How the plants have given us their medicine

How Plants give us their MedicineThroughout time the plants have given us their medicine.  Every culture has used, in some form or another, the healing power of plants.  Sometimes, a plant used for an ailment in one era was used in an entirely different way in another. Greater Celandine was and still is, used as a remedy for wart removal but during the middle ages was used as a digestive and for irritations of the eye.  Chamomile was used by Egyptian women as a cosmetic and throughout time as a digestive and reliever of menstrual cramping.  Lavender was used as a laundry soap in the 12th century because of its pleasing scent and today that scent is used as a relaxant and anti-depressant.

Ancient written texts tell us of cedar and juniper essential oils used for the mummification process, sage, cedar & sweetgrass used in smudging or cleansing rituals and chamomile used as a scented walkway for pleasure.

“O most honored Greening Force,

You who roots in the Sun;
You who lights up, in shining serenity, within a wheel
that earthly excellence fails to comprehend.

You are enfolded
in the weaving of divine mysteries.

You redden like the dawn
and you burn: flame of the Sun.”
–  Hildegard von Bingen, Causae et Curae

HildegardThe great visionary, Hildegard of Bingen knew of the plants contribution to our health and wellness.  Not only was she concerned with our physical health but knew that the plants assisted in emotional and spiritual health as well.  “Confront anger and other negative thought patterns. Release your negative energy and develop a spiritual attitude.”  Translation from Hildegard’s Physica

She knew the power of the plant world to heal via food, atmosphere and medicine.  She understood that the same balance found in nature, exists in humans and that the humors (essence, liquids/juice(blood, phlegm, bile)) of our physical bodies are always looking for harmony.  Her remedies always included notes on the emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of living in order to stay in touch with universal forces through the balancing of the humors. In that way, we stay in communion with the essence of the universe, the Spirit of Life/God.

Hildegard felt that in order to live in harmony, one needs to:-

  • Connect to the Spirit of life knowing that the pathway to health is through communion with all things
  • Take care of the physical body knowing that it is an extension of your soul-self.
  • Balance in all things knowing that to live healthily, we are more connected to universal energies of healing/manifestation
  • Live life with passion knowing that an attitude of positivity creates a healthy spirit-mind-body connection

If we took a plant that Hildegard & the Plant Medicine Shop held/hold in high regard, let’s say Rose (Rosa), and journeyed with it through the ages, below is what we’d find:-

Rose

Sumerian Era (4000-2400 BC), clay tablets have been found depicting Rose as a use of medicine

Hippocrates (460-377 BC) advised wearing a garland of Rose for headaches

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (69-30 BC) believed in the aromatic healing properties of Rose and used in bathing

Roman, Pliny, the Elder (23-79AD), thought of Rose as an astringent and used the whole flower.  The seed was used as a diuretic.

Dioscorides (40-90 AD), prescribed rose petals for headaches, eye problems and hemorrhoids.

Hildegard (1098-1179) – believed Rose helped with moderation, exterior ulcers and with relieving anger.  “If even a little rose is added, they are so much better, because of the good virtues of the rose.” Translation from Hildegard’s Physica

Culpepper (1616-1654 AD), declared that the Oil of Rose be used for hot swelling or inflammation

Linus Pauling (1901-1944), discovered the high content of Vitamin C, in Rose Hips

Kiva Rose (21st Century, present time) says that Rose is healing “for hot, damp, congested headaches that are often accompanied by feverishness, hot flashes, gas and bloating.” Kiva Rose

Rose is sent to earth by the gardeners of paradise for empowering the mind and the eye of the spirit.” Rumi

Forgiveness Energy MedicinePlant Medicine Shop (that would be us)(21st Century, present time), uses the power and energetic of Rose for finding love, beauty, ruthless compassion, protection and strength.  We use the mighty Rose in Aura, Authenticity, Lost Love, Esteem, Forgiveness, Cell Rejuvenation, Warrior and our Goddess Cream.

 

The Plant Medicine Shop creates healing herbal remedies for all the ways in which we express ourselves.   Our products are all natural, organic and made with a deep sense of communion with Mother Earth.  We are in partnership with the Plants and honour their wisdom and knowledge.   Their energy is of a giving nature and by accepting this gift of healing, we allow it to flow through to others.  That’s how we, as humans, heal.

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DreamSafe instead of Nightmares

Sleep without Nightmares

The need for peaceful sleep, without nightmares is the one thing that we all have in common.  We may feel disconnected or isolated  with certain people, but when we fall into sleep, we are united in Spirit.  That thread of energy that connects us all, lights up during sleep leaving behind our earthly wants, needs, resentments.  It is one thing that unites us and helps us continue our journey here on Earth.

Sleep can restore our memories, repair body tissue and rejuvenate our cellular matrix.   We all know that a quiet mind and relaxed body will help us fall asleep and failing that, we count sheep! The trick is to stay asleep; in that dreaming state in a sense of quiet calmness so that we can bring back the messages and images and put them into context for our daily lives.   Sleep disturbances are generally termed as nightmares, which can be totally disharmonious for our overall health & well-being.  7-8 hrs sleep a night is needed for optimum health in all our aspects – emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually, & sexually.  Without this, we lose our ability to communicate with ourselves and others.

Nightmares/Sleep Disturbances can be caused by:

Fear & worries about life situations
Anxiety
Troublesome spirit energies
Stress
Jet Lag
Serious health issues (chronic pain)

Sweet DreamsThe main focus in designing DreamSafe was to clear the dreamscape of harmful & negative energies and lay the foundation for sweet dreams.   Energy leaks in the auric field causing weak boundaries was also addressed. It was initially designed as a personalized remedy.  The request was to have the same type of protection as our Protection remedy but during sleep time to bring in sweet dreams.  The person would generally have a feeling of being watched, chased or a general anxiety-ridden dreamscape.  This remedy specifically targets harmful energies that prevent a peaceful sleep.

Designing DreamSafe:-
7 herbs were used to create this unique energetic; all with powerful ‘nightmare protection’:-

Rue – (Ruta graveolens) herb of Grace, protective angelic presence
Yarrow – (Achillea millefolium) protects against psychic & magic attacks
Nettle – (Urtica Dioica) protects and clears negative energies
Wood Betony – (Stachys officinalis) shields against nightmares & excellent protection herb
Garlic – (Allium sativum) protective presence
Black Pepper – (Piper nigrum) protection and clearing of negative energies
Cedar – (Thuja occidentalis) chases away nightmares, brings wisdom

The results of testing thus far have proven that Plant Spirit Medicine continues to surprise with the breadth of its healing energies.

“As soon as I put it on, I could feel all the energy leaks closing over and my energy began to return.  I haven’t had any nightmares since I put it on the first day.”

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Aura Power

Aura Power

When I think of the Aura (Human Energy Field), I visualize an area surrounding the physical body roughly an arm’s length all the way around.  Unless you’re really in tune with outside energies, it’s hard to sense, can’t be seen, and is not visibly affected by touch.  The Auric field is who we are before the physical body.  It is at once easy and yet complex to understand.  It feeds us via the Chakra system through to the physical, marking the areas of weakness or imbalance with symptoms of ill health and if unchecked, disease.  It is so much a part of us, reflecting back our hurts, anger or love & compassion.  It is like the air we breathe, taken for granted (we know it’s there) and hardly thought of.

“theories have revealed the aura to have a fluid or flowing state; to be comprised of different colors, therefore frequencies; to be permeable and penetrable; and to be magnetic in nature, although it also has electromagnetic properties.  Other research has underscored these theories and expanded one additional element of the auric field: its connection to the inner sactum of the human being.”  (The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale)

Important Aspects of the Auric Field:-

  • It holds our energetic bodies (emotional, mental, physical, spiritual & life force)
  • It is a perfect replica of our physical body in layered form
  • It is the outer layer of ourselves which coalesces into the physical being
  • It holds on to our hopes and fears before they enter the physical body
  • It holds disharmony & disease before entering the physical
  • Its purpose is vitally linked to our overall well-being
  • It’s present at birth and stays with us until the moment of death.

AuraThe auric field is a dynamic energy unit constantly in flux, pulsating and changing in colour with our moods, ideas and thought patterns.  At birth, it uses all the memories of who we’ve ever been and who we intend to be in this lifetime and coalesces these divine energies it into a physical form.   It supports the functioning of the endocrine system and by extension, hormonal activity. Energies flow through our aura into our physical body via the Chakra System, a set of energy hubs that nourish our organs with life-giving renewed energy.  The chakras are a unique communication system between the aura and the physical body meaning that whatever is going on in the aura directly affects our bodily functions. Through this process, the function of the physical body at any one time is dependent upon the activity of the chakras which in turn is dependent upon the energies of the subtle bodies” (Christine R. Page – Frontiers of Health).

When a supply of energy is disturbed somehow, the relating organ is deprived of life force and normal functioning deteriorates, eventually leading to disease.  The disturbed flow affects our emotional and rational health as well as physical and spiritual. Illness and disease show up in our mind before manifesting in the physical, flowing into the chakras, through the auric field where signs and symptoms will make their appearance as messengers that an imbalance is taking place and ill health or disease will follow.  More importantly, each chakra is associated with an endocrine gland and its respective hormones, which in turn flow directly into the bloodstream to nourish and vitalize our organs and cells.

 

List of glands associated with the chakras

1st Chakra (Root)                     Testes/Ovaries (reproductive glands)
2nd Chakra (Sacral)                  Adrenals
3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus)         Pancreas
4th Chakra (Heart)                   Thymus
5th Chakra (Throat)                 Thyroid/parathyroid
6th Chakra (Third Eye)            Pituitary/Hypothalamus
7th Chakra (Crown)                  Pineal

The chakras are a unique communication system between the aura and the physical body meaning that whatever is going on in the aura directly affects our bodily functions. When you balance your Chakras, you keep your life force, your vibration at a higher level.

“Thus, tensions in the body are seen to reflect tensions in the consciousness, and the chakras can be used as a vehicle to understand the Body Mind Interface and its implications for healing”  Body Mirror System — The Brofman Foundation

The process is mind, auric field, physical

Aura PowerHow does the Auric field affect our health?

  • Disease sits in the auric field before hitting the physical
  • It is dependent upon our mental process – negative vs. positive thinking
  • It can be a fortress that keeps harmful energies at bay
  • It supports and nourishes the Chakra system, which in turn feeds our Endocrine system

Not only is the aura communicating constantly with the physical body through our chakra system, it also allows for direct communication with the outside world.  The first thing that comes to mind here, are first impressions or people that seem to have the power to attract attention. When a person repels us, one or more of the following could be at play:

  • Feelings of anger/resentment/bitterness or jealousy emanating from that person
  • An image emanating from within – a mirror of self-reflection.
  • Sensing harmful or negative energies and wanting to stay clear.

Similarily, when we meet someone we are attracted to :

  • Similar viewpoints and vibrational levels of awareness
  • Again, a mirror of self reflection – what is it about them that we can turn around and see in ourselves.
  • Sensing that knowledge is available as in the Teacher/Student relationship.

In this way, the aura is constantly sending messages to us about what’s going on inside and outside.  It is important to remember that our magnetic power affects others in different ways as well.

Energy flows into and out of our energetic bodies from the ‘outside’ world, bringing back to us what we assume will come our way.  Negative thoughts bring back negative aspects of our inner world and conversely positive thoughts bring back positive aspects.  We bring in the state of our mind or mood. The aura is an enlightened mirror for ourselves.  All we have to do is keep it polished and shining!

The Law of Attraction states:

“The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in many ways. Even the law of gravity is part of the law of attraction. This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances”. (http://www.successconsciousness.com/law-of-attraction-definitions.htm)

How a strong auric field affects our everyday life:

  • Allows for full manifestation
  • Keeps harmful energies at bay
  • Keeps the heart & mind in harmonious thought patterning
  • Allows the transfer of healing energy more effectively
  • Balances emotionality with self and others
  • Maintains a quiet and focused mental state
  • Maintains a well-charged physical body and life force energy
  • Allows for a vibrant spiritual life; one thirsty for knowledge

If the energy/vibration is weak or blocked then life’s experiences will be hindered.

So, next time you take a breath, remember the auric field and breathe in good thoughts.  Let the negativity slip away with every breath you take.  Thoughts become things; think good ones!

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Using Vibrational Medicine for the 1st Chakra

Using Vibrational Medicine for the 1st Chakra

 

The art of Chakra Balancing is not just about changing/adjusting the vibratory rate and altering the path of disease; it’s about bringing into focus a new level of awareness.

1st ChakraFor over a hundred years, information about our Chakra System and Chakra Balancing has flooded into the mainstream.  Today, there are yoga studios on every corner in every city with each teaching the countless methods of the Masters.  With each movement and breathe, a chakra is affected – a slight awakening and balancing.

Since the function of the physical body is dependent upon the activity of our chakras, awakening and balancing of these energy centres are a major healing modality today.  Each chakra is linked to a specific endocrine gland, and so disease or ill health can, in a sense, be tracked through the subtle bodies & auric field until it reaches the physical.

Starting at the base, the 1st (root) chakra, addresses the need to live in the moment in a relaxed way without fear.  Safety, security and physical groundedness are all concepts that we have a right to feel, acknowledge and trust in.   Our self-awareness as a human being lights up in the 1st Chakra.  Unique experiences dictate the openness and vibrancy, or lack thereof that we project out into the world.  The basic enemy of this Chakra is fear.  If family or community ties have not been strong in our first few years, then this emotion sits heavily in the 1st Chakra.

Specifics of the 1st Chakra:

Location: Base of spine
Spiritual Aspect: Self Awareness or what it is to be human
Issues: Abandonment, physical & mental abuse, poor nourishment, taking on fears of parents, difficult birth.
Endocrine Gland: Adrenals (cortisone, adrenaline)
Needs: Safety, security, comfort, community, nourishment
Associated Organs: kidneys, adrenals, bladder, rectum, colon
Living FullyAssociated Disease: bones or solid parts of the body (arthritis, weak joints), bowel or colon disorders (chronic constipation, crohns, chronic diarrhea, IBS)
Enemy: Fear of all kinds (failure, success, losing control, own power, security,etc.)
Natural Herbal Remedies for the 1st Chakra: Vibrational Remedy, ‘Living Fully’ from the plant medicine shop, dandelion root, burdock root , cayenne, thyme, lavender.  Any root vegetable as in carrots, parsnips, horseradish
Other Healing for 1st Chakra: Enjoy Mother Earth and the way you walk upon Her, stay grounded and bring vital earth energy into the 1st Chakra, take care of your physical body, dance, garden.
Colour: Red

 

 

 

 

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Personal Power Remedies

Personal Power – an energetic prospective

 

Personal Power from the wisdom of the Plant World? Oh yes!! The idea that someone can fill in a form about their current situation and have delivered to their door a powerful Vibrational Medicine is the shape of things to come in a busy fast-paced world. The Plant Medicine Shop specializes in Personal Power Remedies which take into account not only one’s health situation but also their hopes, dreams and direction in life. In this way, we address all of the energetic bodies and Chakra Balancing so that healing can touch the whole person. Providing a pathway that will reflect a person’s healing and life direction is truly exciting.

Personal PowerPersonal Power Remedies, using sacred plant medicine, are always met with childlike glee for us at the Plant Medicine Shop. They take us outside of the norm, into the magical realm of infinite possibilities. Formulation is the act of matching a person’s spirit essence with those plants that are useful for the challenges and obstacles that are being faced. These challenges and obstacles are from both inside and outside of oneself . Clients are asked to look to the future (1-5yrs) as well so that the formulation can take into account life direction. Sometimes, Chakra Balancing is needed in these formulas as well as forward-movement energetics in plants such as Mullein.

What is Personal Power anyway? Basically, it’s being able to influence and change your own life events but how do you get to that point? There are a number of healing points to be considered before Personal Power really takes root:-

  • Having enough self-worth to stand up to what you want
  • Letting go of fear and engaging in life events
  • Letting go of attachments that seek a specific outcome
  • Knowing you deserve the best and make sure to ask for what you need
  • Create strong boundaries, especially with family

Personal Power is felt on the inside when you know you can’t and don’t have to please everyone all the time; when you are able to speak your truth; when you respect and honour those around you; when you love and respect yourself.

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Energetic Medicine for the Human Energy Field

Energetic Medicine for the Human Energy Field

Human Energy FieldWhen considering the whole body system or Human Energy Field, it’s necessary to take into account the other aspects of who we are. We are layers of energy which include not only our physical but emotional, mental, spiritual and life force energy bodies as well. To look at ourselves in a spiritual sense, there are only layers of light emanating from a majestic point – the assemblage point of man – the point at which energies connect to the physical body for optimum performance and perception.  When looking at ourselves in an everyday sense, it’s easy to forget about the many attributes that make up the Human Energy Field or whole body system.

 

We strive to address the whole body system in all the vibrational remedies formulated for the complete human. We started with The Chakra Balancing and Awakening Kit which address 10 chakras taking into account our auric field and connection to spirit. This is who we are on the planet Earth and so to include Chakras 8-10 we’re taking into account the whole being. While there are thousands of chakras connected to our being, some have a greater influence on the way our body operates and how we perceive life. The first 7 are intricately tied to our endocrine system and so balancing these is important for health and well-being in a physical sense. Chakra 8-10 are tied to our connection to our spirit bodies and balancing these are important for health and well-being in a spiritual sense.

DreamcatcherOne of the reasons our Pathfinder line is so powerful lies in the formulation method. Energies aligned with these products all focus on the obstacles we face every day. They address real issues happening every day that cause an imbalance. Apathy and despondency occur when feelings of separation from our sacred dream of life (why you’re on Earth) keep us from realizing our highest potential. Dreamcatcher, a Vibrational Remedy for connecting once again to our life’s purpose, is one of our many products that keeps the Human Energy Field balanced and vibrant.

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Creating Abundance

Manifesting vs creating Abundance

Creating Abundance as an energetic medicine came about because someone asked me to make it – which is how it is most of the time these days. I find new and past clients and colleagues are very helpful in giving me inspiration as to what is needed next from a healing perspective. So it was, when a colleague asked me to make a remedy for Abundance, I put my mind to the task, with the help of the Plant World, of course.

Creating AbundanceIt took a while for me to get my head around how it would be formulated and how the energies would be different from my Manifestation remedy, a vibrational energy medicine in The Plant Medicine Shops Chakra Balancing series.  Both my colleague and I agreed that the art of manifesting and the feelings of abundance are two different energies of Vibrational Medicine. The Manifestation remedy clears energy blockages – an imbalance of the 9th Chakra—and allows the art of actively ‘doing’ to take place in order to manifest. Abundance, meanwhile, is the art of ‘feeling’ that you have everything you need.

It can be summed up this way, I think:

Manifesting is the art of engaging with the world to make things happen while abundance is the art of engaging with yourself to know that you have everything you need.

As I was gathering the herbs, I realized that this  vibrational energy medicine, wanted to be a spray. So I gathered the herbs and added to boiling water to start the process.

Ingredient list,why I chose them and other info here:

 

 

 

 

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Feminine Archetype Essence — Awakening Woman

Energetic Plant Medicine for manifesting the Feminine Archetype

‘Awakening Woman’, is the newest Vibrational Remedy from the Plant Medicine Shop that embodies the essence of the Faminine Archetype.  This vibrational remedy was formulated to manifest the qualities of the Goddess, and allows for the highest potential of the Feminine Archetype to be felt. Today, it is with more and more frequency that women are looking for guidance towards finding strength in the old Wise Woman ways. These ways were focused on strength from a nurturing, compassionate and intuitive place. Spirit Plant Medicine combined with Earth-based healing, prayers and imagery was used to create a vibrational energy medicine that exhudes the Feminine Archetype

Feminine ArchetypeIn consultation with various wise women, we prepared a list of qualities felt to be essential in bringing the understanding of the Feminine Archetype into daily lives and used this list as the guidelines for creating this product. Our consulters were not disappointed and testimonials used to describe the subtle energies of this Energy Medicine came pouring in.

When a Wise Woman says “Tingling sensation like a Goddess reception”, you know you’re on the right track.

Part of the energy and strength of this product is around birthing new ideas which is exactly what we do here at The Plant Medicine Shop. The healing potential of this Energy Medicine has created great enthusiasm for its success.

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Plant Medicine Applications

Natural Herbal Remedies — Plant Medicine Applications

Natural Herbal Remedies (plant medicine applications) have been used for thousands of years with certain herbs/plants used for specific areas within the body, as Chamomile is specific to the stomach and Hawthorn is specific to the heart. Herbs play a big role in keeping our physical bodies healthy and fit but taking this one step further in using the energetics of a herb/plant, they can also play a big role in creating vitality in our whole body system. Using the energetics of the plants, you can create powerful remedies for the emotional, mental, spiritual, physical and life force aspect of ourselves.

At the Plant Medicine Shop, we believe that the time has come to pay more attention to everything that we are, not just the physical body. Most people who look to Natural Herbal Remedies for health issues, don’t always realize that the herbs or plants, can work their magic on our whole body system. The Plants are givers of energy and are so ready to share their medicine in a myriad of ways.

Plant Medicine ApplicationsOur Chakra Balancing Kit, is one of many products at The Plant Medicine Shop that address the need to take care of our energetic selves. It’s a beautiful story – using the energetics of the plants, we can heal and transform the energetics of our whole body. We are dedicated to this approach having found great success in the healing aspect of co-creating vibrational remedies with the Plant World.

We know the beauty and power of our work will stand the test of time in this era of ‘searching’, ‘looking’, for Natural Herbal Remedies that will extend our knowledge of how the plants work with us in healing. Having most of the product lines formulated as salves, the focus of touch is added to this healing sphere. The application process then is using touch to feel the energy of the plants and producing a whole new healing paradigm. As we as humans, climb the evolutionary ladder, The Plant Medicine Shop produces evolutionary vibrational remedies for Chakra Balancing and the Human energy system.

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Becoming your own authority in life

Is there a Vibrational Medicine that allows for a strong sense of self and authority? Yes, there is!! The Plant Medicine Shop’s ‘Warrior’, will allow for our inner knowing to shine so that we can govern ourselves according to our own hopes, dreams and life values. A vibrational remedy that creates the stance needed to question and learn from life experiences.

WarriorIn our society, we have many authority figures who tell us what to do, when to do it, why do it, and sometimes, even what and how to do it. It can be hard to decipher all the information and go inside to see what is best at any given moment in our life. And, of course, this can change, as we change and grow. To become our own authority figure is akin to becoming a Warrior.

What does it mean to be a warrior? Is it someone who goes out complete with all-in body armour, angry and ready for a fight? Or is it someone who stands strong and clear in their convictions, open hearted, centred and fearless

Warrior, was designed with the qualities of clear, focused energy, centredness, fearless and a strong connection to Spirit and each other. It speaks to the ways in which we present ourselves to others and to ourselves. It is about ‘not waffling’ or indecisiveness. It is about confidence in who we are and our place in our community/society. It is about knowing when to advance and when to stop. Mostly it is about dreaming our own self-governance – accepting that we are the authority figure in our own lives.

Plant Medicine used to make Warrior :

Roses (Rosa Canina) – for beauty and protection
Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) — integrity and cohesion
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)  — dreaming and manifesting
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinale) – clarity and focus, memory of our spirit selves
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)   — loyalty and boundaries
Hawk Essence – vision and truth
Cedar Essence – uncorrupted, resilient, ancient knowledge
This Vibrational Remedy was put in a base of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Distilled Water, Aloe Vera Gel
Crystals Used: Amatrine & Clear crystal quartz

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