On New Years Eve, 2019, our brothers and sisters in Jakarta had torrential rain and flash floods.
In this post, January 7th, Channel News Asia, Siwage Dharma Negara writes:
“About 158 urban communities in Jakarta experienced flooding, according to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).
“Besides Jakarta, the floods also hit surrounding areas, such as Bekasi, Tangerang, South Tangerang and Lebak.
“The floods have caused electricity shutdowns and displacement of many.
“The death toll has reached at least 60 in the Greater Jakarta area and Lebak, according to the BNPB, owing to drowning, hypothermia and electrocution.”
We’re witnessing all over the world how our human actions affect where we live. Siwage goes on to say:
“There’s no doubt factors beyond human control including extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change, cyclical tidal waves and the seasonal monsoon have exacerbated flooding in Jakarta.
“But human factors – including the destruction of the ecosystem due to deforestation, poor urban planning including the unchecked construction of settlements around the Ciliwung riverbank, and dismal garbage disposal choking up the riverbank and gutters around the city – have aggravated its effects.
“Moreover, Jakarta is the fastest sinking city in the world, sinking about 5 to 10cm annually, and up to 25cm a year in some places. Half of the city now sits below sea level.
“The problem has been worsened by an over-extraction of groundwater owing to the city’s rapid construction and a delay in the development of water and sewage systems.
“The combination of these factors is amplifying the impact of freak floods each year.”
Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital on the northwest coast of the island of Java, has a historic mix of Javanese, Malays, Chinese, Arabs, Indians and Europeans, an amazing melting pot of cultures that has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine.
The de facto capital of the Dutch East Indies, Jakarta has continued as the capital of Indonesia since the country’s independence was declared in 1945.
In A Brief History of the Dutch East Indies, Kathryn Pentecost says:
“The Dutch East Indies (c. 1600 – 1942) was part of a vast Dutch trading empire (Nederlands-koloniale Rijk) which stretched across the world.
“In the 1400s- 1600s CE, the Spanish (including Columbus), Portuguese, Arab, English and Dutch traders were all keen to exploit the natural resources of islands in the south-east Asian archipelago and the ‘New World’ of the Americas.
“Nutmeg and cloves, in particular, were highly sought after in Europe as medicines and food, thought to ward of the Plague and also regarded as extremely valuable in social and economic terms.
“Most of these spices – including cinnamon and mace – grew only on a handful of islands and had been traded for thousands of years.
“The race to discover ‘the spice islands’ was particularly competitive and began a process whereby Europeans exploited the peoples of the archipelago (we now call Indonesia), and their natural resources.”
In our New Times, the old issues of patriarchal control are coming to the forefront to be Loved and forgiven, in the balance.
We are here to be the equality, the Divine Masculine in balance with the Divine Feminine, balancing the fires of transmutation with the cooling waters of the Mother’s Tsunami of Love.
Our climate issues urge us to look within, to come to Divine Right Alignment for the good of the whole, all thoughts and actions.
1500 Historical Artifacts to Indonesia
The Jakarta Post, January 7, 2020
The Dutch government has returned 1,500 historical artifacts to Indonesia, four years after an agreement was made with the Education and Culture Ministry.
“Basically, there are 1,500 [objects] that used to be held in the Nusantara Museum in Delft, Netherlands, which were returned to Indonesia through the national museum,” Education and Culture Ministry culture director-general Hilman Farid said at a press conference at the National Museum in Central Jakarta as quoted by tempo.co.
The 100-year-old Nusantara Museum was the only museum in the Netherlands dedicated specifically to art and cultural objects from Indonesia, a former Dutch colony, and it closed its doors in 2013 due to financial difficulties.
The museum had initially offered to hand over around 12,000 artifacts to Indonesia, but the culture director-general opted to accept a selection of 1,500 objects instead.
The repatriation process symbolically started in November 2016, when Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte presented President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with a Bugis keris from the collection.
“This is the first time in the history of Indonesia that Indonesian cultural objects or artifacts that were taken [to the Netherlands] are returned,” Hilman said. “This is very historic and we want to share it with the public. Hopefully, this paves the way for the return of objects in other European museums.”
As we become more conscious of our Divinity, our planetary balance restores itself: As within, so without.
Drawing on the wisdom of the Universal Law of Attraction and Repulsion, as we attract Love — truly remember our Divinity, our integrity — and we repel/forgive, knowing our worthiness, the old behaviours not of love.
The Dutch, in the post above, returning the Indonesian artifacts, is an example.
Witnessing the flooding in Jakarta, the fires close by in Australia, and other climatic issues, individually we affect the change to right alignment globally with our own understandings of the feminine and the masculine balance within, our Divine Alignment.
A drop in the ocean — the ripples — affects the entire ocean.