The well-known quote on the left, from one of the pioneers of quantum mechanics, may very well be one of the most significant statements of the past century.
In essence, Schrodinger is saying that the universe of things ("out there") is inseparable from the universe of thoughts ("in here"). If we go looking for an objective reality free of our own perspective, we are doomed to failure. It's not just because we cannot extricate ourselves from our own point of view. In truth, there is no universe outside of our awareness of it.
This may be hard to believe. After all, there are places in the world that exist even though we are unaware of their existence. For example, there is an island nation called Comoros off the coast of Africa. Before I mentioned this fact, you may not have heard of Comoros. Does this mean that an entire nation did not exist until that moment, that Comoros only came into being once I made you aware of it?
Yes, that's true. At least, for you it is. And that is the only truth that should matter to you. There is an entire universe of thought at your disposal. You bring individual thoughts into being by becoming aware of them. Creativity is not so difficult, really. According to constructivist theories of learning, all the knowledge that we gain, including our thoughts and our perceptions, are mental constructs. In other words, we create them.
There is an important distinction to be made between creativity and imagination. Most people who claim they are not creative are really saying they are not imaginative. But let me ask you a question: Is there anywhere in the universe where your imagination cannot take you? The answer, of course, is: NO. Our imagination can travel anywhere from the farthest reaches of the universe to the tiniest subatomic particle. Through imagination, we are capable of penetrating alternate realities, including those we would label as "fantasy." In other words, we can create virtually anything with our imagination. That is extraordinary power!
Who on Earth could have such power? How can a mere mortal create an entire universe simply by imagining it? Its seems that we have been underestimating our creative abilities, dismissing what we can imagine because we are told that it's not "real." But Schrodinger is saying that the universe we can conceive, either through perception or imagination, is the only one there is. We are creating new realities at every turn. Given that to be the case, what might we conclude about ourselves?
On March 16, 1987, I was given the gift of a lifetime, which took me 30 years to receive. For an instant, I had a glimpse into the heart of creativity. I experienced something greater than anything I had ever imagined possible—layer upon layer of reality held within a single moment of creativity. For me, the content of this revelation was hard to grasp and even harder to believe. I asked myself: How could a single flash of insight or inspiration be so expansive?
I devoted myself to finding out the answer, not realizing that I was embarking on a journey of discovery that would last three decades. The journey took me to the University of Arizona, where I learned to think about creativity like a psychologist. It also led me to the realization that psychologists did not understand the creative process very well, mainly because they were reluctant to look at the experience of creativity: passion, intuition, imagination, and revelation. For my fellow creativity researchers, focusing on these topics was considered “career suicide.”
So, in 1996, I committed career suicide—not without some trepidation. I decided to sit down and write a book about the hidden aspects of the creative experience. After two years of writing, much of which was spent staring at a blank computer screen, I realized that I knew very little about this experience. In order to understand it, I was going to need to immerse myself in the creative process fully. And this immersion required complete surrender: I had to let go of all my assumptions and beliefs, not just about creativity but about myself. My pursuit of this elusive thing called Deep Creativity took great sacrifice: I had to let go of any expectations regarding the outcome of my exploration.
The turning point in my understanding came through receptivity. I had to learn to receive whatever gifts came into my life with grace, which is total gratitude and humility. This did not come easily for me; that is why I refer to it as “slow grace.” Sometimes, I would find myself struggling, holding out for something more. Yet, the gifts I received were extraordinary: a wonderful spiritual community; a chance to travel to Mexico, India, and Italy to learn from great spiritual teachers; and the privilege to teach and write books in ways that connected me deeply to beautiful, like-minded people.
As my mind opened up to new possibilities, I began to unpack and unravel some of the mysteries embedded in the creative experience. Within any given moment of creativity, I cam see: worlds within worlds: a cyclical dance of creation; a unified source of creativity abiding in all things; the two potent creative forces nestled within the human heart; and the dynamic interplay of a creative trinity. I have come to view the creative experience as a bold adventure filled with passion, turmoil, inspiration, sacrifice, sheer joy, and unconditional love. This adventure leads to the realizations of truths that are timeless and self-transcendent.
Deep Creativity is a way of understanding the creative process that comes directly out of my personal experience. But if it were just my own perspective, then Deep Creativity could be dismissed as the ravings of a lunatic. That is why I have spent so much time combing through the memoirs, interviews, journals, and letters of eminent artists throughout history. What I found is a great deal of consistency, in terms of how artists describe their creative process.
Deep Creativity: Inside the Creative Mystery is now in print (available here) and will be in bookstores March 6. I am happy and thrilled beyond words to see this 30-year adventure come to fruition. In the days and weeks to come, I will discuss specific aspects of Deep Creativity here on this blog, as well as in videos, weekly podcasts, and social media. Your comments and questions are always welcome. My intention is that you discover, as I have, the profound truths inherent in the creative experience.
When I listened to a group of Yale students speak about gender with Katie Couric in her documentary, “The Gender Revolution,” it struck me that two different meanings of the trans- prefix are getting confounded. This prefix can mean “across” or “beyond.” In the case of transgender individuals, some have assumed a gender role that differs from the one they were assigned at birth. So they have crossed gender lines in finding their personal identity. Others are gender neutral, meaning that they do not want to be restricted to any gender role. These individuals are seeking to go beyond gender categories altogether.
In order to distinguish between the two, I’ve decided to use trans for “across” and TRANS for “beyond.” Now that the terminology is clear, here is my point: Free spirits are TRANS! These individuals are transcending the old categories and definitions. It is not just about gender, but also religion, politics, nationality, career, residence, and race. For free spirits, what matters is the experience of genuineness—of being fully alive!—which cannot be confined or contained. In Deep Creativity, I say that creativity is not just about thinking outside the box but living outside it. Not by coincidence, this is also how free spirits have chosen to live: as much outside the box as possible.
And what is “the box”? It is any limitation on our identity and thinking imposed by ourselves, other people, or some combination of the two. There are those who seek simplicity and certainty in making sense of their world. They are, in the language of psychology, ambiguity intolerant. For these individuals, there is a certain level of comfort in knowing if someone is male or female, Catholic or Protestant, Democrat or Republican.
But for free spirits, these categories can seem limiting. Increasing numbers of people are rejecting the conventional boxes. They are doing this in many ways: by choosing to be “spiritual but not religious;” registering as independent or third-party voters; being citizens of the world rather than pledging their allegiance to a single country; embracing entrepreneurship over conventional jobs; living “cage-free” as opposed to renting or owning a home; identifying themselves and their families as multiracial; and embracing gender neutrality.
The trend is so widespread that it constitutes a free-spirit movement. The result is a growing population that is TRANS-religious, TRANS-political, TRANS-national, TRANS-racial, and TRANS-gendered, among other things. This is an exciting time to be alive because the old categories are falling away, which means that people can define themselves in entirely new ways—or not at all!
If you are reading this far, you are probably part of this trend. So, how are you rejecting the conventional definitions and categories? In what ways are you TRANS? And where do you see this trend leading?
For free spirits throughout the world, a powerful new sacrament has emerged. This simple ritual carries all the power and significance conveyed by baptism. When John the Baptist introduced Jesus to baptism two thousand years ago, this type of ritual washing was already in practice among Jews, Hindus, Egyptians, and other groups. The purpose of baptism was seen as purification. It has come to signify an initiation into spiritual life through the removal of impurities.
Today, free spirits are practicing Repose, which involves lying on one’s back with arms extended perpendicular to the torso, palms up, legs open, and jaw relaxed. It is done three times a day for seven minutes. Repose was developed as a relaxation technique with physical and mental health benefits, but those who have been practicing it on a daily basis understand it to be much more than that. Like baptism, it serves as a type of spiritual initiation.
For ancient peoples, initiation involved the removal of impurities. But what was the nature of these impurities and why did they need removing? In the Judeo-Christian tradition, Adam and Eve fell from grace after eating fruit from the “tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Impurity begins, then, with the ability to distinguish between good and evil, or right and wrong. Through this ability, human beings gain free will, which is the ability to choose one side or the other. When acting in ways that they see as wrong, evil, or sinful, people identify themselves impure.
Free spirits have always dared to experience the world in unconventional ways, recognizing that distinctions such as right and wrong can be arbitrary and limiting. “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field,” wrote Rumi. “I will meet you there.” In other words, we get a fuller picture of who we are and what we can be when we look beyond the obvious categories and distinctions. Rather than focusing on removing our impurities, we can seek ways to become more complete.
Each of us has a sense that there is much more to who we are than we have yet to discover. Within our own hearts, we may feel incomplete. The film Jerry Maguire made this line famous: “You complete me.” Implied is the idea that there is something or someone out there which can make us feel complete. So, let me ask you this simple question: What completes you? Perhaps it is a specific person, group, place, ideal or value.
For free spirits, it would have to be the experience of this moment. In the here and now, there is much more for us to be, feel, sense and intuit. We become more complete by opening ourselves to the present moment, in all its glory. When we increase our receptivity, we feel things more deeply and intensely, which in turn lets us be more fully ourselves. And nothing enhances our receptivity like the ritual of Repose (for more on this, see Repose: The Potent Pause).
Receptivity means acceptance of the other. After all, none of us needs to receive something that we already possess. We can only be receptive to something that has heretofore existed outside of ourselves. When we feel a strong connection to something, it becomes a part of us. Suddenly, our boundaries are expanded, and we become connected to the people, activities, and things that inspire passion in us. This passion—the experience of being fully alive!—gives rise to everything that enriches us: our creativity, happiness, well-being, and spirituality.
For those of us who are free spirits, Repose is a powerful tool. It opens the doors to a life filled with passion and inspiration, love and joy, bliss and ecstasy. Do you find it hard to believe that something so simple can have such a profound impact on our lives? If so, I say: Perfect! Don’t take my word for it. Try Repose for yourself—three times a day for a month. Then, let me know what you find. You have little to lose and everything to gain. I am eager to hear from you!
For me, what happened in Charlottesville last weekend was sickening. I mean that literally. The anger I felt was so overwhelming that it made me physically ill. And I suspect that I was not alone.
Charlottesville aroused the passions of an entire nation. But we learned that not all passions are created equal. Strong feelings of anger like what I felt are debilitating. Hatred is even more so. The haters who marched on Charlottesville may not seem all that debilitated. After all, they got the attention of an entire nation. But what power do they really have? Clubs and torches are the last resort of the desperate. The only power they have is to incite outrage and violence in the rest of us.
“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” This was the last Facebook post of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car drove into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Saturday. Although I never had the pleasure to meet Heather, I know that her passions ran much deeper than mere outrage. Her friends, family and co-workers described her as someone who was driven by compassion, a sense of fairness, and love. Heather’s father, Mark, described her as “a strong woman that had passionate opinions about the equality of everyone.” Her friend, Marissa Blair, added, "If you knew Heather, you would know that she loves everyone and all she wants is equality for everyone, no matter who you love, no matter what color you are."
I see Heather not just as an American hero but also as a free spirit. As such, she was not passionate about being white; she was passionate about being free. Rather than identifying with one particular group, Heather identified with all people, especially those that were being treated unfairly and needed her help. And according to her father, Heather had the courage of her convictions. “She had a stubborn backbone that if she thought she was right, she would stand there and defy you.” But, he added, “she would want to do it peacefully.”
Free spirits are passionate about the experience of being fully alive, and that experience is inherently transcendent. We are most fully alive when we see beyond our individual and group differences and become most fully connected: to other people, to the natural world, and to the perfection inherent in every moment. Emotions like compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and love expand us, draw us outside of the narrow confines of our individual identity. And when we do so, we have no enemies in the world—although undoubtedly there are adversaries.
In this case, the adversaries are those who are impassioned by hatred and anger. We are playing a game in which love trumps hate and the object is total inclusivity. When we are able to recognize everyone and everything as being part of the same team, our team always wins. In other words, everyone wins. Rather than the supremacy of a single group, we strive for the supremacy of being, which is something we all share.
As free spirits, we possess the qualities that make victory inevitable, including our creativity, playfulness, and imagination. All of these qualities were on display when Twitter users like “Yes, You’re Racist” revealed the identities of individuals who took part in last weekend’s hate parade. Some of these men were fired from their jobs, disowned by their families, and criticized by their peers.
This is a truly free-spirited way to overcome hatred; it is playful, nonviolent, and extremely resourceful. Imagine all the other ways that future hate parades can be rendered impotent. For instance, what about an “I Won’t Date Men Who Hate” campaign? Imagine what would happen if positive attention and affection were with withheld from those who take part in these parades.
I also love the idea of holding celebrations of diversity in the same cities where these marches are taking place. Thousands or perhaps millions of people could converge for world music concerts, food festivals, or other celebratory gatherings. Instead of drawing more attention to public displays of hatred through counter protests and acts of aggression, we come together to celebrate the very things they detest: cultural differences and the power to find common ground regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, ideology, or sexual orientation.
A Free Spirit Movement is taking shape. We can create alternatives to hatred and violence, and we can do it in ways that are fun, liberating, and—most importantly—unifying. Can you think of some other ways to accomplish this? I have no doubt that you can. We just have to let our imaginations run wild. As free spirits, that type of thing just comes naturally!
What makes a free spirit? When you take the FREE SPIRIT QUIZ, you will know the answer: For free spirits, the most important thing in life is the experience of being fully alive (EBFA). We free spirits value this experience in ourselves, in others, and in our communities. But what exactly is that experience?
I would describe an EBFA as a peak experience in which time stands still, we lose ourselves in the moment, all distractions disappear, and we feel strong positive emotions. The EBFA has three components:
I will have much more to say about this awakening in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, nothing would make me happier than to hear from you. Do you know the experience I am describing? Tell me about an EBFA you have had. What circumstances gave rise to it? What was it like for you? And how did it affect you?
Being and doing. Both are essential parts of human psychology. Somehow, the relationship between the two has fallen out of balance. We are living in a world where doing is valued far more than being. From an early age, each of us is encouraged to accomplish and achieve. Our society tends to define success far more in terms of power and wealth than love and joy. Even though most of us claim, when surveyed by researchers, that family and relationships are the highest priority in our lives, our behavior reveals otherwise. We tend to pursue our careers and businesses, often at the expense of our personal lives.
The language we use reflects this priority. Few labels are more damaging than “lazy” or “slacker.” We refer to our leisure and recreational activities as “fun,” a word that originates in the Middle English fon, meaning “fool.” This is not just a bias of the English language. The French equivalent, “amusement,” comes from the word, muser, meaning “to stare stupidly.” And in Spanish, fun is “divertido,” which comes from the same root as the English word divert. To have fun, then, is to turn away from forward progress.
Taking time away from our busy lives to enjoy the moment is considered unwise and unproductive. The message is simple: Do more. Work harder. Never let up. We are living with a work ethic that permeates our culture so thoroughly that even the slightest pause is seen as irresponsible. A dear friend of mine tried to challenge this work ethic. In his 20’s and 30’s, he used to say that his career goal was “not to let my work cut into my leisure time.” By age 45, he was running a business and working 12-hour days.
Three research findings came out this week suggesting that this emphasis on doing over being does not seem to be working. We learned that: 1) the Earth’s temperature is expected to rise two degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making the planet virtually uninhabitable; 2) men’s sperm count has dropped by 59% in the past 40 years; and 3) chronic fatigue is a function of inflammation. All of these findings point to the damaging effects of relentless human activity. As a society, we are unwilling to disengage from a fast-paced lifestyle that is destroying the Earth, bringing our species to the verge of extinction, and creating runaway inflammation in our bodies through environmental toxicity, psychological stress, an unhealthy diet, and sleep deprivation.
There is a simple solution. We can follow the lead of those free spirits who value the experience of being fully alive. Sometimes, we need to take a pause to immerse ourselves in the moment, take it all in, relax and enjoy. Thinking more and working harder have their place, but they are not always the answer. A shift is beginning to happen, not by choice but by necessity. We are at the outset of a “being” revolution. People are starting to disengage from a society that is driving itself to death through an overemphasis on doing more as opposed to being more. According to a report in Forbes magazine, the millennial generation seems to be choosing experiences over possessions or career status. We are seeing more young people dropping out of school, rejecting conventional jobs, and becoming “cage-free” rather than taking on the responsibilities of home ownership.
This movement needs a new vision of human nature—what Abraham Maslow called a “psychology of being.” I am honored and thrilled to be exploring this vision with you. And I am eager to hear your thoughts. What does the “being” revolution mean to you? How is it impacting your life? Where do we go from here? Please share your impressions in the Comments section of this blog. Or just take some time to appreciate the beauty and wonder of this precious moment!
We are building a community of free spirits. This may seem surprising at first. After all, we free spirits are independent people. When given a choice, we will follow our own hearts over the will of the group. That is why we have a hard time with institutions that try to impose arbitrary rules on us: schools, churches, government, corporations, or the military. We are drawn to: style over fashion; spirituality over religion; freestyle dancing over choreography; self-employment over a 9-to-5 job; informal get-togethers over structured meetings; distance learning over the classroom; and independence over conformity.
How do you build a community of non-conformists? And why would you? The simple answer is that a free spirit is not necessarily a lone wolf. In fact, we value the right kinds of community—ones that foster creativity, fairness, joyful cooperation, respect, peace, well-being, play, self-empowerment, mutual acceptance, loving kindness, and sustainability. We know that the experience of being fully alive is only intensified when it is shared.
So, why would free spirits come together to form community? The most obvious reason is: fun! We enjoy the company of those who aspire to live life to the fullest. Nothing is more infectious than love and laughter, enthusiasm and elation, passion and compassion, joy and jubilation. We are inspired by each other’s inspiration. Our euphoria feeds off one another in an upward spiral.
Another reason to come together is the power of community. We have greater freedom to be ourselves when we are in the company of individuals who support our personal journey wholeheartedly, celebrate our achievements, understand the unique challenges we face, have a lifetime of wisdom to share, accept us without judgment or expectation, never seek to impose their will on us, welcome us with open arms and an open heart, and are delighted and grateful to be treated in the same way by us.
This blog is a forum where your voice will be heard and your unique perspective welcomed. Please feel free to share your story: What does it mean to you to be a free spirit? How has your life path diverged from the norm? When did you first realize that your destiny was to live in unconventional ways? And what advice would you give to someone trying to find their own path in the face of conformity pressure?
Please feel free to explore the other pages on this website, as well, and to offer your feedback. If you have visited the site before, you will see a number of new features and updates. I am always eager to hear your ideas and input, and I appreciate your participation in the process of creating an online community of, by, and for free spirits. Once again: Welcome!
You and I are in the midst of one of the great struggles in human history. Everything is at stake, starting with the future of our planet. A monumental shift is happening; we can feel it. An era in human history is coming to an end. This was an Age of Independence, when the individual was the focus of attention. Our duty was to make something of, by, and for ourselves: a name, a good living, a family, a reputation, and perhaps even a fortune. We were taught to “look out for #1” and to find ways to survive and even thrive in a “dog-eat-dog world.”
The Trump administration is the culmination of this philosophy. We now have a U.S. President whose worldview reduces everything to competition, to winners and losers, to self-interest in the extreme. His sole aspiration is to be viewed as the Biggest Winner of all, in business, in entertainment, in politics, and now in domestic and international affairs. One way or another, this presidency will mark the end of an era.
Our struggle is not simply against something: a President, a set of policies, or a system of government. Two paradigms are colliding at this moment. We are striving to give birth to a new era, an Age of Interdependence, when the plight of the individual is linked to the entire collective. The world we live in is no longer shrinking; that already happened. Geographic distances have been made irrelevant by air travel and advances in telecommunications. National borders are disappearing, in spite of nationalist rumblings. We are becoming increasingly homogenous as a people, regardless of our cultural, racial, or religious differences. The politics of “we” are displacing those of “I” as advocacy groups discover the overlap of their respective causes.
Now more than ever, we are faced with the need to recognize that Black Lives Matter, as do all lives. Increasing numbers of us are standing, either in body or in spirit, with the peoples of Standing Rock. We see that women’s issues are human issues, that poverty affects us all, that any suffering is our suffering. We know that our responsibilities to future generations and to non-human species have to be taken into account when considering climate change, nuclear proliferation, warfare, or environmental degradation. We understand that ideology does not take precedence over human life, dignity, or freedom. And most of all, we come to the crucial realization that all lives have value: basic, inherent, and undeniable value.
You and I have no choice but to give birth to this Age of Interdependence. There is no standing still or going backwards. The only other alternative is the end of humanity and perhaps of most other biological species on this planet. This is not a conservative or liberal issue; it is not a solely spiritual or religious one, either. One way or another, all of the following will end in the present century: war; economic and social injustice; the careless squandering of natural resources; and the predominance of greed and self-interest. We either live together, humans and non-humans alike, or we die together.
The Trump Administration is an opportunity. You and I know we must rally together, unifying all of our advocacy groups and concerns into a single movement. Whatever issues impact you also impact me because your best interests are also my own. I belong to all religions, all racial groups, every gender and sexual orientation, every economic class, all cultures, all species, and all generations. You and I must not take no for an answer. Pushing for an Age of Interdependence on this planet deserves every bit of our energy and dedication. And we have all the power we need at our disposal. Together, we can engage in peaceful yet total non-compliance with any entity or policy that seeks to divide and alienate us, to pit us against one another, to dishonor our movement, or to push domination over cooperation. We can and must prevail in creating this Age of Interdependence. Nothing else matters. Here is the only issue that should concern any of us. We must stand together for the benefit of all so that we can ensure a bright future for our planet. Are you ready?
The fatal shootings of two men this week at the hands of police officers can be linked directly to the gun industry. This may not be a popular view, but I ask that you please hear me out before reacting.
Both men were carrying firearms, presumably to make them feel safer. This was completely within their legal rights. Philando Castile had a concealed-weapons permit, and Alton Spencer lived in a state that has open-carry laws. In both cases, the guns in their possession led to their shooting. It turned out that their weapons put them in jeopardy.
When police officers know that someone is armed, their fear for their own safety increases. Was this fear compounded by race? There is little doubt about that. Fear of people who seem different than ourselves lies at the heart of all racial inequality and injustice. But do you doubt for a moment that the police officers' fear was heightened by the knowledge that these men were carrying firearms?
Why didn't the police officers draw a Taser instead of a firearm? The shooting of Philando Castile started off as a routine traffic stop. Did the officer need to point a firearm at someone being stopped for a broken taillight? If Castile had been shot with a Taser and paralyzed temporarily, the potentially racist reaction of the police officer could still have been called into question, but the news story would have evoked far less alarm, and for good reason.
Police carry guns because the populations they deal with on a daily basis are likely to be armed. The gun industry has done an effective job of convincing Americans that we must defend and act upon our right to bear arms. And the National Rifle Association (NRA), which may have started as an advocacy group for gun owners, has evolved into a lobbying force for the gun industry. As pointed out by Business Insider, firearms manufacturer are an enormous funding source for the NRA:
"Since 2005, the gun industry and its corporate allies have given between $20 million and $52.6 million to it through the NRA Ring of Freedom sponsor program. Donors include firearm companies like Midway USA, Springfield Armory Inc, Pierce Bullet Seal Target Systems, and Beretta USA Corporation. Other supporters from the gun industry include Cabala's, Sturm Rugar & Co, and Smith & Wesson. The NRA also made $20.9 million — about 10 percent of its revenue — from selling advertising to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990."
In 2013, firearms accounted for over 30,000 deaths (suicides and homicides combined) and 75,000 injuries in the U.S. The chances of being killed by a gun are 10 times higher in the U.S. than in other developed countries. And according to The Guardian, U.S. police kill more people in a matter of days than police in other countries do over several years. For instance, police in England and Wales killed 55 people in the past 24 years, which is about the number of people killed by U.S. police in the first 24 days of 2015.
The gun industry generates over $13 billion in revenue annually from sales in the U.S. alone. This industry's products only serve to kill or cause harm. Compare that to the tobacco industry, which has become increasingly regulated and held accountable for the harm it causes. At least with tobacco, the primary function of the product is NOT to cause harm; that happens to be an unintended--though very real--consequence. Isn't it time to start regulating the gun industry and holding it accountable in the same way that we do tobacco?
The gun industry has done an effective job of conveying the message to Americans that gun ownership makes you safer. We know that this message is simply false. For every one percent increase in gun ownership, there is a 1.1 percent increase in the firearm homicide rate. The chances of being shot are 4.5 times greater for assault victims carrying a gun, and the chances of being killed in the assault are 4.2 times greater.
Presumably, Alton Spencer and Philando Castile thought they would be safer if they carried a gun. Tragically, this assumption proved wrong for both men.
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