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Living Myth

Mosaic presents Living Myth, a podcast with Michael Meade, renowned mythologist and storyteller. Meade presents mythic stories that offer uniquely insightful and wise ways of understanding the current dilemmas of the world we live in. Living Myth proposes that genuine solutions to the complex and intractable problems of our world require both transcendent imagination and cohering, transformative narratives.
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Jun 20, 2019

In the second of a 3-part podcast on breaking spells and considering territories of the feminine, Michael Meade delves deeper into the story of The Half–giantess.  Psychologically, this story stirs the "mother complex", the great complexity in which the archetypal mother overlaps and can become fused with the human mother. Unless the spells between mother and child are broken, a person cannot learn who they are in life or discover what the world requires of them.

How men view mothers, as well as the feminine within them, can affect an entire culture.  Denying the presence and importance of the inner feminine leads men to undervalue women and be dismissive of the importance of the feminine in all areas of life.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  If you would like to hear more new audio from Michael Meade, his latest book “Awakening the Soul” is now available as an audio book.  You can buy the download or CD at mosaicvoices.org/audio.  This podcast is generously supported by a large community of listeners.  You can become part of this community and receive bonus content and exclusive offers for $10/month.Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two retreats this summer. The August retreat in California is full, but there are still spots in the September retreat near Seattle.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Jun 13, 2019

Michael Meade tells an ancient, provocative story of the Half-giantess, who keeps a forbidding lake of sorrows and a boiling cauldron of angers and fears. The story opens a consideration of ways in which the human psyche can become spellbound. This leads to a discussion of neurotic conditions and psychosomatic states which can befall anyone.  In mythic terms, solutions for these ancient spells as well as current psychological conditions require going, consciously and directly into the place of the spellbound area.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two retreats this summer. Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Jun 5, 2019

On this episode, a replay of a popular episode from 2 years ago Michael Meade, examines the differences between spirit and soul. After describing how spirit rises like air and fire and soul descends like water and earth, he turns to the struggle of spirit and soul in each human life. Secretly, spirit and soul are trying to come together, to unite, but it’s usually the depth of soul that’s missing. By growing more soul each person can become a unique example of the middle ground of creation where spirit can descend and soul can rise.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two retreats this summer. Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

May 30, 2019

This episode takes up the issue of healing from the ancient idea of the Sacred Fifth, or Secret Fifth, that represents the hidden center of the world, the original source of wholeness and renewal. Following the Navajo myth of the Fifth World, Meade describes how a small reed can become the connective link to the axis of the world that then leads to the hidden center that remains the living source of life.  The ancient myth becomes a way of recovering from, and shifting the burden of the otherwise overwhelming dilemmas of the modern world.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two retreats this summer. Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

May 23, 2019

Michael Meade tells the story of The Old Thief, a teaching tale from Japan about truth, power and looking into the core of our soul.  The story suggests that turning within, especially into those places we don’t want to go, becomes the solution to escaping from the prison that we carry in our lives individually and collectively.  Because the greatest resources of life are found in the depths of the human soul, no matter what threats and disasters occur at the surface of life, the underlying soul remains an endless wellspring and vital source of change and renewal. When we see with the eyes of the soul, every event, inner or outer, can be seen to have meaning.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two retreats this summer. Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

May 16, 2019

We live in fateful times, when the fate of the world is connected to and affected by the fate of our individual souls. Michael Meade begins this episode with some core ideas about human fate: "Freedom isn't the absence of limitation or an escape from necessity; rather it is the conscious living out the hand that fate deals us.  Liberation happens each time we become conscious of the contents of our soul."  Following a story of the Old Woman who knows our fate and destiny, we learn that "there is no school for becoming oneself except for allowing the inner pattern of the soul to live its way out." In the end, we must accept the ways in which we are fated and aimed at life.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two events in Seattle this week as well as a couple of retreats this summer. Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

May 9, 2019

This podcast begins with the release of the U.N. report on biodiversity that warns of the impending extinction of a million species of plants and animals in the near future.  Michael Meade points out that the shocking report comes amidst a new series of school shootings and terrorist acts that highlight the concurrent sense of a devaluation of human life as well. The situation is increasingly dire, yet as Meade says, "there is always time for and need for a story." An old African teaching tale helps reveal how when the trouble gets great, the real safety is found precisely where the world roars at us and calls for us to enter the fray on the side of life and creation ongoing.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two events Seattle next week as well as a couple of retreats this summer. Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

May 2, 2019

 “Each soul is on a lifelong pilgrimage and the secret object of every pilgrimage is the center of the pilgrim”, says Michael Meade on the latest podcast. People set off to a famous shrine; they seek to enter a holy place or arrive at a natural wonder. The point seems to be to reach that distant destination and somehow be renewed and confirmed by the experience. Yet instead, Meade suggests, any renewal that happens must happen within the pilgrim and can only happen when the center of the self becomes awakened by the ardor of the effort or by the grace of the unseen.

We may set out to reach a shrine or spiritual center, but we fully arrive only when we reach the center of ourselves. A genuine path must lead us to the center of our own life; for our life is a pilgrimage to find our awakened self.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Asheville and Seattle beginning this week.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Apr 24, 2019

This episode begins with Michael Meade answering the question: “Why do you typically end a public event with the ecstatic poetry of Rumi and Hafiz?”  Part of the answer involves the natural human longing for the Divine, the greater need for the ecstatic in a world gone wrong and the necessity of love.

The greater answer becomes both a treatise on the meaning of the ecstatic and a tour through the heavens and earth as seen through the eyes of the ecstatic poets.  Getting out of our static state and fixed attitudes about life can lead to a state of “reckless abandon” that makes life more immediate, more present, and more joyous.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC beginning this week.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Apr 19, 2019

On this excerpt from the latest Living Myth Premium episode, Michael Meade answers questions about the soul posed by listeners.  One question is “what is the meaning of the original agreement of the soul?”  Another is “why is this first agreement so important that it is indelible in the soul?” Using ancient stories about the origin of the soul, Meade offers a compelling commentary on the soul’s way of bridging the two worlds, the eternal and the time bound. 

Rather than being separated from the divine by an “original sin”, old stories depict the separation as an original forgetting of the unique pattern in each soul.  The rest of life involves a longing to reconnect to the eternal and live out the soul’s first agreement and original intention in life. This excerpt is from the first of a two-part Living Myth Premium podcast series on the two agreements of the soul.

Hear the full episode and receive additional podcast content by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Go to www.patreon.com/livingmyth to learn more and subscribe.

For $10/month, members of Living Myth Premium receive:

  • Q & A episodes where Michael Meade answers questions from Premium members
  • Autobiographical stories from Michael
  • Archival recordings from live events and dynamic interviews
  • Exclusive offers on products and events
  • Access to the entire collection of Living Myth podcasts

Living Myth and Living Myth Premium are products of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a 501©3 organization.  Your membership helps grow Living Myth and ensures we are able to continue developing and expanding this creative project.

Peace and blessings,
 
Mosaic Staff

Apr 17, 2019

In this episode, Michael Meade considers the psychology of the “little self” or false self, as a way of addressing both the political drama in American culture and the soul’s natural longing for meaning and truth. He contrasts the little self with the deeper Self within each person trying to awaken, despite and because of the deceit and confusion rampant in contemporary life. 

As we watch issues of truth and power play out in real time on Twitter and cable news, the question becomes which character on we focusing upon, the personality of the president or the soul of the culture?  At critical times, the lessons can be more psychological than political.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC beginning next week.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Apr 10, 2019

Michael Meade suggests that in times of change, just as in periods of personal crisis, there can be intensification and an acceleration of calling. Whether it comes as a daunting challenge or a crushing blunder, a big dream or a cutting loss, each major life event has within it an opportunity to awaken to the call of the deeper self and the resident genius of the soul.

What calls us calls for the giving of the inherent gifts and natural talents we brought to life to begin with. What calls to us calls to the dream set within our soul before we were born. Answering the call opens pathways of genius and imagination that can lead to finding one’s “dharma” or natural way of being in life and serving in the world. We are each called to become more fully ourselves and our transformation liberates our spirit, but it also serves something beyond ourselves. In transforming each of us, genius also transforms the world.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC this spring.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Apr 4, 2019

On this episode, drawn from an interview on New Dimensions Radio, Michael Meade tells the Native American story of the Old Woman in the Cave, reminding us that as things fall apart we draw closer to the emergence of new patterns and ancient wisdom. To be alive at this time means to be caught in the great unraveling that strands us near all the loose threads of creation; but it also means to be close to the revelation of the new design and the next paradigm.  Meade suggests that in facing up to the enormous problems of the world and accepting the troubles that knock on our doors, we can better learn what hidden resources, deep resolves, and surprising designs we have hidden within us.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Los Angeles, Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC this spring.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Mar 28, 2019

In the wake of the confusion and disappointment surrounding the initial summary of the Mueller Report, Michael Meade answers listeners’ questions about what story he would tell Congress and political leaders if asked.  After pointing out that the facts can never tell the whole story, he turns to an ancient wisdom story in which telling the truth is the only way to stop the spread of life-threatening poison.  As the tale illuminates, living under falsity can poison the core of a society as well as an individual. When the poison is already spreading, the only remedy is the medicine of truth.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Los Angeles, Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC this spring.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Mar 21, 2019

Beginning with the recent tragic shooting in Christchurch, NZ, this episode also considers the emergence of Fridays for Future and the student climate strike that has taken hold in cities and towns throughout the world. 

Michael Meade shows how each event reflects the extremes of life that have become the common condition of our world.  While considering the current moment of unrest and urgency, Meade turns to an old story that involves an earnest young seeker and a wise old sage.  The ancient teaching tale points to “the original mind” as a potential guide for finding ways through the global crises that currently threaten both culture and nature.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be in Los Angeles, Maryland and North Carolina this spring for a series of workshops and evening events.  Check out event details on our website, mosaicvoices.org. 

Mar 14, 2019

This episode begins with information from reports on the increasing power that older people have when it comes to the key issues of modern life.  The older generation currently has great financial, political and consumer power.   And, due to rising longevity, they have already held onto power longer than any other generation.

According to Michael Meade, we cannot wait until the older generation passes away or hope that one day society will evolve to a greater understanding of life. Given the magnitude of the problems we face globally, there is not time for that. 

In looking for answers, Meade turns to old ideas about the awakening of elders and the necessity to find the deeper conversation of the soul which can secretly unite elders with the younger generation. Then, through acts of courage and imagination, older and younger together can change the course of both nature and culture.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth. You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Mar 7, 2019

Michael Meade offers a consideration of the psychological complexes that shape the crisis of lying that now appears at the center of American life.  Starting with ancient ideas about “word association” and touching on Carl Jung’s involvement in the invention of the polygraph or lie detector, Meade examines the relationship between words, the human pulse and the body politic. He ends with a fresh look at Plato’s ideas about the wisdom of myth and the great threat of the “ignoble lie”.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Living Myth.  If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Los Angeles, Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC this April and May.  Check out Mosaic’s event calendar for more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

 

Feb 28, 2019

In what turns out to be a treatise on the Wise Old Woman of the World and the importance of the feminine mysteries of life, Michael Meade tells an old wisdom tale from Africa.  The story offers a pertinent reminder that we all wander on the road of life and death, and that each crossroad in life is an opportunity to awaken further to the deep gifts and precise mission of our souls. 

The old story  reveals that the Holy Spirit was once considered the bird of Sophia, the feminine source of wisdom.  The Wise Old Woman turns out to be the sage in the heart, the immediate spirit of awakening and an instinctive connection to the enduring song of life.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 21, 2019

Michael Meade begins with the idea that we live in two worlds, the daily world with its injustices, confusions and fears and the “otherworld”, the realm of soul and imagination, the source of all the arts and spiritual traditions. Meade also reminds us of the old idea that “therapy treats my condition and art treats the condition of the world”.  What follows is an intricate weaving of poetry and ideas that leads to the kinds of medicine waiting to be found in the depths of the soul.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 15, 2019

We live in a time of the “lifting of the veil” that includes the uncovering of scandals as well as systematic abuses; but also the discovering of hidden truths that can reveal the way forward.  Michael Meade uses surprising elements of the uncovering of the famous Lascaux Caves to show how the dramas of history lead us to the haunts of mystery.  Like the hidden treasures found in ancient caves, there are new forms of imagination and understanding waiting to be found in the depths of the human soul.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 7, 2019

This episode of Living Myth illustrates the capacity of mythic stories to be both timely and timeless.  Michael Meade begins with the drama of the recent State of the Union address and considers contemporary conflicts and confusions as part of a “worldwide state of pandemonium” similar to the condition depicted in the ancient story of Pandora’s Box.  Among surprises found in old versions of the story, it was not Pandora who lifted the lid and released all the troubles. Rather, it was Epimetheus, a man of exaggerated self-interest, who was lacking both insight and foresight.

In the midst of all the fears and anxieties, the conflicts and confusions currently loosed upon the world, Meade reminds us that the hidden hope held back in the ancient story is really the deep human capacity for imagination.

Feb 1, 2019

As a metaphor for human nature, the Acorn Myth suggests that each person comes into the world with an innate shape and an inborn style intended to grow a particular character. Thus the soul, rather than being a blank slate, tends to be more like a garden already planted and seeded in a certain way.

The inner seed of the soul arrives already packed with knowledge. Specifically it knows something of its own way of being and, if the shell of the seed can be cracked, the nature and shape and aim of a person's life can become revealed.  Call it a myth, an open secret or an eternal truth, the sense of each soul having a seed story it came to live resonates throughout the cultures of the world.

As the world around us becomes increasingly unstable and chaotic, we need to turn to the inner shape and core imagination of our own soul to find stability, meaning and purpose.

Jan 27, 2019

On this excerpt from the latest Living Myth Premium episode, Michael Meade reads selected poems from The Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart, the renowned anthology edited along with Robert Bly and James Hillman. The recording includes reflections on the surprising dynamic of creating the anthology along with commentary on the importance of poetic inspiration. This is the first part of a Living Myth Premium podcast series that weaves poetry, spoken word and anecdotal stories about the role of art and creativity and the undying speech of the soul. 

You can hear the full episode and receive additional podcast content by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Go to www.patreon.com/livingmyth to learn more and subscribe.

For $10/month, members of Living Myth Premium receive:

  • Q & A episodes where Michael Meade answers questions from Premium members
  • Autobiographical stories from Michael
  • Archival recordings from live events and dynamic interviews
  • Exclusive offers on products and events
  • Access to the entire collection of Living Myth podcasts

Living Myth and Living Myth Premium are products of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a 501©3 organization.  Your membership helps grow Living Myth and ensures we are able to continue developing and expanding this creative project.

Peace and blessings,
 
Mosaic Staff

Jan 24, 2019

Michael Meade suggests that “when the walls are closing in,” what is typically missing is a connection to things that are authentic and creative, life-enhancing instead of self-limiting. An old wisdom tale turns the common world upside down, so that those who wield power to the detriment of the common folk are revealed to be inauthentic and fraudulent.

When those who are in power refuse to be authentic they wind up trapped in their own vanity and self-delusions. Instead of enhancing life for others, they wind up building walls that imprison themselves as well as everyone else. When the walls are closing in, there is usually a failure of the courage and imagination needed to find genuine solutions that diminish the fear and suffering that can so easily engulf the world.

Jan 17, 2019

On this episode, drawn from an in-depth interview on New Dimensions Radio, Michael Meade describes the current period of worldwide crisis as the “time of impossible tasks” and says, “We have to tap into the deep understanding of the human soul, one image of which is the wise elder.”  In contrast to those who simply grow older, the genuine elder lives a life of meaning and purpose. The awakening of true elders can lead to a revitalization of youth, whose life dreams are intended to form part of the core imagination of the future. This deep dialogue is rich with metaphors that bring a sharp focus to imaginative healing possibilities for these times of trouble and radical change.

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