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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, July 7, 2013

Touring the Supernatural and Haunted Sites of Bandung

Jakarta Globe, Yuli Krisna, July 7, 2013

SMAN 5 is reportedly home to a student ghost (JG Photos/Rezza Estily)

Bandung is known as the capital of West Java, Indonesia’s fourth largest city, home to endless rows of shops and restaurants and picturesque buildings and landscapes earning it the nickname “The Paris of Java.”

But there is another side to the city, a much darker one. Scattered around Bandung are old buildings dating back centuries and areas that most try to avoid after dark, said to be occupied by tormented spirits from the past.

In the past two years, the ghosts seem to have grown more restless than before, their realms increasingly frequented and disturbed by a group of intrepid people participating in the latest holiday craze, “Wisata Mistis” (Mystical Tour).

Dadi Setiadi Suarsa, Wisata Mistis’s secretary, said that the community started in April 2011 as a simple discussion on the popular online forum Kaskus, asking people if they knew of any haunted places in Bandung. The topic proved to be popular among Kaskus users, generating hundreds of replies and comments.

One user told of numerous sightings of a Japanese soldier inside a cave in Juanda Park, where the Japanese used to torture prisoners during World War II. Another left details about a student who killed herself at her State Senior High School (SMAN) No. 5. There was also a post about a bodiless head on Jalan Cipaganti, and another about a boy who died from an accident haunting motorists on Jalan Babakan Siliwangi. The list goes on.

“It got us curious. We want to know whether the stories are true or not. We want to be able to prove or disprove these urban legends,” Dadi said, adding that the tour started informally as a group of five friends who were curious about probing the myths.

The group then started to upload photos and stories of their expeditions on Kaskus, which generated interest and saw the tour group expand to dozens of people.

“Now for every expedition we limit the number of participants to between 30 and 50 people. We have to establish a quota based on how spacious the places we’re visiting are,” Dadi said.

So far, the group has visited more than 20 places in Bandung that Kaskus users believe are haunted, he said. While users have suggested that there are many more haunted buildings in Bandung, the biggest hurdle is accessing them.

Most of the buildings, Dadi said, date back to the Dutch colonial rule which were taken over by the government after independence. Permits are required to gain access into these properties, most of which are abandoned, but the city has been reluctant to issue any.

“What we’re actually doing is promoting some of Bandung’s iconic buildings,” Dadi said, adding that most participants came out of the tour with a newfound appreciation of not only Bandung’s supernatural scene but also its heritage sites. “We want to tell the government that there is a real tourism potential in activities like this.”

Iman Abdulrahman, chairman of the group, said that part of the appeal was the fact that joining was easy. Participants only need to be aged 17 or older, or they can show a letter of consent from their parents to join one of the tours, which are staged every weekend. There is no tour charge, but participants are required to pay for their own food, admission fees and transport.

Surging demand has forced the community to be more organized with the tours, including seeking the help of mediums to ward off the evil spirits that the participants claim can get aggressive and hostile at times.

“There are people tasked with healing, protection and communication with the spirits,” Iman said. “But no one in the team is tasked with counter-attacking the spirits.”

Partawijaya, one of the members of the tour’s “metaphysical team,” said that participants were sometimes attacked and ended up being possessed or passing out. But he claimed that the spirits meant the participants no harm.

“They just like to play practical jokes on people,” he said.

One participant, Yuliana, said she was reluctant at first to participate when her friend asked her to join a tour to the statue of a the Dutch missionary H.C. Verbraak, which is said to be haunted. “Now I’m hooked because I’m curious about learning about other places,” she said.

Iman said that there were many people like Yuliana who were at first afraid to join. “Once they participate they can scream together, laugh together, share stories with one another. They bond with their friends. That’s why a lot of people join us again and again. It’s because of the fun,” he said.

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