This episode begins with pressing questions about the outer dangers and the inner devastations caused by the climate crisis. Michael Meade responds to questions about the collective fate of humanity and the future of the world by turning to ancient myths of Sophia and the Soul of the world.
“In terms of mythic imagination, the word world is not simply a reference to the measurable earth that we live upon. Rather, it is a term for the complex, intricate, ever renewable interrelationship of all the beings and all the energies on earth. In losing an instinctive sense and intuitive imagination of both the multiplicity and the underlying unity of life, modern societies continue to lose connections with the living world and the mystery of ongoing creation.”
The ancient imagination of Sophia represented a way of connecting to the intricacies and surprising potencies that create and sustain the living world. Sophia, as the energy of creation, was seen as the mother of all the forms of life. Sophia as daughter represented all the potentials that reside inside each person, inside the earth, and within all the living relationships that make up the world. Sophia, as the Soul of the World, symbolized the wisdom hidden within the multiple elements of life, but also the essential unity that underlies the body of the world.
Nothing is real until it has been imagined and re-imagining the essential connections between the individual soul and the living Soul of the World becomes a key to understanding how life on earth can be re-visioned and balance can be restored. A transformation of collective humanity is needed to help heal and transform the world. However, the collective only changes through the awakening of individual souls, who in turn help awaken the hidden potentials of life, once known as Sophia or the Soul of the World.
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