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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, September 7, 2007

Govt makes industries recycle groundwater

Adianto P. Simamora, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta


Amid rising concern over a water crisis in the capital, the city administration has stepped up pressure on industrial sectors to start recycling water.


The Jakarta Mining Agency said the recycled water could be used to meet demands for clean water from companies operating in business districts.


"Recycling water is a must to reduce the excessive exploitation of groundwater," agency head Peni Susanti said Wednesday.


The agency signed an agreement on the management of groundwater with operators of the business areas Mega Kuningan in Central Jakarta, Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta and Mangga Dua in West Jakarta.


The administration, however, did not specify technologies that could be used to recycle water.


"Recycling water has become common practice in several countries to save water," she said.


Recycled water is most commonly used for non-potable purposes, such as agriculture, landscape, public parks and golf course irrigation.


Other applications include cooling water for power plants and oil refineries, industrial process water for facilities such as paper mills and carpet dyers, toilet flushing, dust control, construction activities, concrete mixing and artificial lakes, as stated on the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Although most water recycling projects have been developed to meet non-potable demands, a number of projects use recycled water indirectly for potable purposes.


These projects include recharging groundwater aquifers and augmenting surface water reservoirs with recycled water. In groundwater recharge projects, recycled water can be spread or injected into groundwater aquifers to augment groundwater supplies, and to prevent salt water intrusion in coastal areas.


Peni said the overexploitation of groundwater in Jakarta had accelerated land subsidence, particularly in business districts where many high-rise building have been built.


"In the Mega Kuningan business area, the level of the groundwater is decreasing by five meters per year. The area could collapse unless there is some control of the groundwater use," she said.


According to agency data, 80 percent of the city's land subsidence is caused by building construction, 17 percent by groundwater exploitation and 3 percent by natural causes.


"Therefore, we will invite all managements of the business districts in the capital to sign the agreement," she said.


She said operators of business areas were also required to set up percolation pits to help recharge the groundwater supply.


"They must also dig lakes in their areas to harvest rain in a bid to recharge the groundwater supply," she said.


Businesses, including hotels and hospitals, are the main users of groundwater.


There are currently 3,600 companies in Jakarta that hold permits to take a maximum of 100 cubic meters of groundwater per day.


Since the groundwater reserve has reached critical levels, the administration has stopped issuing new permits for the industrial sector.


Governor-elect Fauzi Bowo, in a speech at a seminar organized by the agency, said he would raise the tariff of groundwater to protect the long-term interests of the city.


The mining agency currently charges companies Rp 4,000 for every cubic meter of groundwater they use. Piped water costs about Rp 12,000 a cubic meter.


Estimates by the Jakarta administration put the city's water needs at around 547.5 million cubic meters per year.


The city's two tap water operators can only meet half of the need as they produce 295 million cubic meters of water per year.


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