Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thought, Meditation and Miracles

Excerpt from "A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity"  By William Samuel 

Chapter XIV  Thought, Meditation and Miracles 


QUESTION: What is meant by meditation, "practicing the silence," and what is its importance?

ANSWER: Many things we read and study, many philosophies and the teachers of them, tell of the wonders of meditation and of the benefits to be reaped from "practicing the silence." Throughout history we have heard the many admonitions to "take no thought," to enter into the silence, to meditate in quietness and to "be still and know." Judging from the letters I receive and from the comments of those with whom I talk about this matter, many feel that they have failed and feel guilty because they find themselves unable to "exclude thoughts from consciousness." Many say to me, "To take no thought means that I am to become a mindless blank—a vacuum! How in the world can I stop thinking?"

  Understand this: Even though to "stop thinking as a personal thinker" (as a possessor of Life) appears mandatory, nonetheless it is effortless! And it does not mean that we must become a mental blank. Not at all!

  A story has been written that will make this clear. It is about a prince who was raised as a poor woodcutter, unmindful of his kingly identity. For many years, the prince labored and toiled, felling the huge oaks of the forest one after another, cutting them into kindling to sell at the market place. Despite the magnitude of the toil, he was barely able to provide for his family. The fervent prayers that came forth from his agony went unanswered. Then one day, in the midst of a great despair over his hopeless situation, the lost prince was found by his father, the king, who told him of his royal identity and kingly heritage. At first, the prince didn't believe it; it was simply beyond his comprehension. But then he was taken up into a high mountain by the king and shown the entire kingdom that was his very own. There, on the mountain top, his heart whispered, "It is so!" and finally the prince believed. With this, he received the mantle and scepter and was told to commence his reign. Then, in great relief, he threw down the heavy axe and shouted aloud:

"I have sought Truth all my life, but lo That that I seek, I am!
Every tree in the forest is mine!
And every forest in the land is Thine, oh Mind that is Me! 
The borrowed axe was borrowed from Myself;
The acres leased were rented from Myself; 
The wood was cut for Me alone."

  With some reflection, this story should serve to make clear that one does not have to stop thinking and "empty out his thoughts" before he is enabled to assume the rightful identity. Just as quickly as the prince recognized his honest identity and accepted it as his own, he instantly and effortlessly stopped thinking as a woodcutter. But he did not stop having thoughts! He did not become a blank! He thought consciously as the king, not as the woodcutter. His thoughts were effortlessly kingly. He stopped thinking limitedly, narrowly, impoverishedly, hungrily, greedily, angrily and desirously. Such woodcutter-thinking was let go without hesitation. Why? Because he was the prince and always had been, not a woodcutter. Furthermore, it was immediately apparent to the prince that thinking and acting as the misidentification had resulted in the misidentification's trials and tribulations!

  So what do we do? We accept and assume our rightful heritage, our proper Identity. This is an effortless task because Identity is an already-fact. But we can assume this heritage only as we stop playing the role of the woodcutter. We cannot continue to keep consciousness full of woodcutter plans and calculations, woodcutter fears and phobias, woodcutter judgments and thoughts. How can we do that and simultaneously be the New Identity? We cannot serve both. We must "choose this day" one or the other. Really, there is no choice in the matter; Identity is established. It exists outside the influence of a phantom's personal choice.

  So, the "silence" we practice is the silence of the woodcutter's thinking; a silence of worry and concern for what appears to be going on in the woodcutter's affairs; a silence from the plans and calculations the misidentification makes in order to establish peace where peace already exists. We practice silence from fault finding and judgment.

  This is not to become a mental blank. This is not to sit in a chair and attempt to push out every thought, erase every image, silence every sound, negate every emotion. Not at all! Our silence is to sit loose and simply be the thoughts of Deity, the thinking of the One Mind, the Awareness of beauty and harmony, which assuredly includes more wonderful thoughts, ideas, sounds, images and emotions than the world has dreamed of!

Excerpt from "A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity"  By William Samuel 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Identity and Awareness

 Identity  and Awareness                 By William Samuel

The musician begins with the principle of music, not the discord.  The mathematician begins with the principle of his science, not the error.  WE BEIGN AS THE IM-MACUALTE, PRISTINE, PURE AND PERFECT IDENTITY WE ARE ALREADY, not the personal sense of things, not the world’s ideas, opinions and judgement of things.  We ‘begin’ with God, the ALL that Isness is, and rejoice at the wonders this ever new view reveals.  We LET that Mind be us which IS the awareness of the Truth we are.
Awareness is the common denominator which includes ALL.  

Nor is Awareness separate from the images within it, any more than the television screen is separate from the cowboys and commercials there.  Therefore, we can see that our identification as awareness ITSELF is not a withdrawal from the world, from people or from the adventure of living.  It is a withdrawal from our own valued opinions, notions and prejudices of them.  

To the contrary, this work appears as revitalized interest in everything that appears as conscious identity (Awareness) – and that is everything!  As we live childlike-awareness-being-effortlessly-aware, we find our daily experience expanding into undreamed of new action – plus the strength and means necessary for that action.  

This Identity we are is AWARENESS, the action of Mind, God. Its purpose (Our reason for being!) is to delineate itself.  Deity’s SELF-Awareness in action.  And this is our heritage!  This is our inescapable.  Identity, already the only fact of Allness.  All is already infinite.  Infinity is already all.  We look on ‘others’ as awareness simply being very much aware. 

 We are not about the business of determining how images are supposed to look, walk or talk.  Rather, we are in the business of seeing images-out-there as what they are: perfect images, doing what they are supposed to be doing – and that perfectly!

Excerpt  from A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity   

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Real Identity

A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity        by William Samuel 
Excerpt from Chapter X 

The Real Identity 
Awareness existed before any manifestation. Which is more significant awareness or manifestation? It is the Heart that instructs, not the words. The heart goes beyond words and cannot be fooled. There is no one reading this book to whom the Truth has not been revealed many times and for whom the Truth only needs to be lived. Additional enlightenment and its tangible experience called ‘healing’ come with LIVING – just beyond the wailing wall of words. But the light that is being the awareness of the words – the light identity is – cannot be revealed by word alone. 

Now listen softly. Wisdom comes out of warm quietness and simplicity, not from the bombast of overpowering words, intellectual mumbo jumbo and hard talk. Knowledge comes out of simple tenderness and childlikeness. We let weighted concern go! Frustration and fear have no authority! They cannot alter the Identity being us. We let go the struggle to define the infinitesimal. We end the battle to outline the relationship of an endless microcosm – foolish task! We come home to Awareness. The identity Awareness which gives us the power to be aware of this frustration and fear. We return to simplicity, to the warm tenderness and inescapable effortlessness of the Already-Identity Awareness is, right here, right now reading these words. This is not to laboriously ponder the mysterious paradoxes as though wisdom depended on that. This is to joy in letting go the thinker, and find ourselves the THINKING of Isness.
Consider this ‘here’ and ‘now’ a moment: When do we read these words? When do we look across the way and see a familiar face? Or any face? When do we see children scampering with their toys? NOW is the ‘time’ that ‘seeing’ takes place. Seeing is NOW.

Listen again: the here and now are present as this consciousness reading these words. This is the here- and- now consciousness that individual identity is! And this is the only one we are ever concerned with. 

Actually we have never been concerned with another conscious awareness. Even when we think we have been confronted with ‘another’ experience of son, daughter, husband, wife, partner, associate, leader, national figure, potentate, King, Christ Jesus or the hosts of heaven, hell and the universe, the knowledge of these figures and the consciousness of their actions are always this conscious awareness even now examining these words! They are everyone included ‘within’ and ‘as’ this here now consciousness that says ‘I am!’ Who can deny that conscious awareness lives forever as itself, here and now the eternal moment and infinite place of all that we call ‘our own’ Identity – Experience? 

We dream in the now. We have missed many tangible wonders in our here and now while wrestling with tangible dreams of a not-now or worrying about events that are not hereSuppose we resolve to ‘begin’ this New Now looking ‘with the eyes of God’ at the majesty and wonder Isness-as-us is.  Let us further resolve to let go, as persistently as we can, Bill’s, Jack’s, Mary’s or Jane’s view of things.  To do so to find ourselves letting go the ‘old man’s or the ego-personality’ fears, frustrations and confusions.  To do so is to find ourselves looking at a tangible harmony on the here – and – now –scene- a harmony we can see even when others won’t.  To do so is to live a deep and abiding JOY that cannot be taken from us even if our personal opinions and their pleasures appear to be.
Excerpt from "A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity"  By William Samuel 
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Presence

The following is transcribed from the DVD William Samuel Seminar in White, Georgia. Of course the video, seeing and hearing William speak, adds some deeper layers to this these words. However, I think the simplicity and Light in the following will be very touching to most of you.  Love you all  -- Sandy Jones -- Literary Executor  

Transcribed from DVD  Seminar With William Samuel - White, Georgia May 1993

There is a presence in this room right now and its here. It’s completely here, totally here, fully here, not partially here, its fully here, a presence, and its here. 

You can flee to the hinter most parts of the world, you can make your bed in hell. You can do anything like that you want to do, but the presence is still present. 

I went to the mall recently, and I saw a little boy just at the moment he realized he was lost. His mother and father weren’t there. All of a sudden he was by himself and he was frightened, just as I happened upon him, and so immediately I picked him up and I said  “everything is alright, everything is alright, we’ll find momma and daddy”  and I held him up so his head was up here and he could see over the crowd and he saw his mother and father on the other side of the room.  They hadn’t seen him yet, but he saw that his mother and father were present, were present. And immediately began laughing and clapping his hands. Then his mother and father saw him, and came over and announced there presence and said “everything is alright” and thanked me for doing what I did.

I just wanted to tell you that there is a presence, right here, right now, that is just like that. Fully here, totally here, and doesn’t care what we do as human beings, doesn’t care how sinful we be, how fallen we seem to be -- doesn’t care. It is taking care of us, just as we are, just as we are and happy to get us through the human experience, to climb Da Shan {this time-space world} to stand with our foot above the earth -- and by the way, the little boy just had to know that the presence was present-- the presence didn’t have to come and do anything, didn’t have to bring him an ice cream cone, didn’t have to do anything, except be there.

So it is that there is a presence here and we don’t have to do anything to bring it.

I mentioned the photon that we have gotten ourselves down to in our quest for the big bang  This photon is vastless and spaceless and it moves at astounding speeds and it carries information.  Well, everything, it has been discovered  seems to have an opposite particle, what would be the opposite particle of the photon?-- and this is what science is working on at the moment. They have done everything but find the opposite of or the 
equivalent of all photons, to infinity and infinite, so what would be the opposite of this little creature that is zipping around here at the speed of light?   What would be the god particle? It is the photon that is already present, that doesn’t have to move because it is everywhere present and nowhere absent. That is the presence that is here this moment, attending all of us perfectly, from which we can’t escape. 

So there is a photon that moves and if it has an opposite, like everything else, there must be a photon that doesn’t move, that’s still, that’s at rest.  

Jesus said “I come from the Light, and I’m going back to the Light” Lao Tse said that, Buddha said that. 

Science is discovering the photon that is everywhere present and nowhere absent. Yet, we can’t prove it. At the tail end of everything, we can only admit that its here, present, and that’s all we’re required here to do.

 Is God here here or not? We accept, rather than reject. We  can’t prove the presence of God, but we certainly can accept the presence of God. 

When we accept the presence of God, it is amazing at the little things that happen that prove, that prove the presence is here. The little boy didn’t have to do anything for the little boy to be relieved, the little boy just had to know his parents were present. 

We don’t have to do anything, we just have to know there is presence present, that’s all we are required to do. 

And listen, for those of you are wondering why should I throw away the old man and put on the new -- well, miracles start happening when you do. You find yourself writing books and you find yourself talking where you had never talked before and you find people smiling at you that had never smiled at you before. And the presence proves that it’s present. You fly airplanes and you clap hands with glee. And you realize all beauty is within myself, all Truth is within my self, not out there a measurable distance away, not out there with a preacher, a minister, or a holy book or anything else that I must follow its directives --- Its here already as I -- and then we live the equation, we live It.

I want to talk just a little about the equation .........

DVD     Seminar With William Samuel --White, Georgia 1993

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Understanding Time


Now it is, in these late days in the ongoingness of mortal life, that the attention of the one who survives will be turned to the Child within himself. He will be comforted and profited in his worldly affairs, and in his heart he will grow wealthy. As this Child-consciousness grows in the world and as these renewing people communicate with one another around the earth, writing and telling their own glimpses and glimmers of the Child's joy—no longer reciting the words of others as proof of their own wisdom—there will be a remarkable synergistic assembly of feeling within humanity beyond the grandest hope of anyone. 

Out of this unexpected synergism of Light, like a plant sending up a tall stem with a great flower on it, so the world will send up a newness of Child-people, blooming as a flower of Renewed Life—just like a fall flower finally coming to bloom in the late days before the frost. 

After nearly eleven thousand years of human time, God's Tree of Life is coming into bloom. There will be a special Joy beyond joy felt by those who are part of this Flower of Life, the offspring of Godhead, seed from the Original Seed.

But listen, listen. It is the Tree that blooms, not we ourselves. Those who are led by the Child become the Living Blossom of Life here on earth—a new brotherhood, a new Community without leaders or temples, subservient to naught but the Child and its Source. 

This flower may be shaken by the laughter, envy and scorn of the incredulous, and assaulted by pseudo-authorities whose power appears to be threatened. But the Child is a threat to no one. 

Before us lies a brief and severe time when the flower is shaken by the wind and the petals seem to be scattered again and when those who are not holding fast to the inner Child's hand will wonder who the real prophets are. But from the Flower will come the Seed that will be taken up for the reseeding and ongoingness of tangible life. The tree will perish, but the seed will live. 

How do I know this is so? Because it has been shown to me by the Child I am—and I see confirmation of the Divine Process and Its Equation in all nature. All one must do to know these things are happening already, is to look and see that they are happening. Line upon line now, but soon precept upon precept, more than a little here and a little there, the New Community already begins to flower and be seen by Everyman, first fruits of the Tree of Life—from out of which comes the Seed eternal.
All tangibility, all Da Shan and the life teeming on its slopes, is the subjectivity of God, not man. The Life that reads these words is the Awareness of God, no man. 

The synergism we feel in the community of our families and most meaningful groups is only a fraction of the Divine Energy and Light of Godhead's Life soon to be felt by those who summon forth the Child within and dare to become that Child. 

The downward human spiral of energy that culminates in selfness and the reproduction of human life will turn around to spiral upward and out, bringing with it the incomparable Energy of Life in its wholeness, joined with the Groom—and this joy is yet to be experienced by men and women. 

It is reserved for the final flowering of Life. It begins with the Child within. We get busy and find It. We live the Equation, giving and receiving, receiving and giving to all mankind. 

We write and tell of the Child's Glimpses because we are ourselves the only ones who can tell our own Glimpses of Light—they come to us immaculately and individually and to no one else. We are charged to give them to our others. 

The Glimpse contains the pollen of Life and we give it freely. We accept it and pass it along. We live God's Equation with joy. 

As it might be said in the East, the night of Brahman falls as soon as the harvest of the Seed is accomplished. The Morning of the New Day comes quickly.

Excerpt from "The Child Within Us Lives! A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics" 
By William Samuel  

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Tender Things The True Things

We are watching television, and an unexpected scene brings a tear to the eye. The emotion we feel is the Child stirring within. Subtly, unnoticed thoughts inward toward the Child and outward to the scene at hand combine in stillness to elicit a movement of the Child within—and we feel it. What hasn't been common knowledge is that the Child lies at the seat of simple, honest emotions that have to do with the tender things, the true things, the good things of the human condition.

We see the enthusiasm of a puppy whose whole body wiggles in tail-wagging excitement, its head nuzzling the hands and feet of a friend. The response we feel from the center of us is the Child within confirming that the joy outside IS the within, one joy. What hasn't been common knowledge is that our empathy comes from the Original Child of us, the Good of us, eager to prove it is ever here as the Real.

We see something as we round a turn of the pathway and are tinged with some distant nostalgia, a statement within reminding us of a pleasant time in our affairs or a happy place we know. What hasn't been common knowledge is that the seat of feeling within us is the Child's domain and that our response to the unfolding view, in fact or in memory, is the Child's reminder that we are that Child, not merely the body that walks the pathway or thunders hell-bent and unthinking through a human experience. 

We see the sight of dolphins and porpoises playing alongside the ship of life. Suddenly we feel their joy and freedom, their uninhibited playfulness, and we are relieved. What hasn't been common knowledge is that their joy and zest is our joy and zest. If we had not learned what joy is, we would not recognize it in the world—and it is the Child of us that responds, feeling the same joy and zest. Our body is renewed. What hasn't been common knowledge until now is that it is the living Identity of us, the immortal Child who is stirring within, telling us It is willing to be up and out and into our affairs, bringing us up and out of the old nature to take us home to the Real again. 

We see two old folks walking slowly, hand in hand, for their evening stroll. Suddenly something within us responds—goodness knows what we feel, but it is very good. It is warm. It is refreshing and delightful. It is in response to the Child's lessons learned somewhere along our old man's line of life. But the Child is the responder to the scene at hand, telling us that we are not the unfeeling, dispassionate aging person we thought we were. Rather, we are the Child within that doesn't grow old. We live and we know we live. We are coming back to our senses again. What hasn't been common knowledge before is that we are not the old person looking on the scene at hand, but we are the Child, the Awareness of God, looking at the subjectivity of Godhead.

Sometimes it is the Child that dreams our dreams for us—dreams to be thought about a little. It seems to me that some of my dreams do not come from the inmost Child of Me but out of my old worldly imbalances, hinting at something for me to unbind in the world I am. Something to forgive and forget. But on the mornings when I awaken to freshness and eagerness, I can be sure the Child has been at Its work during sleep, being instructed by the Father of Life.

Now, ever so slowly, line upon line, in these days at hand we are becoming aware that the Child within is the REAL of us, the IDENTITY that walks hand in hand with God, and we are beginning to let that trustworthy Child lead us. The Child I am speaks to me and writes these words. Nothing I can write of myself will be worthy of that Inner One made in the Image of God, but with the Child's help I try. The response one feels to these thoughts and ideas comes certainly from the Heart, the Child, not at all from the dying nature of the unreal man of Life. The Child laughs, too—oh, how he laughs and claps his hands!—but not in derision or hurtfulness. The Child laughs in honest confirmation that the Heart of us lives and is eternally about the Father's business. 

And I shall write my law in their inward parts and write it in their heart; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. They shall teach no more everyman his neighbor and every man his brother, saying “Know the Lord” for they shall all know me from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord, and I will remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah)

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah)

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Jesus)

While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. (Jesus)

Ye are all the children of light and the children of day. (Paul)

Suffer little children to come unto me ... for such is the kingdom of God. (Jesus)

It is the Child that sees the primordial secret in Nature and it is the child of ourself we return to. The child within us is simple and daring enough to live the Secret. (Chungtse)

For where the beginning is, there shall be the end. (Jesus)
The children of the promise are counted for the seed. (Paul)
We are the children of the promise. (Paul)

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (Jesus)

Who is that Child, my friend, if it isn't the one buried beneath the adulthood of yourself? We look for the Child and the Child stirs to tell us It lives. We reach for the Child and the Child comes running into our gut to respond and say, “I am come!” We begin to see small wonders again, the way we saw them as children. We acknowledge these wonders as gifts from God and lo, they come more frequently. We gird up our loins and dare tell others of the gentle Child within them, and our wonders increase and grow apace. We thank God for the Child of Life by telling our subjective selfhood of the Child they are. 

    Imperceptibly, bit by bit, we let the inner Child lead us to the right hand and to the left. Imperceptibly, our reliance on external authority gives way to the Light of Life within ourselves, and we quarrel no longer with any man. Then we see the Child in all men, even the arrogant and scornful, even the feeble and sick. As we look for the Child in ourselves, we see It in all men and see them coming alive as well. THIS is to give God what is God's. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Happy Child

Here is a wonderful piece from another dear friend of William Samuel's-- she is finding the Child--reclaiming her Real Self, the Beautiful Swan Soul.. She explains her re-discovery, recovery of her true Self, her uncovering and living from the Light of Truth. She explains it so beautifully here -- I want to share Rose's words with all of you. I hope you find it as joyful and insightful and enriching as I do.  She is such a good example of how this Unbound Self -This Immutable Child lives, touches us and shows us the way in this world.  Love to all, Sandy

The Happy Child      By Rose Burrows  

The happy, contented, vibrant Child holds my hand ever so tenderly. It makes my heart sing with genuine happiness, gratitude and joy, not at all like when I was a little girl.  I was born an ‘ugly duckling’.  William Samuel pointed me to the Child within and I discovered the beautiful swan I truly am.  Nothing much has changed insofar as the human scene is concerned.  If anything, the scene is more challenging than ever but I found the meaning of being in this world and not of it.  It means living in the Meadow without the shadows of the adult world.

I will recount a bit of the drama of yesterday to illustrate what I’m talking about.

I rely on a cell phone for emergency purposes and had to make some changes to the service before going anywhere.  Took care of that (or so I thought) and went on to my appointment.  Must mention that I am using crutches as I’m waiting for a hip replacement and going through a lot of pain.  I called a taxi from home and it all worked out beautifully.

The appointment over with, I have to get down the stairs.  Managed that all right and thought I would sit on the steps to wait for a taxi so I could admire the beautiful garden on the premises.  Lo and behold, my cell phone is NOT working.  To make my way back to the office I just left would be too much of a challenge.  I have a nice young friend who is the owner of a lovely ladies’ wear shop just down the street so I walk over there hoping she can call a taxi.  The shop is closed but there is a young lady standing in front of it.  She calls a taxi for me and she leaves but the taxi does not aarrive!

Soon Melanie returns from her lunch break and is appalled to see me with crutches!  “I’ll drive you home” she says, “my car is right there”!  As we approach the car we notice that she is parked alongside a huge elm tree surrounded with wonderful huge, colorful flower baskets and all that is blocking the car door.  What to do?  The car is sandwiched between two other cars.  An angel appears, a nice young man who lives in the beautiful house we’re standing in front of.  He happily clears the way for us, humming as he goes about the task.  These two angels are thinking of every little detail to make things easier for me.  I am reminded of a biblical passage :

For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

When I got home I was suddenly aware of the ugly duckling and the swan.  My memory flashed back to the days when accepting help from anyone would have been degrading, disgraceful, humiliating – a sign of weakness.  I didn’t know what I was missing.

The beautiful swan knows how to do both, she has learned how to give and gives generously but lo and behold, she has also learned to receive.  It became so clear that giving and receiving are one, that we truly are the conduit for God to be made manifest.
Giving cannot take place without a receiver anymore than there can be a receiver without a giver.  Receiving is as noble and gracious as giving. They cannot be separated.

Peace and beauty already cover the whole surface of the earth but men see it not!  I cannot pick and choose, “this is good, this is bad…this is nice, this is ugly…”  Only the darkness can show me the Light…and the darker the night, the brighter the stars…that’s for sure.  I see it now!  Without the pain and suffering I would still be blind, struggling and stuck!  I live in the Child’s Meadow relishing the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’, immersed in  love and gratitude for all the blessings, the wonder of God’s all-inclusive Love.

If you would like to learn more about the Child, read William Samuel's book "The Child Within Us Lives!"  
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