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About Jeff Swain

Jeff Swain claims to be an expert on nothing. He's just a humble seeker, looking to find out what it's all about. Aside from searching for the meaning of life, Jeff likes to run marathons. You can follow along with his life and adventures on his blog, Twitter, and Facebook.


  1. “This notion could be based on a real life event or be a fabrication of the mind. Oftentimes it is some of both but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is real. It is the realest thing there is because it defines everything else about us.”

    Over the past year I’ve been working through childhood trauma using EMDR Therapy (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Throughout this process, my therapist told me this same thing – that possibly my very specific memories were a compilation of traumatic events taking place over several years, or that some these recollections may not have occurred at all. Regardless, the were real to me. The power of being able to pinpoint specific events that were defining points which made me the man that I am today was simultaneously unsettling and empowering.

    Thank you!

    • Jeff Swain says:

      Hi Roger,

      Thank you for sharing your story. I know what you mean about memories being compilations and fabrications and being the realist thing we have. It sounds as if you’re doing well? I’m glad to hear. I think finding where you are both “unsettling and empowering” is a profound understanding of the self. Thanks!


  1. [...] To be free of the lifelong effects of a childhood failure, Albie had to do more than remember what happened.  [...]

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