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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, January 21, 2014

Central Java on High Alert for Flooding, Cold Lava Flows

Jakarta Globe, Ari Susanto, January 21, 2014

Smoke rises from Mount Merapi on Dec. 15. (JG Photo/Boy T. Harjanto)

Yogyakarta. The Central Java Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency is on alert for a possible overflow of the Bengawan Solo River and a flood of cold lava from the Mt. Merapi volcano that could be triggered by heavy rain in the province.

“The brief rains yesterday at the peak of Mt. Merapi has drowned four sand miners, while water levels of the Bengawan Solo River are still under control,” the agency’s head Sarwa Pramana said in Semarang on Sunday.

The sand miners ignored the warnings issued by the Kepuharjo village head a month ago to stay away from the mountain slope.

The village head Heri Suprapto said the local administration had prohibited sand mining activities in the river since a month ago. He added that several areas such as the Sukoharjo, Karanganyar, Klaten, and Cepu districts would be inundated by floods if the Bengawan Solo River burst its banks.

The Kaliadem neighborhood was nearly covered in volcanic material after the 2010 eruption, which attracts many sand traders from Yogyakarta and Central Java regions.

Sarwa said factors that would cause the river to burst its banks, aside from heavy rain, is poor management of water levels at the Wonogiri Dam.

“If one of the water gates at the dam is opened, it would impact areas along the course of the Bengawan Solo River,” he said.

Sarwa said the disaster mitigation agency has asked all parties to anticipate the four-year flood cycle.

“Hopefully an eruptions like the one in 2010 will not happen again, but to anticipate it, we have drafted a contingency plan by preparing volunteers, meeting points for evacuees, evacuation locations and referral hospitals,” Sarwa said.

Herizal, head of the Semarang Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, meanwhile forecasted heavy rain for the province until the beginning of February.

This picture taken on January 15, 2014 shows Indonesian
 search and rescue members helping residents after a flood
 hit Manado, the capital city of the North Sulawesi province of
Indonesia. (AFP Photo)

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