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The Trance of Scarcity

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Trapped in a numbed state, says author Victoria Castle, many of us have lost access to our fundamental human goodness. Thoughts and actions are restricted by a crippling lack of confidence and a fixed belief that nothing is ever enough -- we can't be good enough, have time enough, earn money enough, fill-in-the-blanks enough to achieve our goals. Castle identifies this omnipresent malaise as the " Trance of Scarcity." To successfully upgrade from scarcity and struggle to abundance and ease, she says, requires disrupting and dislodging old inner patterns. She presents three solutions: defying the cultural " common sense" that scarcity is an unchangeable truth and thereby eliminating its power; leveraging the two elements that create our personal realities (our stories and how we embody them); and using the powerful, proven Cycle of Abundance to promote relaxation, freedom, and satisfaction. This useful guide offers readers a road map to greater autonomy and aliveness in a complex, challenging world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Praise for The Trance of Scarcity
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Introduction
  7. PART I: STATE
    1. Chapter 1 Belonging: Are You In or Out?
      1. Step Into the Circle
      2. Preparing for Struggle Perpetuates Struggle
    2. Chapter 2 The Trance of Scarcity: Our Sad Story
      1. Trances Are Sneaky
      2. Our Stories Create Our World
      3. How a Story Works
      4. Remodeling Your Story
    3. Chapter 3 Upgrading Our Stories
      1. The Right Boots for the Right Terrain
      2. Changing Stories
      3. Cooking Up a Tasty Reality
    4. Chapter 4 What We Embody, We Become
      1. The Body Is Not a Taxi for the Brain
      2. Without the Body, Never Mind
      3. Thawing Out Our Life Force
      4. The Shape of Our Experience
      5. Taking Off a Tight Shoe
      6. Saying YES to the Flow
    5. Chapter 5 It’s Not About Stuff, It’s About State
      1. Fight, Flight, Freeze … or Flow
      2. He Didn’t Call … Again
      3. Easing into Ease
      4. Aliveness Welcome Here
  8. PART II: FLOW
    1. Chapter 6 The Cycle of Abundance: The Six Phases of the Flow
      1. Flow, Flow, Flow Your State
    2. Chapter 7 Aligning and Attracting
      1. Aligning: Effortless Ease
      2. Smarter, Sweeter, Sexier
      3. Attracting: Irresistible Confidence
      4. Turn Down the Noise, Turn Up the Music
      5. When Everything Is Possible, Nothing Is Necessary
    3. Chapter 8 Receiving and Gratitude
      1. Receiving: Being Satisfiable
      2. Common Acts as Voluptuous Experiences
      3. Squeezin’ Ain’t Always Pleasin’
      4. Gratitude: Deepening Your Connection
      5. Victoria’s Adventures in Hell
      6. Increasing Your Tolerance for Bliss
      7. The Great Thaw
      8. Instant Community
    4. Chapter 9 Generosity and Giving
      1. Generosity: Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun
      2. The Joyous Exhale
      3. Separate Tables
      4. No Martyrdom for Me, Thanks Anyway
      5. Giving: Nothing to Lose
      6. Life Is Too Short to Wear Tight Shoes
      7. The Burden of Accumulation
    5. Chapter 10 Hello Abundance, Goodbye Trance!
      1. The Time Is Now, the Place Is Here
      2. Shadow Boxing
      3. Waking Up to Abundance: A Radical Act
      4. Ambassadors of Abundance
      5. Have a Great Life, Please
  9. Bibliography
  10. Index
  11. About the Author
  12. About Berrett-Koehler
    1. A BK Life Book
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