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Soul Without Shame

A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within

Byron Brown


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Liberate yourself from the limitations and judgments imposed by your inner critic, and develop “soul qualities” to experience freedom and vitality

Whether we call it the inner critic or the superego, most of us have a judge within who nags us and is constantly on our case. Byron Brown provides a comprehensive guide to understanding how the inner critic works as well as practical, positive suggestions for breaking free of it. Using straightforward language and everyday examples, you’ll explore:

   •  Where the inner judge came from
   •  How it operates
   •  Why it trips us up
   •  Why we believe we need it
   •  How to develop awareness of it
   •  How to disengage from it
   •  The "soul qualities" we can develop to weaken its influence

Each chapter begins with an episode of the story of Frank and Sue to illustrate the insidious nature of the inner critic inside all of us. A simple exercise is also included at the end of each chapter, designed to help readers move along the path of self-discovery.

Praise For Soul Without Shame: A Guide to Liberating Yourself from the Judge Within

"This a practical and personal tool for those who seek enlightenment and wish to defeat the inner critic."—Library Journal

"A life preserver for the true soul drowning in a sea of criticisms from its inner judge."—Independent Publisher

"In very clear and available language, this book details how to recognize the inner critic and how to deal effectively with it. Byron Brown's presentation is useful for any individual who wishes to be free from the inner suffering and coercion of this ancient foe of our humanity, but it is specifically directed to those interested and engaged in the inner journey toward realization and enlightenment."—A. H. Almaas

"Soul without Shame is a rare book that blends intellectual depth, genuine originality, and practical usefulness. As Byron Brown envisions the 'inner critic,' (the superego) it is a force that most of us accept as a necessary moral compass in our lives, but which in fact attacks us relentlessly and insidiously. Gracefully and persuasively, Brown makes the case that we literally become our own worst enemies, undermining even our most determined efforts to grow and prosper. This book offers rich and fresh insights into an aspect of inner work that is far too often neglected, and also sets out systematic ways to break free of the prison of judgment—both of ourselves and of others."—Tony Schwartz, author of What Really Matters

Shambhala, 9781570623837, 336pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 1998

About the Author

Byron Brown is a senior student of A. H. Almaas, who developed the Diamond Approach. His special interest is guiding students through the basics of working with their superegos. He leads workshops on the West Coast.