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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, June 2, 2013

A Tranquil Island Paradise Just Off the Jakarta Coast

Jakarta Globe, Anna Egutkina,  June 2, 2013

A view from the beach on Pantara island; cottages are in the middle of a
jungle, giving visitors privacy.  (JG Photo/Anna Egutkina)

Looking for an intimate weekend getaway?

The farthest island of Pulau Seribu (Thousand Islands), Pulau Pantara, is the perfect place. Located in the middle of the Java Sea, it offers breathtaking views and its white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water soothe both mind and soul.

The paradise island of only 10.5 hectares first opened to tourism in 1987 and has since has developed into a popular destination for people from around the globe.

There are many similar islands out there in Pulau Seribu, but there is something special about Pantara.

When you walk around the dense jungle, or sit on the beach watching the sunset, the only sounds to break the tranquility are waves hitting the shore and palm leaves rustling in the warm wind. The secret is that cottages are located far apart, separated by trees.

“Actually right now, from March to July, is high season, and all 40 of the cottages are fully booked, so we have over 90 people on this island,” Dwi Rohadi, receptionist at the island resort, said.

After a two-hour journey on a luxury speedboat, holidaymakers are greeted with live music and a tropical welcome drink in the vast lobby, the largest lobby on the Thousand Islands.

All cottages are located on the shore, so guests have their own private spot on the beach. The western-style food is included in the total price of Rp 1,936,000 ($197) and is served three times a day at the island’s only restaurant.

“Because the price is quite expensive, the majority of our visitors are foreigners. Holidaymakers from as far as South Africa come here to relax,” Dwi said.

“We always try to make our foreign guests feel at home on the island, for example if we have visitors from Italy we play Italian songs at dinner.”

Dwi has been working as a receptionist on the island for 12 years, and has seen all sorts of customers.

“Most of the visitors are very nice, enjoy their stay here and want to come back again.

“But of course sometimes you encounter difficult people, who complain about the island being a disappointment and not meeting their expectations,” she said.

One thing foreigners need to prepare for, is the lack of pubs and parties. Even though during the day Pantara island offers tennis courts, table tennis and a swimming pool, as the day draws to a close, there is not much to do. The place is far from Bali’s wild discos.

After dinner, Pantara is dead, with nobody to be seen. Buying alcohol after 10 p.m. is impossible — because everything is closed.

As compensation for that missing bottle of wine, visitors can sit beneath the amazingly bright star-lit sky and enjoy the diverse wildlife of the island.

All kinds of birds and insects can be seeing wandering around, and if you get lucky you might see the king of the island, which Indonesians call biawak — a giant monitor lizard that can reach up to three meters in length and only lives on small tropical islands where it does not face much competition for food.

“The biawaks do not pose a danger to humans as long as they aren’t disturbed. Our guests should respect that they are wild, so don’t be tempted to get too friendly with them. Once a guest tried to catch a poisonous stingray while snorkeling, and he got hurt,” Dwi recalled.

The man was taken to the Pantara island clinic, where the staff treated the guest using traditional medicine.

Along with a few dangerous sea creatures, the island paradise poses another potential threat — natural disasters are not uncommon.

“Four months ago there was a hurricane from the sea that rooted out many trees located on the beach. Luckily nobody got hurt,” Dwi said.

Protecting and respecting the flora and fauna is one of the main rules on this untouched piece of paradise. Pantara is one of the few places left in Indonesia where you can truly feel reunited with nature.

A weekend of meditating on the beautiful beach and drifting into calm sleep to the distant sound of waves can really do wonders.

As I boarded the luxurious boat home on Sunday and watched the island grow smaller and smaller, I realized all the problems that had seemed so important a few days ago, had evaporated into the tropical breeze blowing from the sea.

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