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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. …

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Balinese Dance Master Celebrates 75 Years on the Stage

Jakarta Globe, Nadia Bintoro, October 13, 2013

Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana’s impressive career has been commemorated in dance,
 words and pictures at a special program of events hosted by Bentara Budaya Bali.
(JG Photo/Nadia Bintoro)

A burning flame sliced through the piercing darkness as the music started to pulsate. Our eyes focused to reveal the torch bearing the flame, held by a shirtless man in white pants. His sudden presence caught everyone off guard.

Coming from backstage, he danced his way through the crowd of people who were patiently waiting in front of the main atrium. His moves created havoc and confusion among the spectators who thought the performance would be presented on the main stage as is commonly done.

Instead, he navigated his way through the front lawn of Bentara Budaya Bali, through the trees, to the small bungalow at the side.

Like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, he herded the expectant crowd to the first part of the performance. There, five young men in all-white attire danced to the instruction of a teacher. Together they depicted the first scene of a colossal collaboration dance performance titled “The Journey of Life” as part of series of events run in tribute to maestro Balinese dancer, Ida Bagus Oka Wirjana’s 75th Diamond Anniversary.

As the event’s name suggests, 84-year-old Ida Bagus has spent 75 years dedicated to Balinese dance and is most famous for his vivacity in dancing Tari Kebyar Duduk — an intricate individual piece performed mainly from a seated position.

He has won many awards and performed at many prestigious events including the presidential palace as well as Europe, America, Japan, Pakistan, Hawaii and Sweden among others.

He was recently given the title of “Balinese Dance Maestro.”

As a tribute to Ida Bagus’s 75 years dedication, Bentara Budaya Bali in collaboration with Yayasan Tetamian Griya Blangsinga organized a special program of events from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7.

The event saw the maestro himself dance in a classical performance alongside his family members and prominent names from the world of dance such as Ni Luh Menek from Buleleng, Jro Puspawati and Ni Ketut Arini.

A special art exhibition is also taking place in Bentara Budaya Bali during the period.

Organized by the Lingkara PhotoArt Community, around 14 photographers presented their works. Together they attempt to elevate the definition of photography into a unique form of art.

Rather than printing the photos on normal photo paper, the photographers rejoice in their freedom to experiment in delivering the photographs in various other less traditional media, such as suar wood, lenticular plastic, and canvas.

A series of photographs printed on plastic by Indra Widi are paired with essays on the life of Ida Bagus Blangsinga creating a transparent story book that is not only pleasing on the eye, but provides context in savoring the artworks.

Other than the photographs, sculptures by Serbian artist, Irina Perisic Bosnjak as well as by Ida Bagus Alit and Carola Vooges are also showcased in the exhibition.

In addition to the special tribute to Ida Bagus Blangsinga, other events being held at Bentara Budaya facilities across Indonesia include “Wangsa Cirebon-Dermayu” at Bentara Budaya Jakarta; “Giriloyo Batik: From Period to Period” at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta; and “Coastal Tegal’s Puppets” at Balai Soedjatmoko in Solo, Central Java.

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