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US President Barack Obama speaks as he tours the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, July 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

US Death Penalty (Justice Systems / Human Rights)

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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. …

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Edhi Sunarso: A patriotic, humanist journey

Munarsih Sahana, Contributor The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta, Mon, 01/18/2010 1:05 PM

Massaging at Senen Sidewalk by Edhi Sunarso. JP/Munarsih Sahana

Hundreds of thousands of people each day drive pas his creation Selamat Datang, the Welcome Monument at Hotel Indonesia’s traffic circle in downtown Jakarta.

Edhi Sunarso (77), the sculptor commissioned by Indonesia’s first president Soekarno to make this memorial — commemorating the return of the Indonesian government from Yogyakarta to Jakarta in 1949 — is one of Indonesia’s most noted figures in the world of sculpture.

Having left his mark all over the country, with major monuments in Semarang, Denpasar, Ambon and Biak in Irian Jaya, Sunarso was bestowed the Empu Ageng Seni (Grand Master of Art) award on Thursday night.

The Indonesian Institute of Arts (ISI) Yogyakarta award kickstarted his much-anticipated one-week

solo exhibition titled “Retrospeksi” (Retrospective), displaying miniatures of his monuments, an array of his wood and bronze sculptures, as well as paintings selected from his earlier days, at the Jogja Gallery, Yogyakarta.

The exhibition’s two curators, Mikke Susanto and Anusapati — both lecturers at ISI Yogyakarta — placed his defining works on the gallery’s first floor, tracing his artistic journey from the concrete to the abstract. Most of his sculptures are of woman standing and a few reclining.

All the miniatures of the monuments he created occupy the second floor, including The Unknown Political Prisoner (1952), which came second at the International Sculpture Competition in the UK.

His earlier less abstract sculptures on display include Kedinginan (Freezing, 1959) depicting a woman standing freezing, Ngangsu (Carrying Water, 1958), two women carrying traditional jars filled with water, and Mandi Gosokan (Taking a Bath, 1958), women bathing and lathering each other.

Sunarso’s choice of seemingly mundane subjects illustrates his understanding of the minutia ruling people’s everyday life.

Fighting against colonial powers and spending time in prison — courtesy of the Dutch ruling authorities — kindled his patriotic spirit, which he then infused into all the statues he created for monuments and dioramas, giving them strong facial expressions.

Seeking Water by Edhi Sunarso JP/Munarsih Sahana

Over the years, Sunarso’s sculpting became more abstract, as he is said to have been influenced by post-WW2 foreign artists while studying art at Visva Bharati Rabindranath Tagore University in Santiniketan, India (1955-1957), and while traveling on an art study tour around several European countries in 1954.

His work Berjalan dalam Kekosongan (Walking in Emptiness) for instance, depicting humans with gaping holes in the middle of their faces, is very reminiscent of British sculptor Henry Spencer Moore’s style.

Although some of Sunarso’s work became quite abstract, viewers can still discern silhouettes of women in his series Torso characterized by the sensual forms of breasts and thighs, or in his work Gadis dan Mimpi (A Girl and Her Dream, 1959).

His reverence for women’s sensual bodies comes with a fascination for family values and relationships between men and women, as can be seen in his works Lingga and Yoni, Pasrah (Submission, 2000) and Mahkota yang Retak (The Cracked Crown, 1999).

His sculpture of a happy family titled Pijat di Trotoar Senen (Massaging at the Senen Sidewalk, 1982), portrays a husband receiving a massage from another woman, while resting his head on his wife’s lap.

Edhi Sunarso’s collection of works displayed in his “Retrospective” exhibition conveys heroic and humanist messages that have earned him awards from home and overseas over the last 50 years.


Solo exhibition Edhi Sunarso
Jogja Gallery, Jl. Pekapalan 7
Alun-alun Utara Yogyakarta

Jan. 14 to 21, 2010, except Mondays

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