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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 30, 2020

On this replay of a New Year’s podcast, Michael Meade begins an exploration of the myths of creation and tales of re-creation that allow time to renew and the world to begin again.  Any serious consideration of creation must also include the energies of chaos that continually dissolve and disintegrate  what creation establishes in the world.  An ancient story from India describes the “two hands of creation” through which the world recreates itself from emptiness  as well as from abundance, from sorrow as well as joy and from despair as well as wonder. 

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 285 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

On behalf of all of us at Mosaic, we wish you the touch of grace, the sense of gratitude and shared moments of wholeness.  We are grateful for the work you do in the world and for your interest in and support of our work.

Dec 22, 2020

This episode, a replay of a popular episode from a few years ago, begins with a Native American story of the origin of healing rituals.  In telling the tale Michael Meade emphasizes a remarkable point in the story when knowledge, healing and songs all enter the world at the same time.  The songs become central elements in the original healing ritual which brings those that are sick or wounded to the center of the community.  Having established the importance of healing songs, Meade introduces an excerpt from Mosaic’s recording “A Song is a Road”.  The podcast concludes with a chorus singing a song of praise and gratitude to the healing energy of the Earth.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 285 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

On behalf of all of us at Mosaic, we wish you the touch of grace, the sense of gratitude and shared moments of wholeness.  We are grateful for the work you do in the world and for your interest in and support of our work.

Dec 16, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with a review of how cosmology used to refer to all of the ways that humans could imagine the creation of the world and the subtle connections of the human soul to the living cosmos. “As above, so below” is the ancient mantra that places humankind in the middle of the cosmic story as an essential link in the chain of being. As individuals we may properly feel frail and small; yet we belong to more than one dimension of life. And the dark time of the year is the traditional time to recall the interconnection between each of our souls and the starry universe around us.

 

The word solstice means the “sun stands still” and ancient people imagined that the extremes of darkness harbored a timeless moment of stillness as the sun seems to stop just in time before the gloom becomes too great to recover from. Traditional cultures all over the world imagined that the midwinter sun needed conscious help from human beings in order to turn things around and bring back the light.

 

These are not simply the dark days of winter; but the dark times for everyone; especially for those who truly care for the souls of other people, and for the well-being of the sacred earth we all live upon. Even as we can feel more physically separated from each other, and just when we can feel even more frail and small in the face of all the worldwide troubles we face, there may be no better time to light a candle, make a prayer, find a song to sing in the midst of the darkness, in order to help bring the light back.

 

In facing the darkness together in a spiritual sense and in the ancient way, we can also find again and realign with the divine spark of life we each carry. For the soul has its own inner light and each soul is secretly connected to the song of the earth, to the Soul of the World, and to the indelible spark of life and light that can only be found in the darkest hours and the darkest times.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael talk more about solstice by joining his free live online solstice ritual “In This Darkness Singing” that takes place this Sunday, December 20 at 6:00 pm (PST). Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. You can receive additional podcast episodes and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Learn more and become a member 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.

Dec 9, 2020

This episode of Living Myth recounts the process of shaping a ritual in the high desert to bring healing and unity to a painfully divided group of younger and older people. Making analogies to our currently divided culture, Michael Meade sets the scene: “In the realm of myth, as in the territories of ritual, there are no accidents. So, this story of feeling exiled and being lost, of feeling victimized and caught in resentments doesn't appear accidentally. It appears because at this time I feel aspects of my own inner exile, and because so many people are trying to figure out how to reach across the current divide to those on the other side.”

 

Stating that there can be no simple or clever solutions for that kind of problem, Meade turns to the old idea of being wounded healers. “I imagine that if we're going to turn out to be wounded healers who help each other find unity, we're going to have to find both stories and rituals that allow us to honestly feel and truly express the ways in which we are all wounded and feel exiled. For, only in places of deep sharing and mutual compassion can we find ourselves all in the same story, and in the age-old ritual of painfully uncovering the wounds, speaking the truth from those wounded places, and then allowing the beauty of the world, and the healing powers of nature to set us back on the paths of our dreams.”

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade talk more about myth and ritual by joining his new online series “The Arc of Transformation” that continues this Friday, Dec. 11. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. You can save 30% on this series, receive additional podcast episodes and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Learn more and become a member 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.

Dec 2, 2020

This episode of Living Myth focuses on the idea that sharing stories is at the heart of any relationship. The word relate comes from Latin roots meaning “to carry back, to report, to tell.” From ancient times humans have related by carrying stories back to each other. When we stop sharing the heartfelt tales of our life experiences, we can lose the essence of our relationships.

 

Through mythic stories we learn to relate to the deepest parts of ourselves, while also reconnecting to the realm of great imagination and universal truths. Mythic tales can release us from the prison of time and carry us all the way back, past invisible thresholds, to the creation of the world and the origins of human life.

 

Ancient peoples used creation tales to stay in relationship to the mysteries of nature and the hidden potentials of life. If we forget our connection to mythic stories, we can lose essential understandings of how the world renews itself and how we can be agents of creation ongoing.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “The Arc of Transformation” that begins this Friday, Dec. 4. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. You can save 30% on this series, receive additional podcast episodes and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

On behalf of all of us at Mosaic, we wish you the touch of grace, the sense of gratitude and shared moments of wholeness.  We are grateful for the work you do in the world and for your interest in and support of our work.

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