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The Trance of Scarcity

Book Description

Do you ever tell yourself that you're not enough? Not smart enough, not rich enough, not good enough, not fill-in-the-blanks enough? Or do you worry that there is not enough: not enough time, not enough money, not enough opportunity, not enough…whatever? Consciously and unconsciously, dozens of times a day, we tell ourselves that we are lacking, that our lives are lacking, that the universe is lacking. We lull ourselves into what Victoria Castle calls the “Trance of Scarcity”—a numbed state in which we're crippled by the pervasive assumption that lack, struggle, and separation are our unavoidable fate. But what if it is the very story we tell ourselves—both as individuals and as a society—that keeps us trapped in this limited state? Here Castle shows you how to embody a new story—one that is about abundance, inspiration, and your own innate ability to create your reality. Once you break free from the Trance of Scarcity, you'll be able to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

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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