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Is Deeper Hypnosis More Effective?

Is Deeper Hypnosis More Effective?

It seems like common sense. The more profoundly someone is in hypnosis, the more suggestible they will be. And, the more suggestible someone is, the more effective the suggestions will be.

However, as with so many things in life, common sense does not apply to hypnosis. Research has shown that a hypnotized person is no more suggestible than someone in a normal waking state. What hypnosis does actually, is make the person more sensitive and responsive to subtle communication cues, like facial expression and tone of voice. That is why master hypnotist and Neuro Linguistic Programming founder, Richard Bandler, emphasizes to his students that for words to have the greatest impact, they must sound like what they mean. For example, if we say the word “excitement” in a flat tone of voice, it will be much less effective in eliciting excitement in listeners than if it said with an excited tone of voice.

As for trance depth, again, common sense is off the mark. Research has shown that a person can accept and act on a suggestion whether he or she is in hypnosis, or not. Advertising is a good example of that. And, effective therapeutic hypnosis can be done with someone in a very light trance state.

On the other hand, individuals in any depth of trance can reject suggestions that do not suit them. Paradoxically, someone in a very deep hypnotic state tends to be generally unresponsive to suggestions. The deepest trances are, however, very useful for anesthesia. The person in a deepest trance will be aware of what is happening, and will be feeling very good, even if they are undergoing surgery. They will feel no pain, and because they are so focused on the good feelings of the trance, they will be unlikely to pay any mind to any suggestions.

So, what is going on when someone responds to a hypnotic suggestion to stop bleeding or eliminate a habit? Remember that someone in hypnosis is more responsive to subtle communication cues. One quality of hypnosis is that it causes the person to be very focused on the words and nonverbal communications of the hypnotist, so a properly formulated suggestion can be accepted and acted upon more readily. A properly formulated suggestion is one meets the personality needs and (sometimes) bypasses the belief systems of the person.

For example, one of my clients who was not showing up at work only went back after I discovered that that he believed that he needed to be there to protect his employees from the other supervisors. Just the threat of being fired was unmotivating. Just hypnotizing him and commanding that he show up at work regularly would have been ineffective. However, the feeling he got from protecting “his people” made work meaningful to him in a way that no simple”Go back to work!” ever could, no matter how deeply hypnotized he might have been. I knew that already, of course, because he had already been unsuccessfully commanding himself to back to work for days.

Wesley Anderson, Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy has been in practice in Atlanta since 1988. He is certified as a trainer in hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming, (NLP). For more information about hypnosis, NLP, and hypnotherapy now, go to


To Use Conversational Hypnosis

To Use Conversational Hypnosis

Do you have a fear of leading a conversation? Do you ever walk into a room full of people and have nothing to say to anyone? To use Conversational hypnosis you don’t need to be the best looking person in the room, or the smartest. To do conversational hypnosis is a way to learn to have more confidence and a relaxed feeling in order to help you meet new people and even get them not only interested in your ideas, but to actually get them to agree with you.

Everyone has great ideas, not all their ideas are great ideas, but if you talk to just about anyone they are actually very interesting people and have a lot to share. And that shy person in the corner, (you), are not going to be able to live your life to the fullest and enjoy much, much more of it then you ever dreamed of if you don’t start getting your feet wet.

There is nothing more fun than sharing your thoughts, ideas and experiences with others and if your not allowing that to happen, you will slowly find yourself in a state of sadness that is much harder to get out of then it is to get into.

So what is this power, and you do you teach yourself to do it? Well, do you know how some men can actually get you to fall in love with them, even though they are not always the nicest guy? Did you ever have a friend that everyone just adores and looks up to you and you just can’t put your finger on why everyone thinks they are just so cool? Well, they know how to use conversational hypnosis, and are using it. It’s the power of influence and you can learn to do it also. It’s called conversational hypnosis and it’s not illegal yet, but of course you have to worry that it may fall in the hands of the wrong person and they will use it do bad things. I can only hope you are not that person and you are simply trying to better yourself.

In these crazy times with so much to fight for, this is something great for your self esteem, something to better yourself and something that will only get better the more you use it.

For more information on conversational hypnosis, or to do to conversational hypnosis check out my blog at http://universegetwhatyouwant.blogspot.com/

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Can Hypnosis Do Anything

Can Hypnosis Do Anything

We seem to be intrigued about hypnosis and the power of hypnosis.

What is it? What can it do?

And this question – can it so anything?

And even that question can be seen as meaning different things
to those who ask it.

To some people “anything” may mean nothing and to others it may mean everything. I guess it depends on you. The meaning of the question and the answer you’re looking for, listening for.

Hypnosis isn’t a thing, it isn’t something you can hold or touch, is it? If you were to ask me there are a couple of answers that come to mind.

Hypnosis, that is the process of hypnosis, can create wonderful changes in ourselves and others and usually, in my experience, far greater than we could ever imagine. I’ll talk about that in a minute.

The second thing that comes to mind is that we are consciously unaware of the power of our unconscious mind and it’s with hypnosis that this, our, infinite potential can be realised and experienced.

So can hypnosis do anything/everything? I believe we can, (yes I meant we) and here’s the thing, that is the difference that makes the difference, intention and meaning – “what?” I’ll explain.

Intention- I’m referring to the intention of the hypnotist. If a hypnotist believes (I mean really believes) that change can and will occur then with that belief their intention will create the change. The client’s unconscious mind will tune in to this and providing the positive intention of the issue/dis-ease is honoured change will happen.

And then there’s ….

Meaning- Does the change have meaning to the person being hypnotised?

Do they really want it for themselves? If they got it now would ‘juice’ them? And even if they can’t at the moment imagine having the change (some people can’t because they have had the problem so long) if they dared to think how it would be having changed would it be something they want?

If the change is not something the client wants to have happen or is something that someone else wants for that person then why change?

So you may be thinking from all of this that hypnosis doesn’t do anything and it’s all to do with the hypnotist and the client and in part you’re right. To me these are the important ingredients for the process of hypnosis to create any change we desire.

To my mind, it really comes down to the fact that change and learning is made at unconscious level, whether it be emotional, behavioural or physical (healing) and the process of hypnosis works at the unconscious level. With the right ingredients I believe hypnosis can do anything and everything and that you have the infinite potential to have what you want or desire, to be or have it’s as simple as that. I hope this gives you thought, a feeling that you want to explore, resonates something inside or that you can see an opportunity to consider that anything is possible when you enlist the help of your very best friend, the friend that is always with (night and day), that only wants the best for you – that’s right – your unconscious mind.

Paul Clough is a trainer of NLP and Hypnosis, Master Practitioner of Time Line Therapy with his yougest son Joseph Clough A practicing therapist and coach http://www.cambridgehypnotherapy.co.uk ~ Someone who talks the talk AND walks the walk. Before becoming a personal coach and trainer Paul has held directorships in businesses since he was 29 and has a vast amount of experience of how life really is in the business world. This together with his passion for assisting people to reach their potential and his special skills form a unique foundation for success.

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An Introduction to Hypnosis

An Introduction to Hypnosis

Hypnosis is state of mind in which the actions and the emotions of an individual are controlled through a procedure of activities known as Hypnosis stimulation. The stimulation factor can vary from person to person and from one theory to another theory. Hypnosis depends on the mental state of the person it is being oriented to and also on the person who is producing this stimulus.

Hypnosis has long been a subject of discussion and rival theories. Some of the researchers have claimed that hypnosis is a type of fake medicine given to a patient as a potent one. In some case, just by the anticipation of the inert pill’s effect, positive changes have been observed in the patients. These researchers believe that hypnosis is an advanced form of this effect. On the other hand there are theories about hypnosis being involved with conscious or unconscious mind of the person.

Several people have believed over the centuries that it is the unconscious mind which we can connect through hypnosis. Recent studies into the mechanics of the hypnosis have shown that the conscious part of the brain is the most connected one during this mental state. However the debate on this is on going for the last two decades.

Hypnosis has been defined into several phases as well. The studies reveal that over the passage of years, several scientists have given their account of their intensity driven categories of Hypnosis. Most of the times, these categories are based on the physiological trend, state of mind and the physical condition of the subject. Moreover it is also based on the tools employed for stimulating the process of hypnosis.

Hypnosis has been treated more like a mystic process over the last many years. But medical research has proven its benefits as it is these days involved in therapies of Trauma hit patients as well. Whether one calls it magic or medicine, if its objective remains positive, it is a beneficial thing and its practice should be continued.

Caroline Bourke is a full time therapist in Florida. Check out these great sites about How To Learn Hypnotism and also Learn How To Hypnotize free tips and guides.

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Using Hypnosis For Sleep

Using Hypnosis For Sleep

I first started using hypnosis for sleep around two years ago after suffering with insomnia for almost 15 years. It has helped cure my insomnia and I would recommend using hypnosis for sleep problems such as insomnia to anyone else out their who finds it almost impossible to get a full nights sleep.

Learning to Use hypnosis for sleep is much easier than one would imagine, it is simply a matter of learning your body and mind to relax completely. putting yourself in a deep relaxation enables communication with the subconscious mind to become possible, once this stage is reached you can then feed suggestions to remove the mental blockages that are preventing you from sleeping. This can be done with both self hypnosis or through the use of a hypnosis for sleep recording that you listen to in bed.

There are many websites dedicated to the use of hypnosis for sleep, many of which will give you a step by step routine to follow if you wish to try achieving it by yourself or offering downloadable recordings if you would rather follow the instructions of a qualified hypnotherapist. The following is a basic run down of such a routine for hypnosis for sleep:

Make the bedroom as dark and quiet as possible.
Also put on loose pajamas’ or even get naked if circumstances permit.
Lay on your back making yourself as comfortable as possible.
Taking deep breathes, starting at the toes and moving up your body relax each part.
when the whole body is completely relaxed it is then you can use certain commands that will help promote sleep to the subconscious.
You usually then drop off sound to sleep or easily fall asleep shortly after the session as ended.

This is the basics behind all programs that use hypnosis for sleep, but obviously each part having a lot more detail to it. Such as the step that involves relaxing each part of the body, you would imagine a bright light starting at your toes and slowly letting your whole body be absorbed by it totally relaxing you and quieting the mind. I would say it is a lot easier when been guided through the process by an hypnotist although it is possible to get the hang of doing it yourself quite quickly (usually one-two weeks).

So for anyone reading this suffering from insomnia and considering using self hypnosis for sleep I would suggest to find the best step by step guide recommended by others who have done it themselves or consider investing in an hypnosis for sleep recording if you’d prefer guided hypnosis.

There are lots of sites around the Internet offering information on hypnosis for sleep, my recommendations are: cure insomnia with hypnosis
cure insomnia naturally with hypnosis

Cure Panic Attacks With Hypnosis

Cure Panic Attacks With Hypnosis

Fears, anxieties and emotions all originate from our subconscious that is why hypnosis can help victims alleviate panic attacks and its symptoms. A lot of ways has been tried in treating panic attacks and hypnosis is one of the most effective ones because hypnosis is about tapping the subconscious mind to do positive things. Panic attacks can shatter a person’s own life and well being if not cured completely. It maybe akin to a heart attack which freezes the arms and lips of a person or it may affect your breathing to the point of near suffocation.

People who suffer a panic attack break out in irrepressible sweat and think that they have literally died. Those who experienced panic attacks may run to a hospital for help only to be told that there are no ailments that causes such intense sensations. The attacks seem spontaneous and uncalled for and the sufferer is terrified that the attack may occur while they are in public, while in transit or in other bothersome positions. The victims always become withdrawn thereby losing crucial relationships and friends. Normally, victims cannot lead normal existence and end up incapacitated and incapable of sustaining an employment.

How does hypnosis deal with panic attacks and its symptoms?

Involuntary activities are all controlled by our subconscious such as our heartbeat and respiration. What is ideal about it is that the subconscious mind can be reeducated to clear up both fearful reactions and panic-stimulating circumstances. There is a better possibility that the individual can utilize his intellect to ultimately liberate himself from panic attacks totally.

A therapist will generally undertake numerous approaches to working with victims of panic attacks. The person may be trained physical and psychological relaxation procedures, self-hypnosis, mental pictures, and directed metaphors to use when a person sense panic attack forthcoming. The sufferer may be educated how to decipher awareness and emotions so that the initial phases of the attack do not intensify and become full-scale.

Profound, concentrated breathing procedures may be instructed by the hypnotherapist. Breathing procedures are an ordinary way to facilitate panic attacks. Concentrated breathing helps divert a person from the fear of the attack but it has a dominant involuntary outcome. We always believe that when we inhale the process is mechanical but when we come to think about it we have the power to change the rate and profundity when we breathe.

Through this a message is sent to the brain influencing it to control the attack. Profound breathing can help change the outcome of superficial, fast, terrified breathing. Hypnosis methods may concentrate on encouraging the brain that it is sound to let go of the terror and apprehension. Occasionally, a little amount of emotional reprieve can by given to the panic attack sufferer by telling him that his panic attack signs are not “silly,” “ridiculous,” or “illogical.

Once the individual recognizes the predicament at a more profound level that individual may eventually feel that he is not crazy. This is one little pace in the flight back towards emotional well-being. It should be emphasized that it may take multiple hypnosis sessions for the panic attack sufferer to feel some relief. After awhile, that person will start to be more in charge and constraint to end a panic attack and its related signs before they turn overpowering and/or unbearable. Eventually, that person might be able to totally eradicate panic attacks.

Ryan Tyler is a long time hypnotherapy enthusiast. He owns and maintains Hypnosis4BetterHealth, a resource site for more hypnosis for health tips. Join his free hypnosis for health mini-course. Don’t Delay.

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Self Hypnosis is Easy

Self Hypnosis is Easy

Self-hypnosis is easy. In fact, you’ve already hypnotized yourself about many things. You hypnotize yourself every time you repeat something over and over again with intensity and emotion. For example, people may say, “I just can’t learn math” or “I’m not mechanically inclined” or “I’ll never be wealthy.” These people have said these statements so often (to themselves and/or others) and with so much intensity that they’ve hypnotized themselves into believing them.

And the funny thing is that when you try to tell one of these hypnotized people that, for example, they really can learn math, they’re so thoroughly hypnotized that they’ll try to convince you that you’re wrong! These people truly are in a hypnotic trance.

You can hypnotize yourself into feeling relaxed. You can hypnotize yourself into feeling powerful. You can hypnotize yourself into feeling self-confident. You can hypnotize yourself into conquering your fears. You can hypnotize yourself into having a relaxing, fun filled day.

There’s nothing magical about hypnosis. When hypnotized, you can’t be persuaded to do anything against your will. Many people have seen stage hypnotists who seem to have this power, but the people being hypnotized could “wake up” at any moment if they chose to. They simply don’t want to.  

Hypnosis is a form a meditation in which, in a relaxed state, you allow yourself to believe what the hypnotist (in this case, yourself) tells you. Notice the words “allow yourself.” At all times, you have a choice.

Here’s all you have to do to allow yourself to be hypnotized:

1. Pick what you’d like to hypnotize yourself into being, doing and/or having. Get as clear a picture as you can of the problem you’d like to solve, the issue you’d like to address or the change you want to make in your life.

2. Set a definite time period for your hypnosis session. Experiment to find the length that works best for you. If you haven’t done anything like this before, start with a brief session of only five or ten minutes. It’s often hard, in the beginning, for people to sit and concentrate without outside distractions, so start slowly to acclimate yourself to this activity.

3. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed and where you can adjust the lighting. Dim lighting is best rather than a completely darkened room. Some people enjoy playing soothing music in the background.

Sit down and close your eyes. You could sit in a chair that reclines slightly and you might want to cover yourself with a light blanket. The goal is for you to be comfortable while awake. It’s best if you stay awake so don’t lie down. If you’re so tired that you might fall asleep even sitting up, go to sleep and do this exercise at another time.

4. Count slowly from ten to one. With each number say words to yourself, that will encourage you to become more and more relaxed. For example: “Ten. I’m going deeper.” “Nine. I’m going deeper and deeper.” “Eight. I’m feeling completely relaxed.” “Seven. My body and mind are letting go. It feels so good to let go.”

Don’t rush through this counting. Let yourself experience going “deeper and deeper.”

Some people, instead of counting, find it helpful to consciously relax their bodies. For example, you might say to yourself, “Relax neck. Relax shoulders. Relax right arm. Relax left arm.” Continue through each major body part. Count to three between each body part to let yourself experience the relaxation.

5. When you are relaxed, repeat to yourself whatever you want to hypnotize yourself into believing. It’s fine if your mind wanders. Let it. But, even as your mind is wandering, keep repeating what you want to hypnotize yourself about. For example, “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.” “I attract prosperity and abundance into my life.” “Today will be a day filled with wonders and magic.”

You may choose to record these words for playback rather than saying them to yourself. If you do so, we suggest having someone else do the recording for you. Hearing another’s voice repeating the message is often more powerful than hearing your own.

As an alternative to the repetition of your chosen words or phrases, some people use a visualization such as projecting themselves into the future and seeing themselves being the kind of person they want to be, doing the things they’ve always wanted to do and having the life they’ve always dreamed of.

Use whatever technique seems most powerful to you.

6. Whenever you’re ready to end the session, open your eyes and slowly stretch to reconnect with the world.

That’s all there is to it. Will you immediately have in your life what you’ve just worked on hypnotizing yourself into having? Probably not. But consider this: Whatever you have already hypnotized yourself into believing took time. Some of your beliefs took years before being fully adopted. It takes time to hypnotize ourselves into new beliefs, new ways of being, new ways of doing and new ways of having.

The difference between those who are successful at self-hypnosis and those who aren’t is persistence. It takes time and patience. As the author, speaker and psychologist Wayne Dyer suggests, “Infinite patience produces immediate rewards.”  


Covert Hypnosis for Mind Control?

Covert Hypnosis for Mind Control?

Covert Hypnosis is the ability to hypnotize people without them ever knowing it. With hypnosis you can manipulate another person’s psyche and influence his or her decision making process, desires, wishes, and perception. So I think you might already know some about what caovert hypnosis is capable of, but here I need to address some of the limitations built into covert hypnosis, some of the myths that people have around hypnosis. People do think that covert hypnosis is an all-powerful force that controls people’s minds, is capable of leaping tall buildings, and doing all kinds of crazy things. As a hypnotist you really need to understand what you can achieve, and what the limits are to what is possible with hypnosis.

One of the first limits is this idea of mind control. Mind control hypnosis does not exist. When someone is hypnotized, they are not your slave. They are not someone who has to do everything you tell them to. In hypnosis they merely want to do more of the things you suggest to them.

However, there are limits. For example, you cannot get someone to break their moral code under covert hypnosis. You can’t force someone to commit a crime like murder or theft if they wouldn’t be willing to do that crime under normal circumstances anyway.

The reverse is also true. You can’t treat criminal behavior with just covert hypnosis. You need to have the person’s will included in the process. If someone is, for example, a kleptomaniac – that is to say, someone who has to keep stealing things, but they want to stop stealing – then hypnosis can be used tremendously well.

If someone is a thief and doesn’t care about being a thief, then hypnosis will do nothing to change that person. If it worked differently then we wouldn’t need prisons. We would just send hypnotists in and we’d solve all those problems that are currently faced by the prison population.

In covert hypnosis, your mind is still under your control. The difference is that in covert hypnosis you get to experience things that you otherwise would not allow yourself to experience. As a result, you get to enjoy a different kind of life. You get to test out what life would be like if the world was different. If you like it, you get to keep it.

Want to learn more about Covert Hypnosis and how you can hypnotize people secretly without their knowing in just minutes? Please go to my site now at Successful Hypnosis. To be able to successfully hypnotize someone you will need to find the right hypnosis course to learn from.

How Hypnosis Helps Phobias

How Hypnosis Helps Phobias

How Hypnotherapy Helps Phobias

People can be afraid of a wide range of things and what can be totally acceptable to one person can be quite panic provoking to another.

Some of the fears I see most often in my practice are:


Being alone


Small or enclosed spaces

Dark places




Open spaces






Some unusual ones:

Yellow (the colour)

Red cars

Men with beards


What is a phobia?

A phobia is any persistent fear of a specific stimulus object or situation. Phobia is from the Greek to fear or dread. It is more than a simple fear, or a being afraid. It is to be totally terrified of the stimulus. When presented with a phobia problem by a client, I always begin by finding out if it is a fear they have, or a phobia. If their problem is spiders for instance, then can they imagine themselves holding a spider on their hand if they are rewarded with £100? What about £500, and so on. If they could bear the spider for a large amount of money, even just for a few seconds, they do not have a phobia, but rather a fear. The person with a phobia of spiders would not be able to bear to touch one for any amount of money or any other reward. Some people are obsessive with their phobia. This means, they can’t even bear to think of the stimulus and it will likely be totally controlling their lives.

Another complication is that a client can present with a fear/phobia of flying as an example. However, the skilled therapist, on exploring this fear/phobia with the client, may find the fear/phobia is actually about being enclosed, or locked in. Perhaps it might be a fear/phobia of dying, not being able to breath on an aircraft, or something else connected with the aircraft or leaving their own area/country etc, but not actually the flying itself.

What has caused the phobia?

A client will often say that nothing has caused the phobia they have, it just started, they’ve always been afraid of dogs, etc. If one person is afraid of dogs and another isn’t, then clearly there is a difference between the two. One person has either been exposed to some causal event which has been repressed in the subconscious mind, or has learned to be afraid from a parent or other authority figure at some time earlier in life. The causal event may not have been very traumatic at the time, but the young mind will have seen it out of the context that would be understood by a more mature mind in later years. It may have caused an emotional response and/or motor actions to be locked away, repressed, and the emotion and possible motor responses will have been locked away and anchored to the event. The subconscious mind can often set up a kind of false instinct, whereby any sign of the stimulus, or even something resembling it, or associated with it, may cause a phobic reaction, and then the body’s flight or fight response will kick in and the individual may begin to panic…panic attack.

Hypnotherapy to relieve phobias

The first thing the skilled hypnotherapist will do, is to work with the client to discover the causal event, and once found, to desensitise the client from it. Once this has been achieved, then hypnotic suggestion, metaphor and possibly Neuro-Linguistic Programming will be used to create a new template for the client so they can see the previously feared situation, object or circumstance in a new and non threatening light, through a new lens as it where. If the causal event, or events are not found and the emotion not released, then the phobia may just resurface later with more intensity than before if that is possible. The person with a phobia will need to be helped to find and review the trigger situation, to see it with an adult maturity and understanding, and to then see the cause in a different way and with a different and better understanding. The mind can be reprogrammed to see things in a different way and to accept situations as normal that would previously have been viewed as threatening.

How many sessions of therapy will be required?

How many sessions will be needed to release a person from their phobia will depend upon many things, not least, the clients personality type, maturity, desire to overcome the phobia, and of course, how deep seated the phobia is and how long it has been in place. However, the average for people I see is about 3-4 sessions. This can be much longer in some cases, especially where full blown panic attacks are occurring at seemingly random times and in diverse places.

For more information, please contact you local hypnotherapist. Most hypnotherapists will be happy to provide an initial free consultation for you in order to discuss your problem and to explain to you how therapy would proceed. This session will normally last about 45 minutes. My clients say that this short session often produces therapeutic results for them and helps them to feel confident about setting up a series of therapy sessions to overcome their fear or phobia.

Please always see your doctor first and foremost before you contact or visit any therapist and tell him/her about any symptoms you may have, such as, headache, soreness in limbs, racing heart, dizziness, sweating, blurred vision, a feeling of unrealness, etc. Although these are all common for someone suffering from a fear, phobia, or indeed from a panic attack, organic causes should always be fully checked out by a medical professional in the first instance.

When consulting a hypnotherapist, I advise that you ensure they are a Clinical Hypnotherapist/Psychotherapist and that they belong to a professional body such as one of the following:

British Institute of Hypnotherapy

General Hypnotherapy Register

National Council of Psychotherapists

National Hypnotherapy Standards Council is an umbrella organisation and has many member organisations with validated registers of properly qualified practitioners.

Check with the organisation(s) that the therapist is indeed registered with them. Also check that your chosen therapist has experience in dealing with the problem you have and that they have adequate professional insurance (they must display their certificate of insurance at their place of work).

Hypnotherapy is not magic, but it sometimes seems magical.

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