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A Day Out in Munnar

Posted by Admin on June 1, 2012

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A Day Out in Munnar

Munnar, which means confluence of three rivers, was the summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. In the late 19th century, A.H. Sharp planted the first tea bush and since then tea has been the main agricultural crop in the region. Today, the hills around Munnar are blanketed with best-in-class green tea bushes. With its sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains and cool air, it’s no surprise that Munnar was rated the second-best Asian travel destination, only second to Tokyo.Our editor CLINT THOMAS had a day out in Munnar and captured its poetic beauty. Enjoy this virtual tour.

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Munnar, which means confluence of three rivers, was the summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. In the late 19th century, A.H. Sharp planted the first tea bush and since then tea has been the main agricultural crop in the region. Today, the hills around Munnar are blanketed with best-in-class green tea bushes. With its sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains and cool air, it’s no surprise that Munnar was rated the second-best Asian travel destination, only second to Tokyo.

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If you are a true admirer of nature, Munnar is your dream destination and cruising along winding smooth roads across mist-sheeted lush green tea gardens is the finest experience you can ever have.

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Around every corner is another stunning view. You do not need a map or a guide; all you need is a good pair of shoes and the curiosity to see what is around the next curve. You need not necessarily be a shutterbug; random clicks can get you incredible photographs.

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On the way to Munnar, some 22 kms before reaching there, I stopped by Anayirankal dam, a vast expanse of water surrounded by green carpeted hills covered with tea gardens. The distant view of the reservoir follows you for another 15 kms and it’s an excellent location for photography.

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Does this picture suggest land’s end? It virtually is. This is Top Station, which is 41 kms uphill from Munnar. Located at the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu, this spot offers an ‘awebreathtakingsome’ panoramic view. Strolling down this pathway with steep abyss on both sides is adventurous, rather risky, but the view you get there is one of a kind.

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The dude who poses here is Varayadu or Nilgiri Tahr, stocky goats with short, coarse fur and a bristly mane. Nilgiri Tahr is an endangered mountain ungulate listed in schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Eravikulam National Park which has the highest density and largest surviving population of this species is situated hardly 14 kms from Munnar town. Know more about this endangered species.

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At every other corner you will find women with baskets full of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to bargain and buy tender carrots, passion fruits and wild tomatoes, all farm fresh and delicious.

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Anamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats situated at a height of 2,695 metres (8,842 feet) above mean sea level. It is located in the southern part of Eravikulam National Park, fifty kilometers from Munnar. It is also the ideal place for wildlife travelers and nature lovers. It literally means “Elephant forehead”.

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13 kms away from Munnar, Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss project. More than 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. The Mattupetty Lake and Dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a gorgeous picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations, Kundala Lake and the echo point are other attractions in the vicinity. A boat cruise on the lake is the best way to enjoy the leisure.

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Bristling with wildlife and crystal clear streams, the enticing charm of Munnar is simply irresistible. The area has many attractions within a short distance of the town of Munnar, including the Sandalwood Forest of Marayoor and the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Shed a tear for Mysore’s disappearing scrublands

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2012

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Shed a tear for Mysore’s disappearing scrublands

By Yahoo! India Travel | Traveler – Mon 16 Apr, 2012 9:13 AM IST

By Sandeep Somasekharan

Sprawled around Mysore are hectares of land known to naturalists as scrublands. To real estate developers, however, they are ‘wastelands’, fit for nothing but ‘development’. These important natural ecosystems, which support rich biodiversity and maintain the health of the water table, are being turned into residential layouts, industrial estates and software parks. Before long, they will be wiped out without a trace, and without measure of what has been lost.

A lark in Mysore’s disappearing scrublandsTo a layperson, scrublands connote territory that is laid to waste. Dead, deserted places to stay away from. But that impression deserves to be tested. Scrublands, in fact, are dry, open spaces with a thin layer of surface grass, occasional shrubs and small, hardy trees such as acacias. Visit one such landscape after a shower, and the green grass has a carpeted appearance. A few months later, everything turns golden-yellow and then brown. But the terrain still looks deserted and inhospitable, until you stop for a while and look keenly around you. Prepare to be surprised by the abundance of life.

Larks rise up with a series of whistles and float down on outspread wings. Flocks of pipits erupt like clouds of undulating dust. Mornings and evenings, grey francolins rend the air with crescendos of “katri chor …katri chor”. And if you make yourself invisible, you can see them emerge and dawdle about. Your slightest movement is enough to make them scamper away, shaking their heavy posteriors, and take cover.

Calotes lizards soak up the sun, sitting on rocks with their heads raised. Spotting them, Black-shouldered Kites, Shikras and Short-toed Snake Eagles swoop down for the kill. A few steps on the grass disturb tiny blue butterflies, which take off and settle a few paces away.

A female Kestrel looks out for prey in Mysore’s disappearing scrublandsBlack ibises dig their curved bills deep into the earth, looking for grubs, worms and insects. Quails wait until you almost step on them before whirring up in a startling escape flight. Winter beckons harriers, kestrels and Booted Eagles to take refuge in these habitats, as they take flight from the cold of the northern territories. Jackals, foxes and hares can be spotted, often with stray dogs in hot pursuit.

A Grey Francolin calls in Mysore’s disappearing scrublandsOutside Mysore’s Ring Road, there used to be a continuous, uninterrupted belt of scrublands. These have slowly started getting converted to residential layouts. Earthmovers scour the soil and roads are laid. Electric poles are erected. Drains are dug. And it’s not long before the buildings come up.

An earthmover excavates in Mysore’s disappearing scrublandsStill, some life persists amidst this chaos, only to be driven further away. At times they are cornered from all directions with no place to go. Each year, the number of birds seen in these scrublands has declined. So have the scrublands themselves.

A section of Mysore scrublands after excavationNext year, maybe the birds coming this side from the north might be in for a rude surprise… It really seems to be sunset for Mysore’s scrublands.

Sandeep Somasekharan is a software professional and photographer based in Thiruvananthapuram. He spent the better part of the last decade in Mysore, Karnataka, where he used his spare time to document the city’s nature, birds, trees and urban wildlife in photographs. He writes at The Green Ogre.

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Warangal – where history lies forgotten

Posted by Admin on May 18, 2012

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Warangal – where history lies forgotten

About 140 km from Hyderabad is Warangal, the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty that flourished in the 12th century.

By Lakshmi Sharath | Yahoo Lifestyle Entertainment – Tue 8 May, 2012 5:09 PM IST

The road curved and arched into a fortified stone wall embellished with sculptures and yalis – mythical creatures believed to be more powerful than lions and elephants – carved in stone. An entire settlement lay behind those walls. We were in the old Warangal Fort, capital of the Kakatiya dynasty. Sculptures were strewn all around us, and enclosing them were four massive stone pillars 30 feet tall, each facing a cardinal direction.

The scattered sculptures lay open to the skies. A Shiva temple was surrounded by ornate pillars, shorter than the four main massive pillars. These tall gateways symbolized “gateways of glory” called Kirti Thoranas and were the seat of the Kakatiyas in Warangal.

A couple of elephants, a nandi, more yalis, a few pillars, broken sculptures, a gajakesari and even an old throne, lay enclosed by the kirti toranas, open to the sky. Shiva, called “Swayambhu”, was worshipped here by the famous Kakatiya ruler Prataparudra. We sat near the throne and looked around. Two dogs chased each other.

Sculptures in Warangal Fort. Photo: Lakshmi Sharath

Sculptures in Warangal Fort. Photo: Lakshmi Sharath

 

I walked over to the map, which gave me the history of Warangal. Earlier known as Orugallu or Orukal, referring to the single boulder or hillock where the fort was located, it was also called Ekasilanagaram. The map told me that the fort, built in the 12th century by the Kakatiya king Prola Raja and his son Rudra Deva, was ruled by Ganapathideva. The most important ruler of the Kakatiyas was not a king, but a queen – Rudramma Devi, who held fort here in the following century.

The fort had three concentric fortifications, two walls, and there seemed to be a trace of the third. Of the four gates, facing the cardinal directions, the east and west gates were still in use. Besides 45 towers and pillars spread over a radius of 19 km, there was also a moat surrounding the fort. The fort was today completely in ruins and was largely destroyed by Malik Kafur as the dynasty fell to the Delhi Sultanate.

The Kakatiyas were the ancient rulers of today’s Andhra Pradesh and it was probable that their early reign was fused with the advent of Buddhism in the region. Some historians infer the period to be dated somewhere in the middle of the 7th century when Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese pilgrim, had referred to the kingdom as Danakaktiya. Even Marco Polo mentioned Warangal much later in his travels. The dynasty’s name came either from its association with a town known as Kakatipura or from their worship of a goddess called Kakati. It was assumed that Kakatipura is present day’s Warangal.

The silence in the fort was soothing as we gazed at the sculptures. As we walked inside the old settlement, life seemed to be the same. Posters of local heroes and politicians jostled for space as young couples, probably students, sought privacy in the temples atop a small hillock overlooking a lake. Nobody was in a mood to entertain tourists as they shly evaded our questions, embarrassed at being spotted.

Yonder, the Kush Mahal built much later by a local ruler, Shitab Khan, possibly a subordinate of the Bahmani kingdom in the 15th century, was a sharp contrast to the architecture of the fort. We walked up to the rooftop and took in the sights of the old village. Vehicles plied on the road as schoolchildren walked past us. The fields were lush, swaying in the breeze. This was once one of the richest dynasties. As Marco Polo said, they had a “great abundance of all necessaries of life.”

We continued, driving towards Hanamkonda, Warangal’s twin town located barely 10 km away. ”It is like Hyderabad and Secunderabad,” said my driver, interrupting my reverie as we entered Hanamkonda.

My guide book said that Hanamkonda was the former capital of the Kakatiyas and it was later shifted to Warangal. The seamless road took us past the busy market with retail brands jostling for space. Hoardings screamed for attention, but I hardly saw any monument of heritage relevance. Huge sacks of onions and potatoes were piled in the local grocery shops. It was nowhere close to the idyllic historic town I had painted in my mind.

We stopped before a narrow congested lane and walked through it. It led us to the thousand-pillar temple built in the 12th century. We spoke to a local man who said that the temple has been under renovation for a while and that a well was discovered here earlier and it was believed that the temple may have been built on water and it took more than 70 years to build.

The ASI signboard gave us more information. The temple, built by Rudra Deva I in the 12th century, was dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya. The pilllars graced the mandapa and between the main shrine and the mandapa was a pavilion for a massive Nandi. Records showed that the Kakatiyas were feudal lords of the Western Chalukyas  around the 10th century. The reign probably started with Betaraja I, followed by his descendant, Prola Raja I. Hanumakonda, which was secured as a grant by Prola Raja I from the Western Chalukyas, was the capital of a dynasty that had just started establishing itself.

We then stopped at the Bhadra Kali temple on a small hillock, believed to have been the patron goddess of the dynasty, and then proceeded to Palampet where the beautiful Ramappa Lake adjoining the 13th-century temple awaited us. Watching the sun going down on the lake, which was believed to be as ancient as the temple, I wondered how a rich capital, a seat of power where battles were fought and won, was today a town forgotten, alive only in textbooks.

My trail ended here but the Kirti Toranas remained in our minds – pillars of yesteryear’s glory lost to modern civilisation.

Getting there
Warangal is 140 km from Hyderabad and can be reached by road or rail. Trains and buses ply regularly from Hyderabad, which is about three hours (or longer, depending on the number of stops en route) by road. Accomodation is simple and there are a couple of three-star properties. Do not miss the local dish, the Pesarattu Dosa made of moong dal (green gram).

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Spirituality Made Simple

Posted by Admin on October 4, 2010

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by Owen Waters

Here are three simple, yet powerful, steps to spiritual living. Because they are based on the Universal Law of Creation, they bring you the power to create positive transformation in every aspect of your life.

1.  Look up

Recognize your spiritual nature. Know that you are a spiritual being living in a physical world. The real, immortal you is your inner being or soul consciousness. Several times each day, take a moment to turn your attention within and remember your true nature as a spiritual being.

Remind yourself that the universe was created by the all-present, all-aware consciousness which is behind all things. This infinite presence or beingness, thisInfinite Being, created the universe in order to experience itself from all possible perspectives.

You are an expression of Infinite Being, experiencing life from one individual point of view. Just as each snowflake is unique, so is each person. We are the eyes, ears, and hearts of Infinite Being as it experiences life from all possible viewpoints.

The objective of living on earth as a human is to gain experience while finding our way back to the ultimate state of consciousness from which we originally came.

We are Infinite Being.

2.  Look in

The gateway to spiritual consciousness is through the heart.

The Creator designed the human experience to consist of twelve stages of evolving consciousness. These range all the way from basic survival to the ultimate state of spiritual consciousness.

Much of the 20th century was devoted to the fifth stage of human consciousness, which is intellectual development. Today, people are migrating in droves to the next stage of human growth, which is heart-centered consciousness.

When a person focuses their intellect through the lens of heart-centered consciousness, they see how much the world needs help and healing rather than competition and destruction. The initial stage of heart-centered consciousness produces a constructive, global outlook. It also places a person just one short step from the second stage of heart-centered consciousness and the dawning of spiritual awareness.

“Love your neighbor as yourself” is a guideline that has been with us since the early days of human development. Today, it’s no longer a distant ideal to be sought after. The mass shift to heart-centered consciousness means that unconditional love now comes to people naturally. The complete love and acceptance of yourself and others is the heartbeat of the New Reality.

Feeling unconditional love towards others is the key to successful, meaningful interactions with everyone with whom you meet in any situation. Feeling unconditional love towards yourself fosters a healthy sense of self-esteem which builds a healthy, positive world based upon mutual support.

Even if there are outer behaviors that need improvement in yourself or others, it is unconditional love that is the key that will find the solutions that will heal such limitations.

3.  Look out

Outward action is the third step to spiritual living. Helping others improve their lives by doing work that you love makes the world a better place.

When you see life through the lens of your heart, you see how your innermost joy and passion continually prompts you to develop your own unique talents. When you recognize those talents, you can acquire the skills that bring them into active expression. When you spend your working days doing what you love and loving what you do, then your life becomes a constant experience of heartfelt joy.

The inspiring guideline as stated by Jesus, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is one that becomes second nature in today’s emerging New Reality. A heart-centered person simply wouldn’t do anything to hurt another. Nor would they want anyone to receive less than fair value for their goods and services.

You can bring light and joy into the world by engaging in heartfelt action and doing work that you love.

The Secret of Creation

By utilizing the Universal Law of Creation, you can create new realities that improve your life and enhance your ability to help others. This is the law was used to create the entire universe, so it should come as no surprise that, correctly used, it is both powerful and effective.

While Infinite Being is the ever-present ground state of passive awareness which exists throughout Creation, the Creator is the action-oriented aspect of Infinite Being. The Creator was given the task of creating the universe so that Infinite Being could experience itself from all possible perspectives.

The only tool at the disposal of the Creator in making the universe wasconsciousness. Therefore, everything in the universe consists of consciousness – people, rocks, plants and planets – and, because they consist of consciousness, they all have some degree of awareness.

Creation was achieved when the Creator divided its consciousness into two complementary aspects – thought and feeling. It then intertwined these aspects and set them into motion in ways that created everything that was needed to develop into life as we know it today. The universe, you, and everything around you consists of 100% consciousness.

Life is but a dream, and each one of us is here to change the dream in our own unique way.

Recreate your dream to realize all of your potential using the Universal Law of Creation.

The Universal Law of Creation

Creation = Thought + Feeling + Motion

The three essential steps to spiritual living are structured using the Universal Law of Creation.

Look Up – focus your thoughts on your spiritual nature.

Look In – find spiritual consciousness through the gateway of the heart.

Look Out – take action to express your inner joy and your unique purpose in life.

The Meaning of Life

You are an expression of Infinite Being as it experiences itself from all possible perspectives. Your perspective is unique, as is everyone else’s. That is the point of the whole exercise – for Infinite Being to experience life from as many perspectives as possible.

In order to best support this primary mission of human experience, we need to both celebrate our own uniqueness and support others in their efforts to develop their own skills and talents. Unity is our spiritual nature, yet it is found through celebrating our diversity in the common cause of developing our potential to the fullest.

The One is the All and, as parts of the All, we are the One.

Everyone’s path is unique because that’s the way life was designed.  There is no one-size-fits-all philosophy. However, we can learn about the universal laws that will help us to achieve our potential in life.

Your mind is non-physical and therefore has higher capabilities than your physical brain. Your mind is immortal and it grows with experience. We are each on our pathways back to the One source from which we originally came. To get there, we continually grow in consciousness by experiencing life.

The meaning of life is to grow in consciousness.

Intuitive Reason

Once you make a habit of looking within and focusing on your spiritual nature, you open up your awareness to the intuitive information that comes from your soul consciousness. Intuitive insight is available to both men and women and, with it, you can achieve more than you had ever imagined possible.

The conscious, reasoning mind assesses a situation using the physical senses as well as past information. Intuitive reason is possible when you include intuitive information in the process. Intuition comes from your inner, soul consciousness and it is tuned into the thoughts and energies that surround any situation.

Intuition brings direct information on the nature of any situation. With intuition, you know what will best work and when.

Intuition adds to your knowledge and understanding of a situation, allowing you to achieve objectives with greater ease and harmony than before. Intuition can warn you about danger ahead and reveal what hidden risks you can avoid in order to stay safe. Intuition prompts you to take actions which will help you in ways that you had not been able to detect using the physical senses alone. It also puts you in touch with the natural flow of unfolding situations.

Effortless Action

There is a flow to events; a timing that, when understood, makes tasks much easier to achieve. The key to gaining this information is to tune into your inner, soul consciousness.

This inner work need not be a one-way street of receiving inside information. You can also take the initiative by using the principle of effortless action. Instead of trying to make something happen by the usual efforts of planning, willpower and determination, you begin by going within and seeing the action as accomplished.

When you begin by seeing the action as completed, something very different happens. The action doesn’t mysteriously become accomplished by magic or by non-effort, but you experience a state of flow which enables you to move through the task with ease, grace and incredible efficiency.

To invoke a state of flow, go within and attune with your inner being and the intended task. Then, come out into the world of action and follow your intuitive guidance every step of the way until the task becomes physically completed.

This is how synchronicity happens and you will notice coincidences becoming commonplace in your life. People, ideas and resources all come together at the exact right time and in the right place because flow is an orchestration of the many, not just the one.

Like water finding the shortest and easiest path down a slope, your intuition will reveal the shortest and easiest route to the successful completion of any task.

The Inner Light That Beckons

Because the primary purpose of life is growth in consciousness then, sooner or later, everyone begins to sense the spiritual light that lies within your very being. It heals your spirit and beckons you forward into the realms of more light.

When this happens, you are firmly on the path of spiritual discovery. You are heading back along the pathway to the level of consciousness from which you originally came.

These three simple steps to spirituality – Look Up, Look In, Look Out – open the doorway to positive and lasting transformation. Take the time to reflect upon them now and be sure to tell everyone who could benefit from this uplifting message. It has the power to bring a special depth of meaning and purpose into people’s lives. When you spread the word, you are helping to make the world a better place.

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Twelve Principles for the New Reality

Posted by Admin on October 4, 2010

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by Owen Waters

The New Reality brings with it a new vista of awareness. In order to operate successfully in the new environment, you need to apply the new principles which come with this expanded view of reality.

Such knowledge empowers you to awaken to your newly expanded potential and manifest it with ease.

Here are some basic principles of the universe, as seen from the expanded vista of New Reality consciousness.

In this, the ultimate reality is recognized as universal consciousness, which is the formative essence behind all that exists within the universe. This essence can be called Infinite Being because it is the awareness behind everything within the universe.

Here are twelve principles which describe the New Reality awareness.

1. Infinite Being is All That Is. Nothing exists outside of it

The universe exists within the consciousness of Infinite Being. The physical world exists within the consciousness of Infinite Being. We exist within the consciousness of Infinite Being.

2. We are Infinite Being

Creation is holographic in nature, meaning that the one can be found within the all. For example, the oak tree produces acorns and yet the life-form of a complete oak tree is contained within each acorn. If a picture hologram is divided into two, both parts will still retain the complete original picture.

While you are a part of the consciousness of Infinite Being, you are also Infinite Being itself. At the deepest level of reality, all that Infinite Being is, you are.

Therefore we are, each one of us, Infinite Being.

3. Purpose in life

Your overall purpose in life is to experience it from one individual, unique point of view. Just as each snowflake is unique, so is each person. From a cosmic point of view, you are one expression of Infinite Being as it experiences itself from all possible viewpoints. In this way, through you and all life, Infinite Being gains infinite experience.

At a personal level, you, as a soul, pre-planned the major themes of your life. You chose the time, the place and your parents in order to set a life plan in motion which would explore those themes. Such pre-planning gave rise to the occurrence of related, meaningful events in your life which may have already given you the impression that destiny exists.

Destiny does exist, to the extent that the major themes of your life are pre-planned, by you, ahead of time.

As you pass through life, certain names, places, people and activities resonate with a certain specialness in your consciousness. It’s almost as if you knew them once before, but you can’t quite remember when or where. That is destiny, as it unfolds important, pre-planned and pre-viewed events into your life.

In the phenomenon called déjà vu, scenes that you recognize as they unfold in your life are scenes which you had previously viewed in another state of consciousness. This previewing occurred either during your pre-life planning or, more often, in a recent, out-of-body, dream-state where, in order to help yourself remain on-purpose, you reviewed the important, upcoming events in your life.

4. Free will enables you to explore your true potential

Free will fills in all the details. It can be used to any degree that you choose. The most productive use of free will is to explore your true potential within the themes of your life, thus gaining the greatest possible experience from your life plan.

5. Reincarnation

Reincarnation exists to provide a variety of experiences, so that life skills may be gained, and so that, while in a physical body, you can rediscover your spiritual connection within.

6. Life after ‘death’

From the point of view of your true, inner personality, passing away from the physical realm is like stepping out of a suit that you have worn for a while. The suit is not the real you. In your spirit body, you move into the spirit realm, which is a place of joy and healing. After meeting with friends and relatives who have passed on before, you start work on resolving the issues which caused inner conflict during your physical life. Then, as you move into the higher realms, remembering more about who you really are, you experience reunion with the rest of your immediate and extended soul families.

7. Life reflects what you project

Reflectance is a property of the universe. Also known as karma, this principle states that life reflects your beliefs, emotions and actions. The stronger these are, the more apparent it becomes that life is a mirror of what you project.

Every time you change the way you view life, the universe, just like a mirror, reflects your new view of reality. This may not occur instantaneously as, often, circumstances do not allow the new reflection to immediately manifest. In this case, the new reality is held, like a pressure within the aura of your body’s subtle magnetic field. You then walk around in life, surrounded by this magnetic potential, as it influences your circumstances to adapt into a form where the new reality will be able to manifest and operate.

Reflectance, sooner or later, produces manifestation. Therefore, if you don’t like something in your life, the most powerful way to change its effect permanently is to discover how you are generating that reflection, and then change your point of view so that you change the reflection that you are causing from the universe.

That’s how reflectance works. It’s just like law in physics. It’s how the universe was designed. The mirror of life will shine happiness upon you, but not until you first decide, within yourself, to become a happy person. Then it will reflect your new reality.

8. Abundance is natural

Natural abundance comes from ‘getting into the flow,’ by doing work that brings a sense of inner excitement. The phrase “Follow your inner joy” is actually the key to abundance. Once you follow your innermost joy and adapt your situation to doing work that you love, then synchronicity begins to flow. Synchronicity is the universe’s way of telling you that you’re on the right track. It is a flow of events where everything starts clicking into place in order to support your efforts.

Synchronicity brings you opportunities, people, events and circumstances exactly when and where they need to be. When life flows naturally, the universe’s natural state of abundance follows automatically.

9. Love is the only reality

Unconditional, holistic love is the answer to all of life’s challenges. We are here on Earth to learn how to love ourselves and others, and to accept ourselves and others completely, without judgment.

At this point, some people ask, “What, are you supposed to love someone who is bent on being anti-social, even destructive?” The secret here is that there is a difference between an acceptance of the outer beliefs of a person and an acceptance of their inner essence.

Regardless of that person’s outward belief system, and whether you agree with it or not, it is the inner essence of the person that you learn to recognize, love and accept.

The secret is that unconditional love will heal the world, and there is no shortage of its supply. The universe is permeated by, and held together by, the love aspect of the One Creator. You have only to allow it to flow through you in order to experience its wonder.

10. Self-responsibility

You create your own reality and take personal responsibility for it. Your life is a reflection of your point of view in this, the set of experiences that you, as a soul, planned for this life.

11. Truth is everywhere

The ultimate truth is to be found within, yet the study of a variety of sources of information helps you to reawaken and remember your inner truth. Your intuitive sense is your guide as to what material is most appropriate for you at any particular time during your personal development.

12. Inner connection and insight

Inner connection with your spiritual source promotes spiritual transformation and the achievement of your true potential. Developing intuition, both in men and women, provides an essential insight into life’s experiences.

The way this is achieved is through regular, daily meditation. The regular practice of meditation promotes intuitive insight, unconditional love and personal spiritual experiences. Any meditation technique that you prefer will function perfectly well, but the Infinite Being meditation technique is particularly powerful.

With practice, you actually need no technique at all, because you will find that you can go into those deeper levels of awareness, whenever you wish, as an acquired habit. In the meantime, check out the ultimate door-opener to the higher realms of human consciousness, the Infinite Being meditation technique.

This article was written by Owen Waters, author of
“The Shift: The Revolution in Human Consciousness”
and the Infinite Being Insight E-Books

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Cammeron of Arcturus

Posted by Admin on October 2, 2010

Arcturus-sun

Arcturus Star in Comparison to Our Son

Greetings to all our Earth-walker cousins. The events of the last year, especially the last six months have been foretold as a type of prophecy, for many a decade. The next three to four months will see much more unfolding rapidly and many more upside down institutions will be shaken by the Great Awakener. The Great Awakener in this sense refers to the sweeping wave of the Jesus The Christ consciousness which is working intimately with God‘s NESARA to embrace this planet now and forever more in His Divine Love. With each passing moment evidence of this is becoming blatantly apparent even to those who have their heads steadfastly stuck in the sand and do not have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. It is time for all this to occur. The time is NOW.

You will have by now noticed the many Earth changes which have been presenting themselves as the finale of all the wakeup calls to the walking asleep. Look away from the “disaster” point of view and see the necessity of all these occurrences. All deep seated pockets of negative-negative energy and the last vestiges of dark control are being torn, ripped and when Universally possible, passionately persuaded to either change and evolve or to hasten their exodus from this planet. Yes, this includes ALL the Illuminati’s human counterparts. All areas that have deep seated, karmic induced pockets of mayhem and disorganized chaos prevailing, are being quite literally shaken apart and yes, put on trial for their lack of desire to change. These people, cultures and religions true colors are being aired for all the Universe to see. Which continents will survive, who will survive, which ones will be .allowed to survive the planetary changes is solely up to the populaces of the areas concerned. And please, do not be naïve and think that it is only the third-world countries that apply to this statement. It is rampant everywhere. Choose wisely now to evolve or forever live with your choice of abstaining from MAKING a choice.

There is much to be thankful for. Areas like America, Africa, the Middle East, even the European nations, all who had a vested interest in the re-creation of patterns and ideas that do not resonate with the higher frequencies shall be shaken. Please remember, all these areas have generation upon generation of people who continue to do the same things time and time again while expecting different results. These problems were not created overnight nor will they be vanquished instantly, or in many cases willingly.

Although the Earth Star Planet is ascending into the higher vibrations at an accelerated pace, that does not mean that all of Earth’s inhabitants will ascend with her and the people no longer hiding in plain sight and issues previously overlooked or problems ignored will be solved overnight. The only thing that is guaranteed for sure is that the Illuminati influences will no longer be present to persuade you, to tempt you to follow their self-serving destructive doctrines anymore. It will take many a year to right all the wrongs and misperceptions which have been accepted as normal or accepted as various levels of the casualties of war up until now.

Furthermore, we wish you to be aware of some things that will affect you personally. Among these are the severe problems surrounding contaminated aquifers and massive shortages in water itself. Your water sources all over this planet have been in many cases intentionally contaminated. Isn’t it interesting how some people can become accustomed to dangerous situations because of prolonged exposure to lassitude and lack of empathy? Over drilling of water wells and wells for gas and oil exploration top this list of probable reasons for the contaminations; however they are not the only problem. The overuse of pesticides, the dreadful use of chlorine and fluoride and other pollutants have affected your planet as well. If you wish to avoid the disastrous “Black Blizzard” days of the Dust Bowl era, we suggest you heed our warning and stop misusing your water supplies. You must absolutely stop planting the same crops on the same land(s) year after year. One of the many things in your biblical texts that is a classic example of mistruth is: “ON the Seventh Day God Rested.” God did NOT rest! This planet was Created as a cooperative venture through the Creative processing. All “time” exists as spatial (Universal) time; therefore all things happen simultaneously because there IS NO time. This above biblical quotation was how the origins of what was known as the blue laws came into effect. These laws required everyone to not work ON THE SEVENTH DAY and go to church services instead.

Everyone needs time to replenish their Spiritual Self. Every seventh day is not nearly enough, especially in the times you are living in. You need to take a few moments each and every day. I should like to add something else for your consideration. “On the Seventh Year the Land is to Rest.” In this sense what I am referring to and what should have been included in your “sacred texts,” is the fact that all lands need to lay dormant every seventh year in order to replenish themselves or they will become devoid of nutrients and will subsequently be unable to support life. No amount of fertilizer or plowing under the topsoil will do. Allow the soil the time to breathe, just as we suggest you do for yourself from time to time.

We ask you, how is it that so many of you still believe that one potentially harmful chemical or poison can eradicate the effects of another toxin? Thankfully you have left the “dark ages” when being bled and the use of other toxic substances such as Mercury for healing purposes were considered commonplace. We encourage you to find a good water filtration system for you and your family, YOU will need it. Please keep in mind that your pets and livestock animals as well as food producing plants (gardens and the like) fit into this category as well. If you contaminate the food you eat what good will it do for you to filter the water? That process of filtering your drinking water only will not limit your exposure to other potentially harmful ingredients that may just weaken your immune systems as well. While we on the subject of weakened immune systems please be aware that there are deadly manufactured viruses which are currently circulating on your planet. These viruses are designed to impact upon the immune system. Not everyone who contracts these will recover completely as they have in times past. While we, (those of us who are of the Spirit world and Star Keeper races) can take care of most intentionally introduced invasive viruses, we can not stop them all. The viruses that survive have the capability of impairing your immune system for the rest of this incarnation. Taking proper care of yourself and utilizing ample amounts of supplements such as antioxidants, aloe, magnesium, electrolytes, etc., will assist in keeping you healthy and strong. Celest and David have posted a section on their Awakened Hearts website, a “To Your Health,” section in order to share with you the information they know about, as well as information we have passed along to them to assist them in keeping healthy in the days ahead. We suggest you take the time and read it carefully.

You have inadvertently been your own worst enemy by creating your own problems. Due to the lack of proper planning and the lack of exercising discernment in the actions you have taken in your haste to expand upon your societies, you have almost caused your own demise. Is some of this due to global warming? What you term global warming is a natural progression in Earth’s ascension process. Obviously we are not referring to the manufactured harm brought upon this planet through manmade devices. Earth is God’s Eden. As such she was intended to be habitable in all areas and this is the direction she is currently following. Her ascension. In order to do that there will be some changes in all landmasses over time, as the oceans rise and the rivers and streams erosion process gives way to following new pathways. This will not happen overnight and people will be given ample time to relocate as necessary. The problems you have to deal with relating to this are vast in number. Your air, ground and water supplies are contaminated with dry blowing dirt, pesticides, those obnoxious chemtrails and so much more. The solution to some of these problems is simple. Stop over farming areas, allow the natural ground cover to return, stop using water wastefully and do so until abundant supplies return. And find ways to stop the contamination of these vital resources in order to insure your survival on the planet’s surface. Ever heard the old saying, “what goes up must come down.” Although this is not always accurate, in the case of spraying pollutants into the air you need in order to survive and then allowing the contamination to seep down into the Earth’s surface, then that quote is most certainly accurate.

The reforestation of this planet will not come overnight much to the tree hugger’s chagrin; please do not think that everything that is as barren as you see it will become pristine and beautiful with a wave of our magic wand. What may be considered to be a convenient timeline for many people, may not be what the planet herself deems to be realistic. The intrinsic beauty and restoration of this planet and the better than it is at this time welfare of the human species will occur moment by moment now, as more Souls awaken to the continued inevitable evolutionary leap in consciousness and the unstoppable power of change. Many of you will be prompted to move to urban areas, to areas of safety, where you can become more self-sufficient. In the years ahead you will find the self-sufficiency aspect of your lives to be paramount to your survival. Businesses will be closing, there will be disruptions in food sources, transportation, grid-power and the like…. so be prepared. Get yourself a good pair of shoes, you may be needing them.

We also urge you to be ever aware of your surroundings. People’s characteristics are being amplified by the influx of the two predominant energies; the dying winds of change and the God inspired NESARA Wave. People will act out, they will be confused and off balance by a world they no longer understand. Please also make note that “Hungry People are Desperate People.” Do what you can to help others without drawing undo attention to yourselves. You do not want to become a target nor a martyr. Life may seem as if it is upside down, however please take note that these changes are long overdue and much needed, for all of you, if many of you are to continue to be allowed to survive as a species. Much of your technology has outpaced your humanity and your Spiritual growth. All of this needs to be brought into proper perspective. Once all is completed you will find a much simpler, less complicated, more fulfilling way of living well and expressing yourselves. You will no longer be consumed by “keeping up with the Jones” and the “me, me, me,” attitudes that are ever present here now. This is a good thing too. Your focus will alter to being of service to the needs of everyone for the common good.

You are learning a valuable lesson here. Well, some of you are anyway. You are learning to walk with one foot in both worlds, one that is the Spiritual world and the other that is the physical world. You are also learning what it means to be Human. We are here to help in these transitioning times but please do not become foolhardy or aloof and think that we will make everything right and do it all for you. Remember, you, all of you, all of your varied races and cultures of people have allowed this need for sweeping change to happen, so stop pointing fingers at others. It must be you, the people, who correct the past by learning to live in the moment, not for the moment and then move de-light-fully unencumbered into the future. I think now would be a good time for each of you to contact your government representatives, your community leaders and tell them that the abuse of one human being, of one life form is too much. Let them know that the chemtrails they are allowing to be sprayed into your atmosphere in every country, is harmful and doing nothing to reinforce your ozone layer, much less slow down the manufactured parts of global warming. Let them know of the Divinely inspired plan for this world that was originally conceived allowed the plants, trees, pollution free air and water to heal this world – when it was in need of healing. Let them also know that there is no practical reason behind the engineering of genetically modified seeds. Everything on this world was designed just so, so that everything worked in complete harmony with one another, year after year after year. Modifying one aspect disrupts the natural order. This is but another in a long list of control issues that needs to remedied and soon I might add, before it is too late. Terra (Earth) will no longer permit this type of action and you, yourself, should not either. That is if you wish to (1) be able to eat, and (2) if you wish to transition with her as she continues her ascent from the denseness of the lower vibrations your planet was previously enveloped in. Life as you know it there on Earth will never be the same again, you may as well get used to the idea. This IS a good thing. Trust US on that one.

The time honored sheltering and protecting process of keeping people in the dark so that they fear no evil, has left many, actually far too many, people on this planet completely unprepared for the times they are living in. Now I call it “sheltering,” whereas others may refer to it as “dumbing-down” a population. They do this by keeping the truth from the people while simultaneously conditioning them to respond with an anticipated, preconceived response. What happened to good old fashioned spontaneity? There are far too many who fear what they do not know. They also fear those whom they erroneously perceive as better or more powerful than they believe they themselves are. This time is changing, the elected officials in all countries are beginning to fear their constituents and rightly so. It is the few who control your media, which I am sure you know. I am wondering how many of you are wondering what is going on presently. The amount of actual quality news has been suppressed more than usual of late. This I call sheltering.. In other words dear Souls, they are treating you like children because big brother, mother, father and sister, believe they know what is best for you. Unlike the children of yesteryear, today’s generations and the upcoming generations of human beings will not take kindly to being pampered and fed placebos any longer. If the truth was to come out about exactly how many Souls are leaving this planet each and every day, because they no longer desire to be here and they are no longer able to fulfill their original Soul Contracts, the domino effect would be devastating. This would cause many others to simply give up and stop trying.

In a short time many truths will come out as one honest reporter after another dares to confront and challenge the Beast. The truth about the origins of money, religions, life on other planets, will be leaked quietly at first to the general populace and then mainstream media will grab a hold of the information as if it was something new. This new, news unlike other late breaking news stories, will not fade away as it has in times past, the people will not allow it. The poisoning of this planet and of the minds and hearts of the people will no longer be tolerated. It will be a grand day indeed.

We know many of you are wondering about the lack of oxygen in your air. There are many reasons for this. Oxygen depletion should be one of your greatest concerns. This depletion affects not only the moisture in your air; it seriously damages the physical vehicle, the body. And if it is having this effect on you, imagine what it is doing to the plant life, the inhabitants of the oceans and other waterways, and to all the other limitless life forms that inhabit this planet. You are the Caretakers of this planet. You plant the seeds for the next generations to come. It is your responsibility to be far wiser and more prudent in your decision making than those who came before you. You have the unique opportunity to do it right this time around. Use the knowledge you have gained and Create a better tomorrow – today. The midnight hour is upon you and the bell is tolling. Be ever mindful of this fact.

I AM Cammeron of Arcturus and proud of it.

Know this….We are here and We are watching. When the day comes, and come it will, that our races are re-introduced to you once again, do not for a nanosecond let your mind wander to the possibility that we are here to enslave this world. This world may not be our primary home, yet it is a world we helped to Create. We have always been here, every generation of since the creation of the human race. Believe it or not, we do speak the truth.

Transmission received by David

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Navigating the 4th Dimension

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2010

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The messages at this site are the result of communications between Mark Kimmel and beings who are not the current indigenous humans of this planet. The communications have been verified as coming only from those who are of the highest Christ Consciousness. There are now 143 messages on this site; they build on each other. For their full impact, read them in sequence beginning with September 2008 (archived below). They detail the transformation of this planet, our place in the universe, and a positive outlook for our future – if we are willing to act. I hope, by presenting them to you, that they spark your curiosity, and a decision to join with others to create a new civilization on Earth. As always I encourage you to seek your own unique truth, and live it.

This is my 22nd posting to Mark’s Corner for 2010 that involves communications with non-humans. It is with great pleasure that I again welcome Moraine and Justine, for their experience in the Altair system can give us insights into what is before us.


Greetings: Today we wish to discuss the challenges you will face after you have raised your frequency to the 4th dimensions, after your existing structures and beliefs have disappeared, after the earth shifts are completed, and your lives have been vastly changed. This is the moment when you will find yourselves in a love-dominated civilization. It will be exquisite if you allow yourselves to flow with the changes. We are offering this communication based on our experience on Supsten after we transitioned.

We see fear-based choices and actions gradually subsiding as love based choices and actions replace them. This is an on-going process; one that will continue until love becomes the dominant way of being. Each human on Earth is being asked to choose whether they wish to move into this strange, new love-dominated culture. The summation of these many choices creates a new way of being, a new civilization.

There is a moment when you will shift from linear time to the “now.” One moment you are in linear time the next moment you are in the now. You will perceive that something has changed, in fact all has changed — for you will see all differently. So this is your first challenge. How will you navigate in this new way of perceiving, this new way of experiencing?

The second challenge has to do with your body, in that you will feel lighter. Old aches and pains will be gone. You will have perfect eyesight and hearing, and your touch will be extraordinarily sensitive. Things will smell so wonderful, and their taste will be glorious. This may be quite a pleasant shock. How will you accommodate yourself to this situation?

Many of your actions today are designed to avoid disease. In the 4th dimension, the diseases introduced by the dark energy are unknown. Your bodies will vibrate at a frequency that disease can no longer reside with them. Many of you have become attuned to living with physical disabilities and accosted by disease, how will you now function? How will you go about your new life without worrying about catching one disease or another.

Relationships are the next challenge. Everyone will perceive things a little differently. There will have been no conditioning as to how you are to perceive, no parents to coach you, no prescribed box in which you fit, no rules or regulations. It will be wonderful, but also quite disconcerting.

The next challenge is to manage telepathy, for you will have this marvelous gift after the shift to the 4th dimension. For the first time (for most of you), you will be able to communicate without words. You will merely think a message you wish to send to another and it will be transmitted. Others will be sending you messages also. In fact you will be receiving large numbers of messages simultaneously, and you may initially feel bombarded with the thoughts of others. Your first challenge will be to filter what you wish to receive and what you do not. Discrimination is the order of the day, then learning to manage what you wish to say to another.

Once you have mastered the basics of telepathy you can begin to establish relationships with other people. Keep in mind that everyone will be operating from a basis of love – this alone will be quite a change. There will be no judgments – after all everyone is in the same situation. How do you relate to someone who can receive your honest transmission without the filter of conventional politeness, without the filter of your emotions, or your choice of words?

We have spoken of the absence of fear. Today you are immersed in a fear-dominated paradigm. Almost all aspects of your current environment and many of your relationships are built on fear. Fear of being cold leads you to build shelters. Fear of being hungry leads you to purchase and store food. Fear of rejection inhibits your relationships or may cause you to purchase a certain product. Fear of poverty leads you to achieve and to save. Fear of authority determines your actions. Many of your beliefs are fear based. Those who control you use fear as a major tactic. Fear is the bases for almost everything of your current civilization; no one lives without its effects. How will you react to the 4th dimension where there is no fear to constrain you or proscribe your actions?

One corollary of your fear-based society is that each of you has established a comfort zone in which you live your lives. You have your daily routines. You have your circle of friends and relatives. You have your favorite foods and drinks, and your favorite pastimes. Your comfort zone is the result of coping with a fear-dominated civilization. When you no longer living in your comfort zone, how will you react? Moving forward is an individual choice. Some will make this choice, others will not, as they find that their current situation is too comfortable and familiar to risk giving up.

If you are now highly conscious, elements of the new reality of which we speak may come upon you gradually, then one day you will wake up and all of it will be before you. It is not that you are un-prepared to deal with any one aspect of your new reality, it is that you will now deal with all of it simultaneously. We can attest from personal experience, that this will be quite challenging, as you can no longer fall back on old familiar ways of acting.

We have also spoken of the need for all manmade structures that are based on fear to disappear so that others may take their places. However, do not expect this to happen instantaneously. Supplanting existing constructs cannot happen quickly; constructs based on fear – governments, monetary systems, corporations, and religions – took many years to build. It will take time to reestablish loved-based versions of them. (More about this in a subsequent communication.) Likewise all beliefs that are fear based will disappear to make way for truth.

Will this transition be easy or quick? No. It will be gradual as individuals change. The mass of people changes only slowly, one person at a time. There will be no mass conversion to a basis of love. It will take place one individual at a time. Beliefs change slowly, not in an instant. Look at your own experience, Mark, it has taken several years for you to move from a fear-based individual to one based in love, and throughout this you were quite open to the whole process. You are a natural risk taker. For someone who is by his or her nature more cautious, change will come more slowly. So it is with the majority of the population; they are not risk takers. Only a small percentage of any population are leaders who will show the way.

Layer these factors of the transition onto the changes Earth is undertaking as she moves from a fossil fuel based civilization to one that does not puncture or gouge her skin, and you have the makings of the great transition in which Earth and all of you are engaged. It is any wonder that there was a waiting line to see who would incarnate at this moment? This is exciting stuff. The drama is intense as we watch it inch forward day by day.

The institute we are creating will allow us to come and assist humans to navigate in their new way of being, for the transition to a love based civilization will take some getting used to. For now we broadcast energy, walk among you working in select situations, and interact with selected people. In the future we wish to broaden this interaction and work with many to help them accommodate themselves to all the new things of which we have spoken.

Thank you, Moraine and Justine. I look forward to learning more from your experiences.

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In Truth, Love and Joy,

Mark Kimmel

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Big volcanic eruptions in Guatemala, Ecuador

Posted by Admin on May 31, 2010

Here we go people, the year that the bottom of the World falls out…

By JUAN CARLOS LLORCA | Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 9:39 pm

Explosive eruptions shook two huge volcanos in Central and South America on Friday, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupting air traffic as ash drifted over major cities.

Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano started erupting lava and rocks Thursday afternoon, blanketing the country’s capital with ash and forcing the closure of the international airport. A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Guatemala City.

In the village of Calderas, close to the eruption, Brenda Castaneda said she and her family hid under beds and tables as marble-sized rocks thundered down on her home.

“We thought we wouldn’t survive. Our houses crumbled and we’ve lost everything,” Castaneda said while waiting for rescue teams to take them to a shelter at a nearby school.

Meanwhile, strong explosions rocked Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano, prompting evacuations of hundreds of people from nearby villages.

Ecuador’s National Geophysics Institute said hot volcanic material blasted down the slopes and ash plumes soared 6 miles (10 kilometers) above a crater that is already 16,479 feet (5,023 meters) above sea level.

Winds blew the ash over the country’s most populous city, Guayaquil, and led aviation officials to halt flights out of the Pacific port and from Quito to Lima, Peru.

Neither of the eruptions was expected to disrupt airports in neighboring countries like Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano did in Europe.

In Guatemala, the ash billowing from Pacaya has been thick and falls quickly to the ground, unlike the lighter ash that spewed from the volcano in Iceland and swept over much of Europe, disrupting global air travel, said Gustavo Chigna, a volcano expert with Guatemala’s institute of seismology and volcanos.

In Ecuador, the ash cloud drifted out over the Pacific Ocean and was tapering off Friday evening.

Sandro Vaca, an expert at Ecuador’s National Geophysics Institute, said Tungurahua’s latest eruption was not in the same league with Iceland.

“The ash stretched for hundreds of kilometers, while the plume of ash from the volcano in Iceland covered nearly all of Europe for thousands of kilometers,” Vaca said.

In Guatemala, at least 1,910 people from villages closest to the Pacaya volcano were moved to shelters. Some 800 homes were damaged in the initial eruption late Thursday. A second eruption at midday Friday released ash in smaller amounts from the 8,373-foot (2,552 meter) mountain, according to the Central American country’s Geophysical Research and Services Unit.

The unit reported an ash plume 3,000 feet (1,000) meters high that trailed more than 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the northwest.

In Guatemala City, bulldozers scraped blackened streets while residents used shovels to clean cars and roofs.

The blanket of ash was three inches (7.5 centimeters) thick in some southern parts of the city. The government urged people not to leave their homes unless there was an urgent need.

The capital’s La Aurora airport would be closed at least until Saturday, said Claudia Monge, a spokeswoman for the civil aviation agency. Flights were being diverted to Mundo Maya airport in northern Guatemala and Comalapa in El Salvador.

The television reporter who was killed, Anibal Archila, had appeared on Channel 7 broadcasts standing in front of a lava river and burning trees, talking about the intense heat.

David de Leon, a spokesman for the national disaster committee, confirmed his death.

The most active of Guatemala’s 32 volcanos, Pacaya has been intermittently erupting since 1966, and tourists frequently visit areas near three lava flows formed in eruptions between 1989 and 1991.

In 1998, the volcano twice spewed plumes of ash, forcing evacuations and shutting down the airport in Guatemala City.

Eruptions at Tungurahua, 95 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of the Ecuadorean capital of Quito, buried entire villages in 2006, leaving at least four dead and thousands homeless.

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Associated Press writer Gonzalo Solano in Quito, Ecuador, contributed to this report.

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Huge quake hits Chile – Tsunami threatens Pacific

Posted by Admin on February 27, 2010

Huge quake hits Chile – Tsunami threatens Pacific

By ROBERTO CANDIA and EVA VERGARA, Associated Press Writer – 58 mins ago

TALCA, Chile – A devastating earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth. A tsunami set off by the magnitude-8.8 quake threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma said the most powerful quake to hit the country in a half-century killed at least 82 people, but the death toll was rising quickly.

In the town of Talca, just 65 miles (105 kilometers) from the epicenter, Associated Press journalist Roberto Candia said it felt as if a giant had grabbed him and shaken him.

The town’s historic center, filled with buildings of adobe mud and straw, largely collapsed, though most of those were businesses that were not inhabited during the 3:34 a.m. (1:34 a.m. EST, 0634 GMT) quake. Neighbors pulled at least five people from the rubble while emergency workers, themselves disoriented, asked for information from reporters.

Many roads were destroyed, and electricity, water and phone lines were cut to many areas — meaning there was no word of death or damage from many outlying areas.

In the Chilean capital of Santiago, 200 miles (325 kilometers) northeast of the epicenter, a car dangled from a collapsed overpass, the national Fine Arts Museum was badly damaged and an apartment building’s two-story parking lot pancaked, smashing about 50 cars whose alarms rang incessantly.

Experts warned that a tsunami could strike anywhere in the Pacific, and Hawaii could face its largest waves since 1964 starting at 11:19 a.m. (4:19 p.m. EST, 2119 GMT), according to Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Tsunami waves were likely to hit Asian, Australian and New Zealandshores within 24 hours of the earthquake. The U.S. West Coast andAlaska, too, were threatened.

A huge wave swept into a populated area in the Robinson Crusoe Islands, 410 miles (660 kilometers) off the Chilean coast, PresidentMichelle Bachelet said, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.

Bachelet had no information on the number of people injured. She declared a “state of catastrophe” in central Chile.

“We have had a huge earthquake, with some aftershocks,” she said from an emergency response center. She said Chile has not asked for assistance from other countries, and urged Chileans not to panic.

“The system is functioning. People should remain calm. We’re doing everything we can with all the forces we have. Any information we will share immediately,” she said.

Powerful aftershocks rattled Chile’s coast — 24 of them magnitude 5 or greater and one reaching magnitude 6.9 — the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

In Santiago, modern buildings are built to withstand earthquakes, but many older ones were heavily damaged, including the Nuestra Senora de la Providencia church, whose bell tower collapsed. A bridge just outside the capital also collapsed, and at least one car flipped upside down.

Several hospitals were evacuated due to earthquake damage, Bachelet said.

Santiago’s airport will remain closed for at least 24 hours, airport director Eduardo del Canto said. The passenger terminal suffered major damage, he told Chilean television in a telephone interview. TV images show smashed windows, partially collapsed ceilings and pedestrian walkways destroyed.

Santiago’s subway was shut as well and hundreds of buses were trapped at a terminal by a damaged bridge, Transportation and Telecommunications Minister told Chilean television. He urged Chileans to make phone calls or travel only when absolutely necessary.

Candia was visiting his wife’s 92-year-old grandmother in Talca when the quake struck.

“Everything was falling — chests of drawers, everything,” he said. “I was sleeping with my 8-year-old sonDiego and I managed to cover his head with a pillow. It was like major turbulence on an airplane.”

In Concepcion, 70 miles (115 kilometers) from the epicenter, nurses and residents pushed the injured through the streets on stretchers. Others walked around in a daze wrapped in blankets, some carrying infants in their arms.

Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, is 60 miles (95 kilometers) from the ski town of Chillan, a gateway to Andean ski resorts that was destroyed in a 1939 earthquake.

The quake also shook buildings in Argentina‘s capital of Buenos Aires, 900 miles (1,400 kilometers) away on the Atlantic side of South America.

Marco Vidal, a program director for Grand Circle Travel who was traveling with a group of 34 Americans, was on the 19th floor of the Crown Plaza Santiago hotel when the quake struck.

“All the things start to fall. The lamps, everything, was going on the floor,” he said. “I felt terrified.”

Cynthia Iocono, from Linwood, Pennsylvania, said she first thought the quake was a train.

“But then I thought, `Oh, there’s no train here.’ And then the lamps flew off the dresser and my TV flew off onto the floor and crashed.”

The quake struck after concert-goers had left South America’s leading music festival in the coastal city of Vina del Mar, but it caught partiers leaving a disco.

“It was very bad. People were screaming. Some people were running, others appeared paralyzed. I was one of them,” Julio Alvarez told Radio Cooperativa.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center called for “urgent action to protect lives and property” in Hawaii, which is among 53 nations and territories subject to tsunami warnings.

“Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near theearthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts,” the warning center said. It did not expect a tsunami along the west of the U.S. or Canada.

The largest earthquake ever recorded struck the same area of Chile on May 22, 1960. The magnitude-9.5 quake killed 1,655 people and left 2 million homeless. The tsunami that it caused killed people in Hawaii,Japan and the Philippines and caused damage to the west coast of the United States.

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Eva Vergara reported from Santiago, ChileAssociated Press Television News cameraman Mauricio Cuevas in Santiago and AP writer Sandy Kozel in Washington contributed to this story.

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