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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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Dec 20, 2019

On this rebroadcast of a popular episode, Michael Meade suggests that 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, 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.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 20, 2019

On this excerpt from Michael Meade’s audiobook “Awakening the Soul”, Meade explores how the soul’s great adventure tries to surface throughout life, so that any moment can become a true turning point if we leave the maps that others have made, follow the soul’s original calling and enter life more fully and more meaningfully. He suggests that ultimately it involves a “gnosis,” a deeper way of knowing that uncovers our inner resources and reveals the unique powers and gifts of our soul. We are repeatedly asked to choose: either we accept the life that has been given to us or we undertake the greater adventure of the soul.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 20, 2019

At the beginning of this podcast Michael Meade states: “This is not just the dark time of the year, but increasingly dark times for everyone, especially for those who care for the souls of other people and for the well-being of the earth we all live on.” He goes on to describe how ancient symbols and practices at the Winter Solstice served as a reminder of the cosmological connection between the human soul and the hidden unity of life.

Symbols have the power to bring the mind and the heart together and connect us to the deepest truths of life. A Christmas tree can stand for the Tree of Life, as it represents both the still point at the center and the power of life to change and renew itself. Simply lighting a single candle in the midst of darkness can be a reminder of the eternal process of renewal and restoration that is an essential, yet easily forgotten aspect of all of life.

This has been a dark year, yet, despite all the increasing divides in the world, we are all secretly connected, and we are each a part of the living substance of creation. Solstice coming at the darkest time of the year is a reminder of this cosmological connection between the human soul and the hidden unity of life.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 14, 2019

On this bonus sharing of the latest premium podcast, Michael Meade begins with a poetic response to the deadening language that at times dominates the discussion about impeaching the President.  What begins as a critique of the speech being used to defend the politics of big lies turns into a lament for the loss of language able to carry the truth of the human heart and soul. A procession of poems and commentary ranges from Aime Cesaire seeking “to rediscover the secret of great communications and great combustions" to  D.H. Lawrence warning us how big lies and damning mistakes have repeatedly been sanctified in modern times. 

The surprise of this intricate response to the lack of presence and imagination in political life arrives through the ancient wisdom of Kabir, who reminds us that truth resides in the surprising territory of awakening where the deep self and soul waits to be found again.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear more content like this by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

Dec 12, 2019

This episode begins with a description of three layers of crisis in the world: the global climate crisis that affects all creatures on Earth, the humanitarian crisis of social justice, economic disparity and varieties of bigotry, and the underlying crisis of the loss of truth and meaning in life.  As Michael Meade states, "All three crises are happening at the same time, and sometimes they all appear as headlines in the same news report."  That happened recently when the Annual Arctic Report appeared alongside the release of secret documents about the war in Afghanistan, at the same time as the impeachment of the U. S. president was announced. 

In order to address the depth of troubles we all face, Meade reveals the deeper meanings of the key words crisis and corruption, then turns to ancient notions of transformation and metanoia to find a soulful response to collective troubles of humanity and the world. 

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 5, 2019

Michael Meade describes myth as being ancient and immediate at the same time.  Whereas most people imagine myth to be something old and of a past time, Meade explains how myth serves to break the trap of linear time and can return the human soul to a living sense of connection to both the cosmos and the deep self.  “We are in a mythic condition again and myth makes meaning,” states mythologist Meade as he shows how the shedding of forms in the world can bring us closer to the origins of life and the sources of renewal and recreation.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

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