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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 6, 2010

Jakarta's Dutch Cultural Center Plans Birthday Blowout

Jakarta Globe, Katrin Figge, April 06, 2010

Erasmus Huis, which was founded in 1970 in Menteng, is now located on the grounds of the Dutch Embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta.  (Photo courtesy of Erasmus Huis)

When it comes to cultural performances of high quality, Erasmus Huis in Jakarta is a household name.

Concerts, art exhibitions, film screenings, workshops, seminars and lectures have been a part of the cultural center’s program for many years. This Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of Erasmus Huis — naturally a reason to celebrate the long-lasting cultural exchange between the Netherlands and Indonesia.

“We have created a program to attract as many people as possible,” said Jeroen Gankema, deputy director of Erasmus Huis. “There will be many Dutch people coming, and of course many Indonesians, because that’s what we are here for, to introduce Dutch culture to the Indonesian people.”

Starting at 6 p.m., the program will feature a colorful mixture of Dutch and Indonesian artists, including music concerts, an exhibition opening, dance and percussion performances, a fashion parade and, of course, Dutch delicacies for the palate.

One of the highlights of the anniversary party promises to be a performance by the singer Hind, who was a finalist on “Dutch Idol” in 2003. She is also scheduled to perform in Bandung and Yogyakarta later this month.

Dutch graphic designer Max Kisman, who has Indonesian roots and whose works were exhibited at Erasmus Huis in June last year, created a special logo for the occasion: a blue house with two seemingly outstretched arms, one holding a palm tree — a symbol for Indonesia — and the other, a typical Dutch windmill.

The beginnings of Erasmus Huis lead us back to Menteng in 1970 when it officially opened. The only remnants of the old Erasmus Huis are photographs, since the building was torn down years ago. In 1981, the institute moved to a bigger venue on that includes its own theater and is located on the grounds of the Dutch Embassy in Kuningan, South Jakarta.

In the early days, Erasmus Huis also included a language center offering courses in Dutch, but since the number of students kept growing — there are now about 1,200 students every year — the Erasmus Language Center is now run by its own director and staff.

“Of course, there is still a lot of interaction between Erasmus Huis and Erasmus Language Center,” Gankema said. “The students like to come to our library, and many of them attend lectures at Erasmus Huis.”

After Indonesia proclaimed its independence in 1945, following more than two centuries as a Dutch colony, it was not easy for the Dutch to come back to Indonesia and establish a cultural center.

“It’s a delicate subject,” Gankema acknowledged. “But I think the founding of a cultural institute like Erasmus Huis, and exchanging and sharing each other’s culture and art, was a good starting point to work on a better relationship — to understand each other’s visions and ways of expressions.”

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Jakarta is the only one in the world that has a cultural institute of such dimensions on its grounds. The theater can seat an audience of 350 people. Erasmus Huis also houses two exhibition rooms and a library.

The center invites Dutch artists to give workshops to Indonesian students and to people of all ages.

“We want to promote an interaction between Dutch artists, performers or professors and people from Indonesia: we learn from them, and they learn from us. That’s the main goal and thought of the Erasmus Huis,” Gankema said.

“This shows how important the Dutch think it is to have a good relationship between the two countries.”

Most of the programs and events that Erasmus Huis organizes take place in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Semarang and Surabaya, but occasionally also in Bandung and Medan and once in the Moluccas.

“We try to spread our culture to all the islands of Indonesia,” Gankema said.

Beyond the celebration on Saturday night, Erasmus Huis has invited Dutch artists to perform in Indonesia throughout the year.

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