2012 January Newsletter

SHINING LOTUS™ METAPHYSICAL BOOKSTORE NEWSLETTER

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January 2012

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in this issue

ABUNDANCE IS MINE by Norma Mitchell

JANUARY ASTROLOGICAL UPDATE by Marcia McCaffery

COLOR: PLANT FOOD CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR CHAKRAS by Shelley Palicki

BASIC TRUTHS OF REINCARNATION by Bruce Johnson

REIKI AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE by Joy Vernon

HOT NEW PRODUCTS FOR 2012: Beeswax Candles, The Little Book of Hindu Deities, A Magical Tour of the Night Sky

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ABUNDANCE IS MINE

by Norma Mitchell

When we think of abundance, many of us tend to think about our material world abundance first. We ‘program’ for money, a new car, home, or something else that money can buy. Although money is important as one of our tools to help us create a successful life, true abundance is more than money. It is our well-being with Spirit, self and others.

When we realize Spirit is our true source for everything that is within our lives, we allow Spirit to work through us to create more magnificent lives than we could ever imagine. Every opportunity that Spirit provides us is part of Spirit”s love for us. These opportunities assist us to grow, to love, to enjoy, to share and to be all that we are created to be as expression of Spirit. There are times we don’t get what we want immediately and we sometimes think we are being punished or that for some reason Spirit doesn’t want us to have something. Actually, when we don’t get what we want, it is because on some level we are the ones who don’t believe we deserve whatever we want.

The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price

This four week workshop is designed to help you understand and release any restrictions you have concerning your abundance. The first part of each session will be discussion, followed by the use of relaxation techniques to explore old ‘programming’ — whether of this life or others — that has caused a resistance to allowing abundance in one or more area of your life.

John Randolph Price’s 40-Day Prosperity Plan in The Abundance Book will also be used as reinforcement of the changes you wish to make to experience true abundance. It is based on the idea that it takes forty days to change a habit and to understand that by working through Spirit we can create the life we want to experience now. This workshop will allow each of us to interact with loving support of each other and to enhance our belief that true abundance is available for us of us in every area of our lives.

Thursdays, January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16. 7pm – 9pm, $20 each session. Join us to begin the New Year with true prosperity of love; balance with self and others; health in mind, body, emotions and spirit; enjoyment of life; and true abundance of Spirit’s gifts in all areas of our lives. Call the Shining Lotus (303-758-9113) to register for these sessions with Norma Mitchell on alternate Thursdays in January and February from 7 – 9 pm.

Norma Mitchell. As a spiritual counselor, medical intuitive, business consultant, medium, teacher and hypno-therapist with 30 years experience “Helping People Help Themselves”. Norma Mitchell has been working with clients at the Shining Lotus™ since 2008. She provides Intuitive readings every Monday from 12pm to 5pm and also works from 12pm to 5pm on the second Saturday of every month.

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JANUARY ASTROLOGICAL UPDATE

by Marcia McCaffery

Astrologer Marci McCaffery

Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)

Keywords: Organizing, structuring, practical, leading, stubborn, ambitious, executive, efficient, restrained, business-like, self-sufficient, responsible, systematic, cautious, conventional.

Key phrase: I USE

Well it’s finally here. The long-anticipated year of 2012, “the end date of the Mayan calendar.” It seems that dire predictions about this marker in time have increased exponentially. I’m sure that the media will have lots of fun, sifting through the prophecies and myths of doom and gloom, feeding into the fears of many. However, it’s not so much a date, as it is a period of time. The long and short of it is that we have an interesting convergence of planetary cycles and alignments that have brought us to a point of “extreme vulnerability”. As we shift into the next level of consciousness and a new way of being, it’s up to us to awaken and make the necessary choices and changes in our lives. (Note the dates for the upcoming
free 2012 presentation on January 15 and February 19th at Shining Lotus.)

The Chinese Year of the Water Dragon

According to Chinese Astrology, 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon which begins on January 23rd and continues until February 9th 2013. Adjustments in social structures and world views are highlighted. The calm perceptive nature of the Water Dragon will make it a fortunate time to begin planning for the future.
It should also incorporate a few surprises along the way. We are reminded to trust our intuitive vibes and remain flexible. In numerology, the calendar year of 2012 represents a time of dramatic change. We will be challenged to adapt and maneuver through rapidly changing circumstances and social unrest. The overall number for the year is a 5 (2+0+1+2=5), and 5 represents a restless intensity which seeks expression through bold action and impulsive behavior.

Capricorn by Josephine Wall

January begins with the transiting Sun moving through the disciplined energies of Capricorn. Capricorn is the sign of big business, large corporations, and serious pursuits. Not afraid of hard work, Capricorn natives are persevering, steady, practical in nature, persistent, materialistic, and determined. The year starts off with a harmonious Saturn/Neptune trine, sustaining a connection between what is real (Saturn) VS the ideal (Neptune). The powerful Capricorn New Moon lunation at two degrees Capricorn on December 24th lays down a foundation for the year ahead. The Sabian symbol for this New Moon emphasizes that something new is ready to be born. This New Moon conjoins with Pluto, intensifying the need for an honest assessment of where we stand economically, environmentally, politically and socially.
Pluto has been in Capricorn by transit since 2008 breaking down old systems built on materialism, hierarchy and polarization. The Cancer Full Moon, occurring on January 8th at 19 degrees Cancer represents the need to follow our intuitive urgings, to take a big step forward on our path. What must change becomes unmistakably clear.

Marcia McCaffery is a certified astrological counselor, Reiki Master Teacher, spiritual advisor, and a certified conscious change coach with a private practice in the Denver area. For individual updates on how these changes impact your chart personally, contact Marci at 720 272-1042.

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AUTHOR LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING

RENNA SHESSO

Shaman & Author Renna Shesso

Author of A Magical Tour of the Night Sky   
Saturday, Jan 21, 2pm – 3:30pm, FREE

Shamanic practitioner, Wicca priestess, and author of Math for Mystics Renna Shesso invites readers along as she takes a pagan’s look at the night sky-as messenger, guide, storyteller, and mother. She weaves together facts and folklore about the heavens that can’t help but fill readers with awe and guide them to personal and sacred discoveries.

A Magical Tour of the Night Sky

Using a planet-by-planet, star-by-star chapter format, A Magical Tour of the Night Sky draws on astronomy, Tarot, shamanism, astrology, Wicca, lore, legend, and history to interpret the patterns and movement of the night sky and re-awaken our spirits.
Included is a treasure trove of information about the North Star (including Ophiuchus!), the Sun, the Precession of the Equinoxes, the Moon, and the visible planets, and each chapter ends with practices people can try to help get them back in touch with their sacred selves.Call 303-758-9113 to register.
Renna Shesso brings a life-long study of mystical traditions to her writing. Inspired by her herbalist/astrologer grandmother, she studies mythology and history, archeology, tarot, the vast lore of the Goddess traditions, and many other good mysteries. A longtime resident of Colorado, she is a shamanic practitioner and a teacher and priestess of Wicca. Visit her at: www.rennashesso.com.

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BOOK REVIEW: A MAGICAL TOUR OF THE NIGHT SKY

AUTHOR: RENNA SHESSO

Reviewed By:
Reiki Master Teacher Courtney DeWinter, Delphine Healing Arts, Denver, Colorado

As we humans enter a new calendar year, there’s more interest in astrology than at any other time of the year – as people seek answers on what the next 12 months will bring for them. Will I be more prosperous?  Will I conceive?  Where is my true love?  Should I take that new job?  Astrology charts will unveil the answers to these questions (and more) once you know critical information such as the placement of the sun, moon, and planets at the time of your birth.

These days, people often take for granted how quickly and accurately an astrological chart can be developed using computer programs.  And even though one’s chart is based on the placement of the sun, moon, and planets, it’s ironic that most people can immediately name their Sun Sign…yet they can’t gaze up at a night sky and point out the constellations affecting their personal fortunes.

Renna Shesso’s new book, “A Magical Tour of the Night Sky”, bridges this knowledge gap by talking about the astronomy behind astrology, and providing some handy tools for identifying planets and astrological constellations. She’s clearly written this book to bring the astronomy back into astrology, and laments the fact that: “Astrology in our times has little to do with actual observation of the heavens.”

To that end, she provides practical information on how to identify specific constellations: first, by navigating to well-known star groupings such as the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, and Orion’s Belt; and second, by using certain bright stars in astrological constellations as major landmarks to locate other groupings of stars.  The book also is chock full of illustrations that map out the heavens and show the positions of key star clusters, and how to then find your own Sun Sign constellation – plus advice on what time of year it’s most easily viewed.

She adds color and flavor to what could be a dry subject by telling the mythical stories associated with each constellation as well as fascinating stories about how the heavens were used by for navigation by many different peoples.  For example, did you know that escaping slaves literally used the North Star (known as “Polaris”) to navigate toward freedom in the free northern states of United States?

She talks about the movement of the sun, moon, and planets in nice grounded terms.  For the record, her simple explanation of the “Precession of the Equinoxes” (which figures prominently in the planetary alignments associated with the coming solstice of 2012) is one of the clearest and cleanest I’ve read in a good, long time.

The book also is a tool for personal growth and discovery related to the various energies associated with the Sun, Moon, and specific planets.  At the end of each chapter on the planets that are visible to us in the night sky, there are interesting assignments to complete that help you get in touch with the attributes of that planet in creative ways.

This is one of those books that ties together practical, scientific knowledge with myths, legends, and cultural lore.  Perhaps best of all, it encourages us to get off the sofa, put on a jacket, and go outside to re-discover the magnificence of the universe, and the magic of watching the sun, moon, planets, and stars wheeling overhead in their unending celestial dance.

Courtney DeWinter

This soft cover book is available at Shining Lotus Bookstore in Denver, Colorado for $19.95.  For more information, visit Shining Lotus Book Store in Denver, Colorado at: www.shininglotus.com, or call 303.758.9113.

About The Reviewer:
Courtney DeWinter is a Reiki Master Teacher, and founder of Delphine Healing Arts, www.delphinehealingarts.com – offering comprehensive &   training classes in Denver, Colorado; Reiki healing sessions for people & animals; and monthly specialty workshops on energy protection, energy clearing, spirit guides, and more.  Courtney has 24 YEARS of experience in the Reiki energy healing system.  She also is a veteran journalist with 25 years of experience in reporting and feature writing.

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COLORS: PLANT FOOD CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR CHAKRAS

by Shelley Palicki, MNT

Many nutritionists like to talk about the importance of eating the Rainbow of Colors.
Among the many reasons, one is because similar colored plant foods contain phyto- nutrients that are present in food of the same color. All orange colored foods contain carotenoids and all red, blue and deep purple colored fruits and veggies contain phenols. Carotenoids work by eliminating free radicals within cells and putting them into the fluids outside of the cell. Then the phenols vacuum them up, eventually eliminating them through sweat, urine or feces. This inner-working relationship is important to achieving your optimal heal by ridding the body of toxins.

As Holistic Nutritionists, we see many people not eating a variety of food colors and we then wonder if this is affecting their emotional connection to themselves. Is there a connection between food colors and the unique colors of our Chakra Centers? Is our plant color consumption affecting our Chakra Healing? Perhaps!

The colors we see are literally vibrational energy measured by wavelengths. That same vibration energy is present in the colors of our plant foods. We know that seeing and wearing those colors affects our chakras. Now also consider eating those same colors through plant foods to help you achieve energetic fulfillment.

Debbie Allen

Shelley Palicki

To learn more about Colors: Plant Food Connections with Your Chakras come see Shelley Palicki and Debbie Allen for a one-hour FREE seminar on Saturdays, January 14 and January 28 at 2pm at the Shining Lotus Metaphysical Bookstore. Or contact us at:

Debbie Allen, MNT, CNHP                                                                                Shelley Palicki, MNT
www.Denver-Nutrition.com                                                     www.IndividualNutritionLLC.com
303-782-4842                                                                                                                  303-300-6763

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THE LORDS OF AMENTI

© Sheryl Watson 2011

The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean $15.95

Written information on the Lords of Amenti is found in the “Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean” by Doreal. This book explains much about The Halls of Amenti. The Lords are in a “fold” in time – a different time frequency than we are here. These very powerful beings have control of the magnetics of Earth: the ley lines, vortices and places of power.
Do you ever wonder how this world hangs together? Well, the Lords of Amenti are the glue of our existence. They have their hands on the wheel of time and steer our course.

The Lords now come forward in this time of ascension and crisis. They tell me that they do not come forward unless the times are so crucial that they must act. I have been contacted by them and brought into their realm. A most fantastic experience. I now bring their words to our world.

This picture shows the “fire” they tend that is rejuvenating. Beings come to this “fire” and are rejuvenated and restored. Thank you for attending our talks. You are vitally important to the world – you are the Masters of Light of this time. The Amenti honor you. WE ARE AMENTI.  ~Sheryl Watson

 

Channel Sheryl Watson

MESSAGES FROM THE LORDS OF AMENTI with Sheryl Watson.
Monday, January 9, 7pm – 9pm, $20.

The Halls of Amenti is a school, star gate, and cosmic energy vortex located in the exact center of the Earth on the Astral Plane. The Lords of Amenti are found there among a great assortment of Ascended Masters and Energy Beings. Their goal is to teach and tutor humankind to sustain, uphold and repair our planet in every way. The messages from The Lords of Amenti that are brought forth through Sheryl are profound and very loving.
Sheryl has channeled Metatron (the Archangel that sits atop the Tree of Life in the Kabbalah) for more than four years to various groups in the Denver area. Held every 2nd Monday.
Call 303-758-9113 to register.

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sai Maa

Saturday, February 4th, 2pm – 3pm. FREE PRESENTATION.
Sai Maa Diksha Training: Offer the Blessing of Light. Join Jai Shree Devi Brahmacharini of Life Divine for a training in how to offer Sai Maa Dikhsa, a powerful blessing of light that initiates the process of enlightenment. This technique, created by Her Holiness Sai Maa, a spiritual luminary and master of transformation, is a physical transference of divine energy directly into the mid-brain, where our densest patterns and memories are held.
In this practical and uplifting training you will receive the knowledge and energy initiation to be able to offer this blessing to anyone! Learn more about Sai Maa Diksha at www.LifeDivineInitiative.org.

Jai Shree Devi is the presenter of this class. Sai Maa will not be appearing personally in this class, but do not be surprised if you feel her presence during the presentation.

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BASIC TRUTHS OF REINCARNATION

by Bruce Johnson

Emperor Justinian

553 A. D. was the year the Fifth Ecumenical Council met in Constantinople at the request of the Emperor Justinian. That year Justinian and the Council voted to anathematize or curse the doctrine of the pre-existence of the soul, and by implication, reincarnation. To teach, or believe in reincarnation after that date was to be solemnly cursed by the Christian church, and so its study was undertaken at the risk of one’s Soul.

The Laws of Reincarnation control an orderly process of evolving and perfecting the human personality through cyclical rebirth alternately into spiritual and physical worlds. The learning and experiences of the personality or temporary self gained in each incarnation are absorbed and integrated by the Soul or permanent Self during a rest and assimilation period in spirit between physical embodiments.

The physical body is a garment, or temporary clothing worn by the Soul during physical incarnation, with its nature and quality determined by personal karma. The parents of the reincarnating soul provide the raw materials and heredity of the physical body appropriate for the learning to be experienced in any given lifetime. The Soul, in its’ long course of incarnations, occupies both male and female bodies, balancing karma while gaining necessary experience in each.

The doctrine of reincarnation shines a much needed light on the subject of abortion and interrupted human pregnancies. Abortion involves making not available a physical body for an incarnating spirit to inhabit in its up-coming physical life. Contrary to the erroneous belief that human life begins at conception, there is no set time that all souls coming in human incarnation permanently attach themselves to the fetus via the silver cord. Until that time, which is often just prior to birth, the physical fetus is a miniature house with its own intrinsic life, perhaps containing lights, heat, and plumbing, but no occupant.

The unnumbered interrupted pregnancies of past millennia have not harmed the spiritual and physical evolution of humanity, as the Laws of Reincarnation provide alternate opportunities for the very much alive spirit to be born physically, if one door to incarnation is closed.

Reincarnation- an east-west anthology, by Joseph Head and S. L. Cranston is a great book, showing reincarnation in the religions of the world.

Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.

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REIKI AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

by Joy Vernon

Joy Vernon

I am extremely lucky to always have brilliant students in my classes. My current Shinpiden (Reiki Level 3) class is no exception and we had a very interesting discussion of the difference between reiju and attunements last night.

Reiju means spiritual blessing and is the Japanese basis of the practice that in Western Reiki has developed into the attunement. In Western Reiki, the attunement is considered to open and/or increase the student’s ability to connect with and channel the Reiki energy. However, in traditional Japanese Reiki, we are reminded that our innate energy is developed over time through regular practice of the precepts, meditations, hands-on healing, mantras and symbols, and the regular and repeated experience of connecting with Spirit and with others through giving and receiving reiju.
In the Usui Reiki Ryôhô style that I teach, reiju is a very simple ritual that does not use the symbols or mantras. The giver of the reiju remembers that they are one with the great bright light, and from this place of energetic connection ritualistically reminds the recipient of their own unity with that place of enlightenment through performing a series of briefly held hand positions.

I also teach the Hayashi attunements that have filtered down into Western Reiki. These attunements are much simpler, easier and more straightforward than the Western Reiki attunements I first learned. The Hayashi attunements use the symbols and mantras as part of the energetic exchange between giver and receiver. In this process, the giver connects to the great bright light but during the attunement ritual also takes time to remember each of the component elements that comprise the undifferentiated unity of the place of enlightenment, and through using the symbols and mantras to express each of these facets, teaches the student on an energetic level the steps necessary to attain oneness.
As I was attempting to express these thoughts to my students last night, I fumbled trying to think of an appropriate analogy. But one of my students did the work for me and exclaimed, “It’s like a prism!” She went on to express how the Reiki energy is the white light that enters the prism, and the symbols and mantras are the various colors of the rainbow that refract out. The Reiki practitioner is the prism itself. (What can I say? I told you my students are brilliant!)

A Spiritual Practice

With that metaphor in mind, it becomes simplicity itself to explain the difference between reiju and attunements. Reiju is showing the student the undifferentiated light that enters the prism—it’s teaching by introducing the end goal or destination first. The attunements teach the student to understand each of the refracted colors of the rainbow first as a way to approach an understanding of the light. As teachers, we benefit from understanding and being able to energetically demonstrate both the light entering us as well as the facets refracting from us, the Reiki prisms. Brilliant!

Joy Vernon has been studying energetic and esoteric modalities for more than twenty years. She is a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher in the Traditional Japanese Usui Reiki Ryôhô lineage through IHR. She leads the Denver Reiki Co-op and is a member of Shibumi International Reiki Association. Joy is also a Certified Professional Tarot Reader.

REIKI AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: THE THREE DIAMONDS with Joy Vernon.

Sunday, January 8, 2pm – 3pm, FREE PRESENTATION.

Traditional Japanese Reiki is a method for finding health by connecting with our spiritual nature. The three diamonds are a symbolic way of viewing oneself in relationship to the cosmos–and can be considered stepping stones towards enlightenment. Join me to learn about this fascinating aspect of Japanese cosmology, and learn how you can begin polishing your diamonds! Call 303-758-9113 to register.

“Absolutely exceptional! I highly recommend to everyone interested in learning Reiki. I always knew there was more to Reiki, but Joy is the first one who has been in the space to share the deeper levels of this great wisdom practice with me. Thank you Joy!!” – Annie

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HOT NEW PRODUCTS FOR 2012

Beeswax Candles

NEW COLORADO-MADE BEESWAX CANDLES

The bee, it’s work ethics and it’s pure products have been held sacred throughout time. Beeswax is revered in the hieroglyphs of Egypt, Maya and the sanskrits of the Far East. It is the result of the greatest expression and essence of Mother Nature Herself.

The 100% natural beeswax of these Colorado-made candles will produce negative ions in your environment which can clean the air and replace the harmful toxic substances that are floating with an aromatheric effect which adds calmness to the stresses in your life.
The scientific principle at work here is that negative ions bind with positive ions, creating complete molecules which have a heavier weight mass and a balanced charge. Hence, the positive ions (toxins, dust, odors, pollen, dander, etc.) no longer float, they simply fall to the ground. They are now on the floor, and you are not breathing them anymore.
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THE LITTLE BOOK OF HINDU DEITIES: from the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow by Sanjay Patel
$15.00
In “The Little Book of Hindu Deities,” Pixar animator Sanjay Patel brings to life Hinduisms most important gods and goddesses in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The stories of Hindu mythology cover everything from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles, with characters ranging from monsters and demons to noble warriors and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephantas head and why Kali, the Goddess of Time, is known as “The Black One”.
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A MAGICAL TOUR OF THE NIGHT SKY: Use the Planets and Stars for Personal and Sacred Discovery by Renna Shesso
$19.95

A Magical Tour of the Night Sky

“The sky was our original calendar, our original storybook, the first illustrated edition, the prototype GPS. Beyond its pragmatic usefulness, the sky was the domain of spirit, traversed by deities and a place to which human souls departed. Let’s re-enchant it, shall we?”

Shaman & Author Renna Shesso

Using a planet-by-planet, star-by-star chapter format, A Magical Tour of the Night Sky draws on astronomy, Tarot, shamanism, astrology, Wicca, lore, legend, and history to interpret the patterns and movement of the night sky and re-awaken our spirits.
Included is a treasure trove of information about the North Star (including Ophiuchus!), the Sun, the Precession of the Equinoxes, the Moon, and the visible planets, and each chapter ends with practices people can try to help get them back in touch with their sacred selves.

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NUMEROLOGY CARDS by Semi Circle Numerology

$24.95

Using only your birthday and your given name at birth you can easily calculate your Life Path, Soul, Personality and Destiny numbers with these cards. These cards will help you in discovering the gifts you have been given.  You will feel powerful in the realization that you have been sent here for a purpose and given many tools to accomplish your life’s mission. Numerology predates Tarot.  With these cards you can easily do mini numerology reading for yourself and others. Gone is the old phrase “What’s your sign” The phrase for the new millennium will be “What’s your number?”

Included in this set:

44 Numerology Cards  (4 sets of 1 to 9, 11 and 22)
The complete set of Semi-Circle Numerology Cards. Each card details a number from one of the 4 suits: Life Path, Destiny, Soul, and Personality. Quotes included on cards are from influential people who shared your number.

Pythagorean Letters to Numbers Guide
Use this card to help you translate letters to numbers.

4 Instructional Cards
These cards will show you how to find each of your 4 numbers.

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