New Age Bullshit Part 1 - Self Proclaimed "Lightworkers"

in #spirituality5 years ago (edited)

Beware of people constantly spouting rhetoric about love and light. They are hiding something, or better yet, hiding from something.


“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
~Carl Gustav Jung

Like a person with a shirt that says "swag" or "savage", these types are usually compensating for something. Light and love is something more likely that they are trying for, hoping for, because its more often those who are lacking who put so much emphasis on those things.


What good is being in the light, talking about light? What good is light if it is not going into the dark places, having the courage to deal with the disturbing truths of our human condition? True "lightworkers" show people whats in the dark, the things that have been working against them, and humankind unbeknownst.

I dont talk much about light and love because thou art that.

I talk about the things that people keep hidden. Nothing of value is discovered in the light. Treasures are found in the dark. The truth is that most people hate true light workers because they expose their bullshit. The light burns them, their rhetoric becomes empty slogan exposing a circle jerking orgy of the fearful, those who only dwell in the well lit corners.

They call themselves lightworkers, but are easily offended, and refuse to deal with the "negativity" in the world, only surrounding themselves with those who buy into the cult of positivity. They are new age deceived.


Lightwork isnt talking about love and flowers, doing yoga, and going vegan; its about going into the darkness of the world and most of all, yourself, so if you are on social media spouting this rhetoric all the time, but only have safe conversations, only care about being liked, and only surrounded by smiles, you have little to no light.

I write this not to hurt those people, or for an ego boost, but to let others know, the ones that follow the dim, because of their appearances and talk. Those who go out of their way to only show themselves in a "light manner" are not the ones to follow if you yourself are seeking light in your life. Light comes when you do the work of transmuting that darkness within yourself first, understanding and coming to terms with it.

No amount of hippie music, new age bullshit memes or burning man festivals is going to do that. You have to have some balls, go into the darkness, and deal with yourself first.

"To begin a mystical journey, you have to start with a sense of wonder, of not knowing where you are going or how you will travel. The initial phase of alchemy is called the nigredo-it's the phase of darkness, when it's 'blacker than black.'"
~ Mary Pope Osborne

And how pretentious is it to call yourself a lightworker? Are you trying to attract a mindless cult?


A true lightworker doesnt tell everyone that they are that. Its apparent. Far more times than not, it is those who burn us with the truth, the things we didnt see before they came along, that are the brightest, and the very ones we turn away from, to go back into the comfort of ignorance; talking about light, but not being.

Most of all though, true lightworkers dont talk most exclusively about light and fluffy things. They talk about the shunned and forgotten things, because by sharing their understanding of the heavy, the painful, the dark, they bring light to where there was little to none.

With love,


I have heard people saying stuff like, do what feels good. Most of the time, I don't think they're talking about sensory gratification, but trying to find fulfillment. Even in that case, it's like you're describing. If you're constantly running to the good stuff you're going to miss the lessons that come from pain.

The counterpoint, I believe, is to be wary of people who encourage suffering. This can happen especially with ayahuasca ceremonies. There's always some discomfort associated, and so people end up glorifying it, and sometimes that can cause it.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

This is a really informative post! By the way, I've created a Steemit t-shirt for this amazing community. Hope that you like it!

Ok, here's my counterpoint from the other perspective:

There is a difference between empowering the dark vibes by putting attention on them and going into your shadow to heal and grow.

Attraction is always at work. If one is carrying around unconscious negativity and old pain, one is going to constantly replay versions of their triggers until they deal with them. Thus, dealing with ones shadow by purposefully paying attention to it can be the neccessary component to getting it out of ones field. However, this is VERY DIFFERENT than expressing all the negativity one feels, all the time. As I teach, one must set a container of some kind if one wants to work through heavier vibes, and start and end with love. One of the biggest downfalls of rising spiritual beings is falling into the trap of constant processing, freedom based emotional expression with complete disregard to creating ones reality, that expresses through language like "I have a RIGHT to feel upset, don't tell me to be all Shanti all the time!" Of course you have a right to feel however you feel! But hows that working for you?? Is letting your feelings control what windows are on your screen and what programs are using your RAM a way to have a good life? Is it helping you "feel better" or create what you'd like in your life? Chances are, no. This type of play is very VERY similar to a victim consciousness trap, and it is hard to get out of. One NEEDS to look at the shadows at some point to truly "burn their seeds" as one might translate old sanskrit, but NOT all the time. Inspiration, healthy nervous system and chemistry, laughter, relaxation, these elements are MORE important to health and success and happiness in life than transforming that one samskara (sankara in Pali).

Get some sanga who want to come together, mens circles or womens circles or your intentional community work well, and SET ASIDE A TIME WHEN YOU WILL WITNESS EACH OTHER IN YOUR PAIN AND CHALLENGE AND HEAR EACH OTHERS STORIES, WITH COMPLETE EMPATHY FIRST, AND THEN THE BEST OF REFLECTION. If one engages in a process like this regularly (most people could use a deep dive about twice a week I think) then the system is much lighter the rest of the time, one can live intentionally, and gradually, one transcends shadow.

This is not saying to walk around with a righteous pillar of light up your ass! Your ass muscles just contract to lift the light in your spine ;-) :-P
All jokes aside, it is VERY KIND of you to reflect upon your brothers and sisters awareness if they don't realize they are stressing and making cortisol and adrenaline, ESPECIALLY if they are doing it over nothing, like anxiously waiting for something you can't influence. There is a point where peoples expression becomes so emotionally bogged down that reason won't function, AND IN THAT MOMENT, EMPATHY is DEFINITELY BEST. Don't go telling a tantruming toddler how they are making themselves unhealthy through fitting. And many of us get into pain and upset that is that big, that even if they can understand your "new age" advice to "vibrate on purpose", they need more deeply to be heard to get out of their loop. There is a time and place for emergency processing support. But if the person is aware, it is VERY ADVANTAGEOUS to step back, restore a good vibe, and THEN go into the processing at some point, slowly, carefully, and actually untangle it like combing from the end of dreads to get them out. Diving right in to the thick of the knots is NOT (lol) going to help you get them out. Work inward from the place of peaceful composure deeper and deeper into the shadow. If you DON'T KNOW you have a shadow, and have to have some traumatic experience of freak out or "bad trip" medicine to show you its there, great, now you know, but you don't have to live from the center of it to get out of it, and in fact, you won't, you will stay there building more and more victim neurons that say you are justified in feeling bad and will get to keep on feeling that way for a long time.

May we all find supportive loving environments and people who hold us to living our highest in a peaceful way, and also hold space for us to scream and vomit and explore the depth of our pain, with a loving lifevest and rope to pull us out.


Every day I force people to look at themselves. No one wants to do it. Some can't handle it and leave. But the ones who stay are transformed. That is a lovely sight to behold. :-)

Wow, I'm sitting here reading and thinking "this sounds like my reality". A lot of these points are woven into the sub context of my work. And, it has felt like slowly untangling dreads (which I've done). It honestly got to the point of, my chemistry and nervous system IS priority right now. I can sometimes get lost, just drowning in the shadows (for weeks!). I DO need processing container - for my own functionality, and to prevent co-dependence. Your closing sentence sums it up so beautifully, and I forever deeply love those who have held that rope for me to climb out the quicksand of my own vomit and screams. I do want the light shone on these places, I do it all the time - at my own pace. And yes I will need support, and no I don't want to spend all my time there, and no I'm not pretending the work is already done. Feeling good on purpose is part of the work. When my physical and emotional body didn't agree that it was time to get better - thought it'd be cool to just continue on, in suffering - yes, the light is a tool. I have a right TO be Shakti when I really need that medicine. Along with the bi-weekly shadow dump, a bi-weekly Shakti dance sounds like a pretty well rounded week to me. These things help me do life - and after months of crippling depression, I need to do life <3

Just read this in class

"Self-discipline" can be considered a type of selective training, creating new habits of thought, action, and speech toward improving yourself and reaching goals.
Self-discipline can also be task oriented and selective.
View self-discipline as positive effort, rather than one of denial."

This comment tho. Someone here gets it. I imagine more and more people are waking up to the reality of how this shadow and light work comes forth.
keyword: transmuting.
also, on the subject of yogas:
"doing yoga" lol I love how many people in this western world completely mistake what these yogas are, how they work, what they're for etc. I highly agree with your take on how people think that just simply "doing yoga" or more specifically, taking a yoga class will answer all their spiritual prayers. Yes, I do believe that taking yoga classes can make a fundamental difference and begin that descent and subsequent ascent, however, I do want to make this point.
REAL YOGAS are subjective. they're personal, and they are tools of not only the body but the MIND. they're the proverbial comb used for the untangling of the dread. (ironically I cut mine off recently) and I think it is well worth noting that westerners' prescription of yogas are extremely new, and Naive for that matter. most will not begin to comprehend the power and effectiveness of these tools just by taking a few hip opening classes at your local lifetime fitness, or hell, even taking a 200 hour YTT. The depth and understanding truly comes from the intention on digging out those dark roots of trauma and "samskara" not only mentally but physically as well. I believe that the yogas lay in the pause. in the silence. In this day of age, just getting the chance to experience real silence amidst all of the noise is profound in of itself. I imagine many here have come to find this. In my opinion, we've merely scratched the surface on what these yogas mean, how to properly employ their use, and how we view them; not just as a exercise to tighten your ass, but rather, to get your head out of it. In short, we should re-examine our intent with these yogas, and have a few daily, as they really are great procedures to center and become present. a reality check if you will. A dose of yoga a day keeps the therapist away! thank you for allowing me to have this rant ;) -your Iron Yogin

Point in case. This is from an "Awakened male" "And in all honesty, I would like to invest in an army of our own, make advancements in our on weaponry, so we can kill off the evil families that are in control. The evil spirits that live among us, do not belong here. They do not align with the purpose of why our planet exists, and why our spirits and life exist. Everyone is capable of living on this planet for FREE and in harmony with nobody ruling over anyone else. We have everything we need here on earth, all resources were given to us, earth provides for all beings. Once the light workers have control back of the planet, there will be no need for currency at all."

This is so crazy that you received over 47,000 views, but only 69 votes, and a projected payout of 10.87 at the moment! Wow!
I saw two different people on my FB feed post this. Who I don't believe are users of Steemit.
Great exposure for steemit here. Wow, that baffles me though that it got so many views but so few votes. Usually the opposite. I guess the majority of the views came from non-steemit users and some virality on FB.
Wish you the best!

Thanks for noticing. I wrote an article that was triggered by your comment.

Oh cool! I will read it more thoroughly! Just skimmed it! Awesome. I had corrected a typo in my original comment, changing the word vitality to virality, which I had originally intended it to be. Idk if you have the care to swap the image out in the article with new image containing this edit, but that would be awesome if you did. Stoked to read the article and so cool to inspire you! :) Thanks @docdelux !

Cool post. It is a little confusing and is getting misconstrued by a few people I'm sure. There are those who seek to profit or gain from new age mentality. They simply focus on the positive power of it and gain from that. They can do that. They serve as a light, and beacon of hope for those who are struggling on the negative side, that's their gift. There is power in the new age tools and they are using it to pump themselves up. Then there are light workers who can't ignore the dark side. They see both sides of the coin. The pain the suffering and injustices. These guys work more hands on. That's their gift. They are strong spirited and can handle the spirit of oppression that so many are haunted by.
Always boost the true flame of good, because there are people out there seeking to snuff it out. Please do not give them an inch. Love, flowers, yoga and vegans are all good things. One love brother. #redpillnation

seeing the darkness and evil in the world for what it is, helps you appreciate the love, flowers, yogas and vegans just a little bit more (;

Agree with a lot of the points here, but it doesn't have to be so binary. Sure, there is lots of spiritual bullshit out there. And sure, the spiritual path inevitably involves digging through darkness. But there is an important distinction to be made between working through darkness in a healthy way and stewing in a self loathing darkness. Where and how you direct your attention does matter.

This post! Fantastic. Totally the truth. I've always found myself most uncomfortable around the "peachy follow me around and float on my happy cloud"people. Not because I don't like to float on happy clouds from time to time, but because I can tell they're full of shit and wearing a mask. Honesty, truth, chaos, darkness, they're necessary. They bring about change in a human that most people can't fully understand if they aren't willing to embrace them. Thanks for the post, brother in truth! 😊😊

I like it The people that claim to be spiritual; are funny Just like a guy yesterday that goes to church every sunday and believes in the dead dude on the cross. He said he is not religious? I just laughed. Makes my work so easy.

That was a good post. That along with your question to me as to my aversion to Pike's philosophy is making me look at an apparent conflict going on in my own mind. I'm averse to studying esoteric systems (at least for the purposes of their practical use) that are focused on controlling others. However, my own knee-jerk when I see something about "lightworkers," is to turn the page and move on, even though there may be some legitimate teaching about it. I'd never know because I'm too busy rolling my eyes at the concept.

So I'm in an odd spot where I have this interest in occult literature for its historical significance (I don't think people often recognize it's importance to virtually every culture and civilization), but downplay the dark for its attempt to control the minds and actions of the masses, while scoffing at much of the light side as too woo-woo to be useful in the real world -- whatever that is.

Anyway, thanks for the thought provoking post.

I've noticed that a lot of people say "focus on the positive" or "look on the bright side of things". It does take looking at all angles in order to understand a situation and deal with possible issues appropriately. Ignoring the negative doesn't solve anything.

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Wise words. What you are writing about here, however, is going to be automagically dismissed by your love-and-light-obsessed spiritual readers. They have a vested interest in focusing on just one small range of the wholeness of their being, in going spiritual, non-violent, and vegan, so they can stay disconnected from their subconscious feelings of anger, fear of physical death and judgments around wild, primal, raw sex, in favor of "psychic energetic love making". They are trying to transcend physical reality and pursue longevity or even immortality so they don't ever have to sit together with their so deeply tucked down fear of physical death that only eating a giant plate of rare steak could reconnect them with at this stage. They've strayed far from their own light indeed and the electric, domineering (of their denied energetic ranges) sparks of their thinking, their higher ideals and judging morals have become their guiding light. I don't blame them, because often they have to deal with extreme traumatic anger and sexual issues that they are trying to distance from in this way. And they have bought into beliefs that what makes them good enough is to be spiritual and non-violent. They have extremely effective "painkiller" spiritual techniques that give them the high energy levels to mask any negative emotion and being disconnected from their full energetic range.

I can say these with absolute certainty because I've seen the darkest depths and brightest illusions of the lightworker identity. We're talking about living exclusively on green vegetable juices for half a damn year, doing regular enemas while living as a hermit, 'cleansing' my energetic system through energy work, yoga, pranayama and more cutting edge technology. I even discovered how to do telekinesis and was meditating with half a freaking ton of crystals up in the Himalayas for a whole year. Trust me, I do know how far the lightworker identity can lead one away from the truth of who they are.

I wanted to go into this niche of guiding lightworkers back into who they really are, but the ultra spiritual guy in the pink t-shirt above beat me to it. He's probably not making much of a difference in their lives either, because of the extreme denial and unrecognised pain and disconnect these people are in. However, through his use of humor, he might be able to break the pattern of resistance in some lightworkers to land a punch on them and make them become staggered a bit. Straying from my current niche a bit, I'll probably write about my lightworker journey back to my wholeness on my website too because that's more relatable and transformative than telling people what their lightworker patterns may be.

Anyways, for the rest of us, what you're writing about is common sense, and hopefully common practice too ;)

Take care,

Attila Beres

Attila Beres, he didn't beat us to it, he is but an inspiration for more people like us to come out with our own unique brand and stories that pack a similar [grounding and reality check] punch. my personal story is of a marine combat infantryman turned yogin. I use the term Yogin over Yogi because of it's phonetic distinction and it's use in vedic text referring to more a of warrior-class of spiritually enlightened folk. I use Iron in the sense both literally because i love tossing around heavy ass shit in the gym and also metaphorically because like iron i have been forged, purified and sharpened by the fires of life, not only on the exterior but also interior, as i am a heavy Aries fire sign, very Pitta dominant in Ayurveda and so stubborn that i have a track record of self-sabotage. the irony of it all is that i am now self-aware enough to see it, admit it, own it, and now transmute and repackage it in to a brand to help inspire who ever can relate. hope this serves you as some inspiration to not be thwarted by what the amazing and exalted JP Sears has done, but to rather use it for inspiration :)
-your Iron Yogin

Interesting post! I've contemplated this subject extensively. Upvoted this article and following you. Looking forward to more like this from you.

Upvoted resteemed and followed. One love. Respect!

Thanks for bringing this up. Yes, involving one's self in some sort of shadow work is imperative for moving beyond that which is restricting or perpetuating suffering in some way.

totally freaking agree! I used to shed the love and light stuff and I was like wtf this is all bullshit - there is all this dark stuff inside me that wants to be shared with the world because I know other people can heal and gain light from it as well! Our painful experiences we have learned from is another persons healing. Our darkness is beautiful. And the new age bullshit is something I turned away from after awhile because its not all about positive thoughts - sometimes you must get angry to actually do something about whats happening in the world.

Hi @doxdelux,

Funny how the first post of I searched for on using "spirituality" as my keyword would be regarding what is, I think, the most overlooked topic - statism. I am going to guess and say that you have taken a picture from a Mark Passio presentation?

Making the darkness consciousness, or shining the darkness out with light - same same?

Thinking that only light exists is not something we can use in this dimension/existence, however being aware of the fact that both complete contradictions exist, will definitely increase ones level of intellectual perception.

Once, I had a scenario set up for me to explain it:

An old indian sat on top of the hill with his son. Gazing out into the horizon, the son of the father suddenly said: "Father, what is evil?" The father, knowing that sons have uanswered questions did his best to reply: "Well, you see son. Inside each human being, two wolves reside. They represent negative and positive actions - and the reason why you are uncertain is because they are fighting each other. The son, being a child, was slightly confused and asked his father after some thinkingtime: "So, which one wins in the end"? His father smiled, and said: The one you feed...

Thanks, hope to hear from you.

In - joy - your - day

I've talked about this on my podcast and also with people close to me. This is alchemy: accepting your shadow self, moving into it, and transmuting it. This is also what I personally consider to be love for others: shining your light into their darkness so they too can accept their shadow, move into it, and transmute it. Spot-on post. Couldn't agree with it more.


Very beautiful. I would like to say, though, that it is a dance, and that by focusing on these dark places of ourselves we CAN give power to them. That's why it must be called shadow "work," because we do need to acquire a lot of skill to navigate through these things. In my experience I have become completely overtaken by my shadows in my shadow work to the point of being unsure if I will ever get out. To make matters worse, my outward world always directly reflects my inner world. As the owner of my own business, when I'm deep in my shit I barely make any money. Then it's a snowball effect of more and more shit. But man, I love how you point out that "lightworkers" are severely lacking in light. That makes TOTAL sense. I've never thought about it before. I think they're just early on their path. Have you seen Dr. David Hawkins' scale of consciousness? Probably they're just not very high in consciousness and awareness, a "new soul" perhaps, in the most simplistic terms. (Although not one that I really like to use. :) )

I've been wanting to write something like this for quite some time. There are a few similar articles of the same flavor as this piece and all great perspectives. I appreciate that more of these perspectives are flowing through the infosphere! Thank you for writing this!

As Mike Myers character, The Love Guru, would say: Often the only way OUT (of the illusion of the LABEL of "good" or "positive") is IN (to face the unconscious "bad" and "negative" that brews right below the surface).

And as this trailer, to the documentary The Shadow Effect, points out.. most of us are afraid of the dark side of our nature, as it holds pieces of us we're busy denying.

Well done post . You deserve for getting Upvote from me. I appreciate on it and like it so much . Waiting for your latest post. Keep your good work and steeming on. Let's walk to my blog. I have a latest post. Your upvote is high motivation for me. Almost all Steemians do their best on this site. Keep steeming and earning.

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This gets all the love! Upvoted, resteemed, and followed! Thank you

i like the message! and i agree with it! without dark there isnt light!

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You need to be followed and upvoted - finally someone's saying what needs to be said!

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Nice one! First seen on facebook and shared there. Then re-steemed and upvoted. Please accept my gratitude for an excellent post.
ps You may like this little video:

Spiritual materialism=KA$H workers.....

I agree with you 100%. Resteemed.

the new ager cries out in pain as he strikes you

Great article! You hit the nail on the head! Well done!

Never Trust a Hippie! Hahaha! No but seriously I am a meditator and managed to give up heroin and crack through ibogaine, so I'm open to a lot of the new age stuff, but you are right, I don't trust people who are always trying to "force" positivity. I knew a guy called Fluffy Nick who was always pretending to be a hippy, turned out he beat up his girlfriend infront of her children. Met so many fake fuckers like that. I work at a rehab and I just tell people, BE AWARE, but BE REAL. I just feel that "being real" is so fucking important

People are questing beyond the traditional routes (organised religion) for answers, healing, love, being part of something bigger, better, finer.

Sure there'll be people peddling snake oil (whether wittingly or not) with their get enlightened quick promises, their 5 ways to guarantee higher states of consciousness plays -- and then there's people like you and me on this thread who are trying to help bring about change in the "right" way (well, I would include myself in that, wouldn't I!)

But the way I see it, the "I can fix you" BS merchants will be left behind when people realise they ain't been fixed one iota. And if they're happy with their BS guru, heck at least they're happy.

So there's nothing wrong with self-proclaiming you're a lightworker (who else is going to do it for you?), or "love and light" (or in my case, loveandwhitelight) cos these BS merchants are crooks or wannabes, aka luv'n'lite, the lookey-likey varietal and not in our league.

I think people are more discerning these days (because they've absorbed the light that's being shone on earth so intensely now and prepared to do the spadework with their painful, shadow, old dark pasts).

Perhaps we've got our dander up because these luv'n'lite bods are making truckloads of money out of it! That's OK, I paid £540 to learn TM back in 2002. We've all been there. Parting with money to know huge discernible benefit is a process we have to go through to be more discerning about our path. In a way, the luv'n'liters pave the way to true spiritual progress, for all, not their facsimile of...

Ran a meditation group last night, 4 people turned up, all had amazing experiences, like seriously wow-ee visions and insights. I took £5 from each, paid £12 for the room and £2.00 for parking. My love and light is no get rick quick scheme!

My true pay-off? Seeing 12 Beings of Light sat round us in the room beaming White Light at my meditators whilst the spirit healing teams helped created release in their physical bodies and a room full of rainbows. Every time I have a "am I doing the right thing the right way" wobble, moments like that help me too... Who needs any other payola?

Im a steemit user but found this on facebook. Many who say love and light sre being fraudulent and have lots to learn about spirituality. It is about being whole and being able to experience all emotional states without living in them or being afraid of them.

When is part two coming?

Gained another follower Sir.

I agree that avoidance, denial, resistance are forms of negativity themselves. Ideas like that one ought to/it is right to be engaged into something are the same. Those are repressions and compulsions. But in the final analysis all is part of the whole.

By the way I accept no one as authority in spituality as I am spirit myself. And although I don't want to enforce this notion, so is everybody else. :)

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

14 And no wonder, for even
Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

emphasis mine

-ch @globocop

Yes, it's very important to do shadow work. But we don't have to stay stuck there either. All in good balance. After some shadow work, comes some relief and lightness untill you've charged up enough again for more shadow work. Untill all our shadows work for Love. If the lightness doesn't come after your shadow work you are stuck in the painbody. This is where you feed the misery by identifying with it. ( Eckhart Tolle talks about this) You can get out of it by witnessing your pain. Snapping out of it for a bit by going for a walk or doing something fun. When you've found your balance again, you can go back in to the shadow work without identifying with it.

Earth is nothing more but a learning place. Whether this learning comes through light or doesn´t matter. There are lessons to be learned, and at some point in our lives, we have to accept that learning. At the end of the day, it´s entirely up to us who or what we ˝declare˝ to become our teacher. Light or Darkness are merely tools to learn, work and grow. What we should be really focusing on is the difference between use and abuse. Unfortunately, a lot of people choose abuse over use because it´s just easier and more appealing.

Well said. Thanks for taking the time to provide some clarity. It's appreciated.

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