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"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Library law needed in RI: Official

Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Indonesia needs a library law in order to promote the development of libraries in areas outside the capital and secure a budget to increase their book collections, an official said Monday.

"A library law should help the ministry in building more libraries across Indonesia with a large collection of books," Education Ministry spokesman Bambang Wasito Adi told a press conference, which was held in conjunction with World Book Day.

"Right now we are preparing for it," he added.

Although World Book Day, the creation of UNESCO, fell on Monday, the ministry has organized a series of events at the Education Ministry building, next to Ratu Plaza on Jl. Sudirman in Jakarta, from April 26 to 29.

"Reading", Bambang said, "is an essential activity if we want to progress in life."

Several issues that to be tackled by the library law are the cost of the books, including the translation and local publication of foreign books, and the availability of reading material.

Nasir Tamara, national coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals set by the UNDP, said that building libraries in regencies would be a good challenge for the education ministry.

"Many studies have shown that the love or habit of reading determines people's well being," he said, while adding that each of Indonesia's 450 regencies should have a library for its community.

Nasir said the most important goal for Indonesia was to provide education for its people at least until the elementary school level.

"Elementary school students need good reading skills. Libraries can boost that skill for students," said Nasir, who is also a writer and a committee member of the Ubud Writers' Festival in Bali.

A legislator from the House of Representatives' Commission X on education affairs, Angelina Sondakh, said the draft library bill should include a tax exemption for textbooks.

"Besides the book tax, an umbrella organization for librarians should be discussed. In Indonesia, it's still unclear which institution should take care of them," Angelina, a member of the Democratic Party faction, said.

She added that in an era where people obtained information through CDs, VCDs or the Internet, printed books and literature had a tough challenge.

"There is a tendency for people now to want 'instant' information, rather than going through the process of reading a book."

"Books are useful to kill the time while waiting, such as for bus at the station. Or, for me, while waiting for a House meeting, I read a book," Angelina said.

Bambang said the Education Ministry would soon distribute library management software to people or organizations.

"Right now we still use the software provided by the British Council," Bambang said, adding that the system used by the U.K. was far more advanced than Indonesia's.

"Compared with the system applied in Cambridge, which first built its library in the year 1130, perhaps Indonesians are still living in the stone age," he said.

The library inside the Education Ministry building, he said, should become a model for local libraries.

"Last year's and this year's World Book Day celebrations have been held in Jakarta. It's imperative to hold such events outside the capital in the following years," Bambang said.

Award-winning Canadian author Deborah Ellis is scheduled to appear at the opening of the World Book Day Indonesia celebrations.

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