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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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Feb 24, 2021

In this episode of Living Myth, Michael Meade considers the familiar notion of paradigm shifts as inadequate for envisioning ways to deal with the worldwide crises we all face. Paradigm is an old Greek word that refers to a “pattern or model” and the common usage of paradigm shift involves replacing an old pattern or model with a newer and therefore better one.

 

What began as a theory of how scientific revolutions occur has for the past fifty years been applied to everything from social movements and business plans, to education, ecology and beyond. What has typically been overlooked is that the inspiration for the theory paradigm shifts came from psychological studies of growth spurts in children.

 

Meade turns the consideration of cultural change back to depth psychology and mythology where another old Greek word can bring a greater sense of imagination to modern crises. Archetype, like paradigm, refers to patterns and models. However, archetypes are the original patterns from which all subsequent models derive; as such they can have a powerful effect on human thinking, beliefs and behaviors.

 

Whereas the sense of a paradigm shift would simply have the old be replaced with the new, the deeper sense of archetype involves new patterns arising from the ancient and original sources of creation. When activated, archetypes connect the ancient and universal forces of life with the immediate issues of the world. When transformation is needed at all levels of nature and culture, it is time to tap back into the endless potential of the origins of life in order to truly change things going forward.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade speak more about archetypes and inner sources of renewal, by joining his ongoing live series “Hidden Abundance” that continues this Friday, Feb. 26. 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 join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

As always, you can also support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Feb 17, 2021

Throughout history, epidemics and plagues have stirred deep levels of distrust and fear that have, in turn, thrown entire cultures into upheaval. The current pandemic seems to be a perfect storm of fear that permeates all areas of society and exposes deep divisions as well as wild extremes.

 

This episode of Living Myth begins with an old teaching story that reveals the many levels of fear that can affect each of us individually and all of us collectively. Michael Meade uses the old tale to show that how we respond to fear determines whether we become more wise or else more foolish, become more centered or more extreme and unbalanced.

 

Eventually, it becomes necessary to realize that what we fear will not simply go away; rather we must face our fears or else become overwhelmed. It is important to know that the hidden aim of fear is not “fight or flight,” but rather the revelation of untapped inner resources that are trying to awaken in each of us. Healthy fear involves an increase of consciousness that stirs deep instincts and intuitions that can be life-protective, life-saving and life enhancing. In critical times, the greatest safety can be found in becoming wise enough to take the right risk.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “Hidden Abundance” that continues this Friday, Feb. 19. 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.

 

As always, you can also support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

Feb 10, 2021

This episode of Living Myth begins with the plight of immature clown fish that increasingly become doomed to drift aimlessly at sea because they cannot hear the soundscape of coral reefs calling them home. The call to refuge is interrupted by the extreme volume of man-made noise that now pervades the oceans of the world. Michael Meade considers how the cycle of life for humans also becomes broken by the volume of noise, disinformation and distractions of the modern world.

 

For humans, the soundscape of home can be imagined as the call of the knowing self within, which has often been depicted as a golden fish waiting to be found. Despite all that separates, isolates and overwhelms us, the profound “soundscape of humanity” continues to call us to awaken to a greater sense of self. Even as the world suffers a scarcity of truth and meaning, and a loss of humane inclusion and understanding, there is an inner abundance and a sense of refuge waiting to be found in the depths of each human soul.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “Hidden Abundance” that begins on Friday, Feb. 12. 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. As always, you can also support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

Feb 3, 2021

This episode of Living Myth begins in the year AD 96 on a remote island in the Aegean Sea. It was a period of great cultural upheaval, similar to the times in which we now live. Like the present era, extreme beliefs and conspiracy theories were battling with the dominant political systems and traditional religious values.

 

While in exile on the island, a man who came to be known as John of Patmos recorded a series of radical visions and prophecies about the impending “end of days.” The fiery text began with an old Greek word, apocalypse and the narrative became known as the Book of Revelation.

 

John had been exiled for rabble-rousing and preaching both revolution and revelation. While in isolation he wove threads of old apocalyptic stories with his own wild visions and prophecies of The End. Although many believed those prophecies at the time, the fiery end of the world never came. To this day however, when people are faced with upheaval and uncertainty the old images of apocalypse stir again, wild visions arise, and fantastic theories abound.

 

The ideas and the images of a final drama between the forces of good and evil leading to a fiery end of everything is deeply embedded in the human psyche. The problem way back then, which has become an increasingly mainstream issue now, is that people take literally what appears metaphorically and would be better understood psychologically.

 

Michael Meade shows how understanding the deeper sense of the “archetype of apocalypse” reveals how the world as we know it does come to an end. Yet, as has happened time and again, the world also becomes restored. The message of renewal turns out to be an essential component of radical change and a critical issue for understanding revelation here on earth.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “Hidden Abundance” that begins on Friday, Feb. 12. 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.

 

As always, you can also support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

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