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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 5, 2015

DJ legend van Dyk unites Middle East with dance music

Business Insider - AFP, Shaun Tandon, 4 May 2015

German DJ Paul van Dyk poses on January 30, 2012 in Cannes, southeastern
France (
AFP/File Valery Hache)

New York (AFP) - He is unlikely to be named a Middle East peace negotiator, but DJ superstar Paul van Dyk says that his music in a way has succeeded where politics has failed.

"The Politics of Dancing 3," the German DJ's latest album which was released Monday, brings together artists from around the Middle East in a sign of how electronic music has increasingly become global.

Van Dyk -- often considered a pioneer of trance music, although he dislikes the categorization -- brought both established and emerging DJs into the studio for the album, which is driven by fast-paced driving beats and catchy, accelerating melodies.

"The collaborations I did, they very clearly show how uniting music is," van Dyk told AFP in New York, where ahead of the album's release he played a six-hour set at a Brooklyn warehouse.

"Someone from Israel could never travel to Lebanon, and definitely has big issues going to Egypt or other places, so musically we don't have those boundaries.

"We are miles ahead in terms of the 'politics of dancing,' compared with the politics out there," he said.

Range of collaborations

"The Politics of Dancing 3," van Dyk's seventh studio album, features a collaboration with Aly and Fila, the Egyptian duo who have emerged as one of trance's biggest acts, as well as a separate track with the Israeli trance duo Las Salinas.

Van Dyk also worked with star Turkish DJ Ummet Ozcan and emerging Egyptian DJ Mohamed Ragab, and brought in vocals from Singaporean singer and former television talent contestant Daphne Khoo.

Van Dyk's previous two installments of "The Politics of Dancing" consisted of mixes but the latest album has only one such track -- his remix of "Around the Garden" by Algerian DJ Mino Safy, which van Dyk said captivated him when he first heard it.

Van Dyk said he selected artists for their music and that his political point was incidental rather than deliberate. The album also features European DJs including Giuseppe Ottaviani and Michael Tsukerman.

Still, van Dyk said he was struck about how two of his friends -- one from Tel Aviv and the other from Beirut -- bonded when they met in the Spanish clubbing island of Ibiza.

"They could have otherwise never met each other. And they just say, 'Look, we are just like any young people. We want healthy, peaceful living. Why can't we have this with our countries being so close?'"

Upfront about drugs

Raised behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin, the 43-year-old van Dyk became a major force in electronic music during the boom in clubbing in the 1990s and gained wider exposure through his work with New Order.

The original inspiration for "The Politics of Dancing" series came not from the Middle East -- or from the unconnected 1983 song of the same name by the British New Wave band Re-Flex --but from New York, where authorities cracked down on the thriving clubbing scene in the late 1990s as part of then mayor Rudy Giuliani's law-and-order approach.

"I was trying to explain, it's not just people getting drunk and dancing. It is actually a youth culture that unites people from all these different cultural or religious backgrounds," van Dyk said.

With electronic music growing rapidly, van Dyk said it was important to acknowledge the pitfalls -- particularly drug overdoses.

Van Dyk said that the problem was especially acute in the United States due to clubs' strict prohibitions against admitting young people under 21, who take the scene underground.

"If I were to have children, I would want them when they were 15 or 16 going to a club in a safe environment and having a good time rather than going to an open field.

"It's almost pathetic that one is preferred over the other here, but the wrong way around, I believe," he said.

Van Dyk said that he was not entirely comfortable serving as a role model, but hoped nevertheless to set an example.

"I got into contact with electronic music as a teenager in front of the radio in East Berlin," he said.

"I never really made that connection that I had to take drugs to enjoy the music."

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