The Healing Power of Kindness Study for Our Study Groups

The Healing Power of Kindness
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The Healing Power of Kindness

By Ken Wapnick

Our Next Study for Our Study Groups

Our next series will start April 7th and we will be doing a book discussion with the book by Ken Wapnick, “The Healing Power of Kindness: Volume 1: Releasing Judgment.” This is an excellent addition to our “Being Truly Helpful” theme for this year. We will only be studying Volume 1. It is available in print and on Kindle on Amazon. It is also available as an audiobook on FACIM.org.

Description: The book from Ken Wapnick, “The Healing Power of Kindness, Pt. 1 – Releasing Judgments” is devoted to the kindness of healing, in hopes of reinforcing Jesus’ message of undoing separation. Kindness reflects our inherent oneness with each other, while attack drives us still further apart in our awareness. In reviewing the principles of sickness and healing and some common misapplications, the discussion in this book helps us undo the sources of unkindness, so that in all our interactions we would reflect the Source of kindness.

Weekly Study Group Focus:
  • Week 1: What thoughts arise when you look at the title’s words “The Healing Power of Kindness?” Read the Preface in study group and possibly begin “Section 1. The Kindness of Healing.”
  • Week 2: Discussion on group’s insights on “1. The Kindness of Healing” and “2. Judgment and the Belief in Differences: The Basis of Unkindness – How is Judgment Relinquished.”
  • Week 3: Discussion on group’s insights on section “Healing as the Undoing of Separation.”
  • Week 4: Discussion on group’s insights on “3. On Being a Teacher of Kindness.” Part 1 of discussion.
  • Week 5: Discussion on group’s insights on “3. On Being a Teacher of Kindness.” Part 2 of discussion.
  • Week 6: Conclusion with discussion on group’s insights on the Appendix.
How to Prepare and Read the Book:

Each day you will be reading from the book, “The Healing Power of Kindness. When you read, you will be doing more than just “reading.” I strongly encourage you to set aside the time to do so. Try not to read ahead. Take the reading as it is assigned.
Use the following format:
  • Prepare your space to read and journal. Be sure it is quiet. Make this a sacred time, light a candle or put on meditation music.
  • Before you begin reading, meditate for at least 5-10 minutes to clear your mind and so you may be open to the wisdom.
  • After meditation, open your journal and place the date and a 1-2 sentence intention to Holy Spirit.
  • Read a few paragraphs or a page. (Be sure to spread the reading out through the week, perhaps one page a day, etc). As you read, you may wish to jot down questions, make notes or observations.
  • Close the book. Take time to reflect on what you have read. As you journal, you may wish to reflect on how you could use what you are learning in your daily life. Or, what information in the reading made an impact. You may wish to refer to your ACIM book as well.
  • The essence of your daily journaling will be shared in our sharing in each week’s class. It is important that you are focusing on how to use the material in your life and not so much the reading was “nice”, “beautiful”, or “inspiring.” A Course in Miracles needs to be applied in every aspect of our lives to make an impact. Even 10 minutes of journaling can be powerful.
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Rev. Paul shares about the experience of our separation from God and detour into a worldly body, suffering from misperceptions, illusions and amnesia about the separation. God imbued us as creative beings who used that creative ability to miscreate and project an illusion of a world we live in. Our saving grace was the gift of the Holy Spirit and the miracle of Light we use to heal the illusion within our minds.

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Summary of This Week’s ACIM Study Groups – Week of 5/20/18


Joining together with others in the study of A Course in Miracles can assist with more understanding of the material, learning from others’ personal miracle stories, and the encouragement to dive deeper into personal practice. We have three weekly ACIM Study Groups that meet via video and phone conferencing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. On Sundays in Madison, Wisconsin, we have an in-person study group. Each group has a slightly different focus but all maintain practical application of A Course in Miracles in our lives. Our study group facilitators are Gayle Bartlett, Mari Dole, Ryan Westbrook-Vigue, Darike Vigue, Tracey Frick, Tom Wolff, Rev. Paul Phelps, and myself, Rev. Deb Phelps. My thank to all!

Below you will find the summaries from our groups this week.

To join in our Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this link.

For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.


Monday ACIM Study Group

Greetings to all!

Our Monday morning Study Group was both deep and delightful!

We enjoyed a beautiful meditation together, followed by immersion in Workbook Lessons.  It was certainly our intention to delve into today’s Lesson (141, the first Lesson in Review IV), but then knowing that folks were on other Lessons in their own study, we broadened our discussion to include each.  We are committed to sharing our understanding of the Lessons and how we use them in our life experience.

The focus of our Text discussion this week was Chapter 4, Section II.  The Ego and False Autonomy.  

In the Monday morning Study Group, we really enjoy delving into the concepts of the Text, what they mean to us, and sharing examples of these concepts as they occur for us, as well as how we work with them.

We were intrigued by the concept of having made not only our own ego, but also our concept of the other’s ego, as well.

There was some resonance to the idea we “react to the ego much as God does to His creations, – with love, protection and charity”.

There is so much rich and substantive material in this section

(but where in the Course is there not?)!

Continuing with some highlight hopping of our experience: Jesus explains that “Salvation is nothing more than right-mindedness.”  He differentiates this from the One-mindedness of the Holy Spirit, but He says that it must be achieved before One-mindedness is restored.  And then there is the promise, that right-mindedness leads to the next step, automatically!

Jesus asks us this important question: “Who is the ‘you’ who are living in this world?”

That is a great question to ponder, is it not?

All are welcome to ponder with us, and to share with us by dropping-in

to the Monday morning Study Group

(9:00 CT/10:00 ET)!

With love and blessings!

Tracey


Tuesday ACIM Study Group

Tuesday Evening ACIM Study Summary:

22.May.2018

This Tuesday the group discussed number 22, “HOW ARE HEALING AND ATONEMENT RELATED?” from the Manual For Teachers.

We opened with a Guided Meditation called “The Pebble.”

We spoke about how we are practically applying how we are living the daily Workbook Lessons.

Check-in to share how each member of the group to talk about how their week was going.

We discussed how we are practically applying how healing and atonement and how they are not related, but we are vigilant in our watching of these two in our daily lives. We discussed in lengthy detail how each Course student learns forgiveness along their journey and though each Course student is on the same journey home, the approach we each take on our journey home is different meeting each of us where we are in that moment of time. We discussed how God offered the option of Peace long before we knew that is what we desired and how understanding this forgiveness is healing and we need to have an understanding of healing for it to occur within us. Though we did not complete the entire reading of this section in the Manual For Teachers, it did not matter because such deep sharing occurred within the discussion of what we received during the opening meditation, our practical application of how we are living the daily Workbook Lesson and how we can tie in what we were discussing over our reading in the Manual For Teachers. This group always delves deep into personal sharing and application to our practice of A Course In Miracles. This is a drop-in study group that meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm CST. If you can drop-in anytime we would love to have you join this group and share your practical application of A Course In Miracles.

As Always I wish you the deepest peace,

Ryan Westbrook-Vigue


Wednesday ACIM Study Group

Hi everyone,

Gayle Bartlett here.  As usual, we had a lovely discussion of the reading from the Manual For Teachers yesterday, it was 20. WHAT IS THE PEACE OF GOD?  We took turns reading it, it’s short, six paragraphs, one to two at a time.  We find when they’re not too long, reading out loud to one another and then discussing it, paragraph by paragraph, to be truly beneficial.

I am keenly aware that many of you haven’t tackled the Manual yet, I am keeping this in mind as I write.  Top of mind are our newcomers whose exposure to the Course has been, perhaps, minimal or for a very short period of time.

The reading is just so reassuring, we are reminded that the peace of God “brings with it no past associations.”  (Paragraph two, sentence four.) Can you imagine?  Well, for me it’s like practicing the Holy Instant, there are entire sections of the Text devoted to learning how to practice it.  Basically, it’s where we forget the past, do not fret about the future and just get into the present moment.  There are no cares, worries, frustrations, no anxiety, depression, etc., but it is a commitment, if you will, to be willing to offer it to the entire Sonship, everyone we “hate”, despise, resent or even find mildly irritating.  You see, if we truly want the peace of God above all else and want to stay in that state of mind or remain in the Holy Instant, that’s what we are called to do, let go of the past and future.  What do they represent to us, you ask?  Grievances that we carry with us if we choose not to forgive.

In the third paragraph, Jesus states, sentence six, “Therefore, forgiveness is the necessary condition for finding the peace of God.”  In other words, we experience the peace of God by being willing to forgive, overlook what our brothers or we did realizing the separation from God never occurred, it just couldn’t.  By choosing to forgive, the “gift” we receive from God is His peace.  Of course, it’s always there, ever present, we just get hung up on wanting everything or everyone to be different, ourselves included, in order to be happy.

In the fourth paragraph, go to sentence six through its end, Jesus asks us, “Is conflict what you want, or is God’s peace the better choice?  Which gives you more?  A tranquil mind is not a little gift.”  WOW!  This is what it boils down to…conflict, what is the payoff? Do we really want to remain in a state of war or peace?  It is our choice, separation or peace, there are no alternatives and if we become angry in any form, peace cannot be attained.  Sentence two, same paragraph.

To wrap up, check this out, unbelievable!:

“Forgive the world, and you will understand that everything that God created cannot have an end, and nothing He did not create is real.  In this one sentence is our course explained.  In this one sentence is our practicing given its one direction.  And in this one sentence is the Holy Spirit’s whole curriculum specified exactly as it is.” Sentences seven through 10.

These sentences blew all of us away.  Can you imagine our “getting” the critical importance of being willing to forgive, allowing the Holy Spirit or Jesus to undo it all for us, and the indescribable sense of peace we will experience?  Don’t you find this possibility exciting and worth working toward?

Gosh, this is very long.

Just forgive me, OK?

Last comments:

One participant beautifully experienced the Holy Instant in church, the past mattered not, and the sense was it was nothing for which we have to strive, it’s an organic process, if you will.

Another shared the holy moments come, and they can be different in form, when stepping back and allowing Him to lead the way.

Another had decided to write down what she thought about the reading before devouring it and wrote the most magnificent few paragraphs on what the peace of God has meant to her as she practically applies the Course.  I will ask her if she’s willing to share it with the entire email group.

She also shared that rather than rejecting a part of her she finds highly frustrating and “seemingly” real in the course of a given day that by sending love to it was therapeutic.  She had been trying to “overcome” a particular tendency within herself which seems to exacerbate rather than diffuse it.

For me, it’s just been making peace my number one priority and divesting myself from distractions, interruptions, etc., I was unaware I had or was doing on an excessive basis, just being mindful and forgiving.

OK, that’s enough from me for one day!

You’ll hear from me every other week as Mari Dole and I take turns leading.

Hope you’ll join us sometime, you are always welcome!

Love,

Gayle


Sunday ACIM Study Group in Madison

Sunday’s meeting opened with a meditation using Lesson 80 – Let me realize my problems have been solved. So what is our problem? It is the belief in separation. We also talked about problems on the level of form and how trust and the release of the outcome are needed.

This led us into a discussion on Acceptance with the remembrance of “outside picture of an inward condition.” As a few shared their stories, we were able to notice how there was a desire to blame, to manipulate the other person or world, to basically, give our power away. We are not the victim and if we remember to turn the ideas around and realize it is only about ourselves, we can heal greatly.

As the discussion continued, we moved into “Projection and Perception.” We find amongst beliefs in fear and separation; these too are the cause of our unhappiness in the world. If someone else were different… well, it’s our responsibility! This led to both reads from Ch. 21 Introduction and II. The Responsibility for Sight.

We are responsible for what we see and experience by choice in our minds. No one is doing anything to us; the world is not doing anything to us. If we want others to act differently, we need to look within our own mind where we are hiding that thought.

This conversation then led to the “aha!” for someone that it is not just another person in the world, but could very well be, in this case, one’s employer.

If I think the workplace is unorganized and chaotic, then where is that really stemming from? My own mind.

As always, there was lots of healing and sharing. Come on and join us next week. The sessions are drop-in, and each week a topic is presented, miracle stories shared and our reading for the day is guided by Holy Spirit

This week’s video on Acceptance was a replay of a video from our archives. A meditation on “Acceptance.”

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWUseGy317c

Rev. Deb


To join in our Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday ACIM Study Groups via video or phone conferencing, see the information at this link.

For Madison, Wisconsin information, go to this link.

 

Enhancing Your A Course in Miracles Practice: Practicing in Everyday Situations


This next post reflects one of the topics we will be offering in the Enhancing Your ACIM Practice series this summer. It starts this Thursday, July 6th. I hope you will join us for one or all of the eight topics to be presented:

  1. Why Study ACIM? Study vs. Application 
  2. Setting Up a Daily Practice  
  3. Staying Grounded in Truth 
  4. Listening to the Holy Spirit’s Voice and not the Ego’s 
  5. Trust 
  6. Giving and Receiving Love 
  7. Forgiveness 
  8. Being Normal 

Today’s post is a student question I received recently and my answer to the student’s question.


Q. I’ve been studying ACIM for a few years and I do understand a lot of it on the intellectual level. My challenge is practicing it with everyday situations. For example, I was at the grocery store five minutes from my home and found it did not carry an item I needed. It is a pretty generic item and has been produced for decades by a major food manufacturer. I felt myself feeling irate inside because of it. I blamed the store owners (all in my mind) for not supplying what I needed, and the inconvenience of having to travel to the other grocery store of which I’m ashamed to say it’s only ten more minutes away from home. And, the kicker, it’s not the first time I’ve done this. What to do? I definitely don’t like how I feel when this occurs.

Continue reading “Enhancing Your A Course in Miracles Practice: Practicing in Everyday Situations”

Prayer of the Heart for 10/6/16


When I look upon the world and see unkindness, hatred and separation, I join with the Holy Spirit to heal my mind. After all, it is an outward picture of an inward condition. I would rather see kindness, love and oneness because that in truth is our essence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Heart for 8/17/16


Let me remember the Love I am today, not only for myself but for everyone in the world. Let me see no separation.

 

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Each day for our Healing Circle, we offer up Prayers of the Heart. You can share your prayers with us on our email group. We take your prayer dedications and will incorporate into one of our daily prayers!

Join us for our Healing Circle as we open to living in Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing.

More information on the Healing Circle,https://miraclesone.org/2013/07/healing-circle-of-light/

Our Healing Circle meditation each month is for just this. Our meditation recordings are listed here:https://miraclesone.org/2015/07/healing-circle-meditations/

For all of the Prayers of the Heart: https://miraclesone.org/category/prayers-of-the-heart/

Thoughts on Week 32, Chapter 18, VI. Beyond the Body


There is nothing outside of you. That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is the realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you.

A lot of emphasis is placed on the body in our lives. Just check out 30 minutes of a TV program, and commercials remind us of this. What we need to eat, what we need to wear, how we need to create better health and more, flickers on our screen. And yes, we have to exist on this level and do those daily tasks to take care of ourselves. I’m not suggesting otherwise.

But what about our mind? Do we take care of that as carefully as our body? The Course presents to us a program to do so with the Workbook for Students, and even in the pages of the Text and Manual. We come to know we will not find Heaven here in the world. As he tells us in this section, Heaven is an awareness of perfect Oneness. It is the realization there is nothing but this Oneness.

The body came about as the ego’s tool for separation. And it keeps separating, one body after another. We seem to join on the body level, right? We get together with family and friends and enjoy our time spent. Yet there is still a distance we feel. We join and then we go home to our house full of stuff, further insulation from one another. We have political parties, genders, faiths, and more to induce more separation. And, all body related.

The essence of our spirit is not this body we see before us. The body may seem as a barrier to others and to God, but God is ever present in our mind whether we acknowledge Him or not.

Let us remember what we learn in this section, “minds are joined; bodies are not.” I know I’ve felt it if even for a nanosecond and so have you. The phone rings and it’s someone you were thinking of just now. There are many ways it is demonstrated we are not alone and walled off from others as we so think. We join together at a prayer service or other gathering, body-wise but also mind-wise.

Our lesson is to keep moving beyond the body and into the mind we share with God. That is where real satisfaction comes.

Thoughts on Lesson 222


God is with me. I live and move in Him.

Received in meditation this morning:

Do not separate God from your being. Communion with God is as natural as everything else you do for yourself daily. When you remember there is no wall of separation between where you think you end and God begins, your life will be sweeter, easier and full of great joy. Let Him be your Source of your spiritual needs. If you believe you have a need, attend to Him. Do not wait until you are gagging for breath, let His breath be yours. You would not starve yourself, so why withhold His Love from your heart. Practice this daily, all through the day. Enter into His Presence and His Light shall gift you beyond measure.

Thoughts on Lesson 158


Today I learn to give as I receive.

Today I see the illuminated mind in all my brothers. It is present within my own mind and I allow its rays to gently touch each mind as well. No more is separation perceived but only the purity of our essence. It is my spiritual sight I use today to bless each one and bless myself. We don’t often recall our innocence or holiness, but today let us be prompted to do so. See today with the Eyes of Christ and bring great benefit to the world.

Thoughts on Week 22, Text, Ch. 13, V. The Two Emotions


Ch. 13, V. The Two Emotions

Love or fear.

Changeless or changing.

I love paragraph 2, as it says, “each one peoples his world with figures from his individual past.” I am the writer and director of my life here in the world. All made and directed by my emotional reactions to the past. It is insane this play of mine. It is my “Projection Makes Perception” play and it has won award after award for its stellar portrayal of attack, defense and separation.

If I could close the curtain on this insane play and see all things as my Father sees, I would see instead the reflections of love and I would hear the echoes of joy. I cannot truly see with these physical eyes. Only through the Oneness of Christ will I see the light of innocence.

Thoughts on Lesson 126


All that I give is given to myself.

What I see and experience starts from my mind. It seems that “things” happen to me thus upsetting me, when instead in my mind the deeply held beliefs write the stories of what I see. If I am upset it is because I have chosen to be. Nothing has done anything TO me. I have made a decision that it has. So now I ask the question, what it is that I am giving to myself? Am I offering love or fear in my interactions today?

We hear over and over that if I forgive, I will be free. We have to realize that it means forgiving everything from the seeming small to the large all the way to the belief in the separation from God. That is the point that started it all. All these daily activities and interactions with others are only a reflection of that tiny tick of time. We ask for the truth and we seek for the truth, so are we ready to embrace the truth? Are we ready to truly practice what Jesus has given us? Help is given us as well. Now it is our time to shine.

Give fifteen minutes twice today to the attempt to understand today’s idea.  It is the thought by which forgiveness takes its proper place in your priorities. It is the thought that will release your mind from every bar to what forgiveness means, and let you realize its worth to you.

In silence, close your eyes upon the world that does not understand forgiveness, and seek sanctuary in the quiet place where thoughts are changed and false beliefs laid by.  Repeat today’s idea, and ask for help in understanding what it really means. Be willing to be taught. Be glad to hear the Voice of truth and healing speak to you, and you will understand the words He speaks, and recognize He speaks your words to you.

As often as you can, remind yourself you have a goal today; an aim which makes this day of special value to yourself and all your brothers. Do not let your mind forget this goal for long, but tell yourself: 

All that I give is given to myself. The Help I need to learn that this is true is with me now. And I will trust in Him. 

Then spend a quiet moment, opening your mind to His correction and His Love. And what you hear of Him you will believe, for what He gives will be received by you.

We Can Laugh


We take things so seriously here in the world. We make judgments and take them seriously. Happy laughter is the last thing on our minds. But underneath all that judgmental seriousness, what we’re really doing is taking the separation – the mad idea that we could be and have made ourselves separate from God – seriously, as if it were real, as if the impossible could really happen. “Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea, and possible of both accomplishment and real effects” (T-27.VIII.6:2-3). The thought of separation is “the tiny, mad idea” at which we forgot to laugh. And guess what? We’re still forgetting to laugh at it. We get caught up in seriousness and forget to laugh at the insanity that’s all around us.

Now, folks, this doesn’t mean if you get a bill in the mail that you laugh uproariously, stuff it in a drawer, and don’t pay it! No! Please, people, be normal! We still do the things we need to do in the world, but we also remember that Jesus says the idea of separation is insane and could never have any real effects or results: “Together, we can laugh them both away [the tiny mad idea and the belief that it could accomplish something], and understand that time cannot intrude upon eternity. It is a joke to think that time can come to circumvent eternity, which means there is no time” (T-27.VIII.6:4-5).

Time is a joke, according to Jesus. If you’re new to the Course, the idea that there is no time may seem a little far out, but go with me on this. It was only in forgetting to laugh that the separation became a “serious” event that seemed to happen. In reality, nothing happened. While it’s certainly a relief to realize that, we should also be aware of our ego’s huge investment in making the separation real. If we had laughed at the tiny, mad, stupid idea, it would have disappeared like a popped soap bubble. But we “remembered not to laugh” so we could make the separation soap-opera bubble appear to be real. (And remember, time isn’t real, so the moment of the tiny, mad idea creeping into eternity where all is one is now, this present moment.) But those of us on this path have experienced enough soap-opera misery to have gotten to the point where we’ve thrown up our hands and said, “There’s got to be a better way!” The Holy Spirit is answering us by teaching us how to laugh.

The world is not real! It’s a soap bubble! That’s why we can laugh. It’s a joke to think that time is real. Eternity, which is all there is, means there is no time. In gentle laughter, the Holy Spirit helps us to see that everything that seems to be happening here isn’t the big deal we think it is. It’s just an illusion, or, if you prefer, a movie or a YouTube video clip. But we resist Holy Spirit’s correction because the ego wants the separation to be real. The ego wants us to believe the past is real because the past is a witness that “proves” the separation and our separate identities exist. We exist, we have a past (often a miserable past) and it’s all so very, very serious. That’s why we so willingly sacrifice our peace and joy by living in the past. We cling to the past and to our stories, which seemed to have taken place in the past, when we continue to brood over what this or that person did to us. You know the stories: My parents didn’t give me the love I needed. My ex-spouse was cruel and vindictive to me. My children were ungrateful and spiteful. The soap-opera drama stories go on and on and on. Geez, enough already!

We also try to make the past real by clinging to our mistakes. I could wallow in my mistakes. I’ve been married four times. Yes, four. What was I thinking? If I choose Holy Spirit as my Teacher, I’ve a lot to laugh about. I could ask Him, “What can I learn from this?” or I could groan in despair and sing the dirge. Obviously, I wasn’t in my right mind back then. But it’s OK. God still loves me. That’s never changed. Through all those crazy situations, Holy Spirit was always with me. When He said “Turn right” and I turned left, He didn’t say, “To heck with you, girl!” He said, “I love you and when you’re ready, join with me and come back.” Even when I seemed to be taking the wrong turn, the Holy Spirit was with me at every step.

When I live in the past, forget joy, and feel crushed by the seriousness of the world and my mistakes, I’ve made judgments. Through these judgments, I believe I understand what’s going on. That’s an attempt to control through “understanding.” And these judgments are always very serious. I think: “This isn’t right. It’s awful! A tragedy! This shouldn’t have happened to me.” I think I know, and I believe my own opinions. But what does Holy Spirit do? The Text says, “You judge effects, but He has judged their cause. And by His judgment are effects removed. Perhaps you come in tears” (T-27.VIII.9:4-6). Yes, indeed, I came to the Holy Spirit in tears many, many times. And Jesus comforted me by reminding me to listen to Holy Spirit: “But hear Him say, ‘My brother, holy Son of God, behold your idle dream, in which this could occur.’ And you will leave the holy instant with your laughter and your brother’s joined with His” (T-27.VIII.9:7-8).

…We can laugh because we can lay down our illusions. As Jesus tells us in the Workbook: “Repeat God’s Name, and all the world responds by laying down illusions. Every dream the world holds dear has suddenly gone by, and where it seemed to stand you find a star; a miracle of grace. The sick arise, healed of their sickly thoughts. The blind can see; the deaf can hear. The sorrowful cast off their mourning and the tears of pain are dried as happy laughter comes to bless the world” (W-pI.183.3:1-5).

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