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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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Jan 9, 2020

This episode begins with a consideration of two great fires burning at once and the feeling that the world is on fire. The exchange of missiles of war between the U.S. and Iran erupts into headlines as massive fires in Australia torch forests and incinerate over one billion animals.  Michael Meade considers the overheated atmosphere of both politics and the natural environment through the anguish of traumatic stress, both personal and collective, both post and present. This leads to ancient ideas of the dark night of the soul and how to stand in the heat of dilemmas that can manifest as war and peace, life and death, trust and betrayal.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 20, 2019

On this rebroadcast of a popular episode, Michael Meade suggests that although it may often feel that we are running out of time when it comes to the great issues of the world and the struggles of daily life, it is not more time that we need but a stronger connection to things that are timeless, and therefore eternal.  Meade tells an ancient Bushman story from Africa that depicts the dilemma which humanity faces with each crisis that involves issues of meaning, truth and the human soul.  When great troubles abound, whether it be on the world stage or at a critical stage of life, what we need is the touch of imagination and a hint of the eternal.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 20, 2019

On this excerpt from Michael Meade’s audiobook “Awakening the Soul”, Meade explores how the soul’s great adventure tries to surface throughout life, so that any moment can become a true turning point if we leave the maps that others have made, follow the soul’s original calling and enter life more fully and more meaningfully. He suggests that ultimately it involves a “gnosis,” a deeper way of knowing that uncovers our inner resources and reveals the unique powers and gifts of our soul. We are repeatedly asked to choose: either we accept the life that has been given to us or we undertake the greater adventure of the soul.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 20, 2019

At the beginning of this podcast Michael Meade states: “This is not just the dark time of the year, but increasingly dark times for everyone, especially for those who care for the souls of other people and for the well-being of the earth we all live on.” He goes on to describe how ancient symbols and practices at the Winter Solstice served as a reminder of the cosmological connection between the human soul and the hidden unity of life.

Symbols have the power to bring the mind and the heart together and connect us to the deepest truths of life. A Christmas tree can stand for the Tree of Life, as it represents both the still point at the center and the power of life to change and renew itself. Simply lighting a single candle in the midst of darkness can be a reminder of the eternal process of renewal and restoration that is an essential, yet easily forgotten aspect of all of life.

This has been a dark year, yet, despite all the increasing divides in the world, we are all secretly connected, and we are each a part of the living substance of creation. Solstice coming at the darkest time of the year is a reminder of this cosmological connection between the human soul and the hidden unity of life.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 14, 2019

On this bonus sharing of the latest premium podcast, Michael Meade begins with a poetic response to the deadening language that at times dominates the discussion about impeaching the President.  What begins as a critique of the speech being used to defend the politics of big lies turns into a lament for the loss of language able to carry the truth of the human heart and soul. A procession of poems and commentary ranges from Aime Cesaire seeking “to rediscover the secret of great communications and great combustions" to  D.H. Lawrence warning us how big lies and damning mistakes have repeatedly been sanctified in modern times. 

The surprise of this intricate response to the lack of presence and imagination in political life arrives through the ancient wisdom of Kabir, who reminds us that truth resides in the surprising territory of awakening where the deep self and soul waits to be found again.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear more content like this by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

Dec 12, 2019

This episode begins with a description of three layers of crisis in the world: the global climate crisis that affects all creatures on Earth, the humanitarian crisis of social justice, economic disparity and varieties of bigotry, and the underlying crisis of the loss of truth and meaning in life.  As Michael Meade states, "All three crises are happening at the same time, and sometimes they all appear as headlines in the same news report."  That happened recently when the Annual Arctic Report appeared alongside the release of secret documents about the war in Afghanistan, at the same time as the impeachment of the U. S. president was announced. 

In order to address the depth of troubles we all face, Meade reveals the deeper meanings of the key words crisis and corruption, then turns to ancient notions of transformation and metanoia to find a soulful response to collective troubles of humanity and the world. 

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Dec 5, 2019

Michael Meade describes myth as being ancient and immediate at the same time.  Whereas most people imagine myth to be something old and of a past time, Meade explains how myth serves to break the trap of linear time and can return the human soul to a living sense of connection to both the cosmos and the deep self.  “We are in a mythic condition again and myth makes meaning,” states mythologist Meade as he shows how the shedding of forms in the world can bring us closer to the origins of life and the sources of renewal and recreation.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Nov 28, 2019

On this episode, Michael Meade explores the root meanings of wisdom and what is required to follow the path to deeper knowledge.  He considers how the healing and transformation needed now, both individually and collectively, require going into the exact places that are most difficult for us. In following this path, we encounter hidden resources and an inner gold that connects us to the source of wisdom. During this time of division and isolation, Meade suggests that whereas simple knowledge tends to divide things, genuine wisdom tends to make meaningful unity possible.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  If you would like to hear more from Michael Meade, you can save 25% on all of his book and audio titles through the end of the year using promo code SOUL. Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/store.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Nov 21, 2019

This episode begins with ideas of “anti-natalism” and a growing sense amongst some people that children should not be brought into such a troubled world.  After tracing the effects of nihilism on contemporary politics and in the fatalistic predictions of science, Michael Meade turns to an ancient story from India to help awaken the deep sense of self and soul that secretly relates each person to all the beings in nature, but also to the divine. Far from any idea of withdrawing from life or refusing to give birth to new lives, we end up in an ancient story where humans can be seen to have a specific role as agents of the ongoing creation of the world.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can hear Michael Meade in person at a series of events this fall in Washington State. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.  Now through the end of the year you can save 25% on all titles from Michael Meade and Mosaic using promo code SOUL.  Shop a wide range of timely and inspiring titles at mosaicvoices.org/store

If you would like to hear more podcast content, you can join the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Nov 15, 2019

Currently, the common understanding of “streaming” means “listening to music or watching video in real time as part of a continuous stream of data.” An older idea describes a cosmic stream of essential knowledge constantly pouring through the world. This much needed knowledge about life on earth flows freely, but at such a fast rate of speed that most people cannot catch it or even see it.

On this episode, Michael Meade suggests that when it comes to finding ways to respond to the climate crisis and all the humanitarian issues in the world, we may have to find ways to slow down and tap into the ancient stream of wisdom.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person presenting mythic views of the climate crisis and the state of the world at a series of events this fall in Washington State. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. 

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Nov 7, 2019

“If you would change the world, you must first change your soul,” says Michael Meade in looking at the great challenges of the contemporary world and the need for awakening on a collective and individual level. In considering the growing stream of data and information that can easily lead to overwhelm, Meade lays out the old idea that there are three levels in the world: the logical, the psychological and the mythological. He suggests that myth is the deepest layer of life where grace, wisdom and transformation can be found, a level where the individual soul can connect with the Soul of the World.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person presenting mythic views of the climate crisis and the state of the world at a series of events this fall in Washington State. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Oct 31, 2019

Michael Meade describes a recent workshop aimed at climate crisis issues that was suddenly interrupted by alerts warning that nearby areas had to be evacuated because of climate-induced fires. As the outside problem also became an inside issue, some people in the event had to return to their homes prior to evacuating the area. In order to not wind up in confusion and overwhelm, a ritual was created.

Describing the ritual, Meade focuses on ideas of how to create “sudden community,” how to protect those facing danger, and how to ground the anxiety and fear that have become all too familiar in these days of cultural disorder and the upheaval of nature.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person presenting mythic views of the climate crisis and the state of the world at a series of events this fall in Washington State. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.  You can also join him for a series of Facebook Live events on Nov. 5th and 12th at noon (PST). Visit our Facebook page to learn more.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Oct 23, 2019

“We answer the roaring of the world with the roar of awakening from inside ourselves,” says Michael Meade.  In answering the frequently asked question, “Why does a person have to find the thread of their life?” he tells an ancient teaching story from Africa that addresses how to find a path of meaning and purpose during this time of great upheaval. The story suggests that only in facing our fears can we find some safety and a way through the obstacles before us. Weaving together stories, anecdotes and an exploration of collective and individual initiation, Meade speaks to how awakening to oneself is not simply about ourselves, but rather, a transformation that connects us to deeper community and the Soul of the World.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person presenting mythic views of the climate crisis and the state of the world at a series of events this fall in California and Washington. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Oct 17, 2019

"Cosmos means implicate order and chaos means chasm or disorder," Michael Meade says as he addresses the increasing chaos in the world that includes both turmoil in nature and upheaval in culture. After describing how a person can feel small and alone when faced with chaos and disorder, Meade draws upon cosmology to describe how chaos and creation are secretly connected.

A key point in understanding the deepening confusion of the modern world involves accepting that the new form of the world can only be found in the depths of disorder. To illustrate these ideas, Meade tells the ancient story of how the first pilgrim on Earth falls out of the dream of the world and into the ocean of despair, before finding a way back to the dream of life.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person presenting mythic views of the climate crisis and the state of the world at a series of events this fall in California and Washington. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Oct 9, 2019

Heraclitus said, “It is while we are trying to change that we find purpose.” Meade Meade suggests that because we live in a time of change, if we can allow ourselves to participate in the change, then we can find meaningful purpose that awakens the heart and leads us in the right direction in the world.

The idea of a threshold is something that exists before one state and another, before one place and another. Most of us are collectively on that threshold betwixt and between the letting go of the old view of the world and the full stepping into the new world. In considering the threshold place we find ourselves, Meade explores how this and other key themes are woven into the series of events he is leading this fall.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person presenting mythic views of the climate crisis and the state of the world at a series of events this fall in Oregon, California and Washington. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Oct 3, 2019

In this episode, Michael Meade answers the question, “Why do you turn to myth in times of loss or disorientation in life?” Meade begins by describing his search for answers when a community became broken apart because their at-risk young people were dying tragically. The search for answers leads to the ancient myth of Gilgamesh who desperately seeks for wisdom and renewal after a devastating loss. In response to the increasing sense of overwhelm and despair regarding the climate crisis and state of the world, Meade turns to myth again and the story of Vishnu finding wisdom and sacred knowledge from the depths of disorder of the world.

You can hear Michael Meade in person presenting mythic views of the climate crisis and the state of the world at a series of events this fall in Oregon, California and Washington beginning on October 9 in Portland, OR. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

Consider supporting this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Sep 26, 2019

Michael Meade begins this episode by observing how the phrase “uncharted waters” has just been used to describe the new U. N. report on the melting of ice sheets and glaciers, but also to describe the whistle blower hearings regarding the Trump Administration.

Taking the pattern of disruption and upheaval happening in nature and culture at the same time, Meade introduces the old idea of a liminal period in time. After describing the ways that we are all betwixt and between the world that was and the one we are hoping to find, Meade turns our attention to the necessity of learning how to use intense emotions to navigate the troubled waters we are all in.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person at a series of events this fall in Oregon, California and Washington beginning on October 9 in Portland, OR. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can help  support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and as well as all events this fall.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Sep 19, 2019

Michael Meade begins with the issues of overwhelm and despair resulting from the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity.  In order to see the pressing issues of contemporary life differently, Meade approaches despair through an ancient story of complete transformation in which a despondent hunter becomes a seeker after beauty and truth. Eventually the vital role of emotions becomes the focus as despair is revalued as a necessary descent into darkness on the road to awakening and renewal.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events this fall in Oregon, California and Washington that weave myths of renewal, tales of transformation and a resounding call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion.  Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Sep 12, 2019

Michael Meade explores the difference between sight and vision, suggesting that as our sight diminishes with age we can gain a deeper way of seeing the world. Weaving together song and poetry, humor and anecdotes, Meade addresses how the loss of soul and vision in modern culture also includes the loss of music and language as a sustaining force, a loss felt acutely among youth. Youth are the song trying to be born into the world and the intelligence and vision of the next generation. When a culture loses sight of this, they lose out on essential wisdom and vital voice of renewal.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events this fall in Oregon, California and Washington that weave myths of renewal, tales of transformation and a resounding call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion.  Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Sep 5, 2019

This episode begins in the midst of the devastating fires that continue in the Amazon Rainforest and the catastrophic deluge resulting from Hurricane Dorian.

Michael Meade returns to the Amazon myth of the apparent destruction of the world in order to draw out the idea that in times of great change, the new order of life must be found in the depths of disorder that threatens the Earth.

Ancient myths of re-creation suggest that when humans have played a part in upsetting the balance of life and causing the degradation of nature, then humans must also have a part in helping to heal the Earth and revive her essential eco-systems.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events this fall that weave myths of renewal, tales of transformation and a resounding call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion.  Tickets are now on sale for events in Oregon and will soon be available later this week for events in Washington and California. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Aug 28, 2019

In the agonizing climate of the burning of the Amazon rainforest, Michael Meade resurrects an ancient myth from a small tribe along the Amazon River.  The tale of “Icanchu's Drum” describes a cosmic fire that reduces the entire earth into cinders only to have nature become revitalized from a single green tendril that grows from the charcoal remainder of a once grand tree.

As Meade reminds us, there are critical times when myth and fact come together and a deeper understanding of the interconnections of life becomes essential in order for us to avoid the complete deforestation and senseless degradation of life on Earth.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events this fall that weave myths of renewal, tales of transformation and a resounding call to find unity and wholeness in this time of conflict and confusion.  Tickets are on sale now for events in Oregon and will soon be available for events in Washington and California. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Aug 22, 2019

 

Beginning with the spread of conspiracy theories, that now seem to be disseminated from the White House, Michael Meade uses the archetype of apocalypsis to explain how people become trapped in both literalism and wild fantasy at the same time.

Meade addresses the “two sides of revelation.” On one hand, raw energies, repressed emotions and deep delusions all rise to the surface. On the other hand, opportunities occur to see the world with new eyes and hidden relationships between nature and culture become revealed.

"While some people succumb to the barrage of conspiracy theories, life itself may be conspiring to produce elemental changes able to renew the world in a myriad of ways as yet unrevealed."

- Michael Meade

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Aug 9, 2019

In this episode, Michael Meade explores the origins of mentoring. Weaving old stories and insightful anecdotes, he describes how mentoring naturally engages youth in the work of culture, but also becomes the basis for converting the "olders" into elders. Mentoring is an archetypal activity that has timeless elements which can connect us to the universal ground where nature renews itself and culture becomes reimagined. Meade suggests that powerful mentoring moments arise when authenticity is present and our natural instinct and inborn genius are brought to bear.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. This retreat is filling up quickly and we anticipate starting a waiting list in the next couple of weeks.  Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

Aug 7, 2019

In the troubling aftermath of recent mass shootings, Michael Meade takes up the issues of violence and the male psyche, the lack of rites of passage, the instability caused by white supremacy and the necessity of tempering the souls of men.  He approaches the tragedy of gun violence through the Irish proverb, "You don't give a man a weapon until you have taught him how to dance."  And he reminds us that "the essential test of any culture involves whether it can find an imagination greater than violence and brutality."

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

Jul 31, 2019

In this episode, Michael Meade returns to an old conception of life having three distinct layers.  The first layer is the daily world that is typically the place of common courtesy, civil society and predictable patterns of weather and human behavior.  The second layer is the place of abandonment and heartache, but also the territory that gives rise to racism, bigotry, misogyny and conspiracy theories.  Thankfully, the third layer of life is the realm of underlying unity, the place of universal love and understanding, the surprising terrain of forgiveness and reconciliation and the sacred ground where nature and culture meet.

The bad news is that the second layer has now erupted into and often takes over the first layer of life.  The good news is that the layer of underlying unity remains nearby and can be found in music and the arts and poetry like the ecstatic verses of Rumi and Hafiz that remind us that we all secretly participate in the divine intimacy of things.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

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