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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, April 1, 2014

TNI Plans for Return Home as Riau Haze Under Control: BNPB

Jakarta Globe, Apr 01, 2014

An Indonesian motorbike rider dives on a hazy street in Pekanbaru, Riau
on March 14, 2014. (EPA Photo)

Jakarta. The number of hotspots detected in the troubled Indonesian province of Riau fell to zero over the weekend after forest fires burned intermittently for some two months, Indonesian officials said on Tuesday, as they announced plans to recall some 1,000 military personnel sent to combat the region’s annual haze-causing fires.

“The hotspots in Riau have continued to disappear,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a press statement released on Tuesday. “On Sunday there were ZERO hotspots and from Monday to today there is only one more hotspot.”

The announcement was the first sign of hope since the forest fires re-emerged after a brief reprieve, surging to 777 hotspots by Friday and prompting stern action from local law enforcement. More than 100 people and one company, National Sago Prima — a subsidiary of Sampoerna Agro, have been implicated in this year’s forest fires to date. The fires, and the ensuing haze, have cost the province some Rp 10 trillion ($890 million)  in losses by the start of March, according to the state-run Antara News Agency.

While the haze from this year’s forest fires failed to reach neighboring Singapore and Malaysia in a significant way, air quality in Sumatra fell to hazardous levels, prompting the local government to declare a state of emergency as flights were diverted, more than 100,000 fell ill and three died, according to reports in local media.

The men, a villager named Muhammad Adli, 63, and a Surya Damai Agrindo plantation worker named Muslim, 30, were reported dead by the Indonesian news portal Okezone.com. According to the report, Aldi suffered fatal injuries after falling into burning peatland while Muslim died as he attempted to combat the forest fires as flames closed-in on the company’s plantations.

A third still unidentified man died of asthma-related symptoms, Sutopo told the Jakarta Globe. The elderly man was reportedly ill long before the fires began to burn, he said.

“The victim died due to old age and because he had been ill from the beginning,” Sutopo told the Jakarta Globe.

By Tuesday the conditions in Riau showed signs of returning to normal. The air quality was getting better and operations at Pekanbaru’s Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport have resumed normal operations.

“The air quality ranges from healthy to moderate on Tuesday,” Sutopo said. “There are no more [regions in Riau reporting] ‘unhealthy’ or ‘dangerous’ levels [of air pollutants].”

The government will now start to wind down its Integrated Operation Task Force — a 2,000-strong haze-reduction force that included members of the BNPB and the Indonesian Military (TNI). All members of the task force sent to Riau will be screened by health care officials before they return to regular rotation in Jakarta.

“The operations have been carried out well,” Sutopo said. “All the personnel involved in the operation went all-out… All the personnel will have their health conditions checked. They’ve been exposed to fires and haze for three weeks.”

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