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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, April 13, 2011

Rich Jakartans try their hands at farming

Novia D. Rulistia, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Wed, 04/13/2011

Green fingers: Members of the Jakarta Berkebun (Gardening for Jakarta)
group pose after harvesting water cress at the Springhill Golf Residence
in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. The group promotes farming and gardening
for middle-class Jakartans during weekends. JP/Nurhayati

Rapid urbanization has effectively separated people from the food they consume, which results in a majority of people in big cities being unfamiliar with how their food is grown.

A small group in Jakarta, however, has been trying to reverse this trend and decided to grow its own food. Armed with scraps of borrowed land and little knowledge about farming, these people are trying to do almost the impossible: become urban farmers.

One such hopeful is Radix Hidayat, a member of Jakarta Berkebun (Gardening for Jakarta) community.

At first, he just wanted to know what it was like to grow his own food.

“It turned out to be fun, farming in the midst of the jungle of buildings. And now I know a little about planting seeds and harvesting,” he said.

Last week, Radix joined other members of the community to harvest water spinach grown on a plot of land lent by the Springhill Golf Residence in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

It was a mild success, with members harvesting only the water spinach, but they took it as a job well-done considering the fact that the community started only in October last year and relied mostly on micro-blogging site Twitter as its means of communication.

Early on, the community stated its mission clearly that the objective was to encourage people to grow their own vegetables and fruit in their own yards and support the idea of turning every empty scrap of land into green space.

Jakarta Berkebun chairperson Milly Ratudian Pontoh said the community took off after it secured a three-year lease of 10,800 square meters of land at the Springhill Golf Residence for free.

“When we first came there, twenty of us, all of our ideas and plans that we laid out in our first meeting seemed ill-suited,” she said.

Milly said the land was full of litter, and they would soon run out of ideas of how to turn it into farmland.

Eventually, the community members had to learn from a pro. “People in the neighborhood finally lent a hand. They showed us how to dig the land,” she said. These locals even came to helped them on a daily basis to water the plants

And with the help of a community member who knew about agriculture, Jakarta Berkebun could finally make it through the harvesting season.

During the harvest on Sunday, members of the community decided to give away the water spinach to the locals who had diligently watered the plants.

As for the members of Jakarta Berkebun, they relished their chores of sharing tips on gardening through the Twitter account, @JktBerkebun, and the Jakarta Berkebun account on Facebook.

Members only meet on Sundays at the Springhill Golf Residence to plant seeds and water them, and they are more than happy to have the weekly labor.

“Here I can apply the knowledge of agriculture from school into practice. Also, I can learn about organic farming,” community member Sigit Kusumawijaya said.

More than anything else, Jakarta Berkebun could become an alternative weekend pastime for its members rather than going to malls in the city.

Now, people in other cities such as Bandung and Surabaya have caught the bug of weekend farming. Inspired by Jakarta Berkebun, they have set up their own urban farming communities.

In Bandung, members have leased a plot of land and started planting seeds. In Jakarta, the community has also expanded.

Members will soon be able to start their weekend farming on land secured in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, and the prime location in Mega Kuningan.

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