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What is definition of depression?

23 May

Depression has been described as a kind of emotional numbness.

A person may feel he or she has no laughter or joy inside because these positive emotions have been blocked by unhappy memories. Old emotional hurts inevitably lurk inside and when the new feelings try to bubble up they are filtered through these hurts. Even the most beautiful experience cannot survive if it is being filtered through a preexisting feeling of hopelessness, fear or anxiety.

How Do We Become Depressed?

Basically we are aroused by only two sensations, pain and pleasure. We all want to avoid pain and pursue pleasure. The emotional cycle which leads to depression begins in the present with our initial experience of pain or pleasure, and ends with complex feelings which are “remembered”exclusively in the past. This cycle of emotions has been found by psychiatrists to follow this pattern:

  1. Pain in the present is experienced as hurt.
  2. Pain in the past is remembered as anger.
  3. Pain in the future is perceived as anxiety or fear.
  4. Unexpressed anger, redirected against yourself and held within, is experienced as guilt.
  5. The depletion of energy that occurs when anger is redirected inward creates depression.

Hurt is stored because the body retains a primitive subconscious ability to remember every incident that it experiences. This is called conditioning and is part of the way we learn.

Although many people are treated with anti depressant drugs, these medications do not cure the underlying hurt or sadness that is the true cause of the depression. When the medication is taken away the depression usually reappears.

Even though it can take longer and requires greater insight and courage, a depressed person can either release the inner hurt or reprogram it. He/She can learn new, more useful and effective responses to painful experiences. When this is accomplished a permanent cure usually results.

In the Life Skills Seminar you learn to overcome depression by understanding and practising:

  1. The conscious ability to relax and release stress any time, anywhere.
  2. The ability to focus the mind.
  3. The ability to neutralise or reprogram subconscious “hurt memories”.
  4. The ability to develop mind/body exercises to overcome depression.
  5. The ability to develop new responses to current experiences.
 

Knowledge Centre – Life Changing

02 May

Why Is The Subconscious Mind Important?

The subconscious mind contains all our memory, our habits and beliefs, personality and self image. Perhaps you want to change a habit, such as smoking, or always reacting angrily when someone ‘pushes your buttons”. Maybe you wish to have better recall in exams. Or you might be challenged by low self esteem. Whatever you want to change, it is essential to change it in the subconscious mind.

But were you taught how to do that when you were at school? Were you born with a manual on how to operate your subconscious? Do you know the laws and the language of the subconscious mind? In my experience, most people answer ‘No” to those questions!

What Is The Subconscious Mind?

When you buy a computer, you acquire the hardware which is the computer screen, keyboard, disk drive and all the other bits and pieces inside. However, when you plug the computer in, it will not work without an “operating system”. The operating system is like a basic, predefined set of instructions which coordinates the use of the hardware. Once the operating system is installed, the computer comes to life and is able to perform fundamental tasks such as saving information, but more importantly, it is now able to accept further, more sophisticated programming. For instance, if you want your computer to type letters. A word processing (typing) program is required.

When you want to type a letter, you request the operating system to start this program. What then appears on the screen is a blank page, and as you type, the characters appear on the page. You may not be aware of all the billions of electronic signals which have been “programmed” by both the operating system and the word processing program to flow through the computer in a particular way so that you can type a letter. What you are consciously aware of is the image on the screen.

 

Handle Those Negative Emotions Before They Turn Into Monsters

22 Nov

Handle Those Negative Emotions Before They Turn Into MonstersLife is full of lessons. Most of the lessons we learn in life come from experiencing a negative emotion. Think about that! Do we have any deep and meaningful lessons from experiencing fun, joy and laughter – other than “we want it to happen again and again”. Of course understanding and recreating the conditions that surrounded the joy and laughter is important, yet it is often not the most impacting event in our memories – is it? Why is it then, that experiencing negative emotions such as resentment, blame, hurt, fear, anxiety, guilt, anger, bitterness, hatred, jealousy, revenge, all have such a strong effect on us and can teach us so much.

Emotion is Memory

We have two minds – the conscious mind is 12% of our mind and the subconscious mind is 88%. In the subconscious mind we have all our memory, habits, personality and self image. The language of the subconscious mind is emotion. The language of the conscious mind is words, sounds and pictures. It was the research scientist Rappaport who proved in 1971 that “emotion is memory”. Have you ever wondered why you can so easily recall a good event or a bad event. You can easily remember the circumstances, where you were, who else was there, you can relive hearing what was said, seeing the surroundings and you can re-experience the feeling – right through your body. The emotion, good or bad, is easily remembered – particularly the feeling you experienced.

So, once again, why are negative emotions so impacting? The answer is because they are so easily remembered and relived!

Prevent Emotional “Baggage” becoming a Habit

Handle Those Negative Emotions Before They Turn Into MonstersThis emotional “baggage” can be a real curse. We can often let it hang around in our mind creating further negativity. We know that negative thoughts attract negative thoughts … and this can lead to fear and anxiety, lack of self confidence and self esteem, depression, illness, disease, and more. And … we help to create this for ourselves by hanging on to the negative thoughts. Perhaps not even the initial negative event but we have multiplied its effect in our mind and body by not using techniques to handle it, moving through it and learning from it. So then emotional negativity becomes a habit.

It is extremely important to express your feelings and talk about events. This can be done with friends or with a counsellor. Look at the consequences of internalising or pushing down negative feelings. They go to memory which is in the subconscious mind. They are permanently there because as I’ve already discussed, “Emotion is Memory”. Then what can often happen, for unexplained, or no apparent reasons, one can experience negative feelings like sadness or anger (and more) bubbling to the surface. Negative emotional feelings can become a habit (depression). With a traumatic event, if internalised, this process can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – depression, hot sweats, unexplained anger, nightmares, and irrational action can become the norm.

What can I Learn from this Event?

Here’s another trap that’s so easy to fall into. Asking the question of ourselves “Why me?” or “Why is this happening to me?” All of us are wired up the same way. When you ask yourself a question what do you get? An answer of course. Ask yourself negative questions and you get negative answers. You might as well ask yourself “Why do I deserve these things happening to me?” You can see where the answers lead … yes, to every bad thing you’ve ever done in your life, and this brings about more guilt and even more depression. We become more listless, lethargic, tired, weary, exhausted. And all of this reduces our productivity and self esteem, and once again “we’ve done it to ourselves”. We are the creators.

Handle Those Negative Emotions Before They Turn Into MonstersThere is a simple answer. Become aware of your own self talk and when it’s negative, change it. So ask yourself a positive question and you’ll get a positive answer. It can be a challenge, in the middle of experiencing or re-experiencing a negative event, to think of a positive question. I’ll offer one that can be a start and you can modify it to suit you. “What is there for me to learn from experiencing …… ?” (and then you say the negative event). Do you get the idea? Do this in meditation and write down the answers as they come to mind.

Handling Grief is a Process

Often with a death in the family or of a close friend, whether it be caused naturally (including disease), by accident or by violence, we can experience many negative emotions which are all part of the grief process. Yes, regard it as a process, something that we can experience, move through and learn from.

Nearly all the emotions that have been mentioned so far can apply in a process of grief. Some of them are directed to ourselves and the person who has “passed over” and some are directed to ourselves and the perpetrator (in the case of violence and sometimes accident). Personally, it was only in meditation when the thought came to me “If you persist in thinking hateful, angry and revengeful thoughts, you’ll end up like that”, that I realised I could make myself another victim … and then I would have done this to myself. So I changed the thoughts in meditation to acceptance, co-operation, unconditional love and ultimately forgiveness. This is when I developed that sense of inner peace. It is common for people to experience denial, disbelief and loss of faith, but I find that most of us do come to terms with these experiences, so I will not dwell upon them.

Associated with the grief experienced following a death, there is often the feeling of guilt, stemming from “I haven’t said goodbye” or “The last time we spoke we had an argument” or “I never resolved that …. (fight, argument, issue, etc…)” or “What if ….” Another feeling can be loneliness which is often manifested by “hanging on” to the person who has passed over. I have learned that we can always say “Goodbye” (it is never too late) and that we can always forgive, including forgiving ourselves for unresolved issues after the death. This can be done in meditation or by prayer in any location – graveyard, church, your bedroom, your own back yard, a favourite spot … to name a few. Long ago I was advised to “Let go and Let God” and this has served me. Do I still talk about my daughters and have their pictures around? Of course – but I don’t bring them to mind and try to communicate with them – rather I send them my Love and Light for the Highest Good of all concerned.

Handle Those Negative Emotions Before They Turn Into MonstersSo, learn the lessons that life has to offer through negative events by asking yourself positive questions and talk about any trauma and the resultant feelings. My advice is to learn Peaceful Place techniques and meditate, changing any negativity by using the process of acceptance, co-operation, unconditional love and forgiveness. (Try out my favourite meditation PP13 – Inner Peace and Harmony - it is online for just A$20). Remember that once you have these techniques you can more easily handle any challenge that life puts in your path – it’s like taking preventative action.

Positive Story

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying “Yes, I’ll do it if it will save her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the colour returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?”

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

WOW! This is the kind of emotion I like to feel ….. it overwhelms me. This was forwarded to us by one of our e-mail friends and I thought you would like it. I intend to do an E Report on positive emotion.

All the Best

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Enjoy the positive story – it will take your breath away.

 

Ideas Regarding Self-Improvement

09 Aug

Ideas Regarding Self-ImprovementOne of the constants in life is change and our life experiences constantly change all of us. All of us have different life experiences with various events that happen which automatically effect and stretch us in some way and teach us assorted life lessons. We learn – mostly from negative experiences – these are our life experiences! We gradually learn to manage life’s hurdles and challenges which will be ever present. Indeed we are always learning!

Rivalry and competition are stronger in our society than ever before. New technology is with us at every turn which makes it imperative to constantly update our knowledge and skills to retain an edge for getting the work we want. Paying attention to our own self-improvement is crucial. In this way you will retain your advantage and flexibility in most circumstances.

Balance and Awareness

Having balance in your life helps to create the life you want. Recognise what you enjoy doing and what you’re good at and concentrate on refining and improving those talents.

You need to be aware of aiming for self-improvement and take steps to make it happen. You will need to find the right tools and aids to advance you along the path of self-improvement and this may take a bit of financial outlay for books, seminars or other aids.

To achieve self-improvement it is important for each of us to be responsible for our own thoughts, actions and behaviour. Furthermore we may need to relinquish or modify certain attitudes such as excessive anger, bullying, judgements and accusations.

Do You Have the Skills to Change?

Sometimes we want to and sometimes we need to change. Everyone of course is different and what approach we take to change or to handle change will vary. This deliberate change could be called self-improvement and generally there is room for self-improvement in every person’s life. A good question is – how to start?

How do people find out how and where to start? As we work towards our differing aspirations we can often realise that we don’t have the skills needed to change our life. Many people consider doing something to improve their life and because they don’t know how or where to start it becomes too easy to shelve the idea.

Look Inside and be Open to Creating Self-Improvement?

Focusing on the inner self is a good way to go. I’ll be happy when thoughts never really work – like ……….. I’ll be happy when – I get a better job, have a committed relationship – or when – something else happens in my life. Perhaps you believe that you really will be happy when – that certain something materialises. It may be your belief that being wealthy would buy you happiness – it doesn’t work. Happiness is a decision! You choose to be happy.

Of great importance is our own self-esteem, self-acknowledgement and self-love..

Do goals properly by using the subconscious mind. Setting Goals in Personal, Positive and Present Tense language and then checking all goals with SMART – that is, specific, measurable, achievable, reality and time-based when necessary is the only sensible way to achieve success.

Cultivating the self-discipline and responsibility to head in the right direction for achievement of this is important. Create good habits of positive self-talk, doing goals five times a day and making sure you actively meditate are all essentials of Self-Improvement. Know yourself, your life purpose, your aptitudes together with your special talents.

Some Ideas on How to Achieve Self-Improvement

Ideas Regarding Self-Improvement1. Find out about techniques and ways to handle difficulties and the tough times.

2. Learn to give up hatred and blame and free yourself from resentment and negative thinking.

3. Choose to be responsible for all aspects of your life.

4. Set specific, achievable goals.

5. Learn how to increase your self esteem and confidence.}

6. Learn how to be selective and say “No” when necessary to help reduce stress and look after yourself. For stress reduction ask for the help of others and practise daily meditation and healthy habits of eating and exercise.

7. Surrender graciously and adapt to those things you cannot change.

8. Developing emotional intelligence will help you to be in control of your emotions. By developing emotional intelligence it will increase your ability to understand not only yourself but other people and their feelings.

So, working towards self-acceptance and self love is a good place to start. Have faith in yourself. Focusing on self-improvement will lead you towards an improved and more contented life. Skills will be developed to assist you towards an improved lifestyle and performance. Your effect on others will be positive and you will contribute to making the world a better place.

All the best

Sandy

“Your gift from God is your potential – Your gift to God is to use it.”

 

Why is Life’s Purpose so Important?

03 Apr

IT IS CHOICE NOT CHANCE THAT DETERMINES YOUR LIFE’S PURPOSE NOW. I have been conducting my CHI (Creating Happiness Intentionally) Seminar, since 1994 and I produced my book of the same name some six years later, in August 2000. Is it just me? Or have you also noticed that there seems to be an ever-increasing amount written about Life’s Purpose Now? Why I wonder? Well … I do have a few thoughts as to why this might be such an important topic.

Life Purpose is such an individual thing. It doesn’t have to be something grand or overwhelming. It does take time to commit to searching out and determining just why we are here. The CHI seminar has carefully formulated exercises and procedures to guide you to this point and you develop a vision of yourself as you want to be.

The 3 minute video (above) is proof that we can control our own mind. During the time in total relaxation we can develop neural pathways to an end goal which becomes something we achieve. We do this in the CHI seminar and it is the start of real personal growth. Read below what others have said.

Some Quotes on Life’s Purpose

We do create our own lives … our own destinies. Every day we do this by the choices we make and the thoughts we think. I found these thought provoking quotes …

The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live. Joan Borysenko

Life is a promise; fulfill it. Mother Theresa

Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes. Washington Irving

The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose. Richard Leider

Why do I call it CHI?

CHI of course is an acronym for Creating Happiness Intentionally. How do I think one can Create Happiness Intentionally? The journey towards the goal is what brings happiness, therefore formulating all your goals to take you to where you want to go for the next five years is finding your Life’s Purpose Now! Finding your life purpose and your deepest life intentions can help you to move with greater focus and clarity, every day of your life. You will never regret taking this step.

I do feel that today many people are seeking and questioning their life purpose and are no longer happy just drifting along with the flow – they are setting their own “sails of life”. Once you find an answer to this it will set you on a path of joy and freedom. You will identify aspects of yourself that will reach to the very core of your being and identify your talents and your life values. Any blocks to your progress will be identified and handled at CHI.

The Sydney and Bali Venues

A great start to CHI is to do Sandy’s 6 FREE Video Course (he has been coaching since 1989) which are available so that you can easily Use Your Subconscious Mind To Achieve.

The Sydney CHI Venue – at the Chevalier Resource Centre is delightfully relaxing and conducive to contemplation of such issues as Life Purpose. It is an old teaching Monastery, with beautiful grounds, excellent food … you will feel blanketed in nurturing and safety in every aspect.

And certainly you will feel the same at the glorious Gaia Abasan Mountain Retreat in Northern Bali … a million miles away from all cares and interruptions. They grow a lot of their own vegetables on this serene hillside … the food there is superb. See a Report about the Bali CHI. Many say it was sheer bliss to attend. Be There at Life’s Purpose Now in surroundings that will support you. Any venues throughout the world can be chosen – just send me an email – or comment – so that we can start planning.

Are you leading a purposeful life … the life you want? Tempus fugit … time does indeed “fly” and it may be that you would like to examine your future direction or indeed create balance in your life. Now could be the time to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Meditation – The Power of Pretence

16 Mar

Meditation – The Power of PretenceHave you ever had the experience of being supplied with the information that you need ‘just at the right time’? Perhaps it seems to be by pure chance that you have received a letter, phone call or email or you might have heard a news report with just the piece of information you are seeking. You know my definition of coincidence? ‘The way that God remains anonymous’. My thoughts on why this happens is that it’s either because our thoughts are tapping into similar minded thoughts that are in the ether – in the great ‘Universal Mind’. Or, it’s that we are really focusing on this thought.

Sandy MacGregor’s downloadable CDs, DVDs and courses (he has been coaching since 1989) are available at Massive Deal Discounts so that you can easily “http://www.selfimprovementdeals.com” Use Your Subconscious Mind To Achieve.

This is how it happened for me some time ago when I was contemplating the thought that having fear was really our mind playing tricks on us. Thoughts like – You are not really going to get crushed in a lift – you just dislike confined spaces. The thought of this dislike can then work its way into your subconscious mind.

Soon afterwards I heard the statement on ABC Radio’s AM Program saying: “New research suggests there may be a link between glandular fever and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), whereby the fever damages an area of the brain, which is then tricked into thinking the body is unwell and subsequently sends out messages of fatigue and pain.

CFS and Glandular Fever Research

My research (on the internet) uncovered that both the ABC radio report and a Report in the “Sydney Morning Herald” were referring to an article in the “Journal of Infectious Diseases”. The article gave a report about a 12 months study which was of 39 Australians with glandular fever and it included eight people who had gone on to develop chronic fatigue syndrome and the report found that not the abnormal immune response or the virus itself could explain the variance between these two groups.

The researchers said the study found personality style such as neuroticism and psychological disorders like depression failed to predict long term illness. Andrew Lloyd – the lead researcher at the University of NSW stated that the study was part of the continuing “Dubbo Infection Outcomes Study” which monitored the long-term health of those who were infected with Ross River virus, Q fever infection and Epstein-Barr virus which is the cause of glandular fever. The study took place some time ago the total study involved 700 people.

It was found by a long-lasting Australian study that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be caused by a brain injury, meaning that in fact it is “all in the mind”. These researchers now believe that CFS develops as a result of a kind of brain injury caused by the onset of glandular fever, rather than being caused by a virus or a problem with the body’s immune system. The study’s authors say it won’t necessarily make for an immediate cure, but it may re-focus research into the condition and lead to better treatments.

Professor Lloyd confirms that the illness is not a pretence or a smokescreen for idleness nor a trick of the mind which invents pain, but rather it is a very real experience Pain does exist because the chemicals in the brain send the message of pain. If the signals from the brain chemicals become uncontrollable then the sufferer will experience a range of symptoms from fatigue, pain, mood alteration and so on.

Main Point

Have you ever had a dream that you are falling – heart beating faster, adrenalin running and hot sweats. What is the first thing you say to yourself when you wake up? Of course – it was only a dream. Your awake mind is what says this, but the dream mind or subconscious mind really thought it was true and you were being chased. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between imagination and reality. Never under-estimate the power of pretence – fake it till you make it! This is the reason why, even when having say claustrophobia, when you work deliberately with the subconscious mind and establish a new habit of telling yourself it is easy to walk a long way into a cave, it is possible to trick the mind. Active meditation using visualisation, guided imagery and positive self talk is the way to do this. The new habit will prevail – and this can happen in a very short time (say a month).

There is the case of an older man who, because of arthritis, had great difficulty in walking to the bathroom when he woke up, so he spent a while longer before rising, to meditate and visualise that he could easily walk to the bathroom. Then he got up and did just that, tricking the mind – every morning!

A Possible Solution

A thought could be to combat the signals of pain and fatigue which the brain is falsely giving out, when one has the illness of CFS. Visualise inside your subconscious mind being fit and well and capable of doing all those normal things you did before having the illness.

Remember to use only good, positive words and a lot of positive emotion – emotion being the language of the subconscious mind.

 

Thoughts Are Things!

12 Mar

Thoughts Are Things!I would like to share some direct quotations from the work of John-Roger – wwwdotMSIAdotcom. I would not attempt to re-word what he has to say for he is the “master”. I receive an e-mail quotation each day called “Loving Each Day”. One of the recent Loving Each Day messages was titled “Energy Follows Thought” – the quote is below in its entirety, because of its powerful message – particularly the very last line.

Thought comes as a result of Energy

That means if you are thinking about a hot fudge sundae, all the levels of your consciousness come in line to bring that to you. This same principle applies regarding visualisation of progressing towards soul transcendence and higher awareness. Every layer of your being will conspire to lead to this happening. You will receive co-operation from your mind, emotions, basic selves; even your subconscious will be guiding you though you will not be consciously aware of that level. This explains the importance of guarding your thoughts, because they can lead towards physically manifesting what your focus your thoughts on.

Sandy MacGregor’s downloadable CDs, DVDs and courses (he has been coaching since 1989) are available at Massive Deal Discounts so that you can easily “http://www.selfimprovementdeals.com” Use Your Subconscious Mind To Achieve.

Also, be careful what you say. Listen to what you say and be sure it represents what you really want in your life.

So whatever thought you have, whatever you say to yourself or others, is important. Become aware of it – listen to what you say. Make sure it is positive and, if it’s not, change it (as soon as you are aware).

The book “You Can’t Afford The Luxury of a Negative Thought” by John-Roger and Peter McWilliams talks quite a bit about the mind and mind power. What follows are some quotes from that book.

The Power Of Thoughts

A simple thought. A few micro-milliwatts of energy flowing through our brain. A seemingly innocuous, almost ephemeral thing. And yet, a thought – or, more accurately, a carefully orchestrated series of thoughts – has a significant impact on our mind, our body and our emotions.

Thoughts create responses in the body. Think of a lemon. Imagine cutting it in half. Now imagine removing the seeds from one half with the point of a knife. Smell the lemon. Now imagine squeezing the juice from the lemon into your mouth. Then imagine digging your teeth into the centre of the lemon. Chew the pulp. Feel those little things (whatever those little things are called) breaking and popping inside your mouth. Most people’s salivary glands respond to the very thought of a lemon.

For some people, the mere thought of the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard is physically uncomfortable. Try this – imagine an emery board or a fingernail file or a double-sided piece of sandpaper. Imagine putting it in your mouth. Bite down on it. Now move your teeth from side to side. Goosebumps.

Our emotions are influenced by our thoughts. Turn your thoughts to something you are fond of. What feelings do you have? Now think of something you hate. How are you feeling now? Think again of something you love. We don’t have to change our emotions consciously – just change our thoughts, and our emotions quickly follow.

Think about a much-loved place in the natural world, as you relax. Where is it? A beach? A meadow? A mountain top? Take your time. Close your eyes and and imagine that you are lying down on your back. The warmth of the sun can be felt on your face. Smell the air. Hear the sounds of creation. Let yourself be absorbed into it. Relax even more.

Most people who take the time to try these little experiments know what we’re talking about.

Those who thought, “This stuff is silly and I’m not going to try anything as stupid as this” will be left with the emotional and physiological consequences of their thoughts. Perhaps there will be a sense of tightness, irritability, impatience or maybe outright hostility. The idea of an evoked thought has been proven by this group. The point being that thoughts have power over our mind, our body and our emotions.

Positive thoughts (joy, happiness, fulfilment, achievement, worthiness, stress release) have positive results (enthusiasm, calm, well-being, ease, energy, love). Negative results (such as stress, worry, hostility, irritation, lethargy) can be caused by negative thoughts (criticism, worthlessness, suspicion, anger, anxiety).

Humans have a Fight or Flight response when faced with danger and this helps us to understand why something as seemingly small as a mere thought can have such a momentous effect on our mind body and emotions.

Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life – Grenville Kleiser.

This is sadly true also for every negative thought which also contributes to the eventual outcome of your life.

Remember to keep the self talk positive and to use your subconscious mind deliberately both in the relaxed and meditation state.

 
 
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