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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, May 8, 2012

The Courage to Love in the Face of Adversity

Jakarta Globe Blog, by Olin Monteiro, May 08, 2012 

Irshad Manji. (Photo from
Canadian writer Irshad Manji has made headlines in Indonesian media during the past few days. A wave of protests was sparked by Islamic hard-liners against her speaking at the launch for her new book, “Allah, Liberty and Love,” first in Solo and then at the Salihara cultural center in South Jakarta last weekend.

Has any of these protesters read her books? And on last Friday, why did they have to stage a protest while Manji speaking in front of Indonesian intellectuals, scholars, students and activists? Why didn’t they let her have a chance to speak peacefully, to debate her ideas, to bring up issues and arguments in an open and healthy discussion?

Born in Uganda, Manji and her family moved to Canada when she was 4, during the time when Ugandan President Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of the Indian/Asian minority. Manji started her career as a researcher, journalist and activist in Canada. In 2003 she wrote and published her first book, “The Trouble With Islam Today.” The book serves as a letter to fellow Muslims across the world. In the book, Manji states that the problem with Islam doesn’t lie only in the militant groups but also in the majority of mainstream Muslims that turn religion of peace into an ideology of fear.

“The Trouble With Islam Today” became best seller months after its release in the United States. Because of the sensitive issues brought up in the book, Manji received a harsh response from Muslims all over the world yet at the same time she garnered heartfelt confessions from those with similar opinions in many different countries. In the years that followed, “The Trouble With Islam Today” was translated into numerous languages and subsequently Manji received death threats along the way.

In her latest book, “Allah, Liberty and Love,” Manji attempts to answer questions about how Muslims’ defensive attitude toward “the other” brings about negative perceptions.

As a community, Manji argued, Muslims need to be brave and to ask critical questions even of one’s own family and community. The answer to some of the questions posed by Manji in her book have been answered by God within his verses in the Koran. The task for Muslims then is to find the perfect verse to support their arguments and to speak with love.

Manji also testifies of boldly arguing with her family about her belief and her own interpretation of Islam. Manji quotes verses from the Koran that say: “O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do” (4: 135).

“Allah, Liberty and Love” mentions the Moral Courage Project —  a movement Manji founded with some friends. This project challenges individuals to speak up in the world where we have always have been silent. Her vision in this journey is to connect the reform mission in the Muslim community with a universal moral courage for all mankind.

As one of the participants of Irshad Manji’s book launch at Salihara last Friday, I am deeply disappointed by the way police handled the protests staged by Islamic militants outside (and later in) the venue. As participants of an intellectual discussion, we respected the protesters who were unfamiliar with Manji’s works. We allowed them to debate in an open and healthy manner yet the Islamic Defenders Front — one of the religious groups that demonstrated on the day — acted harshly, using threats and insulting Manji because of her sexual orientation — she’s widely known as a lesbian Muslim. The police — who supposedly act as protectors — let protesters come into the venue, damage the gates and further facilitated them to act inappropriately. The police also suggested we adjourn the discussion because, not surprisingly, they could not guarantee our safety. I see that as a threat to our freedom in a public space.

Irshad Manji seeks to connect the idea of religious interpretation with liberty, courage and love. Her controversial statements were contested and confronted by Islamic hard-liners and militant religious groups. Prior to her visit to Indonesia, she had received death threats in the Netherlands a few months ago. The courage Manji showed us in the forum in Salihara last week, her choice of words, her daring arguments, challenged us Indonesians to be brave, to open our minds, to liberate ourselves from social and moral repressions, and to strengthen bonds as a community in a plural environment.

To end this, I would like to quote her, “Identity can trap you, but integrity will set you free.” She believes that society today is caught up with Islamic identity rather than acting with integrity. With all the troubles and hard times thrown in her face, Manji still embraces the day with love and the spirit to continue to spread her message.

I believe, in any religion, we all should be ready to fight for equality and justice with integrity and in a nonviolent approach.

Olin Monteiro is a writer and feminist working in Jakarta

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