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The Trance of Scarcity: Stop Holding Your…

The Trance of Scarcity: Stop Holding Your Breath and Start Living Your…

by Victoria Castle

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The main point of the book is that the experience of abundance in life depends on your psychological outlook. Castle explores the way in which personal narrative, generosity, and openness, among other concepts, influences either a sense of abundance or its opposite, scarcity and constriction. This is a useful perspective that psychologically complements the emerging literature of voluntary simplicity. The book would be improved by connecting the message to previous work in this area, such as Thoreau's Walden and the literature of Zen Buddhism. Seligman's work in learning optimism is mentioned only in passing, but as a research base for this line of thinking it deserves more coverage and integration. But overall this is a book that will help many people who are seeking alternatives to materialism and consumerism. ( )
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To successfully upgrade from scarcity and struggle to Abundance and ease, we must interrupt and dislodge old patterns that have been living quite comfortably within us, acting like they own the place. These old patterns are like a cat that likes to sleep on your head but isn’t the least bit interested in the fact that you are allergic. It’s time to move the cat. A little discomfort can end a lifetime of suffering.

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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 t.… (more)

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