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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, September 15, 2007

North Jakarta squatters still without clean water

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Squatters who have for years lived in Tanah Merah, North Jakarta, say they are still unable to get clean water from the city-owned water company.

The unfortunate squatters have even been accused of stealing piped water.

"Since 2005, we have been asking for clean water from the city administration. But they have never responded to our requests. We never intended to steal," said resident Sutriman on Wednesday.

There are some 750 families currently residing in Tanah Merah, which include the Tugu Selatan, Rawa Badak and Rawa Sengon areas.

The unlawful tenants do not qualify to get clean water because they do not own identity cards (KTP) and do not pay land and building taxes.

"We want to be good citizens and we asked the district head to provide us with identity cards, but our requests were rejected. Not once, but several times. We are willing to pay the tax too, but are not able to because we cannot register at the tax office," he added.

"We did not steal. This water pipe was already present when we came here. We don't even know who installed it," said Sutriman of the illegal water pipe found in Tanah Merah.

Tap water operator company PT Thames PAM Jaya (TPJ) claims the illegal use of water in Tanah Merah has caused a total loss of 8,000 cubic meters of water.

The company took reporters and Governor Sutiyoso on Wednesday to view an old well in Tanah Merah where a 1,800 mm illegal water pipe was allegedly being used.

The pipe could not be seen, however, and only trash was found on the inside of what seemed to be a dysfunctional well.

Sianne, 39, another resident from the Rawa Sengon area, said the well had been dry for years.

"Yes, we used to take water from the well," she said.

Sianne and her neighbors said that due to the lack of running water they were forced to purchase clean water, at a cost of Rp 3,000 per 30 liter container.

Sianne, who first moved to Tanah Merah in 1998, said "In the past four or five years, we have had to buy water from a mobile water vendor, who sells door-to-door."

The regional customer care manager of TPJ in North Jakarta, Popy Indriati, said "The squatters keep reconnecting the pipe, even after we have disconnected it more than three times before."

Sutiyoso said using tap water without paying is against the law.

"However, water is a vital necessity. Providing a water hydrant might be an alternative solution, which will hopefully stop tenants from using illegal connections," he said.

Sutriman said "I beg you Sir. Water is important for us. We cannot use ground water in this area. When we take a bath, it makes us itch. It changes the color of our clothes when we use it to wash them."

Sianne pointed to red marks on her skin and that of her baby's, which had appeared after using dirty groundwater for bathing.

TPJ claims the company currently experiences a 51 percent loss of its total water supply, which amounts to some Rp 150 billion to Rp 200 billion in revenue loss a year. It says that 40 percent of this loss is due to illegal connections and consumption, or "stolen" water, while the remaining 60 percent is due to water lost through old leaking pipes and wells.

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