14 episodes

Do you ever feel like you have this nagging voice that tells you that you are not enough or that there isn't enough in the world today? Well, you are not alone. I wanted to create a podcast that explores this very idea of fear and scarcity. It dominates our lives, yet rarely is talked about. It is a lens that convinces us that we are all alone, cut off, separate from everyone and everything. When just the opposite is true. My hope is that this podcast will be a heartfelt, honest, and playful exploration of what it means to be truly human and all of who we are. We'll explore topics such as vulnerability, shame, self-expression, and a whole lot more. But most of all, we'll do it together. Subscribe today, and enjoy!

Scarcity Complex J. Wurster

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Do you ever feel like you have this nagging voice that tells you that you are not enough or that there isn't enough in the world today? Well, you are not alone. I wanted to create a podcast that explores this very idea of fear and scarcity. It dominates our lives, yet rarely is talked about. It is a lens that convinces us that we are all alone, cut off, separate from everyone and everything. When just the opposite is true. My hope is that this podcast will be a heartfelt, honest, and playful exploration of what it means to be truly human and all of who we are. We'll explore topics such as vulnerability, shame, self-expression, and a whole lot more. But most of all, we'll do it together. Subscribe today, and enjoy!

    Finding the Gold In Your Wound

    Finding the Gold In Your Wound

    #014 - All of us carry hurt and pain. Experiences that often times leave us feeling vulnerable and afraid. Whether it is through conditioning or our culture, we are told that the way through that suffering is by holding it all in. Which leads to living in a reality that isn't real at all, but a fragment of the way we were meant be both in relationship to ourselves and the world. In this week's episode, I spoke with artist Daniel Leighton as he shares openly about his own trauma and the importance of finding ways to give voice to that which we are feeling deep inside. And that through this process, we often times will find our greatest path forward in our own healing. 

    About Daniel Leighton:

    Daniel Leighton paints and captures complicated states of the human psyche with simple lines and brilliant colors. He is exploring the possibilities of technology and human emotion being harnessed for the greater good. He calls attention to the inner landscape of emotions and advocates the importance of feelings. His work promotes communication and deepens conversation.

    Leighton adds Augmented Reality (AR) to his paintings by combining his backgrounds in filmmaking and computer programming. Using the Daniel Leighton Art + AR app, viewers can experience additional dimensions of Daniel's AR-enhanced paintings. Daniel's work has been featured by Timothy Potts, Director of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Victoria and Albert Museum and Gazelli Art House in London, the LA Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Technarte, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (SLOMA) and many other venues. 

    His latest project is Holey People (that's Holey spelled H-O-L-E-Y) an NFT Collection which had its public drop on December 23rd.

    https://holeypeople.com/

    Daniel's next IRL show is going to be in Paris, France in May of 2022. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Life in the Body: From the Head to the Heart

    Life in the Body: From the Head to the Heart

    #013 - It's hard to say how or when we begin to disconnect from our bodies, but no doubt it is an epidemic that millions of people suffer from. Often times we are not even aware it has happened until we begin to experience physical or emotional pain. Perhaps this is more of a Western phenomenon or the result of living in a technological age, but we are often taught that logic, thinking, and science reign supreme. When in reality, all of us have a deeper intuition and inner knowledge that is already dwelling within.  On this week's episode, I spoke with one of my best friends, Brendan Miller, about his journey of reconnecting with his own body and what it means to live more deeply from the heart. We explored a wide variety of topics from movement, dance, self-compassion, and a whole lot more.  
    About Brendan:
    When he's not dancing or drumming, he is the Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer of 2Gather, a plan for a trustworthy and democratic new digital commons. You can read more about the project here: https://2gather.one. He lives happily with his wife in wild and free Venice Beach, CA. 

    • 53 min
    Grace and Truth

    Grace and Truth

    #012 - Much of life is learning how to dance. We are in relationship to almost everything and everyone in ways we often might not see or understand at the time. This includes our relationship with Grace and Truth. The need to extend compassion and kindness while also being honest with ourselves and others isn't always an easy thing to practice. And yes, we often get it terribly "wrong". But what if the magic of life doesn't come from leaning more toward one side or the other, but drinking deeply from both at the same time? We'll explore that and much more on today's episode. 

    • 46 min
    Change: Unlocking Your Potential

    Change: Unlocking Your Potential

    #011 - It's easy to feel stuck anytime in life, especially when circumstances may feel or appear to be overwhelming. Often times creating lasting change is far easier than we make it out to be. On this week's episode, we spoke with Nicole Gardiner, a Life Strategist who has worked with some of the top coaches throughout the world. She has coached hundreds of clients over the past few years. She'll share with us more how changing our state of both mind and body is often one of the simplest ways to unlock our potential and build new and lasting habits. 

    For more information about Coach Nik, please visit her website at: https://www.coachnik.com. 

    • 36 min
    Hope: Resilience in Difficult Times

    Hope: Resilience in Difficult Times

    #010 - Have you ever wondered if it's okay to hope? We often think of it as wishing for something to go our way, but that's not the truest definition of what hope really is. This week we spoke with Dr. Julia Mossbridge and Dr. Michael Sapiro on this subject of resilience and what does it mean to know that we are okay even when everything around us may not seem like it. We cover a wide range of topics from how we can process and heal from our own trauma and what role unconditional love plays in the process. Learning to show ourselves kindness and strength from our "future self" is one of the many ways we can play with space and time to remind us of who we really are.
    About Our Guests:
    Dr. Julia Mossbridge is is a fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, an associated professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Executive Director of the nonprofit TILT: The Institute for Love and Time. She is best known for her research in mental and physical time travel, artificial intelligence, and consciousness. She has rigorously researched a wide range of fascinating phenomena, including precognition, future orientation, unconditional love, and how sound influences mood and cognition. Additionally, Mossbridge has explored models for personal transformation and self-transcendence.
    Dr. Michael Sapiro is a clinical psychologist, Dharma teacher, writer, meditation researcher, and former Buddhist monk. He is on faculty at Esalen Institute, is a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and is completing a study on time travel, hope, and love with Dr. Julia Mossbridge of The Institute for Love and Time. Dr. Sapiro is often on podcasts, and teaches nationally on the art and science of transformation, expanded human capabilities, self-care, and nondual meditation for personal and community growth. His work integrates meditation practices, psychology, noetic sciences, and social justice, and is dedicated to personal awakening for the sake of collective and planetary transformation. He can be found at michaelsapiro.com.

    • 50 min
    The Art of Possibility: What If?

    The Art of Possibility: What If?

    #009 - We are often conditioned to believe that there aren't choices or that there is only one "right" answer. This kind of thinking often locks us into seeing limitation and lack instead of a future full of infinite possibility. On this episode, we spoke with Cassandra Vieten, who is the Scholar in Residence at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. We covered a wide range of topics from how do science and faith coexist to the waves of change rippling through our world today. Join us on this week's episode as we expand our own capacity to dream in imagining a world of what is truly possible as we ask the question, "What if?" 

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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Light On Love ,

Full of presence

I’m enjoying the pace and the thought filled/aware questions and ideas. It’s very helpful to listen to others dealing with similar feelings and situations and hear how they approach and handle it. I’m happy this exists! Thank you for this podcast. 🙏

AMagicalYear ,

Lighthearted, compassionate and relatable!

The host of Scarcity Complex is fun and silly, while also giving actionable suggestions on getting unstuck and improving everyday life, regardless of ones current obstacles. I love the simple ways offered to start taking the next step forward, delivered in a not so serious way!

Dina-Lynn ,

a work of pure genius -

Scarcity Complex is HILARIOUS, deeply human, massively encouraging, and illuminating. And J. the host is top of the charts interesting, entertaining, surprising, and compelling. You really gotta listen!

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