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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. …

Monday, April 23, 2007

Meutia launches pictorial book on national diversity

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

An emulation of foreign cultures is not necessary for Indonesia to promote tourism to the archipelago, said Women's Empowerment Minister Meutia Farida Hatta Swasono while discussing her new book which promotes the richness of Indonesian cultures.

"We have the living matrilineal culture of Minangkabau in West Sumatra, we have some living megalithic cultures in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, and the funeral traditions of Toraja in South Sulawesi. These are assets that we need to respect and watch over," Meutia said Saturday.

"I want to convey a message through this book that the young generation should love our motherland, which is very rich with good values such as a sense of togetherness, time valuation, respect for elders and a work ethic. However, these values rarely prevail now."

Meutia was speaking at the launch of her book, titled: Jejak Langkah di Negeriku, Perjalananku dan Mereka Yang Cemerlang Selama Enam Dasawarsa (Footsteps in My Motherland, My Journey and Those Who Shine in Six Decade).

She said Indonesia's cultural, religious and ecological richness should become a central feature of the country's nationalism, which she said was integral in the midst of rapid development.

"The most important thing is to make sure our generation maintains a territorial awareness."

Meutia's book addresses a variety of topics, such as her experiences visiting various parts of the country when her father Muhammad Hatta was the first Indonesian vice president, and her experience as an anthropologist and researcher.

Saturated with numerous photographs taken by Meutia during these visits, the book was written in the popular language so as to reach as many readers as possible.

Meutia said the book centered on her life experiences with her family and relatives and her experiences during her work.

"Some people might say my book is like candy because it is full of pictures and colors, but it is the portrait of our nation and culture, so diversified and rich," she said.

"Every ethnicity and culture has its own color preference and this is unique, because it tells so many things."

Meutia was born in Yogyakarta on March 21, 1947, and was the first daughter of Hatta, the co-proclamator of the Republic of Indonesia. She earned her undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in anthropology at the University of Indonesia in 1974, 1983 and 1991 respectively.

She is married to Sri Edi Swasono and has two children, the late Sri Juwita Hanum and Tan Sri Zulfikar Swasono.

Her book launching was attended by several public figures, including Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubowono X and artists Titiek Puspa and Deddy Mizwar.

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