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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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Jul 24, 2019

Michael Meade uses a series of old proverbs in order to find some stable ground for meaning and truth in a world of rapid changes and mounting dilemmas. Before anyone can figure out how to digest the important conversation about racism and bigotry in America, the Congressional Hearings on the Mueller Report commence and everyone descends into another set of complexities involving truth, manipulation and betrayal at the highest levels of political power.

After considering the overwhelming crisis of climate change, humanitarian issues and the struggle for truth and genuine ideals, Meade poignantly reminds us that "the soul is the part of each person that cannot simply be overwhelmed."

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 17, 2019

In the current overheated climate of political polarization, Michael Meade takes up an African trickster tale in order to show how easily people can be divided and turned against each other and even against their own self-interest.  The old story involves a hat that is black on one side and white on the other with people only seeing the side that is closest to them. That leads to an examination of "whiteness" as part of a “fallacy of color” that continues to cause pain and confusion throughout our culture. After considering the troubles at America's southern border and the constant tweet storms arising from the President's borderline tendencies, Meade leads us back to the old wisdom story in search of ways to point to and edify the underlying unity of all humanity.

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 exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Jul 3, 2019

This episode presents part two of “Cultivating Mythic Imagination,” an interview featured on For the Wild. After exploring relationships between wounds and dreams and chaos and beauty, Michael Meade meditates on his own journey of initiation and the archetypal ground of ancestors. Even as mass technology erodes genuine human connections, Michael Meade shows how the potent nature of stories offers us guiding threads and surprising answers to the most threatening modern dilemmas.

“When the planet is in this much trouble, we are in the dark night of the soul of the planet itself, then we are strangely closer to the seeds of imagination that can be used to reinvigorate life and possibly heal…” - Michael Meade

Thank you for listening to this episode of Living Myth.   You can help support the development and growth of 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 exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

Feel free to drop us a question or feedback about the podcast.  As always, we appreciate you sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Jul 2, 2019

This episode presents part one of an interview featured on the For the Wild podcast entitled “Cultivating Mythic Imagination.”

Michael Meade describes how the crises of cosmological, mythological and psychological disconnection from nature and from each other may drive us to places of darkness and suffering. Yet, there is great potential in that darkness to discover the creative energy of renewal. Retracing meaning through myth offers opportunities to understand the great challenge of our time to heal the planet from its wounds, and imagine a worldview based upon inclusion and connection. This interview explores the power of creative imagination and the visions of youth, the danger of hyper-individualism, and the limits of heroism in the face of global crises.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  We are pleased to announce that Michael Meade’s latest book “Awakening the Soul” is now available as an audio book.  The audio book can be purchased as a download or CD set online at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

Members of the Living Myth Premium Podcast can save 30% on this title and all other offerings from Michael Meade and Mosaic.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Learn more and become a member of this podcast at patreon.com/livingmyth

Jun 29, 2019

This excerpt from the latest premium episode offers samples from the new audio book Awakening the Soul, along with expanded content and spontaneous commentary by Meade. The book sample focuses on the chapter “Inner Eyes of the Soul” which includes a story of an orphan left behind by his tribe, who then unexpectedly has a radical awakening experience that leads to a vision that affects everyone in the tribe. The commentary by the author includes autobiographical material as well as psychological ideas about each person’s “orphan self.”

You can hear the full episode and receive additional podcast content by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Go to www.patreon.com/livingmyth to learn more and subscribe.

For $10/month, members of Living Myth Premium receive:

* Q&A episodes where Michael Meade answers member questions

* Autobiographical and anecdotal stories from Michael

* A 30% discount on all products and many events

* Archival recordings from live events and dynamic interviews

* Access to over 125 Living Myth podcasts

Living Myth and Living Myth Premium are products of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a 501©3 organization.  Your membership helps grow Living Myth and ensures we are able to continue developing and expanding this creative project.

Peace and blessings,

Mosaic Staff

Jun 26, 2019

This episode completes the trilogy on the issues of awakening from emotional and psychic spells.  Michael Meade tells the ancient Celtic myth of Cerridwen, the great Goddess and Gwion Bach, the orphan who becomes enlightened. The story opens up the expansive realm of the goddess as Great Mother and Mother Nature.  The ancient tale reveals that hidden beneath where spells fall can be found the surprising ground of inspiration and revelation.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  We are pleased to announce that Michael Meade’s latest book “Awakening the Soul” is now available as an audio book.  Here is a sample from this newly released title.  The audio book can be purchased as a download or CD set online at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

Members of the Living Myth Premium Podcast can save 30% on this title and all other offerings from Michael Meade and Mosaic.  Learn more and become a member of this podcast at patreon.com/livingmyth

Jun 20, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Michael Meade’s latest book “Awakening the Soul” is now available as an audio book.  Here is a sample from this newly released title.  The audio book can be purchased as a download or CD at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

Members of the Living Myth Premium Podcast can save 30% on this title and all other offerings from Michael Meade and Mosaic.  Learn more and become a member of this podcast at patreon.com/livingmyth.

Apr 19, 2019

On this excerpt from the latest Living Myth Premium episode, Michael Meade answers questions about the soul posed by listeners.  One question is “what is the meaning of the original agreement of the soul?”  Another is “why is this first agreement so important that it is indelible in the soul?” Using ancient stories about the origin of the soul, Meade offers a compelling commentary on the soul’s way of bridging the two worlds, the eternal and the time bound. 

Rather than being separated from the divine by an “original sin”, old stories depict the separation as an original forgetting of the unique pattern in each soul.  The rest of life involves a longing to reconnect to the eternal and live out the soul’s first agreement and original intention in life. This excerpt is from the first of a two-part Living Myth Premium podcast series on the two agreements of the soul.

Hear the full episode and receive additional podcast content by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Go to www.patreon.com/livingmyth to learn more and subscribe.

For $10/month, members of Living Myth Premium receive:

  • Q & A episodes where Michael Meade answers questions from Premium members
  • Autobiographical stories from Michael
  • Archival recordings from live events and dynamic interviews
  • Exclusive offers on products and events
  • Access to the entire collection of Living Myth podcasts

Living Myth and Living Myth Premium are products of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a 501©3 organization.  Your membership helps grow Living Myth and ensures we are able to continue developing and expanding this creative project.

Peace and blessings,
 
Mosaic Staff

Jan 27, 2019

On this excerpt from the latest Living Myth Premium episode, Michael Meade reads selected poems from The Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart, the renowned anthology edited along with Robert Bly and James Hillman. The recording includes reflections on the surprising dynamic of creating the anthology along with commentary on the importance of poetic inspiration. This is the first part of a Living Myth Premium podcast series that weaves poetry, spoken word and anecdotal stories about the role of art and creativity and the undying speech of the soul. 

You can hear the full episode and receive additional podcast content by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Go to www.patreon.com/livingmyth to learn more and subscribe.

For $10/month, members of Living Myth Premium receive:

  • Q & A episodes where Michael Meade answers questions from Premium members
  • Autobiographical stories from Michael
  • Archival recordings from live events and dynamic interviews
  • Exclusive offers on products and events
  • Access to the entire collection of Living Myth podcasts

Living Myth and Living Myth Premium are products of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a 501©3 organization.  Your membership helps grow Living Myth and ensures we are able to continue developing and expanding this creative project.

Peace and blessings,
 
Mosaic Staff

Jun 19, 2018

Hey Living Myth listeners, thank you for being a part of this podcast.  We wanted to let you know about the Living Myth Premium Podcast, a new offering from Mosaic that gives members access to additional content beyond the free weekly edition of the podcast. Go to mosaicvoices.org or livingmyth.org to learn more and become a member.  Your membership helps grow Living Myth and ensures we are able to continue developing and expanding this creative project. To give you a flavor of the premium content, we have included an excerpt from the first bonus episode.

Jan 6, 2017

Michael Meade introduces the role of myth in making sense of our complex and challenging world and he answers the question “Why Myth, Why Now?”.

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