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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, March 23, 2010

Take Off at Bogor's Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Jakarta Globe, March 23, 2010, Ade Mardiyati

20 professional hot air balloon pilots from around the world will be taking passengers on balloon rides above Sentul City. (AFP Photo)

For most Indonesians, a balloon ride is, well, nothing but hot air. It’s the sort of thing associated with children’s books and other flights of pure fancy.

This weekend, however, dreams of soaring among the clouds can become reality at the First Indonesian Hot Air Balloon Adventure, which is taking place in Sentul City, Bogor.

For three days starting this Friday, 20 professional hot air balloon pilots from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand will be taking passengers on balloon rides above Sentul City, some 34 kilometers from Jakarta’s Central Business District.

“There will be some pilots from Indonesia too, but we’re still waiting for confirmation,” said Maria, a representative of PT Beraksi Komunikasi, the company that is organizing the event.

Also helping to put on the event is the Indonesian Aero Sport Federation (FASI) and PT Adi Wahana Angkasa Nusantara, also known as Awan Balloons, a private company that offers hot air balloon rides in the country.

“We aim to promote the beauty of Indonesia as seen from the skies,” Maria said. “We are hoping that the pilots [who will be coming to the event] can help spread the word about our country’s beauty among other pilots, so they too come here and fly.”

Maria said Sentul City was chosen as the venue because of the open fields in the area. “There are lots of high-rise buildings in Jakarta, which would make flying or landing difficult,” she said.

This is not the first hot air balloon event Beraksi Komunikasi has organized. In mid-November last year, the company arranged special mass weddings for low-income couples in Lampung and Palembang, both in Sumatra. Fifty couples exchanged their wedding vows up in the air, accompanied by an officer from the local registry office, a witness and a pilot.

“We not only helped those who could not afford to get married, we also gave them an extraordinary experience,” said Fitriandini “Fitri” Arif, who is also from the event organizer.

At this weekend’s event, anyone with a healthy heart and who is not pregnant can go for a balloon ride. Another requirement is that the passenger should be at least 120 centimeters tall, or taller than the hot air balloon’s basket. “This is for safety reasons,” Fitri said in reply to interested inquiries on the event’s Facebook page.

The hot air balloon will fly twice a day, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., when the weather is stable.

“This is also to follow the times of the sunrise and sunset,” Fitri said. “This will create an extraordinarily beautiful view that one can see while in the balloon.”

A 10-minute ride with the balloon tethered to the ground costs Rp 100,000 ($10). Those who want to really soar will have to hand over Rp 5 million. All prices include insurance.

“The VIP balloon ride will fly as far as five kilometers in about an hour,” said Ine, from Beraksi Komunikasi. “The direction depends on where the wind blows.”

She said only five people had registered for the VIP balloon ride so far.

Organizers hope the festival becomes an annual event.

Rizky F Arbali, from Awan Balloons, said in a press release that he hoped the festival would put Indonesia on the map as a major destination for hot air balloons and their enthusiasts.

“It is not impossible, as the world’s hot air balloon community considers the weather in Indonesia to be the most suitable for hot air ballooning,” he said.

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