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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. …

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Book sheds light on unsung diplomat

Alvin Darlanika Soedarjo, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

A newly-published history book has attempted to uncover one of Indonesia's unsung heroes, Ida Anak Agung Gde Agung, whom the book's author claims was a crucial diplomatic force at the time of the country's inception.

"Ida Anak Agung Gde Agung, the founder of a diplomatic body called the BFO (Bijeenkomst Federaale Overleg), has rendered Indonesia an important service, but many people have overlooked him," said the book's author, R.Z. Leirissa, on Thursday.

Addressing the launch of his book, The Third Power in Fighting for Indonesia's Independence, Leirissa said Agung had pushed for diplomatic negotiations circa 1945 to scrap an interim government.

Agung was considered the representative of former East Indonesia, a nation in the archipelago that had not yet become a part of the Republic of Indonesia.

His organization, the BFO, which was established in 1948, has not been represented accurately by history books printed during the New Order era, Leirissa said.

The body was seen by many as driven by the Netherlands to "divide and conquer" the young nation, while Leirissa maintains that the BFO had actually saved Indonesia by opting for the creation of the Republik Indonesia Serikat (The Republic of the United States of Indonesia, or R.I.S.).

"It fought for peace between Indonesia and the Netherlands," he said, adding that Agung had shaped the BFO into a tool to consolidate national power and to utilize the diplomatic channels.

"Agung's fight had ousted the Dutch-Indies governor at the time, H.J. van Mook."

Leirissa, a history professor at the University of Indonesia, said that reading his book would not be an easy feat.

"Many schools don't have national diplomatic history lessons. During the New Order regime, reading this kind of book was prohibited by the authorities, such as the police."

The director for public diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry, Umar Hadi, said that reading the book would be difficult for those educated during former president Soeharto's regime.

"To me, the book is obscure," Umar said. "It is gloomy, because I don't have enough reference to understand it."

Umar said more focus should be given to producing history books like Leirissa's, which are able to bridge the generation gap.

University of Indonesia historian Saleh As'ad Djamhari said that Indonesian governments from any era had yet to pay tribute to local diplomatic heroes.

"Diplomats fight not in a physical way, but at the negotiation table."

Frans Seda, a former cabinet minister in the Sukarno and Soeharto administrations, lauded Leirissa's effort in writing the book, but hinted that for him, one thing remained unclear.

"There was a rift inside the BFO itself. There were several versions of the BFO. So could it still be called 'the third power'? I doubt that," he said, referring to the BFO, as described by Leirissa, as the third power next to the Dutch and Indonesian governments during the independence period.

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