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Silencing the Inner Critic with Neal Allen

Ep. 133

In today's episode, we delve into the intricate realms of the inner critic with our guest, Neil Allen. He is a spiritual coach and writer whose work centers on removing the obstacles of the ego and offering tools for freedom. He is the author of Better Days: Tame Your Inner Critic and  Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You. He has written for newspapers, general interest magazines, and literary journals. A former journalist and corporate executive, he earned a master’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University and one in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College. He lives with his wife, the writer Anne Lamott, in Northern California.


In this episode, 

  • Neil's journey from corporate life to spiritual exploration and his exposure to Eckhart Tolle's teachings
  • Encounters with influential figures like Adyashanti
  • The emergence  and personifying his inner critic as a gremlin
  • Integration of spiritual insights with coaching expertise
  • The importance of self-empathy
  • The intricacies of the inner critic and embracing the journey towards self-acceptance
  • The inner critic's role in childhood development
  • Working with clients in clinical practice and the Important steps in taming the inner critic
  • Anxiety as a fear of punishment from the superego
  • Childhood authoritarian lessons from their mother
  • Join Neal for a guided exercise


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