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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. …

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dark skin campaign seeks to stop prejudice

Deutsche Welle, 24 October 2013

A campaign called 'Dark is Beautiful' has gained popularity in India and is bringing an important debate to the forefront: the idea that beauty is equated with fair skin.

The "Dark is Beautiful" campaign originally started in 2009. Recently, though, it has become quite popular due to a controversial, and some would say prejudice, TV ad for skin lightening cream. The advertisement stars famous Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan who gives a pot of the cream to a darker-skinned man. The viewer is led to believe that the man's dreams will come true, now that he will soon have fair skin.

The people behind the Dark is Beautiful campaign are pushing for this advertisement to be withdrawn. They are also working to change the mindset of society and to create awareness about the deep-rooted prejudice that fair skin is better than dark skin.


"The idea that dark skin is not good looking is something that is deeply rooted in society and we are trying to create awareness about it," Kavitha Emmanuel, director and founder of the organization Women of Worth, which is behind the movement, told DW.

Emmanuel's NGO has been working with students from schools and colleges, training them in soft skills, teaching them to deal with self-esteem issues, peer-pressure and depression. As part of her work, she is constantly confronted with the problems faced by people of dark skin and the discrimination they face in their personal and professional lives.

Nandita Das is an actress who has starred in a number of successful films, such as Fire, Earth, Firaq. Hers is the face of the campaign. As a dark-skinned woman, she knows what discrimination dark-skinned Indians face, especially in Bollywood. "If you are dark then you are cast for roles such as a village women or a slum dweller but an urban affluent character always must be the fair faced person!"

Nandita Das is the poster girl for the campaign
 that seeks to draw attention to the skin color bias
Is Bollywood to blame?

The Indian film industry coupled with the advertising industry continues to show a preference for light-skinned models and actresses. Famous film stars endorse beauty products and the fans follow the message in the hope of being able to imitate their role models.

"The industry has capitalized on it; they have encouraged it to an extent. But in their defense, they say that they have given people what they want or what people thought was beautiful," Emmanuel said.

According to Nielsen India, a market research company based in Mumbai, the fairness cream industry is currently worth 430 million dollars. But the industry has been around for a while. The company Hindustan Lever first launched its Fair & Lovely cream in 1978. The original target group has changed over time. A study conducted by the company showed that the fairness creams are even now popular among men in the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, where skin tones tends to be darker.

The skin bias in the sub continent goes back a long way in the history of the country. As Das points out, "This theory about fair skin being more beautiful and desirable stems from ancient caste hierarchy which overlaps with the class pyramid. For centuries, the upper class/caste has been fair and the lower caste/working class, dark. The former works indoors and has had the best nutrition while the latter toils in the sun and is under privileged in many ways."

Obsession with fairness

The obsession with fair skin goes under Indian society's skin. An overwhelming amount of matrimonial ads in newspapers and online portals read "looking for a suitable match for tall, slim, fair girl from the same religious background" or along those lines.

Emmanuel recounts a story during her interview with DW. "A colleague had a marriage proposal from a doctor based in the UK. This doctor was in a wheelchair and my colleague still accepted the proposal, saying that she would look beyond the physical challenges of her potential partner. But after the doctor's family met my colleague, they rejected her on the grounds of her dark skin."

The prejudice is deep-rooted, says Kavitha Emmanuel

Most Indians opt for an arranged marriage - a traditional setup in India, whereby the parents pick out a suitable spouse for their children. Matches are found by word of mouth or through a matrimonial advertisements. The advertisement's basic elements include physical features, religion, salary and educational qualifications.

Dr. Kanchana Lanzet, an anthropologist and vice president of the German National Committee UN Women, told DW, "I have often heard parents and elders in the family say things like 'unfortunate dark skin girl! she has such fine features if only she was fair!' And this is followed by the million dollar question: who will marry a dark skinned girl, it will be difficult to find a good match for her."

Need to change mindset

Activists feel that there is an urgent need to change the mindset of the people. They are aware of the fact that this may not happen overnight but the success of the Dark is Beautiful campaign shows that people are coming forward and are willing to discuss and debate this sensitive issue.

Lanzet told DW that the mindset of society will change when it realizes that beauty is only skin deep. Or when "society starts accepting that girls and women are people in their own right, not only with physical attributes, but endowed with talents and the potential to be artists of their own lives - that people are more than the color of their skin."

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Question: I’m a black woman who enjoys your teachings tremendously. It seems that there aren’t a lot of black people involved in these discussions. Is this true, and is there a reason for this? Is it cultural? Or am I wrong in this assumption?

Answer: Dear one, yes. If you’re speaking about black Americans, you’re right. It’s cultural. There are two basic reasons you won’t find many blacks in metaphysics in your culture: The first one is that in your land, your race is a minority with a history of oppression. This has created a very strong spiritual support base. Almost from birth, most of you have been exposed to very high church and spiritual support and a feeling of belonging and sticking together. There are few groups that have this kind of support and prayer base. So spiritually, you don’t look around much for answers other than what you have already learned about the love of God. This works for you and is honored.

The second reason is perhaps politically incorrect in your culture to speak of, but Kryon is not of your culture. Many of you are in survival mode due to sustained second-class citizenship you experience from birth. This causes despair, poverty, and a shift to crime among many due to despondency over life and a need to survive in a system that does not honor you. When a Human is consumed with survival in a difficult environment, they don’t have time or a desire for introspection or a search to better themselves spiritually. All their time is spent spinning within the challenges they have, many of which they assume to be their plight, many of which they have created themselves.

The sadness here is that if they did look within, they would find the tools to co-create a life outside of survival, and start processes that honors their endeavors and their lives. Blessed are those with life challenges, as so many of the minorities have, but who have decided to increase their spiritual knowledge as a solution, instead of trying to force-manipulate the reality of the cultural situation.

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