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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)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sulawesi quake kills four, floors thousands of homes

Ruslan Sangaji, The Jakarta Post, Palu, Central Sulawesi | Tue, 11/18/2008 12:36 PM  

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Sulawesi early Monday, killing at least four people, destroying thousands of homes and forcing thousands of residents to flee. 

The quake triggered a tsunami warning from U.S. officials for an area within 1,000 kilometers of the epicenter, but a similar alert by Indonesian authorities was withdrawn shortly after being issued, AFP reported. 

Indonesian crisis center official Rustam Pakaya said a 56-year-old man was killed and 23 people were injured in Kwandang village, Gorontalo province. 

In the neighboring province of Central Sulawesi, Governor H.B. Paliuju said one person had been killed, two injured and hundreds of homes destroyed. 

"The victim was killed by a collapsing wall," Paliuju told reporters. 

More than 700 homes were flattened in Buol regency, 600 kilometers north of the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu, and another 500 damaged. 

The governor said communication links with Buol had been cut during the quake and information was sketchy. "We are still waiting for an updated report from officials there," he said. 

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck 136 kilometers off the coastal town of Gorontalo at a depth of 21 kilometers. 

Thousands of people in several villages across Gorontalo province fled their homes for higher ground over fears of a tsunami, Antara news agency reported. 

The sea level rose briefly in some areas but no large waves were detected, it added. 

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center warned the quake had the potential to spawn a destructive regional tsunami and advised authorities in the region to "take immediate action to evacuate coastal areas". 

The USGS also reported two powerful aftershocks. An official earlier told AFP that residents of Tolitoli, 250 kilometers away, had also reported collapsed buildings. 

"In an earthquake like this, I think it's likely there will be victims," Indonesian geological official Sutiono said. 

Indonesia was the country worst hit by the earthquake-triggered tsunami in December 2004 that killed more than 200,000 people in 11 nations across Asia, with more than 168,000 killed in Aceh province alone. 

The Indonesian archipelago straddles several continental plates in an area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, where seismic and volcanic activity is recorded on an almost daily basis. 

Monday's quake comes less than a week after Indonesia launched a high-tech tsunami early warning system in a bid to prevent a repeat of the 2004 disaster. 

The Rp 1.4 trillion (US$130.2 million) system is meant to be able to detect an earthquake at sea and predict within five minutes whether it could cause a tsunami. 

The system, built with German technology and funding from a number of foreign nations, will eventually include 23 or 24 buoys linked by cables to detectors on the ocean floor. 

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said at system's launch Tuesday that Indonesia was "living on the edge". 

"Three tectonic plates -- the Eurasian, Indo-Australian and Pacific -- meet here," Yudhoyono said. 

"This kind of disaster can strike at any time."


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