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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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Aug 26, 2020

This episode addresses the storm of political, ecological and emotional crises we are all experiencing. These are extreme times in which the world seems to go upside down repeatedly and anything can happen. These are also dangerous times and the repeated stoking of unconscious fears can lead to extreme reactions and raw emotions that erupt in a kind of psychic parallel to the fires raging in one part of the landscape and hurricanes threatening in another.

As all manner of extreme notions and outlandish beliefs take the stage at the same time the veil of normalcy is not only lifted, it is ripped aside. As the social fabric unravels more each day, the tapestry of what we used to call reality becomes further shredded until everything seems to be barely hanging by a thread.
 
It makes sense if we feel ourselves to be on the edge of a nervous breakdown, on the verge of depression or about to slip into some state of protective numbness. Yet we can't simply refuse to take in all the chaos, confusion and corruption because it is in the very air we breathe. In the same way, the corona virus is in the air and the smoke from various kinds of fires are now in the air we breathe. We are increasingly exposed to harsh realities, including the darker, shadowy sides of life.
 
For anything to change psychologically, we must first accept the trouble we find ourselves in. At the same time, we must undergo an expansion of self that gives us, both individually and collectively, a deeper sense of our capacity to change our lives while in the midst of adversity.
 
The instinct for finding moments of unity and beauty in life runs deeper in the human soul than the energy for division and conflict. The deepest layers of the harbors the great human inheritance of imagination and our natural instincts for beauty and creation. However, to truly connect to our deep soul center, we must suffer some of the vulnerability, the emotional pain, and the radical uncertainty of the moment.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “The Soul of Genius” that continues through Friday, August 28. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Aug 19, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the idea that there are times when life itself is the great teacher, and rushing ahead without a genuine vision can mean failing to find the right course, and not learning important lessons that life is trying to teach us. That leads to a consideration of two levels of education: a basic education that can give a person some grounding and a way to “make a life” and the deeper levels of learning that can reveal inner aptitudes and gifts and help awaken the inner nobility and true nature of students.

 

Michael Meade uses an old teaching story to depict how when the seas of change are churning, and the storms of life are intensifying, it is the deeper level of education that can reorient teachers and parents as well as students. When the common systems become overwhelmed, and everything is thrown off course, it is the natural buoyancy of the soul, with its fluid capacity to change, and the radical resiliency of human genius that can set the new course and bring deeper levels of learning to everyone involved.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “The Soul of Genius” that continues through Friday, August 28. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Aug 12, 2020

This episode begins with the sense that seeing opposing sides to every story has become a mental as well as an emotional habit in modern life. The bifurcated thinking that produces “good versus bad” and “us versus them” traps us in static polarizations; but also leaves us with a false sense of reality and a diminished worldview.

 

In mythic terms, the third thing is the charm that can break the numbing spell of binary choices. When it comes to the meaning and purpose of human life, the old dichotomy of “nature versus nurture” cannot tell the whole story. The third element, that can make all the difference, is the inborn presence of a genius self that is neither derived from genetics nor shaped by the conditions of the outside world.

 

Genius refers to the unique spirit in each person’s life and to an inner pattern that holds the keys to understanding the meaning and purpose hidden within each life. An old idea states that genius tends to be revealed in adverse circumstances. There may be no greater time for people to awaken to the inner spark of genius than this period of deep oppositions and worldwide crisis at so many levels of life.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “The Soul of Genius” that begins on Friday, August 14. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

Aug 5, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the old idea that a genuine education offers each student “roots and wings.” The roots can be seen as the rudiments of learning intended to provide the tools needed to become a part of everyday life. The wings however, must be imagined as the expansion of each student's inner spirit, the awakening of their core imagination, and the revelation of their unique way of being present in the world.

Michael Meade suggests that the current school crisis, albeit agonizing for parents, teachers and administrators, also presents an opportunity to reimagine the very spirit of education. If education continues to be seen at the root level of schooling, we may miss the deeper learning that is trying to happen at all levels of life right now.

In a world full of great uncertainty and radical change, the role of education must change to suit the times. Meade reframes learning as part of a “second adventure of life” that includes a greater sense of imagination, a deeper sense of resiliency and a genuine sense that each person has some genius quality to bring to life.

In times of collective crisis we either become bigger people and shape greater vessels for the flow of life, or else we shrink from life’s challenges, and make the world smaller for ourselves and our children.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “The Soul of Genius” that begins on Friday, August 14. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 250 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

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