Finished: Soul Without Shame
by Byron Brown. I have a weird relationship with this book. There were moments where I’d nod my head in agreement, highlight the passage, and take a photo with my phone to review later. Quotes like “You are a slave to your own ideas of who you are and how you need to be
” resonated deeply.
But… these moments of clarity were sandwiched between long stretches of rhetoric that read like typical self-help pseudo-science. The big idea being communicated is that your internal judge, the voice in your head that hijacks your conscience and tells you how you should act, has your soul/true being in a strait jacket.
Your internal judge has ran your show for so long that you no longer identify with you. Instead, your identify with your emotions, thoughts, images in your mind, relationships to other people, and all kinds of other things you weren’t born with. Your judge tricks you into believing your value as a person is dependent on these externalities.
I can buy into this premise. Unfortunately, I found the solutions proposed by the author too scattered to attempt to summarize. I feel better off having read this book, but I’m going to need to put more work into digesting and understanding my notes to map together a coherent message.