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Is Time as We Experience It an Illusion?

Updated on April 4, 2018
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Nadine’s research for her futuristic novel series about discovering the truth or lies, has led her to insights she shares in her articles.


Are We Trapped into a Mental Hologram?

If physical laws are subject to time, then there must be other dimensions where energy does not run on 'Time' as we know is. Therefore Time is indeed only real in this physical dimension, but an illusion on an energy level.

This for me means that in this physical reality we need to learn how to manipulate the material reality, which also means that we need to explore our understanding of human consciousness and free will.

What is Human Consciousness?

If we would speculate that today humanity on a global scale is almost 95% information gathering entities from the moment of waking up until night time and the other 5% still holds the DNA our psychic abilities, then it’s clear to me that humanity is totally out of balance.We might have been manipulated to shut down our psychic senses of clairvoyance,telepathy,remote viewing,clairvoyance and empathy, by replacing these natural abilities by just giving our five physical senses total control, therefore this article is about:

How can we all awaken away from this hold of physical time?

How to think beyond time is what I want to speculate in this article, not why this descend has happened. It's clear to me that our mental perspective about the world around us has prevented us all from recognizing our true potential.
This must now be dealt with!

At birth we get onto this River-of-Time raft... For some it is a journey on a tidal wave, for some many obstacles are in the way. Many fall off into a whirlpool while hanging on to the raft. Some souls drown and climb ashore and wait for another opportunity. Having established that idea, what then is Time?

“Time perception matters because it is the experience of time that roots us in our physical reality.”

Our clock time is the most inescapable force we feel, because it seems to drive us every moment.

  • Do we experience time from within our minds and bodies or from the outside?
  • Are we meant to awaken from this obsession about following time?
  • Are we all trapped in a dream, the nightmare, and the illusion of TIME?
  • Are we living in the End of Times?

This Happened to Me in 1999

Suddenly my world collapsed into a sea of pulsating colors and spirals. The walls, buildings, shops and kiosks with hundreds of people who were passing me by, changed into a colorful frenzy, so inconceivable to my mind that I froze. In a split second everything around me had transformed into a merging twirling mass of color while I was resting on my suitcase waiting for my flight. Everything that was familiar to me had changed...

The Qualities of Time

While waiting in the jam-packed Los Angeles airport to get on the plane to Auckland as a standby passenger, my mind must have gone into a timeless state....

...Then, with a jolt, I was back into my hideaway corner again with the noise of the renovations above and around me pounding my eardrums.

This uncanny experience was a graphic vision that confirmed for me that we are all energy beings. Years later when I experienced my Computer screen's image suddenly scrambling up, and then my photo appeared back to normal again, this reminded me of how at that time years back the reality around me in that airport had turned into a scrambling of moving colors. No forms, just color movements.My screen was not like that, but it triggered my memory.

What are the Five qualities of time?

The Five Gualities of Time
One Planet Earth
Clock Time (which is linear)
Physical time is public time, the time that clocks are designed to measure.
Automatic time
(where things run in the background) which feels like a mental activity that is both linear and spatial.
(where Time seems to expand, or where there is No-time) because then time contracts.
Through physical exhaustion and mentally turning off to slip into a meditative state I was able to access an experience of No-time by being in the present.
Biological time
An organism’s circadian rhythm or body clock. We experience this through aging.

Do Our Eyes Only See What Our Minds Can Comprehend?


Was tiredness the trigger that had tumbled me into a foreign world where there was no form, only seas of colors moving in many directions? When everything was back to what I perceived as being normal, what I had seen and experienced in that split second seemed like a timeless moment.

It had made such an impression on me that for the rest of the journey I pondered in awe. The time it took to arrive in Auckland seemed very short. Had I, even after the experience, entered into a different time zone during the flight?
It reminded me of Carlos Castaneda who introduces readers what it is like to truly “stop the world” and perceive reality on his own terms.

I read almost all his books. He was one of the best authors I have come across that managed to make the reader truly contemplate the illusion of Time

‘Time’ is like a string of beads.


‘Time’ also seems like a string of beads. Each bead is followed by the next. But then if time were like a string of beads, there would be no beginning or end. Could it be that our past is also our future?

Straight lines and Circles.

Does the riddle of time change when we explore Linear and spatial thinking? To me linear thinking means that there’s always a beginning and an end to everything. When we think in circles this concept does not apply. Is the riddle hidden in the way we think, use language, and the level of our Intelligence?


Is There a Cosmic Code?

I loved the writings Zecharia Sitchin, especially his translation of the Sumerian texts.

The main plot that runs through the series of my novels had to do with “the seed of life" - the genetic alphabet - that was imparted to Earth by Nibiru during the Celestial Battle, some four billion years ago.

For me it is quite plausible that an advanced super-human race, the Anunnaki, were capable of space travel half a million years ago. It is also plausible that when they came here, they found on Earth the parallel intelligent beings still at the hominid stage. In his book the Cosmic Code he explains about The Fabric of the Cosmos: that we have all been deceived. Our perceptions of time and space have led us astray.

I've done my own research about the hidden history of Planet Earth when I was writing my visionary fiction novels about the Babylonian creation myth, but was it truly a myth?

We all know that any thought that is powerful enough will become reality or that our future is created by a past memory that influences our behavior now. In terms of the string of beads theory that there is no past or future, it starts to make sense that only the present is of value.


As a personality I know that when I wake up my physical body could be dead before the day is out. But that body is just a vehicle, a spacecraft, or a raft that rides on a River-of-Time


Have You Ever Felt That You Are Racing against Time?

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Our River of Time

While we as spiritual beings journey on this River-of-Time, external activities from both shores (our 3D world) distract our focus as to why we were born, why we are on this raft and where are we heading for.

Others call us to get off our own raft and join their voyage.
We are attracted to some people we meet on our journey, which can make us ignore our inner guidance, but we still join them, only to discover that their journey is not ours.

Time is now speeding up and the raft gets more difficult to navigate because of the baggage we have collected on the way.

We experience that everything that comes into existence as we go with the flow, also passes away. This means that everything that is traveling on this ‘River-of-Time’ is perishable.
We are locked into an illusion of Time. But…If we start to question why we are on this River-of-Time, does that mean that some of us have chosen to journey beyond ‘Time’ in order to consciously experience immortality?

(The Other Side", homage to the movie "STARGATE")
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The Physics of Star Trek
The Physics of Star Trek
This book was incredibly interesting and insightful. The Physics of Star Trek takes a critical view of the science, specifically well physics as they exist in the Star Trek universe. It's interesting to think that a man who would rather send robots to space than men would pursue writing a book about Star Trek. Warp speed space travels a possibility thanks to Einstein's theory of relativity sop some astrophysicist says. What is the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? A wormhole is a shortcut from one part of the universe to another, while a black hole is a giant suction device. Are time loops really possible, and can choice a different grandmother before I am born? Anyone who has ever wondered “could this really happen?” Lawrence M. Krauss boldly goes where Star Trek has gone-and beyond.

Awakening Beyond Time

I think that is where the clue to our awakening lies. We are all immortal spiritual beings searching for a way to bring the enormous library of our soul knowledge into a physical expression, thereby ultimately achieving physical immortality. When I write the word immortality I do not mean that I now want to experience that I can live forever in this physical body. That would be utterly boring.

I want to find out if we could heighten our vibrations to such an extent that we can fully perceive the many multidimensional worlds and journey wherever we aspire to and travel to many other universes while having full control over our physical cellular/molecular structure in order to keep it in top condition.
There would be no more illness, no more pain, no more aging!

Could Star-Trek be a projection of our future…or are those memories from our past? Are they not journeying in the River of Time?


Our Dreams Don’t Seem to Be Limited by Time

If we are living in a holographic world could there perhaps be many different layers of realities occupying the same space? As in our dream world, time is irrelevant. Could angels and fairies be just as real as we think we are?
My article on The Hidden histories of our planet goes deeper into the mysteries of our past, or is it our future? I believe it is both. I feel that every soul want to fully awake into this physical world in order to ascend.

If our personality cannot understand the inner dream world of our higher self, does it mean that our rational personality mind only belongs to the outer perishable world?

Is Our Time Speeding up or Slowing Down?

At present I feel more in control of my river raft. Now and then I throw off more baggage I have no more need for and I meet others in the River-of-Time who follow the same journey as me. We help each other with obstacles while staying in full control of our own raft. The River-of-Time now becomes like the breath. My body feels younger because I now feel a passion for life. I pass many whirlpools but it is in those difficult moments, as I manoeuvre my raft into the strong current, that I can feel the love force of All that Is merging its creation through the acceleration in Time.


Could We Travel to Our Own Future and Come Back Again?

The T.V Series 4400 Story Goes as Follows
Thousands of returned abductees are left with no memory of their otherworldly experiences. Each has been gone anywhere from a few months to several decades, but haven't aged a day. These are the stories of the 4400 abductees after they are returned to Earth.

I was glued to this series because it merged science fiction with reality in a very meaningful way. It gives great foresight in what can really become truth if not already possible of what is yet to come. Maybe sooner than one can think?

Maybe something is stopping time travelers from changing our present. Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, and other visionaries (ME) believe they know what it is – Parallel Universes.

No human being can ever truly understand the concept of ‘Time’ by reason or sense or even through the mystical experience I had, but in the core of my being I know that we are all part of a total utter single Presence of the love force off All That Is. There is nothing separate from this oneness.

Thank you for reading my adventure on TIME



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    • Nadine May profile imageAUTHOR

      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks temptor for reading my hub on the topic of time. Its not an easy concept to grasp but your reply was very good indeed. Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      Beautiful definition of time! I completely agree that 'time' as we perceive it is a mere illusion. Trapped in our physical earthly forms, our minds are only able to perceive 'time' as a linear and unstoppable forward journey. The day our mind is able to tap into that inner consciousness (I don't know what's the right word for it) that lies asleep, we will be able to break free of this time binding at will and travel through time (in the direction and with the speed we choose).

      I have often pondered why the rules of time travel (in theory) strongly prohibits changing events in a time-line, as it will cause a ripple effect. After reading your article, it makes sense. With infinite number of parallel universes, all possible time-lines already exist. So changing a time line risks a duplicate universe. Is that it? Then why do some researchers say that with each thought arising out of our mind, a new parallel universe is created?

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful article and the concept of River-of-Time. Voted up!

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your comment Alexander. I'm always glad that my philosophical ramblings give others a deeper meaning into the topic of Time.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      Here you have revealed a deeper meaning and understanding of time which I consider interesting. Personally, I believe time is a concept which is defined by our individual needs, circumstances and understanding. But your detailed piece gave my understanding a new scope which has deeper meaning(s).

      Beautiful pictures from your stable. :)

      good job!

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Lew thanks for your comment. Glad you like my graphics. I think more in pictures than in words, so 'Time' has a different meaning for me. An image is timeless.

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      Lew Marcrum 

      6 years ago from Ojojona, Francisco Morazán, Honduras

      Fascinating concept. I thoroughly believe time is an illusion, and, as such, is very difficult to explain.

      Love your graphics. If these are Photoshop composites, you're very good. That took some time and effort! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Glenn thank you for reading my post. I loved your comments.

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      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I especially liked the part where you discussed the river of time, and how we get on the raft of other people's voyage when we are attracted to them. It made a lot of sense when you mentioned that we sometimes eventually discover that their voyage is not ours.

      I have had this experience a number of times where I found myself spending time, actually wasting time, with people who are on a different voyage than I prefer to be on. Usually they are on a voyage to nowhere, but I always desire to be in route to some successful destination.

      What all this means is that we need to be aware when we befriend people who are going nowhere in their lives, and we need to make a conscious decision to get off their raft in their river of time.

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      Nadine May 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for that very interesting reply. I'm about to add a great animation video to this hub titled: The Secret Powers of Time

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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Hello Nadine. I agree the moment of Now is illusive. Recent studies at Johns Hopkins and U of AZ both have measured the speed of thought. JH studied sensory to comprehension and UA studied memory. When the event occurs received by our senses is difference enough. Contrast of speed of sound with speed of light of experiencing an event vs. feeling vibrations.

      It takes @ .25 sec for sight to be recognized or comprehended by our brain at the occipital lobe. That means in essence we always experience sight or any sense of the presence of Now as a passed event. We simply cannot with recognition/comprehension experience the physical world as Now. Or, for that matter the transmission of thought within the neural network creating a thought as recognized as a thought is not Now, but when. :) I kinda' walk around with the thought process I live in the past . . .

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      U of AZ:

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your connection on hubpages Manatita. I like your explanation just as much. When we share our perceptions we are still most of the time coming from our ego mind, so then for me this reality is an illusion, including time. I'm a great fan of A course in Miracles. Having studied this workbook in a group, it became an awakening for me.

      Namasté Nadine

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      7 years ago from london

      Interesting Subject, Nadine.

      At least you certainly have 'time' for it! Major input here.

      I do not know 'time' to be an illusion. Temporary, maybe. Yogi's say that the Universe is God's body, and the illusion is part of the plan. More logical for me.

      . Hari Om Tat Sat. Much peace.

    • Nadine May profile imageAUTHOR

      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks. Creating the images for my articles gives me almost as much pleasure as writing the hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I am so impressed with your photos. Very interesting and beautiful. I find the subject and concept of time fascinating. Thanks for sharing your ideas on this topic.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Tim for your question. What I have understood is that when we are in the NOW moment, we do not experience any emotions unless they still from the past, but then we are not in the Now moment when we do.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      I discovered in my humble view a very exquisite writing style appreciated. The concepts presented offered pondering while understanding those with a sense of the presence of now. Yet, I was left with only a thought, while agreeing with your precept regarding a higher state of presence. That is would we then experience emotions or are they part of the experience of time now passed? Fantastic article. I look forward to more of your works.


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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by and leave your comment. Glad you found it thought provoking.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This is a very interesting and thought provoking topic.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha Ha yes I loved his artwork! He was a great artist and a great out of the box deep thinker. Far ahead of his time.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Roger I'm not sure but its the man with that deep voice not so? I think I have heard him speak on You Tube. Please send my the link if you can.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you Alicia. Today being Sunday I will do some reading and commenting on all the articles that have been posted, including yours, for the last week. I'm especially glad you liked my illustrations.

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      Treathyl FOX 

      7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      So like ... you and Salvador Dali used to hang out together. Right? :)

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      Roger Nichols 

      7 years ago from Mandurah, Western Australia

      Have you ever listened to the theme from TIME as spoken by Sir Lawrence Olivier it is well worth it and it fits in .

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very interesting, Nadine. The topics that you have mentioned have fascinated me for a long time. They are mysterious and very intriguing. I love your illustrations as well as the article.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Rob I'm glad you liked my artwork and enjoyed my thoughts. Believe me Time is an elusive topic for us all. Hope to see more hubs from you, a Minnesota farmer in the middle of a raging May snowstorm.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I have the mind of a philosopher who can often get carried away by trying to think beyond mind. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Rob Paxton 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      Lot to comprehend. I like your artwork as well. Time is just one of those elusive topics for me, my thoughts on the matter changing as I grow older. I do believe that time is a human made construct to help us deal with the world around us and different people sense that construct a bit different. I could go on forever, so I'll end by saying I enjoyed your thoughts.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Nadine, you pose questions and scenarios I don't believe I have ever truly considered. You think very differently, interesting stuff here.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for stopping by DDE. I'm glad you found it interesting.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Nadine the many questions asked but still finding out you have presented such a beautiful hub the photos and videos in a perfect layout. Interesting thoughts here.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Ruby I'm so glad you like my artwork. For me that is almost as much fun as writing the article. Yes I know what you mean by barely hanging on that raft. We live in awakening times, so more and more will be revealed to us if we open our minds to become more aware.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha Ha Eric yes I think Planet Earth is somewhat addictive. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Shauna nice to read that you liked my river raft illusion. I was more stunned than frightened at Los Angeles airport. I was a standby passenger and had already flown in from London via New York to Los A ngeles, waiting for a flight to Aukland. Three days before I had arrived in London from Johannesburg, so I was probably very jet lagged. It took me 4 days to recover in Hamilton, never again. Someone later explained that my astral body had separated from my physical body. That was new to me.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your kind words Ann. I will look up the story by Dean Koontz called 'From the Corner of his Eye.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your art work is fascinating as well as your thoughts on time. I think i've been on that raft, just barely hanging on at ' times ' There is much we do not know, maybe someday we will see more clearly. Interesting read. Thank you...

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      After experiencing timelessness I often wonder why I come back to this linear perception. I have to assume that I like it so much that I want to be here.

      Great piece here.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      You certainly have a very contemplative mind, Nadine. I love your river raft allusion. I can relate to that.

      You airport experience fascinates me. Were you frightened? Or were you calm and 'at home'. I'd love to hear more about it.

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      Ann Carr 

      7 years ago from SW England

      There are so many phrases connected to 'time'; the sands of time, time waits for no man, many more. I like the idea of parallel universes; there's a great story by Dean Koontz called 'From the Corner of his Eye' that deals with that premise.

      Great hub with lots to think about; it ties my mind in knots but it's a fascinating subject. Ann

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your honesty Billy. Being a visionary fiction writer it's my aim to be somewhat predictive in my novels. So the topic of Time is important.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a very interesting topic. I seriously doubt that we are even close to understanding these things.....time and what does it mean....way beyond my capabilities to answer.

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      Nadine May 

      7 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your comment Chris. Yes its an age old question, and many think they might have the answer. I think we know it already but have not yet woken up to the answer.

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      Chris Mills 

      7 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      Where did we come from, why are we here, Where are we going? Age old questions. Thanks for sharing some fresh thoughts on them.


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