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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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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.

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