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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)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Excessive rare earth found in China's top tea varieties

Want China Times, Staff Reporter 2015-03-08

Planters of Da Hong Pao pick tea leaves on Wuyi Mountain, May 2014.
(File photo/ Xinhua)

The Beijing Food and Drug Administration unveiled four Chinese varieties of tea that contain rare earth metal up to 3.5 times the regulated limit, reports our Chinese language sister newspaper Want Daily.

The teas that were named are: Tieguanyin from Anxi in Fujian, Longjing from Guangshan, Henan, Da Hong Pao from the Wuyi Mountain region and black tea from Jiangsu province. All of these are popular varieties, specifically Tieguanyin and Longjing, which have been listed in China's top ten premium selections of teas.

Among those named, the Da Hong Pao, a prime variety of oolong tea from Wuyi Mountain, contains 6.9 milligrams (mg) of rare earth element, almost 3.5 times the maximum quantity of 2 mg allowed per kilogram. The Tieguanyin from Fujian follows with 6.9 mg/kg.

The tea from Fujian is most frequently found to have excessive amounts of heavy metal pollutants. Certain Longjing teas, in addition to containing rare earth metal, have misleading labels boasting a higher quality tea than what tests show.

The varieties in questions have been removed from market shelves.

It is long been known that tea grown in China contain excessive amount of rare earth elements, which are added into chemical fertilizers used by 90% of tea farmers to stimulate growth, which in turn produces more buds and heavier leaves, according to reports from China's NetEase news portal.

Tea producers, however, say that the issue with too much rare earth elements is exclusive to China as there is no other nation regulating consumable quantities of the metal. They also claim that the rare earth is part of the natural makeup of the soil, instead of from fertilizers. Based on these arguments, the farmers are calling for a revision of the regulations.

Rare earth is a set of 17 chemical elements that occur in nature, with China being a major global producer. It is widely applied in chemical engineering, metallurgy, weaving and other industries.

Overdoses of the heavy metal could damage the kidneys, liver, neural system and fertility.

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