Chakras of Manifestation – Root chakra – The Fortress

abstract red painted picture with circle pattern mandala of muladhara chakra

abstract red painted picture with circle pattern mandala of muladhara chakra

The root holds a plant to the ground. It sustains and is the foundation of the whole tree. Similarly the base chakra or the root
chakra is the foundation of our life and is concerned with our basic survival needs as well as our material needs including wealth,
prosperity and abundance.

The pattern of how our survival needs are met is shaped during childhood and remains even after we break the dependency on our
care-givers, namely our parents. If we are brought up to consider our basic needs as necessary, we develop a healthy attitude with
regard to ourselves and the way we treat ourselves.

On the other hand take a simple example of a bigger child snatching a toy from a younger child. In this instance the younger child will run to his parent and ideally the parent should maintain trust with the child by giving the child back what belongs to him. If the parent does not and this pattern is repeated many times, the child will have trust issues as he gets older. Not supporting the child also conflicts with the basic safety need required for the healthy growth of a child. Simple acts as these result in mistrust and fear which are root chakra imbalances.

An unbalanced root chakra can manifest as problems in the immune system, reproductive organs, feet, leg, rectum, tailbone, and prostate gland. The root chakra controls the adrenal glands and organs in the lower abdomen as well as the rectum and kidneys. Hence an out of balance root chakra causes diseases like constipation, sciatica, arthritis, anorexia, obesity, eating disorders as well as pain in the lower back, knees and joints. Osteoporosis and other bone and skeleton disorders find their origin in a blocked root chakra as well as auto-immune disorders, frequent illness, fibromyalgia, obesity and weight problems.

On an emotional level a block in the root chakra results in a lower self-esteem, emotional dependency, defensive attitude, tendency to procrastinate, inability to focus on a single task or a lack of career direction. Feeling unsettled, chronic fatigue, feeling unsupported, unable to “let go” of people, places, things – all point to a root chakra issue.

Root chakra issues are mostly physical and the an appropriate way to deal with them is through physical action. Martial arts, Tai chi, walking, running, yoga and gardening establish our connection to the earth and keep us grounded – basic requirements for healing the root chakra.

To make things happen in the physical world, we draw our energy from the root chakra. One of the main functions of the root chakra is to solidify, to make real. The base chakra is essential in manifesting any idea, dream or concept. The desire to act, to do, to move is the expression of the energy of the root chakra. An inability to manifest material abundance into one’s life is a sign of a root chakra imbalance.
Our means of survival – food, shelter, light, money are supplied by others. This makes us habitually fearful as we fear these can be taken away from us. Constant fear manifests itself as stress. Depending on the personality of a person, stress and fear show up either as aggression or withdrawal and efforts of help are perceived as a threat. Staying in a constant state of stress and alertness, causes an emotional burnout and results in poor motivation. Poor motivation is one of the main features of insufficient energy in the root chakra.
The root chakra is located at the spine at the tailbone. it’s element is the Earth and the color is red. It is often symbolised by a square. Since its element is the earth, it most related to the physical body.
and is the most dense. To heal the root try walking barefoot on the grass or stomping your feet. As the root chakra is associated with the color red, including red foods in your diet will help balance the root chakra. Red foods and foods that grow in the ground include foods such as, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, pomegranates. Red foods would also include red meat and eggs. Spices like pepper nourish the root chakra.
The root chakra must be well balanced so that we can anchor and use the spiritual energy for our well-being and development. It gives us the energy and the motivation needed to put to good use whatever resources are available.

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The Yin and the Yang of life

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Candy crush is an interesting game but being stuck at a level leaves me struggling to devise ways and means to clear the boxes. Unable to remove the jelly with various techniques I almost gave up when I realised that what happens at the bottom of the box is a cause and effect of what happened at the top, a couple of moves earlier. For an effect to take place at one end it is not necessary for an action to happen around the location. A sequence of actions at a far off location send a ripple which in turn brings the three candies together to create the effect required. So it is with life.

Life is about balance. Today is not a result of yesterday. It is the result of a lot of today’s gone by. I guess balance would be about eating the candy today so that you can reach the next level today – not tomorrow. It would be about living today the way it should be lived. Balance is about living the yin and the yang at a given moment. If you are angry at a situation or a person then there is a lot of yang energy around you. Balance is achieved in this case by keeping calm or by being silent. By calmness you allow the yin energy to balance the moment. You have altered the flow of energy. Being angry or yelling creates more yang energy and creates an imbalance which imbalances the flow around you. By neutralising the two energies you have achieved the yin and yang balance and achieved harmony. That is what every moment is about – achieving a state of harmony to create a life that is balanced.

There is no situation where there is only yin or only yang. With sadness there is happiness. When we walk the circle of life, we will walk through the yin and the yang. One will give rise to another. So whatever we go through in life be it yin or yang, one will always succeed the other. The balance is achieved by being comfortable with the flow of energy as it passes from one phase to another.
To find the balance we need to see the yang in the yin and the yin in the yang. When we do that we have learnt to balance life and create an equilibrium that makes our today as perfect as it can be.

———  Sabinder Singh

The joy of living

Reiki healing

 

Reiki has now become a way of living. As I cannot imagine a day where I do no yoga, I cannot imagine a day where I do no reiki. The more I do reiki, the more I understand about life and the simplicity of all that happens around us and within us. I now know that everything around us is an act of creation – a creation that has sprung up from our mind. Every person, every situation and every act around us is a manifestation of our beliefs, our thoughts, our strengths and our limitations. We alone have the power to create our lives and we alone are responsible for our circumstances.

Here are some beautiful words that echo my belief in what life is:
1. You receive a Body
You may like it or not, but it is yours for this life-time.

2. You will learn Lessons
You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called ‘Life’. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant or stupid

3. There are no Mistakes, Only Lessons
Growth is a process of trial and error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the one that ultimately works

4. A Lesson is repeated until it is Learned
A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. Then you can go to the next lesson.

5. Learning Lessons Does not End
There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

6. “There” is no better than “Here”
When your “There” has become a “Here”, you will simply obtain another “there” that will, again, look better than “Here”.

7. Others are Merely Mirrors of You
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.

8. What you Make of Your Life is up to You
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

9. The Answers Lie Inside You
The answers to Life’s questions lie inside you. All You need to do is look, listen and trust.

10. Whether you think you can or can’t – in either case you’ll be right

 

—–   Sabinder Singh

Flowing with the flow of life

Pranayama

 

Life begins with a breath and ends with a breath. We exist because life force flows through us. These were the thoughts I had as I ended the yoga practice with a round of pranayama. Such a simple exercise but such immense benefits. Here are some facts on this wonderful yogic breathing:

Through pranayama we tap into the unlimited intelligence of the life force. Pranayama is a series of breathing excersises where we control the breath through inhalations and exhalations. There is nothing forceful in pranayama. As we gently breathe in and breathe out, we flow with flow of life. We move in cohesion with the flow and become one with it. In this oneness we draw from the limitless pool of energy, replenishing ourselves.

Our lifestyle is such that we are constantly exposed to stress. Stress and habits can create energetic obstacles within the body. Our breathing becomes shallow. At any point of time we take shallow breaths. We develop breathing patterns that restrict the flow of breath. When prana or life energy flows through the body it breaks the energetic obstacles that have been created within the body. Through pranayama we start to free these unconscious breathing and emotional patterns, that we have developed over time. Since there is a systematic inhalation and exhalation, the regulated flow of the breath breaks this unconsious pattern of breathing and this in turn frees up the emotional patterns that lie in the subconsious.

As these energetic obstacles break, the body relaxes and heals. Balance is restored to the body and the body starts to self heal. As the body heals ailments start to disappear. These is all unconscious without us realizing what is happening.

With Pranayama we use our entire breathing mechanism. When we inhale slowly and deeply through the nose, the air is filtered and kept moist – the perfect condition for efficient transfer of oxygen to the lungs. When we take a full breath with a longer inhalation, our abdominal organs also move along with the diaphragm. This is important, as the abdomin is already compromised due to long periods of sitting at a desk. This sitting posture does not allow us to use the diaphragm completely. The sitting posture uses only the upper and middle parts of the lungs. Instead of just breathing through middle and upper parts of our lungs as we normally do, pranayama gets the breath to flow through the lower part.

The same case applies when we exhale. A shallow exhalation does not empty the lungs out completely. Deep breathing removes the graviy at the lower section and replinishes the lower lung with nutrients and oxygen due to the movement of air. When we manipulate breath by extending or shortening the length of inhalation and exhalation or by holding the breath, we shift the energy within the body. Energy shift alters our mood considerably. If we go a step further and combine Pranayama with mudras and mantras we can achieve a desired effect.

Our body has a large amount of fluid present around the blood vessels and organs. When we breathe deeply the movement of the air in and out is like a cleansing mechanism. This breathing also promotes the movement of fluid within the lymphatic system. A movement necessary for efficient transfer within the body.

During pranayama the focus is on the breath. Since we focus on the breath our concentration increases. With deep breathing there is also an increase in the amount of oxygen reaching the cells. This also increases concentration in addition to an increase in cellular respiration. Both these start to build up the energy level.

 

How do we do pranayama?

Pranayama consists of various forms of breathing: anulom vilom, Ujjayi Pranayama, Bhramari Pranayama are the ones done on a regular basis. Pranayama is best practised on an empty stomach. It is benefecial right after the yoga asanas are completed and just before meditation. The best position would be a sitting down position that is comfortable – the lotus pose, the cross legged pose or any other sitting pose where you can sit comfortably for 15 to 20 minutes.

So go ahead and take a long deep breath and let the prana flow through you, revitalising, nourishing and soothing you.

The Durga or Receiving symbol

We as a group of healers and light workers trip on doing energy circles and Reiki circles together. Most of the times our angels, masters and all other world friends bless us with some messages or highlight some points that need our attention. We’ve been doing Reiki for almost 3 years now and it’s now a part of us just as breathing is, so obviously we’ve been patiently waiting for a big message or a symbol to pop up for us. Well one can be hopeful right? 🙂

This year, during the Indian Navratri festival, which celebrates the different forms of Shakti, we decided to do a Goddess Reiki circle, invoking the different forms of Shakti to bless us with their powerful energy. Little did we know that our lovely, dynamic, charismatic Durga will bless us with our very own Reiki symbol and it was well worth the wait.

A dear friend from the Reiki circle channelled this symbol for us and the more I looked at it, the more sense it made…..

Durga Look at it.. at first you see the Durga eyes with the big bindi in the centre.. Ah! How I love this symbol. Every time you need the Durga Shakti, you simply draw this symbol. It’s your very own secret code of connection with Durga. Well this is not it; this symbol has so so so so much more to offer.

First, the very obvious one is the healing of the Third eye Chakra. The drop/bindi sits perfectly on your third eye and helps in healing the blocks and balancing this chakra. You can invoke the energy of this symbol if you feel a creative block, if your thoughts are not streamlined, if your head feels crowded and you can also use this for headaches and sinus issues.

Let’s go a bit more in depth and see what more the symbol has to offer… When you look at it closely you will see, it’s a being standing there with open arms and the universe blessing the being with a drop from the ocean. Mind you! The drop is just the perfect size so that the being can hold it in his arms, take it in and savour it with ease. Nothing more and nothing less. Just like life and just like the answers to our prayers.

The universe knows exactly how much we need and how much we can savor and gifts us with exactly that. It’s we who cannot see beyond, hence always want more. In this regard the application of this symbol in Reiki would be to send out your intent but then open up yourself to receiving along with mammoth trust in the universe, that it will provide you with exactly what is required at that moment.

Many a times, we as healers have noticed that even though people ask for healing, they may not always accept it or be open to receiving it consciously or subconsciously. In these situations invoking this symbol works wonders.

I feel this symbol can also be used as an affirmation. Drawing this symbol is indicating that you are open to receiving all that the universe has to offer. A lot of us face problems with balanced giving and receiving. Just like the Yin and Yang, the Giving and Receiving have to be in balance. Most of us have no problems giving but when it comes to receiving we are not even aware of what we are doing wrong.

Balancing the Yin and Yang: This symbol was given to us by Durga Shakti and Durga resides in the Sacral Chakra, the seat of Yin and Yang. This symbol also denotes the balancing scales, which is balancing the core of our being, The Yin and Yang. If you have issues with symmetry and balance then this symbol works wonders. You can also use this in Reiki sessions where the client needs healing in the above mentioned aspects.

It also a fantastic symbol for Card readers and for all Mediums and Channels. Invoking this symbol will help you open up and help in establishing a strong connection with the divine energy. Our message was to make this symbol freely available. This is not a secret symbol so feel free to share with as many as possible.

Enjoy the symbol, savour it and own it..

~ Kanika Aswani

(The symbol is channeled by Darpan Kaur)

To Receive is Divine

Giving is an act of pleasure and we all feel wonderful when we give to our children, our friends, our parents, strangers and all those around us. I  feel fantastic when I think I have done something wonderful for someone. Riding high on this generous wave I bought gifts for everyone during the Diwali festival. The elated feeling lasted the whole day.
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Keeping in tune with the festival wave,  I also spent the whole evening decorating the house and preparing things for the visitors that ‘may’ drop in. In the process I  missed the firecrcaker show that I was going to go with the kids. The bubble burst the next day, when my little one remarked that the gift was fantastic but he would rather have gone out to watch firecracker show and light up the crackers with me.
That’s when I wondered that do we really give? How many times do we pause and think when we decide to do something for someone or give something to someone?
Does the someone really want what we generously hand out, or is the giving  just another way to massage our ego and feed the belief about how ‘kind’ or ‘generous’ we are. That’s when I realized that there are a number of things I do in a day – things that make me feel that I am a great mom, a great boss, a great wife, a super friend and so on. All about my perception on what I am doing for the wonderful people in my life.
Maybe the hour spent in watching the firecracker show was a better act of giving then the thirty minutes spent in finding the perfect gift. But it definitely was the tougher choice. Giving goes hand in glove with receiving. Giving without the pleasure of receiving is not giving. Giving just because someone insists on wanting something is not giving. Giving with the thought that what you give will make a difference to the ‘someone’ – not a difference to you or those around the person is the act of giving – as what is given is received and the act of giving is completed.
Sometimes we give our time, do things for the people we love, as that is our way of showing that we care about them. If I could pause for a split second before I carry out a random act of kindness, I would realize that the act may not be that kind to me or even kind for the person it is being done for. Just for that moment I realize that when there is as much joy in giving as in receiving ‘giving’ becomes the generous act that is.
~ Sabinder Singh

The universe is abundant

I was collecting sea shells with my daughter and there were thousands of shells scattered on the beach, all washed ashore by the waves. We had planned to make a sea shell box and were collecting the shells so that we could stick them on a box, to make it look pretty. My daughter had collected quite a bit so I suggested we leave and come back if we needed more. My excited daughter happily skipped beside me and said: “there are so many shells, I can never pick all of them.” But we do not need all of them, I replied, “we need enough to complete the box”.
I looked at the sea with its endless supply of shells scattered on the beach. There was enough for everyone, if everyone just picked up what they required. If we had tried to amass all that was on the beach that day, there would never be enough. Not for us and not for anyone. Nature provides for us constantly.  There is plenty for each one. Plenty as per our requirement. When we want to amass more than we need, we let our greed take over and then the scarcity starts, because we are hoarding and no longer simply replenishing ourselves.
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Why do we have this need to keep a security blanket around ourselves at all times? We do this with the food we eat, the clothes we buy, the items we display, the time at our disposal and whatever we think enhances our life. Does this need stem from an underlying fear of having nothing. Nothing means you are a nobody and being a nobody means you are left all alone. Is that so terrifying? Not really I thought.
When I let go of the fear that I will not be left with much, I found the fear replaced with the thought of “plenty”.  I realised there was plenty around me. I also realised  that the universe will always provide for you and me. If you really want something you will get it. It is the law of the universe. I know for sure that when I constantly think about something it just happens leaving me pleasantly surprised every time. I am learning to trust and let go and amazingly life is responding by becoming so easy. Imagine quitting all that worrying and leaving it all in the comforting hands of this infinite energy source. When you want something for yourself, just ask for it with all your heart and soul – and you will get it, if it is good for you.
The energy is all around us. When we create a thought we set into motion a pattern that attracts more similar thoughts that tap into the energy to create our reality. So think thoughts of abundance, thoughts of plenty thoughts to create a richer life. And spend a moment counting your many blessings 🙂
~ Sabinder Singh

Reiki & Weight Loss

The big question is – can it help and how can it help? 

The answer is a big YES!

Not in a quick fix kind of way. But in a gentle, easy, loving way which clears the reason for the weight. 

You may not wake up in the morning a few Kilos less but you will observe a few things after Reiki. 

You will have a new vitality, you may find yourself waking up bright and early ready to seize the day. You will find that you suddenly have more energy. Energy for physical things, not sitting on the chair an typing. Energy to get up and get moving. Maybe even the desire to go for a walk 😉

You will find a need for healthy food. If you feed your body a lot of junk, you might find may find yourself reach for that apple instead. Over time it will become impossible to finish that bar of chocolate in one sitting. 

A door will open for you. You may find a wonderful yoga class in the vicinity or you may fall in love with Zumba. 

And maybe you won’t lose any weight at all but recognise that you are perfect as you are 🙂

As Reiki clears up your energy and fills you beautiful loving light you find that you listen to your body more, you are more aware of the messages and opportunity that Spirit sends your way. The void that you filled with junk food will be filled with loving light instead. Your body will need to expend this new energy it has and you will find constructive ways to channel it.  

It will be a slow and gentle process but the wonderful thing is that you will not need to force yourself to make any changes. They will happen. And it will be effortless. And it will become a way of life. It will be who you are, who you always needed to be.  

 

Joy & the Immune System

Happiness is one of the greatest antibiotics available to us. It creates balance in the blood and releases stress by flushing out damaging toxins. Studies have shown that depression leads to lowered T lymphocytes. Negative emotions will therefore contribute to prolonged infection. Just by staying relaxed and happy you can boost your immune response.

A way to build the immune system is to focus on the thymus gland. The thymus gland is an important organ of the immune system. It regulates the level of prana or life energy within the body. In scientific terms the thymus gland is instrumental in the production and maturation of T-lymphocytes or T cells. T cells protect the body from viruses and infections and form a part of the immune system. The thymus produces and secretes thymosin, a hormone necessary for T cell development and production.

For those allergic to environmental changes an increase in allergy symptoms indicates that our immune system is working overtime. A stuffy nose, inflamed eyes or a sore throat are a result of the mucous produced by the immune system, when it fights, invading infections. If the immune system is not strong the bacteria can go deeper in the body and cause fever or pain and even aching in the joints.

In complementary medicine this gland is of vital importance for the life energy available within the body. This gland is located between the heart and throat chakra right where the two collarbones meet. The thymus sits above the higher eighth chakra and is associated with immune system function for the rest of your aura.

An important quality of the thymus is an expression of uniqueness – what is natural and unique to you. When you repress your qualities you suppress life energy. This results in stress and an inclination towards stress producing illness. If you relax the nervous system the symptoms of allergies start decreasing and diminish over time.

Yoga asanas are an excellent way of relaxing the nervous system. Some Yoga postures that focus on deep breathing and relax the nervous system are:

Kapalbharti – a brilliant technique for allergies as it forces the mucous out of the body.

The Tortoise pose, the Pigeon, the Fish, the Boat, the Bow and the Bridge – stimulates both the thymus gland and the immune system.

Inversions and Forward Bends like – Downward Facing Dog pose (improves the flow of the sinuses and help flush mucous from the lungs).

Camel pose (opens the chest and lungs).

Cobra pose (increases lung mobility).

Basic yoga poses and breathing exercises induce a state of happiness. This state is not just a result of the exercise induced dopamine but goes deeper. The mind-body connection created in yoga brings change at a cellular level. Yoga breathing activates the Parasympathetic nervous system. Yoga integrates mind, body and spirit and therein lies the beauty of this discipline. This connectedness brings forth a deep well of joy and peace. Therein lies the happiness.

~ Sabinder Kaur 

 

The Weight-Loss Chronicles 6 – Open Up

If you are the body type that tends to first put on weight in the shoulders and ribs, you are really blessed because you are made to protect and take care of people. However, in the taking care of people, if you forget to take care of yourself then the trouble arises.

I love the example of the oxygen mask in airplanes. They clearly explain how you cannot save anybody, if you don’t save yourself first. And it is quite tempting to be the go-to person for everybody but sooner or later you will run out of juice.
A big part of having bulky shoulders is taking on a load, a load which is too heavy for you to carry, which is why the shoulders need to bulk up. Think about all the burdens and responsibilities you carry? Are they really yours? Do you feel like you always end up doing more than your share? Do you feel if you don’t, then who will? Well, if you think and feel all of this – STOP NOW!
Let go of the need to carry around all this weight. Do only as much as you really want to and not even a little extra.
A great visualization is literally holding out your hands like you are letting go. And then visualize all the burdens you have placed on yourself leaving you through the palms of your hands. Try this in the shower if possible and use the sensation of water flowing out through your hands. If you are unable to visualize, just say the words of release.
50% of change happens when your are aware of your thoughts and feelings and the patterns they surround you with. Once you see through the illusion of the pattern, you will become more and more aware. Aware that all the expectations are actually from your side. You tend to do more than what is expected and that people become accustomed to you doing more than your share or carrying more than your load. Begin by examining your feelings before throwing yourself into the fray. Is is something you really want to do? Will it give you joy doing it? Not the self sacrificing kind of joy. Not the feeling of accomplishment type of joy. But the joy you feel when you do something you love. Be honest with yourself. Even if you choose to do it because of an obligation, it’s fine, just acknowledge your feelings. It will go a long way in toning down those shoulders.
The flip side of the burden is not feeling supported enough. And that’s the upper back and ribcage padding up to support you. Makes you think doesn’t it. So you like taking on stuff, carry it around and then feel unsupported! Here’s when you start to let people in. Choose to put your feet up once in a while and allow people to support you. Don’t wait for a time when you actually need the support. Do this tomorrow if you can. Plan for it, tell everyone around you that it’s your day off. Lie in bed, read, go for a massage, just take some time out for yourself. This is about taking care of yourself first. And the best part is that after this, you will genuinely feel like doing something for other people.
A large chest usually means a large-hearted person. And the capacity for this person to love others is really amazing. This person however needs to work a lot in the self-love department. A lot of fat in the chest means a lot of protection to the heart. A tendency to be hurt easily, a tendency to not believe that people can and do love them. And going back to start, they don’t believe that they are loved because they don’t love themselves. They are so occupied in giving that they forget to receive.
Our hands represent the giving and receiving aspects of us. And stretched out connect to the heart. There is somewhat of a controversy on which is the giving hand and which the receiving hand. Nonetheless, you can’t give without receiving and you cannot receive without giving. It is erroneously believed by us that the giving and receiving should be done to the same person i.e. we try and give back to the person we receive from. It doesn’t matter who receives from you and who gives to you. The only thing that matters is that we receive as much as we give, the universe takes care of the balance at the macro level.
Some amazing affirmations to work with are –
I open my heart to love. Love flows within me, around me, without me.
I am ready to give and receive (love).
I allow myself to be fully supported. All of life supports me.
I feel light. I feel free.
The beautiful Rose Quartz is the crystal to wear. There is something so special about this crystal – I feel like I become a little more attractive when I wear it 🙂
The emerald is another stone that works brilliantly.
Do remember that in none of the chapters are we talking about really thin people. The posts are all about being in the body weight we are meant to be in. And sometimes it’s not about the gross weight but what you see when you look in the mirror. As long as you are happy with what you see, you’re fine!
A few things you can do if you feel like it  –
Be kind to people. Starting with yourself. Say one kind thing to yourself everyday. And one kind thing to another person – friend, relative or even a complete stranger.
Look with the eyes of love and appreciation. Starting with the mirror and extending to other people. Focus on the good things.
Compliment people, even if you think they are looking fat, even if it’s fake to start with. Sooner or later you will mean it. Oh and don’t forget to tell the mirror how gorgeous you are.

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