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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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Jul 31, 2019

In this episode, Michael Meade returns to an old conception of life having three distinct layers.  The first layer is the daily world that is typically the place of common courtesy, civil society and predictable patterns of weather and human behavior.  The second layer is the place of abandonment and heartache, but also the territory that gives rise to racism, bigotry, misogyny and conspiracy theories.  Thankfully, the third layer of life is the realm of underlying unity, the place of universal love and understanding, the surprising terrain of forgiveness and reconciliation and the sacred ground where nature and culture meet.

The bad news is that the second layer has now erupted into and often takes over the first layer of life.  The good news is that the layer of underlying unity remains nearby and can be found in music and the arts and poetry like the ecstatic verses of Rumi and Hafiz that remind us that we all secretly participate in the divine intimacy of things.

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 a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

Jul 24, 2019

Michael Meade uses a series of old proverbs in order to find some stable ground for meaning and truth in a world of rapid changes and mounting dilemmas. Before anyone can figure out how to digest the important conversation about racism and bigotry in America, the Congressional Hearings on the Mueller Report commence and everyone descends into another set of complexities involving truth, manipulation and betrayal at the highest levels of political power.

After considering the overwhelming crisis of climate change, humanitarian issues and the struggle for truth and genuine ideals, Meade poignantly reminds us that "the soul is the part of each person that cannot simply be overwhelmed."

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 a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

Jul 17, 2019

In the current overheated climate of political polarization, Michael Meade takes up an African trickster tale in order to show how easily people can be divided and turned against each other and even against their own self-interest.  The old story involves a hat that is black on one side and white on the other with people only seeing the side that is closest to them. That leads to an examination of "whiteness" as part of a “fallacy of color” that continues to cause pain and confusion throughout our culture. After considering the troubles at America's southern border and the constant tweet storms arising from the President's borderline tendencies, Meade leads us back to the old wisdom story in search of ways to point to and edify the underlying unity of all humanity.

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.

Jul 3, 2019

This episode presents part two of “Cultivating Mythic Imagination,” an interview featured on For the Wild. After exploring relationships between wounds and dreams and chaos and beauty, Michael Meade meditates on his own journey of initiation and the archetypal ground of ancestors. Even as mass technology erodes genuine human connections, Michael Meade shows how the potent nature of stories offers us guiding threads and surprising answers to the most threatening modern dilemmas.

“When the planet is in this much trouble, we are in the dark night of the soul of the planet itself, then we are strangely closer to the seeds of imagination that can be used to reinvigorate life and possibly heal…” - Michael Meade

Thank you for listening to this episode of Living Myth.   You can help support the development and growth of 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. 

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Jul 2, 2019

This episode presents part one of an interview featured on the For the Wild podcast entitled “Cultivating Mythic Imagination.”

Michael Meade describes how the crises of cosmological, mythological and psychological disconnection from nature and from each other may drive us to places of darkness and suffering. Yet, there is great potential in that darkness to discover the creative energy of renewal. Retracing meaning through myth offers opportunities to understand the great challenge of our time to heal the planet from its wounds, and imagine a worldview based upon inclusion and connection. This interview explores the power of creative imagination and the visions of youth, the danger of hyper-individualism, and the limits of heroism in the face of global crises.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  We are pleased to announce that Michael Meade’s latest book “Awakening the Soul” is now available as an audio book.  The audio book can be purchased as a download or CD set online at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

Members of the Living Myth Premium Podcast can save 30% on this title and all other offerings from Michael Meade and Mosaic.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Learn more and become a member of this podcast at patreon.com/livingmyth

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