22 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
    • 4.8 • 17 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!

    Magic and Mysticism

    Magic and Mysticism

    #022 - Today's episode is a conversation with Dr.  Justin Sledge as we discuss everything from magic to mysticism and  the mystery of the Great Unknown. We touch briefly on Hildegard Von Bingen as well as the the role that unexplainable, inner experiences play in every day life. 

    Dr. Sledge was born and raised in a proud working-class Mississippi family.  He learned the fundamental value of labor from his father who was a pipe-fitter and the crucial  importance of un-waged labor from his mother. A first generation college student, he earned his undergraduate degree at Millsaps College then went for a DRS in religious studies (Western Esotericism and Related Currents) at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a MA and PhD in philosophy at the University of Memphis.  
    He is currently a part-time professor of philosophy and religion at several institutions in the Metro-Detroit area and a popular local educator. Dr. Sledge’s work engages with Religious Studies specifically in the so-called “Western Esoteric Tradition” or Hermetic Tradition in religious and philosophical thought.  In this line of research he seeks to grasps the philosophical commitments which underpin the alleged workings of magic, esoteric influence, spirit possession, alchemy, etc.  This field of inquiry brings him primarily into contact with philosophers and intellectuals regrettably disregarded by the modern philosophic canon.

    Be sure to check out his Esoterica YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoydhtfFSk1fZXNRnkGnneQ

    • 59 min
    Friday Night Live

    Friday Night Live

    #021 - All of us have this inner playfulness or creativity that we often hesitate sharing with the world out of fear that it won't be good enough or that we're the only ones that love being goofy and fun when no one is watching.

    What if that gift is something you are destined to share with the world? We often have this fear of being seen for the very things that bring us the most joy. We hide our light deep in our shadow because someone or something along the way told us that is what we are supposed to do, when we in reality we all know that isn't true.

    On this week's episode, I'm branching out into creating a second channel for my "Inner J." That's a word I like to use to give myself permission to be both reflective and playful all at the same time. Whatever phrase you use for yourself, you have that in you, too, and it's time to let it shine!

    These artificial divides we've created both in our internal and external worlds are what is perpetuating this idea of suffering. Life may not be easy and may be filled with a lot of different waves, but we ultimately have a purpose on this planet whether we believe it or not.

    I invite you deeper into my own journey and my hope is that it inspires you to do the same.

    Shine!

    • 18 min
    Imagination

    Imagination

    #020 - Our imagination and creativity is a funny thing. It's hard to explain where it comes from or when we find ourselves in that state of "flow", but we all know what it's like to be there. Often times we will give ourselves permission to play and then pull back because we're scared it might not be good enough or afraid of putting it out there into the world.

    On this week's episode, I share a bit more about my own journey in this process, witnessing the self-doubt, and how much encouragement we can receive from others when we're willing to take that next small step of whatever that may be in each of our lives. 

    The best part of it all is that we can have fun in the process! Enjoy and feel free to follow this show on Instagram @scarcitycomplex if you're not already doing so as we hope to post more content soon. 

    • 34 min
    Walking the Labyrinth

    Walking the Labyrinth

    #019 - Spring is here and often is a nice change from the colder season of winter where we tend to conserve our energy and try to stay warm! For many of us, it's a chance to get outside more and spend time in nature. It's also Easter weekend which is celebrated worldwide from eggs and a hopping bunny to meditating on the reality of death and rebirth. 

    I decided to do something a little unusual for this podcast, as I journeyed to San Francisco to spend some time at Grace Cathedral, a beautiful, integrated church in the heart of the city.  One of the many things I appreciate about this church is that there are two separate labyrinths. One inside the Cathedral and another that is outdoors, open to anyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    A labyrinth is often a metaphor for the journey of the soul. There are no wrong turns as you walk along the path. On this short episode, I share some reflections on surrender and what it means to know that we never truly are walking this road alone. 

    Happy Easter!

    • 16 min
    Step By Step

    Step By Step

    #018 - Recovering who we really are can often be a metaphor for the journey of the soul. Faith traditions might call it enlightenment, self realization or salvation. Psychologists might call it the work of individuation or integration. No matter the language or words we use to describe it, it is ultimately about a series of small steps. We so often fail to realize the courage it takes for us to keep moving forward even when we are faced with insurmountable obstacles or paralyzed by our own fear. 

    On today's podcast, we'll be speaking with my good friend Monique. She is a wellbeing coach from Northern California, working with clients to recover their true nature, access greater self-awareness, and live their best possible life. On this episode, Monique shares about her journey of recovery which involves the 12-steps in combination with yoga, meditation, and lots of time in nature. 

    Our discussion just scratches the surface, but will hopefully encourage any listener curious about having more ease in their life to take the best next step.

    https://12step.org/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Union of Opposites

    Union of Opposites

    #017 - Life is hard and being human isn't always a joy ride. It is often times filled with suffering, not having the answers, and wondering if there is a purpose in what often times feels like a world filled with pain and disorder. On today's show, I speak again with my good friend Rick Borutta who works for the C.G. Jung Institute in San Francisco, California. We take a look at the story of Job, an often referenced character from the Old Testament, yet a journey that many of us don't quite understand. We weave it together exploring the world of Jung, embracing both the light and the dark, while even revisiting the real Jesus. Join us on an honest exploration of what does it mean to sit and be with our pain and suffering while trying to find the treasure deep within.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

pure_kristine ,

inspiring

this is one of my go-to podcasts when i’m feeling a sense of imposter syndrome or that i don’t deserve the life i have or the goals i’m working toward. it never fails to challenge and uplift me, helping me to see my own limiting beliefs and remember that i’m never alone in this. it’s a must-have in my own self-care arsenal as i build my art business!

HanSoulo46 ,

Deep, Intelligent, Insightful

Every time I listen to an episode of this podcast I feel better. Sometimes it’s a change of perspective, sometimes a sense of relief knowing I am not alone, sometimes an important realization about something I am going through in my life. Often it’s all of those things and, as a result, I always feel better after listening. Thank you for a great podcast!

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. 🙏

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