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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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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.

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