Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"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)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Soothsayers' predictions grim for Mount Kelud

Indra Harsaputra, The Jakarta Post, Kediri

With volcanologists apparently unable to determine the exact day Mount Kelud will erupt, villagers in the area have turned to local mystics and soothsayers for their opinions.

While their predictions have been varied, they do all seem to agree on one thing: The mountain will erupt in the next seven days.

An elder of Sugihwaras village, Mbah (a Javanese honorific used to address a revered, older person) Mulyasih, 62, carefully prepared 12 cups of hot coffee on Wednesday afternoon.

The coffees (and a pack of cigarettes) were for the unseen spiritual guardian of the mountain. Once a week, she travels the 10 kilometers to the crater and offers them to it.

She says the ritual has enabled her to open a special communication channel with the spirit, which alerts her when something is about to happen. She addresses it as "Den Bagus", which translates into English as "handsome person".

"I still haven't received any sign from Den Bagus Kelud that the mountain will erupt. Previously, I have always received a sign -- an unseen spirit whispered it into my heart," she said.

"As long as the villagers still live in the shelters, as long as the police still guard the peak, then it won't erupt. It shall erupt the moment the villagers return to their homes and the police officers leave their posts," she said.

Another mystic, Eyang (another Javanese honorific) Kuswanto, presented a different version of events. Kuswanto said the mountain wouldn't erupt anytime soon as an important prerequisite event for such an eruption hadn't yet occurred yet.

"The eruption must be preceded by a pagebluk. The pagebluk hasn't occurred yet. It means that the time for the eruption hasn't arrived yet," he said.

In Javanese folklore, a pagebluk is the occurrence of a large number of deaths in a violent manner. Prior to the 1990 eruption, a large number of people were killed in Blitar during the nationwide "mysterious shooters" program, in which allegedly government-condoned death-squads targeted street thugs.

"And thousands of people were slaughtered in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt by the Indonesia Communist Party in 1965. One year later, Kelud erupted," he said.

He further referred to Kelud's mythology to explain the 1,000-meter high column of smoke towering above the mountain's crater and the lava dome that has emerged in the middle of the crater.

"The smoke and the dome are the soldiers of Lembu Suro. They are showing their forces to Dewi Kilisuci," he said.

Ancient legend has it that Kilisuci asked Lembusuro to dig a well inside the crater before marrying her.

Even the head of the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center Surono couldn't stop himself from giving a mystical explanation.

The mountain hasn't erupted yet because, Surono said, "The girl of Mount Kelud is still refusing my marriage proposal. I have repeatedly tried to comprehend her wishes to no avail. She only smiles at me."

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