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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, November 17, 2007

Palu municipality takes steps to become center of rattan industry

Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post, Palu

The Palu administration plans to make the city a rattan industry center by establishing a school and a technical supervisory unit for rattan craftsmen.

Palu supplies 50 to 60 percent, or 50,000 to 60,000 tons of rattan, for national trade, an official said.

Indonesia supplies 80 percent of the world's demand for rattan raw material, mostly to Asia, America and Europe.

"This is a good chance for Palu to compete in the international rattan trade," Palu Mayor Rusdy Mastura told The Jakarta Post.

He said his administration would work to make Palu a national rattan center in the near future.

Data from the Palu Cooperatives, Trade and Industry Agency shows that Central Sulawesi has 12 special types of rattan.

Rusdy said Palu produced high quality rattan because the soil there contained a large amount of silicate, which made the rattan more flexible.

In order to make Palu a rattan center, the administration has opened the Kriya Rotan school and sent five teachers to Cirebon, West Java, to learn more about processing rattan for furniture.

The Palu administration also has made an agreement with all stakeholders to establish a Palu Technical Supervisory Unit.

The unit will provide rattan processing machines, training and an education program, as well as a trade facility.

To support rattan processing, the administration will also build two factories and a warehouse.

Head of the planning unit for the Cooperatives, Trade and Industry Agency, M. Fatih, said the administration was encouraging rattan craftsmen to concentrate their business on finished products from home industries or small-scale factories.

Fatih said Cirebon had been successful in developing its rattan trade due to a focus on home industries.

To ensure product quality, the Palu administration will also serve and guide rattan craftsmen in improving their skills.

To achieve this goal, the administration will hold training workshops to cover several specialty areas such as rattan design, manufacturing and preservation.

"We have made an agreement with the Cirebon administration to send instructors here, and they will teach the local rattan craftsmen to provide them with new skills and better ways (to craft rattan).

"We hope by establishing the Technical Supervisory Unit, the local craftsmen will be able to increase their knowledge, as well as their incomes," Rusdy said.

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