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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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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.

Jan 10, 2019

“We live in a world in which it is easier to divide things than unify them. Politics and polarization are both connected to the root word ‘pole’ which can appear as a unifying central pole, as in a tent, but can also divide into opposite poles. The unifying energy is there, but is not visible because it is not yet conscious.”  So begins Michael Meade’s consideration of the essential dynamic of opposition leading to a new state of unity.  In order to uncover the deeper sense and meaning of opposition and polarization, Meade goes to an ancient practice from a small tribe near the Amazon River.  The ideas about the wise and the crosswise aspects of the soul helps elucidate the sense that in our individual lives and our collective experiences we are often looking for and longing for the third thing that is the medicine we most need.

Jan 4, 2019

On the first episode of the New Year, Michael Meade begins an exploration of the myths of creation and tales of re-creation that allow time to renew and the world to begin again.  Any serious consideration of creation must also include the energies of chaos that continually dissolve and disintegrate what creation establishes in the world.  An ancient story from India describes the “two hands of creation” through which the world recreates itself from emptiness as well as from abundance, from sorrow as well as joy and from despair as well as wonder.

Dec 20, 2018

Michael Meade tells a story about a boy orphaned from his community who must find his way back, a journey that reveals threads of fate and destiny.  Meade suggests that we all have orphaned parts of ourselves that are needed when we are feeling lost, disempowered or rejected and are trying to awaken to the dream of our life. He describes how genius hides behind our wounds and how the awakening energies in our life can be found within the rejected aspects of ourselves.  Seen this way, we don’t transform to be another person, we transform by bringing into awareness parts of ourselves that could not be present earlier in our life.

Dec 19, 2018

This episode begins with a poem about how easy it is to become lost in this world, in this time of conflict and growing darkness.  On the eve of Solstice, Michael Meade takes the image of darkness and light and weaves it through a consideration of holidays and holy days, Christmas trees and the Tree of Life.  The word solstice means “sun stands still”, and Meade elaborates the moment of standing still as a way for people to connect with each other and reconnect to the essence of life and the moment when light returns to the world from the depths of darkness.

Dec 13, 2018

Michael Meade reports on the increase of isolation and loneliness in the world and comments on the new cabinet post in England entitled “The Minister of Loneliness.” He contrasts the old ideas of having genuine “friends of the soul” with the modern sense of “friending” people online.  He then draws on ancient traditions from India, Ireland and Mexico to illustrate the importance of having “soul friends who nourish the inner spirit and true aim of each other’s lives.”

Dec 7, 2018

Michael Meade responds to the current international climate talks and recent alarming reports on climate change by turning to the old teaching story of the blind men who encounter an elephant. In this case, the elephant represents the overwhelming challenge of global warming and climate change that can make any of us feel numb, blind and helpless. After considering some of the literal problems, Meade turns to the psychological dilemmas that accompany the huge challenges we face and then takes the issue to a deeper level of myth and imagination in order to find new ways of seeing the crisis and envisioning ways forward.

Nov 29, 2018

Although it may often feel that we are running out of time when it comes to the great issues of the world and the struggles of daily life, Michael Meade suggests that it is not more time that we need but a stronger connection to things that are timeless, and therefore eternal. Meade tells an ancient Bushman story from Africa that depicts the dilemma which humanity faces with each crisis that involves issues of meaning, truth and the human soul.  When great troubles abound, whether it be on the world stage or at a critical stage of life, what we need is the touch of imagination and a hint of the eternal.

Nov 22, 2018

“Gratitude is a sign of nobility in our souls” and yet “gratitude can also be difficult to express because it comes from a deep place in the heart where pain can also dwell.” Thus begins Michael Meade’s mythological consideration of the essential place of gratitude in human consciousness and at the core of human nature.

A potent telling of the Mayan creation myth leads to a surprising array of images and the idea that unless the human capacity for technological invention can be placed in service of the ongoing story of creation, we will continue to turn the natural world against us.

We are most human and most alive when we allow ourselves to be touched by the beauty of the world and when we feel genuine gratitude for the life we have been given, no matter how hard or how dark the world around us may become.  In this way, feeling grateful and expressing gratitude helps to bring grace back into the world.

Nov 16, 2018

Michael Meade answers the question of why he often delves into the territory of the soul.  At a time when it seems the whole world is falling apart, and we seem to lack the capacity to deal with unprecedented problems occurring in both nature and culture, Meade points to soul as a deep place of untapped resources.  He then draws upon the personal experience of his own world turning upside down to show how 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. In these times of great fear and trouble, it becomes our work to bring to the world this hidden abundance, for when we see with the eyes of the soul, every event, inner or outer, can be seen to have meaning.

Nov 8, 2018

This episode of comes directly on the heels of the midterm election and the chaotic events and unfortunate tragedies that followed in the aftermath.  Michael Meade leads us from the immediate news to the ground of myth in order to better understand the nature of the chaos and confusion currently afflicting the entire culture. Meade opens up the old idea of “metanoia” which involves both personal and collective levels of transformation that not only cause a change of mind, but also involve moving the mind closer to the heart, and therefore touching humanity’s deep capacity for healing and change.

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