usually customized. Here, we chose endangered species because it can be made to go in line with the Kid's Fair going on here," Maria said, pointing to the central atrium of the mall.

And even if environmental issues are fairly hip these days, campaigners like Maria still have to answer basic questions like "what are endangered species."

Questions like this are an entry point for further environmental knowledge for less informed visitors like Sari.

"An office worker like me knows nothing about this stuff. My nephew was the one who used to share this kind of information because the group (WWF) probably went to his school," Sari said.

It is true that Jakarta's busy bees feel far from issues such as endangered species. But this is exactly why environmental groups such as WWF are reaching out to places like shopping malls.

Outside the mall, two Greenpeace campaigners were also busy persuading passers by to stop for five minutes to listen to information about deforestation.

The five minute talks are hoped to raise environmental awareness and people's willingness to support green efforts.

Those who were interested in getting more involved were given the option of becoming active members or just passive donors to the organizations.

Even a panda pin or an Orangutan T-shirt was enough to go some way to help conserve the environment.

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