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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)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Sumbawa horse milk source of income

Panca Nugraha, The Jakarta Post, Dompu

The milk of wild horses has been prescribed as an effective remedy to various illnesses since the 1990s. Many people believe it cures severe illnesses such as cancer, leukemia, pneumonia, bronchitis and typhoid fever. Some maintain it enhances stamina and virility in men.

Sumbawa Island, West Nusa Tenggara, is known as a producer of wild horse milk, with production centers in the regencies of Sumbawa, Dompu and Bima.

Saneo village, around 10 km from the regency capital in Woja district, is one such production center in Dompu regency.

"Many people come to Saneo just to obtain pure wild horse milk and at the same time to watch the process firsthand," Saneo village chief Junaiddin told The Jakarta Post.

However, not a single horse was present in the village nor in the stables at residents' homes when the Post visited the area, because villagers allow their horses to forage freely, fetching them home only in the evening to milk them.

"The local administration has assisted us in packaging the milk since 2004. Milk is packaged and sealed as soon as it's milked to maintain its freshness," said Junaiddin.

Producing a bottle of milk is a time and energy-consuming process.

The afternoon the Post visited, local farmer Arifin went with dozens of other farmers to retrieve their horses. It took an hour to reach the forest on foot before the horses were spotted.

Around 30 of them roamed on a flat and sparsely vegetated plain. A number of mares were seen with their foals, next to a few steeds. None of them were tied, and only a few wore bamboo straps around their necks to mark ownership.

"Huiiik... Jara," Arifin called toward a group of horses. Jara means horse in the local language. Other farmers followed, each using a distinct call, some clapping their hands as a sign to round up.

The horses galloped toward their owners. Arifin stroked his mare, tied a rope around its neck, then guided it home while its foal followed close behind.

Back home Arifin tied and separated the foal from the mare to prevent it from suckling at its mother's breast.

After cleaning the mare's nipples with a wet cloth, Arifin milked the mare, gathering the milk in a plastic container. He then sieved it, poured it into bottles, and sealed the bottles without adding other ingredients or preservatives.

"It can last up to four months like this. It tastes better after two months compared to when it's freshly milked," he said.

In Saneo, wild horse milk sells for Rp 15,000 (US$1.60) per 600-ml bottle, and 20,000 for a 800-ml bottle. Outside the area, however, the price is higher. In Mataram the price of the larger bottle can reach Rp 100,000.

"Wild horse milk is not derived from wild horses that are caught. They are tame to their owners, but are raised in the wild. They live and forage in the forest," said Junaiddin, who takes his horses to the forest before daybreak each morning.

There are more than 200 horses in Saneo, with around 30 of them used for milk production. Together they produce an average of 60 to 80 bottles daily.

At times this falls short of demand.

"We are sometimes overwhelmed by higher demand," said Junaiddin.

Dompu regency administration spokesman Wahyuddin told the Post that the Bogor Dairy Product Analysis Center tested the milk in 2004. "It proved that wild horse milk from Saneo could cure intestinal infection and stomach cancer."

Tests also showed it is capable of fighting bacterial growth.

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