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Oracle of the 7 Energies
This Oracle Deck is designed to answer a variety of questions with the timeless concepts of transformation, healing, and understanding.
Click the card deck image below to shuffle the cards.
From a neutral state of mind, set the intention to receive the message for your highest good.
Click on three cards to see what energies are guiding you today.
Key concepts: awe for the truth that Spirit is everywhere, inspiration coming through you as a result of reverence, joyful living, exploring possibilities with curiosity, spiritual passion, manifesting from the starting point of the realm of Spirit
Looking at the world, do you see all of life or only a limited part? When you look at a blade of grass, do you see just a plant? When you encounter a puppy, do you see just an animal? While this categorizing is one way of viewing the world, it is only a fraction of the truth. It isn’t enough. Look closer, and you’ll observe the luminosity immanent in these living, sentient beings. If you can allow yourself to take in all the world, including its spirit, then you see the whole.
Reverence is an act of deep witnessing, respect, and awe. You experience it when you perceive every being and everything—every plant, rock, and tree—as sacred and alive. You naturally lean into a state of bliss and harmony, and a profound sense of well-being.
Whatever your dilemma or question, try to reframe your perspective to acknowledge the spiritual. If everything has value, including your most frustrating challenges, would you still ask your question from the same place? Can you regard the “other” as sacred, thereby erasing the separation between you? Embracing the perfection of how you came together is real magic, and you are tapping into this unity right now. No matter who or what is in front of you, see that person or thing as luminous and your interaction as holy. Then you will know what to do for the highest good of all.
IT IS WHAT IT IS
Key concepts: radical acceptance, engaging life on life’s terms, observing circumstances and taking them at face value, recognizing and releasing resistance and denial
What happens when you look at the world? Can you see it exactly as it is or only as you assume it to be? A door closing isn’t an invitation to take a battering ram to it. What if there were another door to lead you to your destiny? If you can release your attachment to getting what you want, you’ll be surprised by how much energy you have for more important things. Liberated from the burden of yearning, you’ll have access to what is best for all. Can you try now to accept things as they are, and shift your focus and attention until that other
door opens up for you?
Radically accept life on life’s terms; when you stop fighting against it and instead fight for what you truly desire, more of the world becomes available to you. When you are no longer in denial about what is in front of you, you will be empowered to make necessary changes with respect to yourself, your attitude, and your choices. The irony is that real transformation can happen once you surrender to the idea that things are exactly as they are meant to be.
If you step back with clarity and acceptance, you will realize that life is offering you something magical. Even if circumstances send you on a temporary detour, you will discover treasure beyond your imagination and a new way to embrace the world. Keep this prayer in mind: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
THE UNCHARTED SEA
Key concepts: stepping into the unknown without a map, moving beyond your comfort zone, choosing to do things differently, trusting in the ebb and flow of life, being in the dark and letting curiosity lead, the faith that all will be well
Your comfort zone is sometimes exactly that: a safe, familiar harbor you’ve finally come to in yourself. You have a sense that you don’t need more than what is available right where you’ve landed in life. Now, however, is not one of those times.
Like the archetypal hero’s journey, the universe is inviting you to step into uncharted waters. Something is stirring; adventure is calling. You may want to resist this urge because it will involve leaving your comfort zone, but embarking on this journey is essential for your well-being.
Navigating the uncharted aspects of your- self means you won’t have a map, because no one else has ever been here. On this journey, you cannot rely on the help you would typically expect from others who have gone before you. This new territory is yours to explore. You’re invited to be a pioneer, a path maker, a magical cartographer who draws your map with your own life force as the ink.
This is the day to dive into a novel experience and fully immerse yourself in the new. You don’t know what this sea of possibility has in store for you, so stay curious and refrain from judgment or the need to label. Give your- self the time and freedom to be curious, without the limitations and boundaries projected by your memories or expectations. You are in an amazing place right now, and you will never be the same for surveying these waters.
WAKING THE LION
Key concepts: boldness, the courage to move forward even without knowing the way, facing that which is difficult or painful, the audacity to step into the unknown
Regardless of the outer conditions right now, you can’t wait for your fear to lessen before you move forward. In fact, despite the chaos and seeming disarray, you must be bold. Whatever your trepidation, act as if you have deep trust that all will be well.
Nothing is promised to you, but you will never truly see magic if you don’t take the risk, come to the edge of certainty in your life, and leap into the unknown. You have no guarantee of immediate success. Still, you must summon your bravery in the face of possible pain, failure, or even success, and own your power. The act of making this leap, no matter the final outcome, awakens the lion within. Be proud of who you are and who you are becoming. No one can take this away from you.
What type of courage is called for today? Only you know, and only you have the power to choose your path. Know that it takes just as much strength and bravery to love and be vulnerable as it does to confront a personal challenge or physical obstacle. So call on your strength and stand your ground . . . or consciously
temper your emotional reactions, do nothing, and trust in your partnership with the Divine. Whatever your choice, you will not fail as long as you act with courage and integrity.
OPENING TO DISCOVERY
Key concepts: the small bits of data you collect from the world to form ideas, the transfer of vital information via the universe always speaking to you, the need to integrate information and be discerning about what you expose yourself to
We tune in to information from our outer environment, then assign meaning to it within our psyches. Every day, however, the amount of data we sort through exceeds what we’re capable of processing. Especially since the advent of the Internet, we have been bombarded with more than we could ever hope to absorb. Therefore it’s important to be mindful of what we expose ourselves to.
Consistent exposure to unhealthy messaging invites us into a cynical, fear-based worldview. On the other hand, conscious exposure to information supporting our well-being shifts us toward growth and expansion. The choice, though, is not always obviously ours, which is why we must be discerning on a daily basis.
The universe is always engaging us—we are part of it, after all—through synchronicity, omens, and other signs that point toward our best path. Our intuition helps us tune in and see our environment like an oracle. How- ever, this new information doesn’t always make sense right away, so being curious and nonresistant is key to learning.
Today be open to receiving important information that may come from an unusual source. The universe wants to help you, but recognizing the way this aid will arrive depends on your willingness to shut out superfluous noise. Maybe you need to take a break from social media, gossip, or the news. Don’t let yourself get distracted. Listen without attachment, and see what arises in your life. Expect a message from the universe and you shall have it.
Key concepts: inherited patterns, conditioning, lessons already learned, cellular memory, honoring the past without being trapped there
We rely on stories we inherit from our ancestors, our families, our culture, and the world around us to construct a map of our reality. As we develop new stories in life, we build on those old foundations, repair them when we can, or tear them down to begin again. The best and most powerful traits and experiences of your ancestors are yours to integrate into your life so you don’t have to revisit their hardships or rectify their mistakes.
You have a magical map with which to navigate your current circumstances. Look to the past for answers now. Ask yourself: In this situation, what can I learn from those who came before me? What traits can I emulate in order to move through this challenge with wisdom? How can I build on what I already know and integrate
this understanding? What might I do differently?
Sometimes you walk blindly into traps set in the past. Perhaps you couldn’t see that you were repeating a pattern until you were well in it. The best course of action here is to rest, practice self-compassion, and make a
conscious choice to do something differently next time. Clarity will come. Remember that if you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got. History repeats itself only if you allow it. The most important thing is that you are becoming aware. You can make a different choice regarding how you respond to life right now.
Yes, things can be awkward and uncomfortable as old hurts are revealed and new solutions are attempted. The time is ripe for change, so keep going. Every step is important. Allies will rally, but in the end you are the
one you’ve been searching for. One day you will remember how your beautiful new story was just around the corner.
Key concepts: the spirit of creative expression, bringing forth new information, birthing, knowing that your ideas matter
The ancient Greeks believed that each person had a specific genius that acted like a spirit guide, inspiring you with new ideas to further your evolution as an individual as well as the evolution of all humanity. You could say that genius is the spirit of creative expression, and when you tune in to it, amazing things happen. When your genius awakens, you realize you do not have to do everything yourself. You have an inspired, dedicated wise helper on your side.
Today, can you imagine cultivating a playful relationship with this extraordinary spirit? If you can, you’ll recognize that you don’t have to solve every problem with only the knowledge, memories, and experiences you already have accrued. Your intellect in this case serves as a channel for this spirit of genius, and it can filter in new information. How you forge this connection is to get out of your own way and simply allow it to work through you.
The word genius comes from the Latin gignere, meaning “to bring forth or birth,” and shares the same root as the word generate. You are at this moment about to give birth to a new mode of expression—and a powerful one, at that. Commit to partnering with your genius, and only deep satisfaction and success will result. Today is a day when your inspired ideas matter.
THE ROSE'S KISS
Key concepts: joy, experiencing pleasure, deep satisfaction and enjoyment, desires acknowledged, five-sensory reality
Take a deep breath and center on the feeling of joy. Can you allow your senses to awaken, and connect with your innate desire to experience all life has to offer? Pleasure is part of life; let yourself surrender to it today.
Our modern times often present a false ideal of how we are meant to experience the world. Connections are lost and distorted by our overreliance on technology. Just look around and see how few people actually maintain eye contact or engage in conversation. Instead of tapping away at a screen, pause and consider how you can make more intimate contact.
Connecting with nature, enjoying the sensual pleasures of sex, and/or being aware of the sensations of taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound may be important right now. How do your sheets feel? Can you reach out and feel the heat and softness of your companion animal nestled beside you? Be present to another person, see them, and let yourself be seen.
Your five senses are aching to be engaged right now. This is an invitation to get out of your head and into your body. You may be a spiritual and intelligent being, but right now the emphasis should be on having a sensory experience. This is a sacred part of this gift of life. By being present to the sensual world, you invite an even deeper spiritual experience. Amazing, isn’t it? Perhaps it really is time to stop and kiss the roses.
A TALL TALE
Key concepts: denial, concealing the truth so you can manipulate and control a situation, fear-based communication, creating a narrative to hide behind, not allowing the fear of what others will think to influence your words, learning to communicate from a place of authenticity
You or someone else is telling a tall tale right now. You always know if a falsehood is spoken because it doesn’t feel grounded. When you lie, you get high on an illusory sense of power that is doomed to fail at some point. You feel driven by the fear of exposure, but something makes you stick to your story even though you know it has no substance.
Whatever lie we are caught up in isn’t as important as the motive for it. Why does anyone lie? Perhaps we don’t believe the truth is good enough, or we want to keep doing what we know we shouldn’t be doing. Then there is the lie put forth while in denial, such as hiding an active addiction. In this scenario, we may believe our own lies. The tall tale, the white lie, the stretching of the truth, and the blatant fabrication are all about control: the desire for it, the lack of it, the need to maintain it so we can manipulate the outer world and hide our inner one.
Today ask for the truth. Be willing to pay the price and be okay with the vulnerability your lie is exposing in yourself and others. Transparency is required to get to where you need to go, to be truly empowered, to reveal the strength of what is true and authentic. Any other path leads to a dead end.
Remember the saying “The truth will set you free”—and get ready to fly unfettered.
A DEEP BREATH
Key concepts: a genuine expectation of danger, projection of a threat without substance, fight-or-flight mode, inability to focus, trusting in the universe as a way to release fear
Fear is asking for your attention—and healing—right now. You (or another) are operating from the position of fear. If you also see red flags, you might be headed toward genuine danger, perhaps repeating a lesson you don’t need to learn again. You can honor this kind of fear by saying “thank you” and protect yourself by choosing another path. In this moment, you have all it takes to make this shift.
If, on the other hand, the fear surrounds the idea of taking a risk, be mindful. Radical trust and accepting the discomfort of the new is called for as you move out of your comfort zone. Ask for courage to take a leap into the unknown, and know that all will be well. (But know that “all will be well” doesn’t mean all you have come to expect.)
Stories from the past may be molding your expectations right now and causing fear based on anticipated hurt. Don’t isolate yourself or fall for the false idea that life is too painful and engaging with it should be avoided.
How about loving that side of you that is afraid, acting out, and causing all this unnecessary commotion? You will never be happy if this small part of you controls your life, as it will if you allow it. However, remember to be gentle with yourself and others. Once you let go and relax into your life, everything looks brighter and friendlier.
Today, choose love over fear. You’ll be amazed when you do.
BODY AND SOUL
Key concepts: taking care of yourself; seeing yourself as a complete package—body not separate from soul, centered in your sense of self, comfortable in your body; your authentic identity; physical health
Extreme self-care is called for when you receive this card. Answer truthfully: are you taking care of your self? Your first choice may be to care for others before meeting your own needs. Check in with yourself: are you experiencing HALT (hunger, anger, loneliness, tiredness)? Th is card is a signal that it’s time to take a break from your current focus and get busy taking care of you because you are worthy of this care! What simple things require your attention so you can function optimally in your world and live your best life, a day at
Another message that this card holds is about how you live with authenticity. Can you be at ease within yourself, “you doing you” with pride and self worth? Remember: you are a soul that manifests through a body—a spiritual being having a human experience—and that means you are here on purpose even if there are days when you wonder about that. There is an intentionality to your being here now, just the way you are, in this time in our collective story. You being here is important, for you are a precious being with a purpose even if it seems elusive some days.
Just know that life loves you—with that in mind, your job is to do your part to make your experience a healthy one. How you nourish your body, mind, and soul is directly related to how you experience your life. It’s time to put yourself first; then everything will fall beautifully into place.
SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE
Key concepts: the prospering power of prayer, communion with the Divine, expressing deep gratitude as you move through the world, knowing that your prayers will be answered exactly as they are meant to be
In prayer, we connect directly to our Higher Power. It is a way for us to be in communion with the Divine, a reminder that our lives are a sacred conversation we are continuously engaged in. Prayer lets us know we are not alone. A power greater than us acts on our behalf and is activated through us, suffusing our hearts and minds with a faith that is life-affirming, loving, and compassionate. When we pray, we acknowledge that we are only part of the equation of life, that a spiritual aspect is always in operation. We engage in humility, knowing we are in a co-creative partnership and have so much to be grateful for.
Expressing gratitude and asking to be of service is the most powerful, prospering prayer of all. When you focus your attention on appreciation for even the smallest aspects of your life and what you have already experienced, it’s like waving a magic wand. Everything you need comes to you without effort. Obstacles fall away, and your purpose becomes ever clearer.
The kind of prayer that will prosper you and others today is one of deep, abiding gratitude. You become a magnet for miracles when you are grateful and ask to be a channel for Divine purpose, Divine abundance, love, and compassion. The power of Source is within you. Now is the time to awaken it.
EARS WIDE OPEN
Key concepts: deep listening as a gift we give to others, understanding someone else’s needs, showing focused attention, tuning in to another and letting go of the ego’s need to be heard
The world is constantly speaking to us and offering clues about what is really going on beneath the surface of things. We all have the capacity to hear beyond the noise that reaches our ears. The challenge is when we feel
misunderstood and unheard. When we feel insignificant, it’s easy to overexplain ourselves in an attempt to get acknowledged.
Now is the time to let all that go. Offer your attention as the great gift it is. It’s time to stop multitasking, checking your phone, thinking of what you’re going to say next, and doing all the other things that keep you from connecting fully.
Whenever we are in a state of chaos and distraction, paying attention to only some of what is being said, we lose the ability to pick up on everything—including that which is not being said. Deep listening is the way in which we immerse ourselves in the truth of the world. In this way, with ears wide open, we also open our hearts and minds to understand more than what is conveyed through words alone. Opportunities arise from the subtle cues we miss when we are not 100 percent present.
Purposeful, open listening is an act of true respect and intimacy. When you are in this space of receptivity, letting go of the need to be heard or to be right, you become expansive and alert to meaningful potential. Right now, keep your ears wide open, and you will find more than you were searching for. going on beneath the surface of things. We all have the capacity to hear beyond the noise that reaches our ears. The challenge is when we feel misunderstood and unheard. When we feel insignificant, it’s easy to over-explain ourselves in an attempt to get acknowledged.
Now is the time to let all that go. Offer your attention as the great gift it is. It’s time to stop multitasking, checking your phone, thinking of what you’re going to say next, and doing all the other things that keep you from connecting fully.
A BURST OF MAGIC
Key concepts: an epiphany, a sudden higher knowing, a sense that everything has a purpose, your purpose as a gift bestowed upon you, cultivating conscious contact with a Higher Power, coming to know what calls to you and lights you up
Sometimes, you may find that something you’d been pondering or a dilemma you’d let go of revisits you without warning. It may hit you while you’re thinking about nothing, or the trigger may be just the right words arising in a conversation, book, or blog. An epiphany strikes like a lightning bolt, waking you up to a truth that has previously eluded you. It’s as if the whole world stops in that moment as you integrate the missing pieces of the puzzle you were meant to solve all along.
This is such a time for you now. Answers are coming directly from Source and being downloaded into you with such force of conviction that you cannot be the same again. Be grateful for this beautiful burst of magic; it is not an everyday gift.
Inherent in this is the knowledge that Spirit is always listening to you. Spirit is your loving partner, reminding you that you are not alone. Even when it appears that you are trapped, you always have a key to unlock the solution if you cultivate the willingness to be open to and in tune with Source. The answers you seek come when you stop looking for them.
Be mindful today. When information pops up out of the blue, pay attention. The action you need to take will become obvious as you integrate this magical wisdom. Regardless of the subject of your inquiry, you will be transformed. Only good will come of this.
INTO ME I SEE
Key concepts: intimacy, trust in another, dropping shields and rigid boundaries to allow
connection, the willingness to be vulnerable
At certain precious moments, you’re called into a deep and meaningful connection with the world or another person. A magical affinity arises, with the kind of intimacy that in turn encourages a greater understanding of yourself. The relationship acts as a mirror, helping you see your own patterns. What it reflects about you can further your own personal evolution.
Now is the time to take a risk by connecting with another. Can you see how far you’ve come? Can you see what is still active within you that needs to change or heal? You will discover more about who you are as you discover more about another. Even if you cannot possibly know what it’s truly like to be in someone else’s shoes, you can listen and learn. This is a magical gift being offered to you right now.
This concept applies beyond romantic connection. What do the dynamics in your closest friendships, work relationships, and family say about you? Relationships are extraordinary opportunities for healing. When predicated on honesty and caring, they have a great impact on how you contribute to the world.
Intimate relationships hold up a mirror of truth and reveal more treasures than you might ever expect. If you can look into it, take a risk and see everything as beautiful, even in its imperfections, imagine how deep you could go.
BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Key concepts: sharing, community, a sense of belonging, fellowship with like-hearted people, understanding the concept of “we” before “me”
Have you ever wondered how people naturally gravitate to one another and discover a surprising intimacy and connection? There is a kind of magnetic energy, like an invisible ray of light, that gently pulls people together to form something beautiful that can be shared. As in the saying “Birds of a feather flock together,”
it comes from an instinctual need for belonging, you might say. We need community to survive, to thrive and grow. We humans are social creatures, after all; none of us are meant to be alone.
The concept of belonging is playing an important role in your life currently. Perhaps you recently found yourself in a group where you knew you were in the right place. Trust those strands of connection, for now is the time to thrive in the community! What you will find is a deeper and more expansive way of looking at the world by baring yourself to others and sharing ideas, hopes, and dreams.
However long you stay here in this journey of becoming who you’re meant to be, connecting to community and participating in fellowship is the best thing for you right now. You will flourish as part of a network of
like-minded and like-hearted people. Stick to what feels good and resonates with your heart as true. When you understand the value of this community, you will discover everything you’re hoping for . . . and much more than you’re expecting.
GREAT BIG LOVE
Key concepts: love without conditions, romantic love and how that experience changes you, deep and profound harmonious connections, soul mates
Love heals all wounds, begins all life. It sustains you when you are starving for grace, when you stumble and fall, and when you lose sight of your purpose and fall prey to the limited perspective of the ego. Now is the time to fall in love and call in the awareness of the Great Big Love that made you, which is ever pulsing through your veins!
There’s a heightened sense of awareness in the beginning stages of a relationship, when nothing else matters but who is in front of you. You see them, you see yourself in them, and you move in sync with the cadence of
your hearts. You surrender to the magic you share, and engage in a harmonious dance that is seamless in its movements, rising and falling with each moment, each breath.
Although this card may portend such an intimate connection, you don’t have to wait for a partner to experience it. You’re being invited now to explore love in all its beauty. Can you love without conditions, without needing things to be perfect? Do you love your life, what you do, and how you contribute to the world?
Today, invite Love with a capital L into your inquiry. You will be amazed, and your very question may be changed, as a result. Love is the strength you need today, the lens you must look through to find the truth and your way. Love is the way, the only way and the only answer.
BEYOND THE ORDINARY
Key concepts: the mystical, ineffable part of life; trusting in the invisible world without understanding it; recognizing that some things cannot be known in advance and are not meant to be grasped intellectually; the awareness that everything is as it should be even if it doesn’t make sense
Beyond our ordinary worlds defined by our memory, our intellect, and our five senses is a mystical realm of beauty, magic, and extraordinary potential. This is the spiritual realm, the quantum reality, called by some the “Great Mystery.” This place doesn’t operate under the same laws we’re used to but rather has its own way of working that is perfect, though hard for us to understand.
When you want to know what is to come, the nature of something, or where you’re heading, it’s natural to turn to a trusted oracle and expect some kind of answer that will inform your view of how things are, might be, or should be. Sometimes this is not possible, because the elements cannot be named or are not yet in place. Things may be still in flux, so you cannot know and may never be meant to know.
No matter how hard you try to understand why something happened or how or when it will happen, now is the time to surrender to not knowing. The Mystery is a mystery because it is at present unknowable and as yet unmade. Even its potential is impossible to understand. What is waiting for you lies beyond the ordinary, but it has not yet chosen its shape, its path, and the manner by which it will be delivered. Your job is to stay the course, allowing whatever comes to be exactly as it will, without trying to ascertain anything in advance.
ROOTS OF ABUNDANCE
Key concepts: being stabilized by deep roots, anchoring yourself and feeling secure in your life, trust and belief in abundance
This card signals you to pay attention to how you are anchored in the story of your life. Trust that you will be taken care of. The world is full of limitless potential and will nourish you according to your beliefs, regardless of temporary outer conditions. You are not a victim of life! Life happens for you—not to you, even if you
sometimes slip into that way of thinking. If you are grounded and internally steadfast, nothing can uproot you, and you have the ability to manifest your intentions with ease.
The message here is simple: Your life is safe and secure, and your intentions are coming to fruition. All your hopes and dreams are firmly grounded and taking root so that you can reach for the stars in your life and expand your dreams further than you can imagine. Everything in the material world is a reflection of your interior world. You are unstoppable and unshakable because you believe that you are abundant. Know that you can easily move from merely surviving to thriving when you pay attention to staying grounded.
If you find yourself in ungrounded thinking, now is the time for radical trust. Growth never follows a straight line; you will manifest what you need when you need it. A tall, healthy tree doesn’t need to hold on to the ground for dear life. It knows it will not fly away with the wind, because its roots are planted deep in the earth.
This 7 Energies Meditations will deepen your connection to the energies that make up your life… and your connection to the Universe.
Seven is a sacred number, with great significance in multiple cultures and belief systems throughout history… as well as in our daily lives.
You may be familiar with your own seven energy centers, and now, the Oracle shows you how they apply to all of life.
Experience the wonder of these energies as you receive guidance to co-create with their wisdom.
“Much more than energy centers within your subtle body, [these] are seven cosmic energies that form life as a whole. By following their wisdom, you activate all the different potentials of your being on your way to your very own wholeness.”
- Shai Tubali, author, philosopher & speaker
The way you think…
How you make your choices…
What you encounter within yourself…
The conditions of your world as you journey forward…
What new horizons will be available when you have
the tools to co-create a new and aligned life story?
Oracle Cards can help you with your smaller, everyday questions as much as they can with the big ones that advance your spiritual and personal growth.
While your focus might be on how to evolve spiritually, it’s equally important to be in this world, here and now. Wisdom must also be practical so you can live your life embodying courage and grace.
With The Oracle of the 7 Energies, you will gain insight into the energies moving your daily life and material world… as well as those moving in your higher self and the spiritual realms.
The psychological, spiritual, and life themes that animate the oracle are as follows:
Money, family, inherited traits, survival, primitive instincts, security, stability, and the material world
Connection, sexuality, intimacy, birthing, desire, pleasure, feelings, and fluidity
Personal power, will, assertiveness, action, vitality, movement, individuation, and extreme states— joy, anger, transformation
Compassion, love, community, forgiveness, unconditional acceptance, inner peace, and wholeness
Communication, creativity, listening, being heard, writing, ideas, sharing, and vibration
Intuition, vision, imagination, prescience, knowing, perception, and mental states
Spirituality, ego transcendence, liberation, God consciousness, understanding, and wisdom
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