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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 3, 2014

China desperate to improve image of its overseas tourists

Want China Times, Xinhua and Staff Reporter 2014-05-03

Tourists pass the safety check at the Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum
in Beijing, May 1. (Photo/CNS)

With China on holiday for International Workers Day, tourist agency managers and sociologists want the country's tourists to learn to avoid embarrassing behavior.

Li Zhongguang of the China Tourism Academy believes it is time for everyone to have a global vision and think about the effects of their behavior on the world.

When the economy was still planned, travel abroad was a luxury and subject to strict government scrutiny. The chosen few who were endorsed to see the outside world were either highly educated or very successful. These people were humble in demeanor and acutely aware what were proper ways of behaving in foreign countries, Li said.

Today, lots of Chinese tourists can afford a trip overseas but their knowledge remains deficient and many are unaware, or claim to be unaware, that some of their habits are unacceptable to the locals they encounter, he said. "Chinese travelers abroad are seen as loud, rude, self-centered and lacking in self-discipline," Li said.

Zha Qizhi, deputy chief of the Sanqing Mountain resort in Jiangxi province, agrees. Tourists don't misbehave on purpose but are just unaware that their behavior is unacceptable in other countries. "Tourists traveling abroad for the first time lack cross-cultural communication skills. They assume things tolerated in China are also acceptable in other countries," Zha said.

Talking loudly in public spaces, spitting in the streets, ignoring lines and carving names on ancient monuments are just as improper in China as anywhere else, but people seem to get away with it here, he said. When you do that kind of thing in a foreign country, it is completely unacceptable.

Since the government wants to improve China's soft power and cultivate a cultured and friendly national image, Chinese tourists have become a laughing stock around the world, symbolic of the whole country, Zha added. "Chinese people are polite, hospital and thoughtful hosts, and now they need to learn to be good guests," he said.

Mass outbound tourism is still new in China. It was not until 1999 when the country enforced a seven-day National Day holiday that average members of the public started traveling on a large scale.

The purpose of enforcing the holiday was to boost tourism and consumption. Few people at that time expected the kind of engagement that the average Chinese person has with the outside world now, said Li Zhongguang.

China now has 150 countries and regions as its outbound tourism destinations. In 2013, nearly 100 million overseas trips were made. In 2014, 110 million Chinese tourist are expected to travel abroad.

With the mocking publicity given to inappropriate behavior by tourists abroad, the government and legislators are all too aware of the importance of teaching the public a lesson in manners.

Last October, the country's first tourism law came into effect, requiring tourists to observe public order and respect local cultures. In April, the China National Tourism Administration and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce jointly issued an upgraded model contract in accordance with the new tourism law. The contract stipulates for the first time that travel agencies have the right to terminate contracts if tourists are involved in illegal activities or break social ethics, no matter whether at home or abroad.

Wang Ming, manager of Jiahua Cultural International Travel Agency, welcomes the new contracts. "Tighter legislation and contracts show resolve to improve tourists' behavior but implementation is essential," he said.

Wang believes that news reports and criticism of uncivilized behavior are necessary for tourists to reflect upon their habits. "I think many more tourists have realized that the rest of the world is largely depending on them to get to know China, and they are changing," he said.

"I believe with more Chinese getting in touch with a foreign culture through travel, positive change will happen, but changing people's behavior is not an easy task," Li Zhongguang said.

The visiting mainland couple who quarreled with
 Hong Kong passersby who surrounded and
 photographed them for letting their daughter
urinate on the street. (Photo/CFP)

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