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Tips for examining your Spiritual EQ

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Here are a few simple tips for examining your Emotional-Spiritual EQ:

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• Do an honest self-assessment. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

• Witness how you react to stress. Do you become anxious, upset and irritable? Do you withdraw, or do you take a breath and transmute?

Take responsibility for your emotions, actions, and your words. Are you able to apologize?

• Walk a mile in the others’ shoes. Intuit how your behaviors and actions will impinge on others before you act.

It is not our intent here to try to objectively quantify your emotional state for purposes of “grading” your development. Rather, it is more desirable to do a self assessment of your current level of discernment of these qualities and observe how they may change over time as you grow. © 2012 Keith E. Hall Inner-Tranquility.com All rights reserved.

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Emotional-Spiritual Intelligence

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Emotional-Spiritual Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) assessments are now a common pre-employment test often required by corporations. In its current popular form, emotional intelligence tests and processes are used to a large extent in determining who will be successful in business, in certain job descriptions, and other external situations.

As defined by the business community, Emotional Intelligence (EI, EQ) is the ability to identify, assess, and control one’s emotions, and those of others.  This is quite a third chakra agenda.  A less yang definition I have developed would be “An adroit facility in identifying and understanding one’s emotions and the ability to regulate emotions to promote personal growth. The ability to transmute negativity while integrating emotion, thought, and action in a positive manner for the benefit of one’s spiritual development and, in certain cases, that of others.”  I call this ability “Emotional-Spiritual Intelligence®.”

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Rather than enrolling the powers of Emotional Intelligence in the agendas of the lower chakras, it would behoove the individual interested in spiritual growth to transmute their negative emotions, issues, and desires of the first three chakras while activating and balancing the higher chakras, just as we do in Chakra Qigong.  First we awaken the third eye to activate Witness, and then we bring Cosmic Consciousness and Qi into the lower chakras. Once this is accomplished, we use Earthly Qi to further connect the heart chakra with the lower chakras, and the throat, third eye, and crown with the heart. With these chakras more balanced and connected, the Earthly Qi will further stimulate and awaken the entire column of chakras.

Another key in developing Emotional Intelligence is to consciously stay focused in the present. When you are able to let go of old pain, anxiety, and resentment, you can recognize the reality of the current situation as being independent of personal history.  Thus, every new potentially triggering situation becomes an opportunity for resolving stuck feelings, conflicts, and karmic patterns. © 2012 Keith E. Hall Inner-Tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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T’ai Chi and Longevity

Monday, August 12th, 2013

T’ai Chi and Longevity

A five year study of mortality in 61,000 men has determined that practitioners  of T’ai Chi were less likely to die than non-practitioners.

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Dr. Zhang noted that the findings are consistent with other studies that found health benefits related to this form of qigong (chi kung, chi gong) exercise.  “It combines slow motion exercise and mind concentration to focus on movement. That itself can reduce your stress and, of course, it will increase your flexibility and endurance,” said Dr. Zhang.  Zhang said the findings support tai chi as a healthy activity, “I think for the elderly people, especially to maintain flexibility and balance, this is a good option for people to consider.”**

Research has shown T’ai Chi can be performed in as little as 10 minutes a day,  is beneficial for persons with many chronic conditions, including, but not limited to fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, menopause, insomnia, stress and mental health in students, and by improving balance among the elderly.

Dr. Chenchen Wang, director of the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, told Reuters that the results are interesting, and “they provide a very important foundation for future research.” © 2013 Keith E. Hall Inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

*American Journal of Epidemiology, doi: 10.1093/aje/kwt050  online June 27, 2013.

**Reuters online editon, Thursday July 18, 2013

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Chakra Issues: Seventh chakra

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Karma Burning: Your Spiritual Life

When thought is in bondage, the truth is hidden…and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations? -Sengcan

The process of transcendence leads to cosmic consciousness or Unity consciousness.  Whereas Discernment is a function of duality, Unity Consciousness does not recognize distinctions or ego boundaries. Discernment identifies that which is “me” and that which is “not me”, and distinctions are made as to what is desirable or not desirable based upon our judgment.  Unity Consciousness encompasses All, without distinction or duality.

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One definition of evil is consciously causing harm to another. This could be mental, physical, or emotional. In looking at a spiritual definition of evil, it would be a conscious decision which results in a lowering of consciousness in oneself or another, and a resultant separation from the Divine Unity. One way to interpret the story of Lucifer (Bringer of Light) is that in his spiritual progress, he became so powerful and egotistical that he placed himself above God, and refused to prostrate himself. He was then cast out from heaven.  Metaphorically, Lucifer held his ego identity as a higher level of attainment and refused to let go of the small self and surrender into Unity. This results in the highest form of hubris.

 For those who have experienced Unity Consciousness, you know that it can be a very delicate state. Any egoistic process will immediately drop you down to a lower level, although the memory of this state of Unity will likely persist.  In one sense, Hell could be defined a state of consciousness where one has seen the Promised Land but, due to egoistic resistance or emotional / physical damage, is no longer able to enter therein.

The use of certain entheogens can induce deeply religious experiences which can possibly lead to a state of Unity, though usually these tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, ba duan jin, 8 pieces of silk, 8 twists of silk, 8 brocades, qigong, self mastery, qigong for self mastery, qigong for enlightenment, enlightenment, self actualization, self realization, spiritual awakening, kriyas, kriya yoga, kundalini, kundalini yoga, kundalini awakening, kundalini activation, kundalini rising, meditation, kundalini meditation, wu wei, t'ai chi, t'ai chi chuan, qigong meditation, Vipassana, Zen, inner tranquility, inner peace, bioenergetics, neo-reichian, Reich, orgone, qi, chi, ki, vitality, life force, chakras, tumo, dumo, dantien. tan tien, hara, bagua, Taoism, taoist, taoist tantra, tantra, tantra yoga, dakini, daka, goddess, tantrika, tantrik, stress, stress management, 10 minutes, 10 minute exercise, 10 minute stress, 1 minute stress management, 1 minute meditation,  60 second relaxation, personal growth, spiritual growth, yoga, Sifu, classes, instruction, workshops, seminars, Intention, Manifestation, The secret, Yoga Nidra, Higher Consciousness, The Law of Attraction, What the bleep, Buddha, Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Aspen Hill, silver spring, Brookeville, sandy spring, Laytonsville, Potomac, Derwood, Montgomery County, Frederick, Germantown, Maryland, District of Columbia, Washington DC, guided meditation, visualization, self healing, qigong yoga, energy yoga, chakra yoga, chakra qigong, chakra chi kung, Chakra meditation, Howard County, Columbia, Frederick, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, Prince Georges County, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming experiences stop somewhat short of the dissolution of ego into Godhead. The correct mindset, intention, and environmental setting are critical in using these substances to achieve heightened spiritual consciousness, although the same could be said of meditational practices themselves. In addition to the crown chakra, entheogens can also stimulate an awakening of the third eye. In studies of entheogens performed by Walter N. Pahnke of Harvard Divinity School* and RR Griffiths, et al, of Johns Hopkins**, almost all of the participants of their experiments reported the experience of deep and profound mystical consciousness.

At the end of our wanderings there is only the soul’s yearning to return to GodRam Dass

When in dualistic thinking mode, we can discern yin and yang, good and evil, right and wrong. In Unity consciousness these distinctions no longer apply. What is, simply is.  In Hinduism, this is sometimes referred to as the return to Godhead, where all is in unity with the divine and there is no sense of ego or the small self.  At this point, our self-definition has expanded to be All. © 2012 Keith E Hall Inner-Tranquility.com . All rights reserved.

*Pahnke, Walter N., Drugs and Mysticism: An Analysis of the Relationship between Psychedelic Drugs and the Mystical Consciousness. A thesis presented to the Committee on Higher Degrees in History and Philosophy of Religion, Harvard University, June 1963. Cited in Masters, R.E.L., & Houston, Jean., The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience (Turnstone Books, 1973).

**Griffiths RR, Richards WA, Johnson MW, McCann UD, Jesse R: Mystical-type experiences occasioned by psilocybin mediate the attribution of personal meaning and spiritual significance 14 months later.

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Chakra Issues Sixth Chakra

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Sixth Chakra

Judgment and Discernment 

The serenity of Ajna, the third eye, is a function of harmony, inner & outer attunement, and stillness. If we are continually thinking in dualistic Butterfly, discernment, judgment, tantric qigong, enlightenment, spiritual awakening, self mastery, 8 treasures, taoist tantra, taoism, qigogn  for self mastery, ba duan jin, eight section brocade, 8 twists of silk, 8 pieces of silk, inner tranquility, inner peace, qigong classes, rockville, olney, gaithersburg, maryland, t'ai chi, taiji, chi kungterms, we are dissecting, analyzing, and comparing. This mental activity can reduce the ability to be serene, yet also has a significant survival function as discernment. In a sense, discernment is a basic form of consciousness shared by all life.  How do you know what is helpful and what is harmful to your survival?  What is food, what is poison? In this aspect, discernment is a vital function for survival, abundance, and leading a harmonious life of inner richness.

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Judgment, discernment, tantric qigong, enlightenment, self mastery, self realization, chakras, kundalini, self grwoth, personal growth, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, qigong for self mastery, ba duan jin, 8 twists of silk, 8 pieces of silk, 8 brocades Judgment is noticing (discerning, 6th chakra) the difference in things, people, their actions, etc., and reacting with some level of moral condemnation (3rd chakra). Moral condemnation grows from a conscious or subconscious anxiety of the differences we have noticed (potential threats), and assigning it a negative or evil connotation.  Once so assigned, the tendency is to react with some degree of irritation or anger, or worse.

          You don’t count the dead

          When God’s on your side.

         – Bob Dylan, With God on Our Side

Righteous anger takes our moral judgment and amps up the compensatory and defensive / offensive reaction with great vigor and the certitude that we are absolutely correct.  It can then be short step to dogmatic condemnation, inquisition, water boarding, crusades, jihad, and other forms of righteous violence.

It takes a certain level of experience and wisdom to use the sharp knives of discernment, intuition, and understanding in a way that is beneficial to ourselves and others. Deep and consistent periods of meditation, Cobra Breath, and Psychic Bridge Balancing can develop the intuition and sensitivity necessary to harness this faculty. © 2012 Keith E. Hall and Inner-Tranquility.com All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fifth Chakra

Karma Burning: Frustration

 

Expression is related to communication. Communication, depending on one’s intention, can lead to understanStress management, frustration, enlightenment, tantric qigong, self-mastery, joy, communication, vishuddi, fifth chakra, throat chakrading and cooperation, or to contradiction and conflict.

In a sense, creative expression has its roots in the third chakra. It begins as the desire to create something (physical, mental, or emotional), gathers the power of manifestation, and then travels to the fifth chakra for expression.

If thwarted, our desire, intention, and joy of creating turns to frustration. The greater the obstruction (whether external or internal), and the stronger the individual’s will, the more likely one is to experience frustration. 

Frustration always includes some combination of the emotions of the lower chakras which can be summarized thusly:

Desire to create / express > internal or external blocking > inhibition (disappointment / fear) > anger
anger expressed outwardly > conflict
anger expressed inwardly > self judgment / physical ramifications

Bioenergetically, we keep the “lid on” the unbridled outward expression of frustration by tightening the neck and jaw muscles. If chronic, this response becomes muscular armoring and can lead to physical symptoms such as TMJ syndrome, neck pain, cervical vertebral misalignment, poor posture, and headaches.

 The Evolution of Language

It is most likely that during the Lower Pleistocene Homo habilis and Homo erectus had some form of communication that was an intermediate stage between that of modern humans and that of non-human primates. It is conjectured that these forms were simple nouns and verbs that lacked conjugation or tenses. More sophisticated forms of utterance may have evolved in Neanderthals, though they may have lacked the brain capacity for the modern speech of Homo Sapiens, who may have developed language and art between 50,000 and 200,000 years ago. It is the development of language that helped larger groups of humans to learn to cooperate and work together, migrate to distant areas, and improve their survival skills.

Writing is a form of expression that allows for the communication of ideas over greater time and space than language alone. Cuneiform, the Sumerian system of writing, evolved from a system of clay tokens used to represent goods. By the 4th millennium BC, this evolved into a more standardized method for accounting.  The Sumerian cuneiform and the Egyptian hieroglyphs are historically considered to be the earliest true writing systems. Both systems emerged from proto-literate symbol systems circa

3400–3200 BC, with the earliest coherent texts about 2600 BC.  Thus writing, as we normally conceive of it, is probably only about 5000 years old. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues 4th Chakra

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fourth Chakra

Karma Burning: Interpersonal Relations

The issue of the fourth chakra, Anahata, is interpersonal relations. When this chakra is in balance and supported by healthy consciousness springing from the clarity of the first three 4th chakra, anahata, karma, agape, unconditional love,  tantric qigong, inner peacechakras, we get an open, powerful heart energy. Once this occurs, relations will tend to have the qualities of unconditional love, gratitude, and compassion.

We can all agree that this is an ideal worth working towards. Culturally though, we are not quite there yet. The quality of the fourth chakra’s expression can be, and is, heavily influenced by the lower three.

Relations that have the third chakra as their foundation will be colored by personal power, seeking either control / submission, or cooperation.  If the first two chakras are not clear and balanced, relations will take on aspects of anxiety, vulnerability, self-centered pleasure seeking / pain avoidance.

It may be that love is a relatively recent human development.  Early hominids were concerned with survival and dominance, and their approach to this was fairly self-centered.  Living in survival mode without tools and language, these hominids were probably closer to animals than what we would identify as human.

Homo erectus (circa 1,800,000 BCE – 300,000 AD)  was probably the first hominid to live in a hunter-gatherer society, develop a proto-language, shape more sophisticated stone tools, routinely use fire, and invent the concept of human cooperation. Homo Erectus developed a much larger brain than his predecessors, which aided in the aforementioned inventions. This larger brain and cranium presented new difficulties with childbirth, resulting in the need to birth earlier, and the infants birthed were, in a sense, “premature”. They needed to be smaller just to pass through the birth canal. The resulting infants required much longer to mature to semi-self sufficiency, needing extended nurturing and protection in their longer state of helplessness. Somewhere between Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens, this developed into love and altruism.

Homo Erectus was probably the first hominid to live in small band-societies, the simplest form of human society. A band generally consists of an extended family or clan having no more than 30 to 50 individuals.  A group such as this would have enhanced abilities to defend themselves and hunt in a coordinated group. The earliest evidence of hearths is also associated with Homo erectus. Evidence seems to indicate that these hearths were used for cooking,  warmth, defense against predators, and are likely to have been places of social interaction, making Homo Erectus socially more like modern humans than their predecessors.

buddha, ascension, fourth chakra, anahata, tantric qigong, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, 8 twists of silf, ba duan jing, qigong, enlightenmentWe can see the general curve of human evolution described by the self-centered survival consciousness of early hominids (chakras 1-2), to Homo Erectus’ ability to cooperate and organize themselves into small societies (Chakra 3), to the full-blown and complex forms of social cooperation, interaction, and altruism of Homo Sapiens (Chakras 3-4).

We are on our way, in time, to evolve into a heart-based and compassionate culture. This is not to say that there are no atavistic throwbacks to our early hominid ancestors. Take a look at corporate greed and national politics to see just two examples. As we continue to evolve, Homo Superior or Homo Spiritualis will have the needs of the first three chakras met in a balanced and reasonable way, and will act from the foundation of the heart. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues: 3rd Chakra

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Chakra Issues: Third Chakra

Personal Power

Manipura, the third chakra, is a potent reservoir of qi (chi) in the body. Earthly qi can enter the body through the feet, can be activated or “pumped up” at the Muladhara chakra, and when combined with atmospheric qi, creates life force which can be stored in Manipura. This vital force can be quite dynamic and, like a ChakraBanner3battery, can be in motion or exist in either a potential or quiescent state. Besides the absorption of earthly qi through the feet (or perineum / coccyx if sitting), we can acquire earthly qi through the digestion and assimilation of food. Once assimilated and combined with the heavenly qi we absorb through the breath, this energy becomes our personal qi or life force. 

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Vitality is required to keep the body, mind, and emotions healthy and in good working order. Once these basic needs are satisfied, any surfeit of vitality becomes personal power. In many with Western mindsets, active vitality has a strong tendency to be applied externally, and if one’s personal power is thwarted in some way, this energy can internalized, often in an unhealthy way.  If the first chakra mediates the flight part of the fight or flight response, the third chakra is in charge of the fight part. The primitive part of ourselves feels that the best defense is a strong offense.

 There is no guarantee that one will use one’s life force appropriately in a karma-free sense. Here are some examples of karma inducing uses of personal power:

Externally: one can use one’s personal power to manipulate or dominate other people or the environment. Anger is a subset of this: it appears as the “cure” for our power being thwarted.      Hatred, violence, are other examples.

Internally;  the energy of attack (anger) can be turned against one’s mind and physiology -self hatred, allergies, auto immune conditions, visceral organ malfunction and degradation.

Examples of the appropriate use of personal power:

External: manifesting your desires without karmically infringing upon another, selfless service.

Internal: Self mastery, commitment to a course of personal development, development of spiritual willpower, surrendering to your higher self.

When we have attained the highest level of personal power, and have manifested all our worldly desires, we may begin to yearn for something beyond power and the material. This is spiritual yearning (see: The 3rd Chakra and the Spiritual Purpose of Power ). © 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-Tranquility.com. All rights reserved.

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Chakra Issues: 1st and 2nd Chakras

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chakra Issues: First and Second Chakras

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Karma Burning: Survival

All fears can be reduced to some flavor of fear of death or concern for one’s welfare and survival. Even social anxiety i.e., fear of being judged or cast out of the tribe to fend for oneself, woChakra 1 and 2 Muladhara, Vishuddiuld have its origin in a concern for personal survival in Paleolithic times. One of the reasons homo sapiens, and primates in general, have adapted and flourished in a hostile world has been the ability to use the group for defense, territorial dominance, food gathering / growing, etc. In modern times, these now irrational fears have led to economic, cultural, and military “dominance displays” which could, in extremis, threaten all human life on this planet.

Karma Burning: Gratification

Gratification is a pleasurable reaction that results from the fulfillment of a desire. The personality trait of uninhibited pleasure-seeking results in a tendency towards hedonism. The inability to experience normal pleasure, desire, or motivation in life is sometimes termed anhedonia.  William James described anhedonia as a “passive joylessness and dreariness, discouragement, dejection, lack of taste and zest and spring.”*

The second chakra has a powerful role in sadness and depression, and one sure sign of depression is a reduced ability to take gratification in simple things as food, friends humor, conversation, sex, etc.

Depending on the degree, delaying gratification could be seen as a valuable life skill related to long term success, happiness, even spiritual awakening.  An example of the latter would be the transmutation of sexual energy, e.g. delaying orgasm and sending your Kundalini upward through the central channel, or the spinal nadis, awakening the chakras and knowledge of the higher Self.

A more permanent pattern of denying gratification without any excitation or transmutation of life force can be a clinical state of avoidance related to a moralistic denial of expression. © 2013 Keith E. Hall and www.inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

*Varieties of Religious Experience Lecture VI, The Sick Soul, William James 1902

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Karma Burning: Chakra Issues part 2

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues,  Breath, Emotional Intelligence and Evolution

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Referring to the tendency of modern technology to be shaped by Paleolithic emotional patterns, Einstein was alleged to have said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity…All our lauded technological progress–our very civilization–is like the axe in the hand of the pathological criminal…The human spirit must prevail over technology.”  How can we achieve this process of accelerated evolution implied by Einstein?  Try this breathing technique when you feel emotionally challenged: Keep your back straight, inhale slowly and deeply to a count of 5, exhale slowly to a count of 5. Repeat 1-3 times or until calm. If you know the Third Eye Balancing technique, you can also use it to balance your mental / emotional state.

Do this interpersonal experiment: the next time you are confronted by someone who is experiencing great anxiety, anger, or pain, ask them to take a deep breath. The person controlled by the atavistic urges of the amygdala will blast you for suggesting this. The more evolved will endeavor to comply.  

The intention to mediate our bestial aspects is associated with the higher cortical centers which can override the amygdala / brain-stem reactions. I have yet to see a convincing medical Tantric qigong, conscious breathing, spirtual evolutionexplanation for how this intention is generated; this may remain one of the ancient mysteries of spiritual masters. Certainly once put in motion, Intention from our higher centers can subsume and mediate automatic neuro-muscular and endocrine reactions. By asserting control through our higher cortical centers we unite the yin and yang portals of the psychic bridge (third eye) and neutralize the more barbaric urges of the brain stem.

In short, the amygdala represents our primitive aspects and the anterior cingulate cortex and the lateral orbitofrontal cortex develop our higher civilized and spiritual aspects. You can see by the diagram that the anterior cingulate cortex / lateral orbitofrontal cortex is in a direct line between the amygdala / brainstem and the neocortical centers controlled by the third eye (Ajna). It is one of the functions of Cobra Breath to unite and balance these centers, bringing vital, primal energy to the higher centers while soothing and calming the atavistic beast within us. © 2012 Keith E. Hall, www.inner-tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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