by Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The purpose of words is to convey ideas.
When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words?
He is the one I would like to talk to.

            ---  Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

So many of us are searching for meaning, for truth, and for purpose, yet few know where to turn. For centuries, teachers have tried to tell us that that such a search is essentially unnecessary - that meaning, truth, and purpose can all be found within ourselves. Yet the complex, often painful and confusing influences of our lives can mask our internal strength and sense of purpose. Childhood emotional wounds and the seemingly endless conflicting information we gather during our schooling seems to mask this internal storehouse of wisdom.

By adulthood, many are confused, confounded, and desperate for relief. This could explain the billion dollar self-help, new age, and alternative thought movements and their writers, prophets, and talk show hosts, all who claim to have the one true set of answers. We spend millions to come to these lectures, buy the books, DVDs, and CD programs, many of which are telling us we have the power within - so we didn't need the books and CDs after all!

The problem is that most of us don’t have a very strong appreciation for the fact that life is a series of processes with steps that must be completed before we can achieve our goals. Every day we hear from authors and self-described prophets on DVD who tell us that all we have to do is follow their steps and we can have it all. But it rarely seems to work. Sure, we may come away enriched in some ways from what they have had to say, but most wind up anxiously waiting for the next book to tell them what to do. Why?

Check out a book I am writing (for myself!) about this idea. You can follow my progress at Let me know what you think!


Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D.
Ghostwriter / Freelance Writer

Seattle, WA

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