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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 24, 2009

Letter: Beware of land grabbing

The Jakarta Post, Mon, 11/23/2009 1:38 PM | Reader's Forum

I would like to comment on a news report titled "IFC ( The International Finance Corporation) offers loans to reforest degraded land", (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 17). Much of the territory making up modern Indonesia was a Dutch colony for over 350 years, until it became independent in 1945.

As a small country, the Netherlands could only send out a relatively small Dutch contingent to its colonial administration service. In order to manage the huge territory the Dutch empire relied instead on a system of alliances with local political entities, usually governed by customs.

Pragmatism therefore compelled the Dutch empire to partially acknowledge customary law for political convenience. However, during the nineteenth century Dutch planters began to establish large plantations (tobacco and other crops) on fertile Sumatran soils. To facilitate plantation expansion the colonial government passed the 1870 Agrarian Law which allowed the colonial government to provide planters with land leases for up to 75 years.

The law included a Domain Declaration (Domeinverklaring), which stated that all land not under clear ownership was considered State land. Communities' rights over land were not recognized as these were based on customary law which was not recognized as proof of ownership in Dutch law.

Under the customary system of land ownership, rights to fallow land and secondary forests were retained by whoever had first cleared the land.

The Domain Declaration led to the establishment of 2.5 million hectares of plantations in the Dutch East Indies by 1938, and resulted in farmers who had owned land becoming landless laborers akin to serfs. Plantation contracts issued under the 1870 law authorized planters to clear "empty land" in order to set up plantations. Contracts established in 1877 and 1878 stated that concessionaires should be granted a specified amount of "wasteland" (woeste grond).

The terms "empty land" and "wasteland" referred to those areas which communities considered to be their uncultivated common lands. In this manner, the 1870 law led to fallow and common land being considered state land. After it became independent, Indonesia inherited the doctrine of state control over "wasteland" from its former colonial rulers.

To this day, the concepts of "wasteland", "degraded land" and "empty land" are used to justify plantation expansion. For example, the Dutch Federation of Oils, Fats and Margarines stated in 2004 that "in Indonesia over 10 million ha of land is lying waste, much of which is suitable for palm oil expansion. Hence there is no need to convert forest."

The operations manager of a major plantation company told a Friends of the Earth campaigner in 2006 that their interest was only in converting "degraded land". In short, the term "degraded" is synonymous with idle, marginal, unproductive, empty or wasted, and is derived from the similar colonial concept and model.

Norman Jiwan
Bogor, West Java

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