Category Archives: Mind

Knowing The Freeing Truth

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That Old Feeling

The feeling that an all-powerful God is sheltering us in His loving arms while we go through dark and troubled times is a comforting feeling – I guess. Note the word feeling.

Many have moved from the traditional idea of God as a being separate and apart from them to an understanding that God is All. “But Allen,” they complain, “I miss that comforting feeling I got from my old-time religion God.”

Did Those Feelings Help You?

Those comforting feelings of a Savior leading you beside still waters and making you lie down in green pastures, how did that work for you? Did those feelings eliminate the pain or merely make it more endurable? Did those feelings “cure” the cancer? Did they put money in the bank account?

Feelings Defined

Think about it. Feelings are based on a reaction to some real or imagined circumstance. Psychology Today defines a feeling this way: “Feelings can be defined as a person’s response to the emotion that comes from the perception of a situation.” Feelings are always at the mercy of something seemingly outside of yourself. Yes, sometimes even a “God” outside of yourself.

God Is Changeless

Feelings are like weather vanes – constantly changing with the currents of “outer” stimulation. Yet your Holy Bible reveals a changeless God – “I am the Lord thy God, and I change not.” The mere fact that feelings are changeable is a clue that they have nothing to do with God – a changeless God. Changeable feelings about a changeless God is an indication that we’ve headed down a dark pathway toward a dead end. Stop!

The Power Is In The Knowing

Knowledge is power. You’ve heard that said. Christ Jesus said it this way, “Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.”

Do you need to be free from lack? Know the Truth.
Do you need to be free from some hopeless situation? Know the Truth.
Do you need to be free from a dis-ease? Know the Truth.

That’s the power of Knowledge. Christ Jesus did not say you shall feel a particular way and your feelings will free you. He said, “You shall know the truth.” And that truth sets you free.

There is, as you know, a difference between merely saying “I am the Presence of Infinite Goodness” and experiencing this as a living fact. It’s one thing to feel this statement is true, but another to KNOW it is true.

Every statement of Truth you’ve ever read will be just a statement – one that even a well-trained parrot can repeat. Saying the statement can give you a rush of good feelings. However, in times of seeming trouble, those statements will be as effective as fighting a lion with a feather duster. Conversely, when you KNOW that the statement you are saying is the absolute Truth, it fleshes itself out as a living reality in your experience.

Giving Up The Lesser For The Greater

Although there lacks that feeling of a helping, saving and comforting God, you have redeemed it for something of greater value: KNOWLEDGE. And with this KNOWLEDGE is FREEDOM. But don’t be confused. This is not a freedom from some illusory power. It is a freedom to enjoy the majesty of your True nature.

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There Is No Believer In Evil

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I’ve been asked why I never quote anything from Science and Health — the Christian Science textbook. It is undoubtedly a great book. Today I’ve chosen to quote from Arthur Corey, one of the brightest lights in the Christian Science movement.

Problems Are Truth Misread

When you reach the point where you know that all the errors appearing must be truths misread, you begin to realize the futility of handling appearances alone. Stopping with effects, you would fail to handle the underlying cause, so that it is like fighting the hydra-headed monster who shows another head or two for every one you cut off. To recognize that Truth perverted becomes the creator of error, is to imply a perverter.

A wrong sense of something indicates that there must be a wrong see-er, does it not? You may have to first recognize the devil’s lies as lies, in order to see who’s talking, but your work is not done until you have disposed of the devil himself. The fundamental claim is that there is someone or something to misapprehend or misrepresent divinity, and this claim is uncovered by the analysis and exposure of the lie as such.

If God Is All, There Is No Believer In Troubles

Again, to say that an error is only a belief is to admit a believer; and until you dispose of the believer, you are going to have either this troublesome belief or some other before you. You can’t alter the image in a mirror without getting at the thing imaged forth. Effect can be influenced only by way of its cause. The claim in every last instance is that there is an evil cause or believer, and so you are obliged each time to analyze the effect to uncover the fundamental error as the claim that there is an evil thinker and that this mind is yours. In human experience, this analytic approach must precede the realization of Mind as infinite and divine, inclusive of all reality and exclusive of all evil.

It may be superfluous to again reiterate that matter does not taste, feel, hear, smell, see or think, so matter cannot be the complainant. Doesn’t the claim always come to you as, “I see a sick man,” or “I see myself as sick, or material, finite, limited?” What is this I? Surely the divine Mind cannot know or experience anything contrary to its own infinitely flawless and harmonious nature. “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.” (Habakkuk 1:13). What is this other I or ego which seems to interpose itself? The claim that there is a conceiver or experiencer of evil is the claim we name “mortal mind,” and it is the root at which we must lay the ax, or the evil will but sprout forth in another form for us.

Are You Still Asking About The Reasons For Your Troubles?

Asking why error exists implies that it does exist as an actuality, and from that standpoint it is impossible to perceive that it cannot really be. The attitude that demands an explanation of the non-existent excludes the understanding of existence. You will never understand nothingness so long as you try to account for it as somethingness, whether in belief or otherwise, for “error” is simply a name for nothing. Mathematical understanding is not achieved through trying to explain the errors, but only by seeking the truths. Automatically thereby the errors are explained away, so that you are no longer handicapped by them. Finding God as All leaves nothing else to explain. There may be an intermediate period when you are conscious of both Truth and error, but you cannot climb up out of this while preoccupied with the error .

Rectify The Inversion

When assailed with the claim that your Mind is finite, material, mortal, counter that with the confident assertion that this that is Mind unfolding as your consciousness must be infinite, spiritual, divine, and that it cannot unfold negatively as anything else but itself and in accord with its divine nature. To see that evil mind and all its forms are divine Mind inverted – but divine Mind – is to rectify the inversion, and to find yourself truly alone with God, and all the hateful aspects of mortality fading away. “This is Life eternal” – and this is divine Mind. Appropriate your heritage through your God-given authority.

 

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The Coronavirus Post

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The coronavirus seems to have a tight grip on the world, and everyone is trying to wriggle free of it. Those of enlightened Consciousness are asking, “What can I do to help the world?” Others are asking, “As one alone, is there any point in praying?”

Reader, you are not powerless. You, knowing that God is All, have all the Power of God on your side. You can’t ask for more, but you have to know it. Don’t believe for a second that you lack enough understanding and knowledge to be of help in these seemingly dark times. You know all you need to know.

For now, I’m turning your attention to 2 Timothy verse 7:

“For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind.”

Wonderful! But the gold in this verse is in the spiritual Truth that lies beneath the words. Let’s you and I do a little digging and see what we find.

The Fearless Mind

You know there is only One Presence – God. Necessarily, there must be, and is, only One Mind! God is this Mind. This Mind is your Mind. It is the Mind of every Identity on the face of this planet. This Mind is the “sound mind” that Paul writes about in his letter to Timothy.

The One Mind – your Mind – knows Itself to be All. It knows there is no other Presence to oppose or threaten it. For this reason, it is a fearless Mind. What is there to fear? No-thing.

Do you really want to help? In your daily contemplation of God’s Allness, know that the One Mind is the Mind of all. Know that despite all appearances, there is (and can be) no fearing Mind spooked by the appearance of a viral epidemic. Despite the mask-wearing faces you see on the screen, and the panic-stricken voice you hear on the phone, know that there is no mind operating in fear. There is only One Mind.

For the next several days, contemplate the ideas you’ve just read. This will help, but there’s more to consider.

Spiritually Healing The World

You want to help heal the world? Then, this question must be answered: What is spiritual healing?

Spiritual healing is the Revelation of God’s Allness right where sickness appears to be. That’s all it is.

For years Alistair McCrory suffered with a lung disease. After a few steps from the bedroom to the bathroom he had to stop to rest. At the suggestion of a friend, Alistair called a Practitioner for spiritual healing.

Did the Practitioner pray to remove diseased lungs and replace them with healthy lungs? Sounds ideal, but that’s not how spiritual healing works. No! The Practitioner turned completely away from caller and complaint to focus her attention on God’s Allness. At some point, she attained an absolute certainty that God Activity is all that is going on – anywhere.

That certainty, or Revelation, is the healing. Soon, Alistair called back. “What did you do? I am completely healed.” Spiritual healing is simply the healing of a mis-perception that something is going on other than God.

Does Size Matter?

Indulge me for a moment while I ask you some simple questions. They’re going somewhere wonderful.

Imagine that you’re sitting in front of table with only two white golf balls on it. Someone puts two more on the table. How many golf balls are there? Four. That’s the principle of mathematics: two plus two equals four.

Now, forget the golf balls. Imagine you’re standing outdoors. Two elephants walk in front of you. A few seconds later, two more elephants arrive on the scene. How many elephants are there? Four. Again it goes back to the basic principle of mathematics. The size of the object involved does not change the principle.

Similarly, Spiritual Principle (God is All) does not change because of the size of the appearance. Neither does the healing approach.

A zit on the face is a flaw. But it can’t be. The Spiritual Principle states that Omnipresent Perfection (God) is all. The zit is nothing, and because the appearance appears to be very small in scale, it’s easy to perceive its nothingness.

A virus is frightening and threatening the health of the citizens of the world. That’s the appearance. It is as much nothing as the zit. Go back to the golf balls and the elephants. In this case, the zit is the golf ball and the virus is the elephant. The size of the appearance does not make the virus less NOTHING than the zit.

Realizing the nothingness of nothing is all there is to spiritual healing whether it pertains to an individual body, or the body of an entire planet.

Rather than praying to heal the world, let your Consciousness reveal more clearly that Omnipresent Perfection is the only Presence, Power and Evidence. Let your Consciousness reveal with unshakeable certainty the Only-ness of God right where a life-threatening virus seems to be.

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You Really Do Know What To Do

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“I don’t know what to do. Please help.”

Sometimes trouble seems overwhelming, and you reach out for help. Although you have read all the books and heard the stirring sermons, you feel like you don’t know what to do. To anyone who is seeking a spiritual solution to a seeming problem, I am stepping out on the skinny branches to make this bold assertion: YOU DO KNOW WHAT TO DO.

First, let’s start with the fundamental FACT that you are the living presence of Infinite Intelligence. Know-how is the warp and woof of your Identity. This supports my original assertion that YOU DO KNOW WHAT TO DO, and what follows is a suggestion to make this very practical.

Most likely, as I previously stated, you have read an assortment of spiritual books. You’ve attended lectures and have been exposed to a lot of information on spiritual living. You might even be a class-taught Christian Scientist. Plus, you pray daily in listening, God-focused prayer. All of this helps. What follows involves a lot of imagination, but it’s not the mental trickery of visualizing your good.

If you feel like you’re in a jam and want a spiritual resolution, find a quiet place to sit. If you can, place another chair in front of you and imagine someone sitting there. This imaginary person is coming to you for consultation. Their problem is exactly the same problem you seem to have. So have them spill it all out just like you would to a practitioner or counselor.

Now that you’ve heard it all. Advise them of the spiritual approach to their dilemma. Lay it out step-by-step. Keep “advising” until you sense a clarity in your approach.

Am I right? Don’t you see that you do know what to do, and even how to do it? The challenge is in this next step. DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU ADVISED YOUR IMAGINARY PERSON TO DO – AND DO IT CONSISTENTLY.

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Grief — How To End It

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I Never Believed She Killed Her Husband

“She must’ve killed her husband,” whispered a band of women huddled in the corner of the sanctuary. “How else can you explain how happy she is after the police just found his body in the woods?”

When I heard about the rumors of Venus killing her husband, I laughed. In a typical church, I could understand what they would expect of Venus – obvious signs of grief. But this was a metaphysical church. This was a church that teaches death is not real. This was a church that has as a motto, “Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul.” That’s why I laughed.

Did the women spreading this rumor ever stop to consider that maybe the teachings of the church were more than mere words for Venus? Did they consider that perhaps Venus was living the teachings, rather than merely mouthing them? Could it be that Venus clearly realized that since God is All, there is nothing to grieve? Contrast this with the following story and decide which best exemplifies God Mind?

Grief Is Not Natural

I once worked with a man who would break out into uncontrollable sobbing every day. A river of tears would run down his face. Between short gasps for breath, he’d sputter something about his mother. I pieced together that his mother must have recently passed.

One day following another outburst I asked him, “Cal, when did your mother pass?” Wiping the tears from his eyes, he said, “Ten years ago.” I thought to myself, “There’s a problem here.” But as it is said, “Everyone grieves differently.” But, is grief necessary? Is it based on the Truth, or a lie about the Truth?

Not too long ago, a friend asked me, “Allen, what would you do if your mother died?” [Be honest, don’t you find this a strange question?] Yes, I was taken aback by the question, but then I replied, “I’d call a Practitioner right away.” “A Practitioner,” she said, “Isn’t it a little late for that?” “No, it’s the ideal thing to do,” I said. “The reason I’d call a Practitioner is to head-off a possible encounter with grief.”

Someone has to say this bluntly: Grief is not natural.

Let me expand on this. Grief is not natural to the Christ or God-Mind. God-Mind knows that Life is all there is. God-Mind knows the inseparability of Life and Identity. God-Mind’s natural state is Joy, and from this state it never drifts. The most important thing to know is that God-Mind is the only Mind.

Is There A Mind Other Than God-Mind?

Do you argue that grief is natural? I agree with you. Grief is natural to the so-called human mind, but answer this question. Where in the Allness of God is the human mind? Nowhere! The human mind is the finite, distorted experience of God-Mind. Analyze that sentence carefully and you must come to one conclusion: The human mind is NOTHING.

Here’s the question you must ask and answer for yourself. “Your” mind. Is it the human mind or God-Mind? You can’t have it both ways. Which is it? If you answered, “Allen, of course my Mind is God-Mind,” then grief is not normal for you. Rather, unbridled Joy is your natural state.

Break Free Of Grief Today

Does it seem that you’re caught in the cold clutch of grief? Would you like to break free? It would help if you at least believed, despite all appearances, that God-Mind is your only Mind. From here it is simple.

Throughout the day, when it seems that you are overcome by a wave of grief, say to yourself, “Right this moment, I am willing to experience Joy.” Later, during your time of silent God-focused prayer, open with those same words. Don’t try to be happy. Don’t reach up and out for joy. This is a process of revelation. Let the Mind of Joy be revealed and experienced as your Mind.

Why does this work? It works for the same reason spiritual healing “works.” Spiritual healing, as you know, does not try to change a sick body into a well body. Spiritual healing is KNOWING that right where there appears to be a sick body is the whole and perfect Presence of God embodied. And right where there appears to be a grieving mind is God-Mind – Joy-Mind.

When you state your willingness to experience Joy, you state your willingness to experience the natural state of the ever-present God-Mind – your only Mind.

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Someone Needed To Remind You Of This

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Sunlight At the End Of A Dark Tunnel

I remember the first time I listened to a Nikki Giovanni recording. I remember the golden voices of the gospel choir that sang in the background as she read her poetry. One particular poem evoked the joy of seeing sunlight at the end of a dark tunnel. I played that poem over and over again. It wasn’t the entire poem that grabbed me; it was just the opening words. “One ounce of truth benefits like ripples in a pond.”

Picture it. A little boy throws a stone into the middle of a still pond. Water circles ripple from the center to the circumference of the pond. One stone, many circles. One ounce of Truth does benefit like ripples in a pond. One ounce of Truth. Not a quart, not a gallon, but just one ounce of Truth.

How Many Books Do You Have To Read To Handle The Situation?

The spiritual implication of this means that you don’t have to read an entire shelf of Truth books. Just one sentence from one book is enough to “benefit” every area of your life. Haven’t you sometimes felt that you didn’t know enough Truth to meet your need – to handle your emergency? Then, perhaps, you flipped through book after book hoping to find some magic Truth statement that would fix the situation. “One ounce of Truth benefits like ripples in a pond.” Any Truth statement from any book would have been enough!

Haven’t you sometimes felt that your present understanding of Truth wasn’t enough? Whatever Truth you do understand is enough to meet any need. If you really know one statement of Truth, rejoice. That one statement will carry you through the rest of your eternal life. Of course, you will contemplate that one statement, and you will listen in silence as it unpacks all of its mysteries and secrets. Out of that one statement will come a hundred and one Truths.

What Is Your Favorite Truth Statement?

Do you wonder how one Truth statement can benefit every area of your Life? Here’s how. Every statement of Truth is your Life. It is not a statement about your Life. It is your Life. One statement of Truth understood shows itself, in some way, to be the reality of your Life.

What is your favorite statement of Truth? I mean that one you default to when the going seems rough. Imagine that statement to be a nutshell, and inside that shell (statement) is every Truth that has ever been written or spoken. When you contemplate that statement and ask it to reveal its mysteries, you open the door for all Truth to flood your Consciousness. This is Revelation. Every statement revealed to you then shows itself to be the reality of your Life – every aspect of your Life.

Right this very moment you know enough Truth to handle any appearance of lack, limitation, disease, etc. Don’t believe otherwise.

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This Is All You Need To Know About Fear

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The Story Of The Mysterious Pus-Oozing Bumps

One night I woke up about 3 a.m. Something felt wrong, but I didn’t know what. I happened to run my hand over my shoulder, and what I felt made me shuffle to the bathroom to take a look. When I looked in the mirror, my mouth opened wide as a canyon. My upper body was covered with pus-oozing bumps. How could this be? Hours earlier, when I took a shower, my skin was smooth as satin – or maybe kid leather.

I went back to bed thinking, what the heck is this, and what am I going to do. Fear took over, and my body started shaking like a paint mixer. I couldn’t stop it. Going to the Emergency Room was not an option. I didn’t believe any medical practitioner would tell me “Allen, you’ve got nothing to worry about; God is all there is.”

Lying in bed, I knew I had some fear to conquer. If I didn’t, nothing good would follow. To conquer fear, there is one way that always works for me. What I did, you can do. No matter how bad it seems, no matter how life-threatening the appearance, you can as do I did.

Conquer The Fear And You’ve Conquered The Problem

I took my mind completely off of the body and all that appeared to be wrong with it. Then, I turned my prayerful attention to one thing only: realizing more of God’s Allness. Healing was not my focus. God realization was. It didn’t happen immediately, but soon enough I was swathed in a blanket of peace. I knew, then, that all was well. I lay there basking in the peace.

After a while, I got out of the bed and looked in the mirror. Most of the pus-oozing bumps were gone. By morning, it was like nothing ever happened.

My reason for writing this post is to share with you what I learned about fear, and how to handle it. Note that in this story the fear abated before the situation “changed.” Here’s why. When you take your attention off of the trouble and refocus it on the highest Truth you know, or on knowing more Truth, the Christ, or God-Mind, in all its peace and serenity, is experienced as your only Mind.

Mind Does Not Fear

Mind does not fear. It knows nothing about the ghosts and goblins that seem to haunt so-called human experience. Mind knows no disease to fear. This is why you can experience peace despite monstrous appearances. Mind knows Oneness. Mind knows the Allness of Peace. Mind knows all is well because It is the All being Well.

All you need to know about fear is this: THE MIND THAT FEARS, AND THE THING IT FEARS, ARE NOTHING. NO THING AT ALL.

 

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Have You Called Several Practitioners Without Results?

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The first time I called a practitioner was for employment – or so I thought. Within a few days, job offers poured in. I called the practitioner again and said, “Please stop. I decided I’m not ready to work.”

The second time I called a practitioner, I was in a financial crisis. In a few days, the supply came in. Then, there was the time when I just left the Emergency Room. The doctor said unless I had an operation tomorrow, things would go badly for me. I called the practitioner and was healed within hours.

Reader, to tell you the truth, a Pink-rumped Rosefinch could pray for me, and the results would be similar. It seems that I’ve always responded to prayer. But, this post is not about me. This post is for those of you who seem to get no help from a practitioner.

Marie Watts (of The Ultimate) told me many times that she never received help from a practitioner. During her time in Christian Science, she was acquainted with some of the best practitioners in the movement. Yet, they were not able to help her.

Then, she said these words, “Allen, when a person has tried many practitioners without receiving help, it’s because they are able to do the work themselves.” I believe this. I sincerely believe that if you have tried one practitioner after another without getting help, you can successfully help yourself. Don’t be afraid! You can do it.

Below are two approaches for “doing your own work.”

LAY IT ON THE LINE

In this approach you lay out all the troubling appearances that seem to be real, and then you ask (God Consciousness) what is really going on?

For example, “It appears that my eyes are red and swollen. It seems as though my vision is blurry and out of focus. These are the appearances, but right where this trouble seems to be happening, what really is going on?” Then, you listen. If no answer comes forth immediately, repeat and listen. Don’t lose heart. Consciousness will reveal what is true.

SKIPPING APPEARANCES ALTOGETHER

If there appears to be trouble in your experience, it’s not what it appears to be. It looks troublesome, and it may even appear to be life-threatening, but it’s not. This troublesome thing is drawing your attention to some Truth of God.

In this approach, you simply ask in prayer, “What is the Truth that I most need to know now?” Or, for those who are rattled by the duality of such a question, you can ask, “What is the Truth that I am knowing right now?”

Reader, I’ve used both approaches. When something seems so horrific that it knocks me off balance, I opt for the first approach. Either way, your focus is not on healing but knowing what IS. I repeat the words of Marie Watts, “Allen, when a person has tried many practitioners without receiving help, it’s because they are able to do the work themselves.”

You can do your own work!

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Try This Contemplation For 7 Days

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The Main Idea

There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.

For the next seven days, I am suggesting that you use the above statement as a springboard for your daily contemplation.  So that there is no confusion about the “how” of this contemplation, I am writing it out exactly the way I am suggesting that you contemplate it.  As follows:

There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.

Seeing The Main Idea From All Angles

Imagine going to a museum and gazing at a life-sized sculpture.  To take in the full beauty of the sculpture, you have to move around and look at it from many angles.  Similarly, this contemplation takes one spiritual idea that you consider from many “angles.” Instead of moving around a physical sculpture, you view the idea in many ways by emphasizing key words.

Note that all but two words are bolded. Each of your contemplation periods will consist of the main idea repeated slowly seven (7) times. On each repetition let your consciousness savor the bolded word.  You may be inspired to linger on that word a while. You may be inspired to rest in a moment of silence, after saying the word.

On some bolded words, you may linger even longer.  That’s okay. Although you are dealing only with one spiritual idea, each word that you dwell on is sure to reveal something new.

Give Up The Control

Once you’ve completed the seven (7) repetitions, be still and let Revelations flow within Consciousness.  Although I have given the above suggestions, the contemplation will start to have its own life.  When this happens, don’t try to control it.  It’s possible that you may not make it through the seven repetitions in one sitting.

Reader, after the seven days are over, please let me know how this went for you.  I look forward to hearing from you. In the next post, we will take this out of the seats and into the streets.

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