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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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Apr 28, 2021

This episode of Living Myth begins with a review of gun culture and gun violence in the United States, which Michael Meade laments continuously put us all in life and death circumstances. “We are in the kind of crisis where it becomes necessary to recognize the growing presence of death in the middle of life; in the middle of what we call public policing and in the middle of political culture wars.”

 

Part of the agony involves realizing how a culture that develops wealth and power, but does not develop psychologically, must increasingly suffer more from self-inflicted wounds than from attacks by outside forces. One of the most perverse areas of self-inflicted wounds comes from the militarization of, and excessive use of deadly force, by police forces throughout the country.

 

At the same time, states like Texas consider legislation that would allow anyone over 21 to carry a gun without a license and without having to pass a background check. In order to demonstrate the increasingly deadly outcomes that must result from the tragic path of modern gun culture, Meade traces the origin of guns back to a dramatic mistake that happened over a thousand years ago.

 

In one of the greatest ironies of history, gunpowder was invented during an alchemical experiment intending to produce an elixir to prolong life. Instead of enhancing life there was a literal backfire, an explosion that threatened the lives of those handling the volatile mixture. Ten centuries later, there is no magic elixir and people keep making the mistake of not realizing how having weapons with great firepower can only lead to a greater presence of death and a greater loss of life.

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 310 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month. 

 

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. 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.

Apr 22, 2021

This episode of Living Myth focuses on the significance of the moment following the reading of the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial. As his tragic death became a worldwide symbol of injustice, the issue was always going to be whether the agonizing truth of what we could see with our own eyes would be acknowledged and validated by the jury and the court.

 

The word verdict comes from Latin roots that literally mean “to speak or tell the truth.” In that sense, each truth telling verdict stands as an antidote to the plague of Big Lies that callously and cynically pervade so much of our political and cultural lives.

 

Upon hearing the verdict, we become witnesses again; but this time we are witnesses to the truth being told and justice being, at least partially, served. Although it is not the end of the story, it is vitally important not to miss the meaning of such a moment of truth.

 

More than a matter of simple relief, a moment of truth can be a kind of medicine. Although not a complete remedy, each moment of truth stops the bleeding and can bring a sorely needed sense of healing. To heal means to “make whole again,” so that each moment can make us more whole as people and as the human community. If we don't stop long enough to take in the medicine, we miss out on the healing value of truth telling.

 

It doesn't mean that more tragedies won't occur, they already have. Yet, healing is also a revolutionary act, the kind that makes it more possible to stay in the long struggle for greater truth and justice. We need to hold onto the moments of truth and healing because they contain little acts of redemption that renew our sense of trust in ourselves, in each other, and in the deepest sense of human community.

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 300 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month. 

 

You can learn more and become a member of 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. 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.

Apr 14, 2021

This episode begins with the idea that we are living in a dire time in which the nobility of our own souls is at odds with many of the circumstances in which we live. The latest report on the earth’s oceans predicts even more extreme weather events and a rapid rise in sea levels. At the same time psychologists are concerned about a rising tide of grief and loneliness resulting from the tragic loss of life due to the pandemic surges and the scourges of hatred and gun violence.

 

The notion that going back to familiar forms or normality will solve the crises we face seems a different kind of madness given the desperate collective state we are all in. We are caught in the turning tides, not just of the ocean, but also the tides of time that occasionally turn over as one era ends and the next seeks to begin. In mythological terms, we are in the throes of a great transition in history, which of necessity requires a transformation of humanity as well.

 

People drown in the storms of change because they cling to abstract notions or conventional beliefs that lack true buoyancy when the time for transformation comes. Sometimes we have to be willing to enter the waters of uncertainty to find the inner dream, the living story that can keep us buoyant in the tides of change.

 

Part of the challenge and part of the practice involves accepting that we are on the edge between the known and the unknown, the only place that new knowing can come from. Although not found in the headlines or the many reports of growing dangers, the greatest level of loss involves our loss of things that are timeless, of things that touch the eternal, of things that are sacred to the soul.

 

For only in timeless moments does time itself renew, as life is reborn and the future becomes revealed. Moments of true awakening become “lived time,” time fully lived into, that alone can lead to a life fully lived out. In the storms of life, the awakened soul becomes the source of vision and creative agency that alone can inspire a collective renewal at both the level of survival and the level of transformation.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online workshop “Personal Myth: Unfolding the Plotline of the Soul” this Saturday, April 17. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can save 30% on this workshop, 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.

Apr 7, 2021

This episode of Living Myth focuses upon the idea of destiny as an essential part of humanity through which each soul is called to follow its own star and true aim in life. However, the consideration of the word destiny also leads to some confusion about its historical associations and its original meaning. One thing leads to another as concepts about etymology or the study of words become entwined with ideas of mythology and the study of stories.

 

Michael Meade suggests that language has its own genius and that each word can also be a story that branches out from root meanings to many associations with other words and other concepts. Similarly, each person has their own genius, the inner spark and speck of star that forms the original constellation of their soul. This inner spark connects us to our natural way of being, but also to our North Star that secretly tries to guide us further on the path of our own destiny, as we all participate in the spinning of the world, the turning of the spheres and the song of the stars of creation.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series and companion workshop “Personal Myth, Cultural Change” that continue this Friday, April 9. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can save 30% on these online events, 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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