Break Free From Anxiety: A 9-Month Course on the Art of Living

If you’re longing to break free from your anxiety

 

If you struggle with lack of self-trust, perfectionism, and control…

 

If you’re wondering how to work more deeply with the mindsets and tools that I teach in my book, The Wisdom of Anxiety

 

If you’re caught in the chokehold of intrusive thoughts and need direct guidance on how to decode their messages….

 

If you’ve been following my work for a while but aren’t making process because you’re trapped by resistance

 

If you know that taking responsibility is a key component to healing but you have no idea how to do that…

 

If you struggle with connecting to your emotions and wonder what I mean when I say “drop down out of your head and feel your feelings”…

 

If you’re longing to connect with like-minded people on a similar path of healing…

 

If you’ve been waiting for my course on dreamwork

 

… THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU.

It takes nine months to gestate, grow, and birth a baby, and it takes just as long to shed habits that are no longer serving you so that you can birth new parts of yourself that are waiting to be born. While we can heal on our own, it’s so much more effective in a group, especially when you’re being led directly by a guide who knows the terrain of anxiety.

I know anxiety. I know relationship anxiety. I know health anxiety. I know generalized anxiety. I know panic. I know intrusive thoughts. I’ve spent the last 20 years of my professional life leading clients and course members through these dark forests and helping them find their own lamplights and flashlights, the last 15 years parenting my highly sensitive sons through their own anxious terrains, and the last 25 years studying my own labyrinths of anxiety. There isn’t an anxious thought I haven’t heard or an anxious symptom I haven’t experienced myself. I have plenty of fears, but when it comes to guiding people through anxiety, I am fearless.

This course is designed to gently and skillfully guide you into the next layer of your healing. It’s designed to address the resistance that will inevitably arise when you commit to course of this length and teach you how to harness its power. And it’s designed to help you break through your stuck points so that you can experience the inner freedom and joy that are your birthright.

 

This course is the roadmap on the art of living that you never received in school.

It is the culmination of my two decades of doing this work, and I’m delighted to be offering it to you now.

Course Format

The course is divided into the following six modules:

Resistance

Where we will be shining light on this most powerful obstacle to change and learning tools to help you harness its power.

Responsibility

Where you will be learning about what it means to show up for yourself as a loving inner parent/compassionate friend.

The Physical Realm

Where you will learn the basics of healthy nutrition (including easy recipes!), exercise, gut health, and how to address insomnia at the root.

The Emotional Realm

Where you will receive a comprehensive and gentle guide on how to feel your feelings.

The Cognitive Realm

Where we will shatter the cognitive distortions that create anxiety, decode intrusive thoughts, and learn the primary tool for mental well-being.

The Soul Realm

Where we will delve into the world of dreams and the other key elements that water the well of soul.

If you’ve taken one of my 30-day courses, each of these modules is like its own course. The difference is that we will spend one week on each module then have a pause week where you will have time to integrate the material. We learn in layers and spirals, and the course is formatted to follow our natural learning style. This format will also circumvent both resistance and overwhelm which will increase your chances of being able to stay with the material for the entire nine months.

What You Will Receive:

The course will be delivered in a way that honors all learning styles: written, visual, and aural.

1 email every day for 9 months. There will be almost no overlap with my other courses, my blog posts, or my book. This is 98% new material.

8 videos to guide you through each module

14 original MP3 meditations, visualizations, and poems created especially for this course

Access to frequent group calls with me where you will have a chance to ask your questions and receive direct support

Access to a private online forum

Access to peer-to-peer small support groups

Lifetime access to all of the material

Eligible to join an ongoing subscription-based member community led by Sheryl after the course ends 

Phone Support

The element of support is KEY to transformation. As I’ve led dozens of small phone groups over the years, it’s become clear to me that when we connect voice-to-voice, as opposed to on a screen, and we hear other people’s stories, the shame layers fall away. Normalization and connection are the antidotes to shame, and nothing normalizes shame faster than sharing stories in a safe group. I very much look forward to connecting with you, getting to know you, and guiding you through your healing via these calls.

You will also be grouped into smaller pods based on your time zone where you will have regular opportunities to connect with each other and support each other through the material. We are not meant to heal alone, and the wisdom and compassion that pours through my course members never ceases to amaze me. You are wiser than you think, and one way to grow your loving inner parent is to offer support to others and to listen to the way others offer support.

Healing is a long process, and this course isn’t a quick fix. Through the daily emails and live support, I will be walking alongside you every step of the way, creating the safety and support necessary for true healing to occur.

 

Connection is key: to yourself, to others, and to a higher source. This course offers pathways for strengthening connection in all ways. 

 

We are not meant to heal alone!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course apply to all forms of anxiety, including relationship anxiety and social anxiety?

Yes, the course applies to all forms of anxiety no matter how it presents itself. Remember that anxiety can hang its hat on any hook, so while you might be suffering from relationship anxiety now, the hook could change to health anxiety or social anxiety six months from now. In short, this course addresses anxiety from the root no matter the particular theme.

That said, if you’re struggling with a particular subset of anxiety, I recommend taking my corresponding course first or concurrently with this one: ie Break Free From Relationship Anxiety if you’re struggling with relationship anxiety or Grace Through Uncertainty if you’re struggling with health anxiety

Is there overlap between this course and your other courses?

With the exception of a couple of exercises, there is no overlap between this course and my other courses. You will receive a fresh email every day and access to brand new videos and visualizations. 

I’ve taken all of your courses. How is this different?

There are several differences between this course and my other courses. 

1. While the mindsets and tools are foundational to all of my work, this is completely different material, which applies to all forms of anxiety. In other words, while my other courses are specific to sub-topics of anxiety (relationship anxiety, getting married, becoming a mother, lack of self-trust), this course pertains to general anxiety and will guide you through the daily practices and tools necessary to living a life closer to your true self. 

2. Another key difference is that you’ll be receiving the information DAILY, which will allow you to develop a consistent daily practice. This is essential to healing.

3. Thirdly, you’ll be receiving direct guidance from me, helping you to illuminate your stuck spots and work with the inevitable resistance that arises when we embark on a healing path. Keep in mind that a single, 50-minute coaching session with me is $295. If you pay monthly, this  course is $89 a month. The element of live support is worth the monthly fee several times over!

4. This course recognizes that connection and community are essential to healing. You’ll be divided into small groups and encouraged to reach out to each other through Zoom calls. Knowing that you’re not alone and connecting through shared struggles reduces shame and facilitates healing almost more than any other element. 

Is there overlap between this course and "The Wisdom of Anxiety"?

While the mindset and tools are similar to those presented in my book, none of the actual content is the same. In essence, this course begins where The Wisdom of Anxiety leaves off, so if you finished the book and were hoping to go deeper, this course is for you!

How much time per day does the course require?

That’s really up to you. The daily emails will take anywhere from 2-15 minutes to read, and most of them include opportunities for reflection and exploration. Ideally, I recommend spending at least 20 minutes a day on inner work, but any amount of time your devote to your inner world will move your healing forward. 

Is the course inclusive of all genders, ages, religions, and sexual orientations?

Absolutely. Anxiety is the great equalizer, which means it crosses all boundaries and categories. No matter who you are, where you live, how old you are, and how you identify, if you struggle with anxiety, this course is for you. 

Does this course work in conjunction with therapy?
Absolutely. The more support you have while working with the material, the better.
Will the live coaching calls be accessible if I live overseas?

Yes, you will receive call-in information before each call that includes local phone numbers.

Can I purchase the course if I live overseas?
As long as you can use Paypal, you can purchase the course. At least half of my course members live outside the United States and it’s never been a problem.
What is your refund policy?

This is a non-refundable, 9-month commitment. I’ve created the monthly installment option to make it more financially feasible, but this is not a subscription service (where the implication is that you can stop at any time). There are limited spots, so when you sign up you’re taking a seat in the class.

Also, once you sign up, you’ll have lifetime access to all of the materials, including the daily emails, the interviews, the MP3s, the recorded calls, and the videos. This means that even if resistance kicks in big time, or life comes in and throws a curve ball which makes it difficult to complete the course, you can come back to it at any time. In other words, there’s no way to “fall behind.”

If you’re uncertain about the nature of my offerings, I recommend the following: 1. Read my book, The Wisdom of Anxiety. 2. Listen to my Free Webinar on this course. 3. Read as many of my testimonials as you can, which can be found on my home page and all of my course pages. 4. Watch my videos. 5. Read my blog, where you’ll find hundreds of free articles that expound on the foundations of my work. After going through these resources, you should have a fairly good sense of me and how I work, which will help you make a sound decision.

That said, if a financial emergency arises I’m always open to discussing it. For those of you who know me, you know I’m human first and foremost and I will always listen to your humanity first and foremost. 

The September 2019 round of this course is now full and registration is closed.

If you would like to be notified when registration opens for the September 2020 round, please sign up for my mailing list on the home page or on the Free Offerings page.

Course fee: $699 paid in full OR $89/month for 9 months

52 Comments

  1. Hi, Sheryl! For this course, will you be moderating the private online forum or will it be moderated by (or with) someone else? Thanks very much!

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    • Good question. This will primarily be a peer-to-peer support forum but I’ll be checking in and, if needed, another moderator will be available. The primary support I’ll be offering is through the phone and Zoom calls as I’m encouraging people to connect in real times and get off their screens :).

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  2. How helpful will this course be to those with RA? Is it a potent option for those primarily looking to heal their RA from the core?
    Thank you for the monthly payment option.

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    • Since relationship anxiety is a manifestation of lifelong anxiety and, as such, an invitation to heal the underlying anxiety at the root, this course is a potent option, especially after you’ve taken the Break Free From Relationship Anxiety course (which I know you have ;)).

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  3. Hi Sheryl!

    My mind was actually set on being part of the next rounds of “trust yourself” and “open your heart”, as I need to grow awareness and curiosity in these areas of life. But, out of the blue this course is being launched! So now I am not quite sure what to do as this 9 month course sounds amazing! What do you think will be more beneficial?

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    • Hi Paola! Knowing what I know of your story I think this course would be the best option for you right now. At a future date, after this course ends, I recommend taking the others.

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  4. Hi Sheryl,

    I’m excited by your new program. My short question, since you said “Spots are already filling fast”: Will registration be possible until shortly before the course starts or is there the possibility that the course will be full (due to a limited amount of spots) rather soon?

    Thanks,
    Christina

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    • Hi Christina – Good question, but it’s hard to say as this is the first time I’m running the program. There will likely be spots available until shortly before the course starts but I can’t say for sure!

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  5. Do you have a schedule of calls and classes?

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    • Good question. I have not solidified the schedule as some of it depends on demographics of who signs up. Possible times will be (rotating): Tuesday at 5pm ET; Thursday at 1:15pm ET; Monday 6:15pm ET. HOWEVER, once the course starts I’ll send out a survey to determine which times are best for the most number of people. Participants will receive an email with all call times at the beginning of each month. Also, it’s not likely that most people will be able to attend all of the calls, and the efficacy of the course is not dependent on it.

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  6. Can I sign up if I am not able to attend all the phone sessions due to my work schedule? Will this hinder my progress?

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    • It won’t hinder your progress at all. It’s unlikely that most people will be able to attend every call, and there will be plenty of opportunities to connect. The times that I’ve given above are NOT set in stone, and once the course starts I’ll send out a survey to determine which times are best for the most number of people.

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  7. I’m unable to participate in this round; do you expect to offer another one next year? (I truly hope so!)

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    • Yes, I plan to offer it once a year starting in September.

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  8. Will the phone calls be recorded so participants who can’t attend can listen to them at a later time?

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    • Typically all calls have been recorded for my 30- and 40-day courses and this will likely be the same.

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  9. I’ve been in a terrible state of anxiety Sheryl since the beginning of this year & we communicated several times during the first few months of this year. I never took the RA course due to how ill I’ve been due to anxiety but am now seriously thinking of signing up for this course. I’m currently suffering terrible symptoms of IBS & need to find a way to calm my anxiety. I can’t live the rest of my life feeling like this. Would this course be suitable for me given I haven’t taken the Relationship Anxiety course? Finding you & reading your blog has been a blessing for the last 7 years.

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    • I think the course would be a wonderful supplement for you, Lynn. I also recommend being in therapy concurrently.

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  10. I am not clear on the course format. Is it like this: There will be one week for each of the six modules, then an integration week. That’s 7 weeks. We go through that sequence over and over (about 5 times?) during the 9-month course at different levels, as in a spiral?

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    • That’s pretty close :). So we have a “soft start” with three weeks of Welcome, Foundations, and Rest. Then we dive into the six modules, each of which is three weeks long divided up over the 9 months and separated by a pause week. For example, we have one week on the Physical Realm, then a pause. Then a week on the Emotional Realm, then a pause. Then the Cognitive Realm, then pause. Then the Soul Realm, then pause. Then we start over again for the “second trimester” (non-gender specific; this is a metaphoric birthing process) with the second week of each module. Then again with the third week of each module. Then a closing week, which will bring us to the end of May. Make sense?

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  11. I don’t have cell phone reception at my house. Can I do Zoom calls using my landline phone or my I-pad? And I am not very techs? Will this interfere with being able to participate in peer to peer support groups?

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    • For Zoom you’ll need wi-fi but I’m sure there will be other ways to connect for the peer support groups. I’m hoping people will connect voice-to-voice, for which a landline would be ideal.

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  12. I don’t really struggle with overt symptoms of anxiety per se, but definitely struggle with perfectionism, control, and wanting to please others, and generally have felt disconnected from myself / my emotions. Would this course be good for me?

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    • Absolutely. At the core of this course is learning to connect more deeply with yourself and your emotions, and when you learn to this by filling your inner well through the mindsets and practices I teach, the perfectionism and need to control will diminish.

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  13. Hi Sheryl!

    How can you register for this course with the discount?

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    • Hi Denise! When you pay in full, as opposed to the installment option over the nine months, you automatically receive the discount. This is Option Two above.

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  14. Hi Sheryl,

    Since this is a big financial commitment, is there a certain grace period that one could get a refund (even partial) if they felt the course was not meeting their expectations?

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    • Good question, and I’ve added it to the FAQ list above.

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  15. Sheryl, just wondering if you currently have to be in full blown anxiety for this course to be effective. Can i take the course for healing the root causes even though I may not be feeling anxiety at the moment. Will it still all come to me when looking in because I suffer from disconnection because I’m always in my head ruminating over intrusive thoughts. Pretty much, low self esteem/self love

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    • This course focuses heavily on lack of self-love. In fact, at least half of the participants don’t struggle with overt anxiety and are joining the course to address their self-doubt and emotional disconnect. I hope you’ll join us.

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      • Also Sheryl, I’m really considering this course but I wanted your opinion. When I fall into deep anxiety it brings back a flashback of fear of the world being unsafe which came from getting lost as a small child. It’s almost like a PTSD, and that’s why I have trouble connecting back in, because if the feeling I got. Which then would cause relationship anxiety because I wanted my intimate partner to save me from it. I know now that he cant but when I do get stressed out from lack of self trust or whether its moving to anew place or job, this feeling appears and it causes me disconnection. Wondering if this course would even help me.

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        • The course will help, Mallory, and I also suggest addressing the trauma piece either through EMDR or EFT tapping. You can google both to learn more.

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          • Sheryl I’m sorry again for questioning this but I keep going back and forth and I know that i have RA and I havent taken the course yet but I feel I will miss out on this 9 month course if I dont take it now. I go to click to pay for this course and then stop because I have no clue if I should take RA first. I am reading your book Wisdom of Anixety. I’m just so undecided.

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            • If your primary source of pain and anxiety centers around your relationship I recommend taking the Break Free From Relationship Anxiety course first. You can take this one when it comes back around next year.

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  16. Hello Sheryl,

    This course is such great news!

    I have taken your Grace Through Uncertainty course, for which I kept up the rituals for a good while after, but now everything I’ve learnt has just fallen by the wayside. I am ashamed to say I never even completed the Relationship Anxiety course.

    I’ve taken several online courses and find I enjoy and complete them and get so much from the material at the time, but as soon as it’s over it’s all forgotten and I go straight back to square one.

    I have no doubt this course would be suitable for me but I’m scared of committing because I believe it’ll just end up in my online course graveyard (so to speak!) Do you think I’m just a self-help hoarder, always looking for the next thing?

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    • The reason I created this 9-month course is precisely to address the tendency to fall away from online courses before you have a chance to solidify the habits AND address the resistance that arises. Dealing with resistance is built into the fabric of this course, as it’s so common, and it prevents people from taking the next step in their growth. I encourage you to join us!

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  17. Hello Sheryl,

    This course sounds great. I recently took the OYH course. I got behind, so I am still working through the material. I’ve also found your book and blog articles very helpful. I have a question about something you mentioned in the FAQs above:

    “Thirdly, you’ll be receiving direct guidance from me, helping you to illuminate your stuck spots and work with the inevitable resistance that arises when we embark on a healing path. Keep in mind that a single, 50-minute coaching session with me is $295. If you pay monthly, this is course is $89 a month. The element of live support is worth the monthly fee several times over!”

    Is this direct guidance from you on the group calls? Could you elaborate on this a bit? What is the max number of people that will be in this program and how often will these calls be? I am just trying to understand what opportunities there are with this program to deal with individual issues, situations, and questions.. I’ve also considered individual calls with you to help me with issues with anxiety.. Thanks. I appreciate your work

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    • Good question, Roy. Yes, the direct guidance will take place on the phone calls, and these will occur every 7-10 days. I haven’t decided on the final max number that I’ll cap the course at yet. You’ll receive support on these calls for any questions that arise about the course material but for deep-dive support you may want to consider an individual session at some point or, if you’re a Break Free From Relationship Anxiety course member, there is one spot left in my small, 6-week phone group that starts this Thursday (max of 7 people in these groups).

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  18. Hi Sheryl

    Is this course helpful for quite severe generalised anxiety / panic attacks? All seems to be generally connected to fear of the future.

    Thanks!

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    • Other than the panic attacks, how does your anxiety show up for you?

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  19. Hi, I am about a third of the way done with your Wisdom of Anxiety book, and loving it. I just got around to looking at your website, and saw the course starts on September 22nd. Does the course then not begin again until June or does it begin on a more frequent basis? Thanks!

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    • Welcome to my work :). I’ll run this course again next September 2020. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  20. Is it too late to join the course? I have issues with dark intrusive thoughts (Pure O?). Would this course be helpful?

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    • It’s not too late, Thomas, and the course will absolutely help you address your intrusive thoughts from the root. It’s a soft start, which means the first few days are introductions and getting used to the course. We welcome you to join us!

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      • Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I’m currently reading your book and would like a couple more days to make a decision. At what point will I be too far behind to join?

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        • There are two spots left and I’ll be closing registration in two days, unless it fills before then.

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  21. Is it too late to join?

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    • As long as the payment buttons are up it’s not too late to join. I’ll be closing registration at the end of the week.

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      • Do I have to pay with PayPal or can I use my credit card or Apple Pay?

        I am waiting for PayPal to verify my identity and remove my spending limit. It should be done by tomorrow or Sunday but I don’t want to miss out if it’s not done on time.

        What time are the calls? I will be calling from the UK.

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        • Paypal accepts credit cards. Call times will vary to accommodate the worldwide audience and if you miss a call you’ll be able to listen to the recording (most participants can only make about half the calls).. I’ll be closing registration later today as there is one spot left and then the course will be full.

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          • I’m sorry I don’t think I was very clear in my message. In order to make a payment with PayPal, PayPal need to give me a code, which they say will take them 3-4 days from when I requested it (25 August). As I have not received it yet, I will not be able to pay with PayPal today. I am happy to pay today via another method if you offer it. Otherwise, it looks like this course was not in my destiny at this moment. Best of luck to everyone In the group.

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            • I’m so sorry I misunderstood. Unfortunately I don’t have another way to take payment, but I’m happy to give you access to the course while we’re waiting for approval. Please email me directly using the contact button above so that we can work out the details.

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