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.
“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.
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.
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.