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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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Sep 23, 2020

This episode begins with the contrast between logos and mythos, which the ancient Greeks considered the two primary ways of reporting on life’s events. If the power of logos is reason, the power of myth is imagination. The ideas of logos are supposed to clearly state the facts of the matter; while the narratives of mythos reveal underlying truths and what matters most to us.

 

Hypocrisy names a third form of narration that happens when people are not faithful to either the facts of logos or the truths of mythos. An old idea that suggests that hypocrisy can be more dangerous than crime. For when hypocrisy becomes habitual in the halls of power, crimes are being committed against the soul of the country.

 

Michael Meade uses an old myth to depict how the heights of hypocrisy can only lead to greater division and distrust in the body politic, and increasing tragedy and suffering in the hearts of the people.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that begins on Friday, October 9.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 265 episodes and a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Sep 16, 2020

This episode begins with the wildfires burning across the Western U.S. and the smoke that obscures the sun and makes simply breathing hazardous. On top of all the political chaos, the economic collapse, and the worst pandemic in modern times, the wildfires create a kind of second quarantine as well as a “living hell” where entire towns are reduced to ashes. In order to gain both a psychological and mythological perspective on the issues of fire and the future, Michael Meade turns to ancient myths about how the mishandling of power on the part of misguided humans caused the sun to fall and set the earth on fire.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series that will begin on Friday, October 9.  Series info and registration will be announced in  a few days.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Sep 10, 2020

Unlike religious narratives or scientific theories, folk myths don't require that we believe in them. They simply prefer that we continue to learn from them. Sometimes, the ancient wisdom needed for surviving and transforming our lives comes in the form of animals. This episode of Living Myth centers upon an old teaching tale about how a wise fish, a half-wise fish and one who is simply unwise deal with the nets intended to entrap them. Amidst a consideration of all the current crises that can entrap and incapacitate us, a bird appears with three pieces of wisdom about avoiding being trapped by the past as well as being caught in present fears and dangers.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series that will begin on October 9.  Series info and registration will be announced next week.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 265 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Sep 2, 2020

This episode begins with an old teaching story that depicts how words spoken in a crisis can have a healing effect or else generate anger and division. Michael Meade points out that the original meaning of the Greek word crisis referred to a turning point in a disease that could signify a change for the better or for the worse.

 

Turning to the language of the ancient Greek tragedies, Meade describes the psychological function of educating everyone on how chaotic and deadly forces can be unleashed, and “all hell break loose”, when violence and injustice become intensified by great hubris or narcissism on the part of self-important leaders.

 

In terms of the epidemic of violence in the U.S., we are in a critical condition and at such a turning point. Words have power and the words of those in positions of power can make the crisis more deadly, when the opportunity for healing is also present and just as possible.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series that will begin in early October.  Series info and registration will be announced in mid-September.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Aug 26, 2020

This episode addresses the storm of political, ecological and emotional crises we are all experiencing. These are extreme times in which the world seems to go upside down repeatedly and anything can happen. These are also dangerous times and the repeated stoking of unconscious fears can lead to extreme reactions and raw emotions that erupt in a kind of psychic parallel to the fires raging in one part of the landscape and hurricanes threatening in another.

As all manner of extreme notions and outlandish beliefs take the stage at the same time the veil of normalcy is not only lifted, it is ripped aside. As the social fabric unravels more each day, the tapestry of what we used to call reality becomes further shredded until everything seems to be barely hanging by a thread.
 
It makes sense if we feel ourselves to be on the edge of a nervous breakdown, on the verge of depression or about to slip into some state of protective numbness. Yet we can't simply refuse to take in all the chaos, confusion and corruption because it is in the very air we breathe. In the same way, the corona virus is in the air and the smoke from various kinds of fires are now in the air we breathe. We are increasingly exposed to harsh realities, including the darker, shadowy sides of life.
 
For anything to change psychologically, we must first accept the trouble we find ourselves in. At the same time, we must undergo an expansion of self that gives us, both individually and collectively, a deeper sense of our capacity to change our lives while in the midst of adversity.
 
The instinct for finding moments of unity and beauty in life runs deeper in the human soul than the energy for division and conflict. The deepest layers of the harbors the great human inheritance of imagination and our natural instincts for beauty and creation. However, to truly connect to our deep soul center, we must suffer some of the vulnerability, the emotional pain, and the radical uncertainty of the moment.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “The Soul of Genius” that continues through Friday, August 28. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Aug 19, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the idea that there are times when life itself is the great teacher, and rushing ahead without a genuine vision can mean failing to find the right course, and not learning important lessons that life is trying to teach us. That leads to a consideration of two levels of education: a basic education that can give a person some grounding and a way to “make a life” and the deeper levels of learning that can reveal inner aptitudes and gifts and help awaken the inner nobility and true nature of students.

 

Michael Meade uses an old teaching story to depict how when the seas of change are churning, and the storms of life are intensifying, it is the deeper level of education that can reorient teachers and parents as well as students. When the common systems become overwhelmed, and everything is thrown off course, it is the natural buoyancy of the soul, with its fluid capacity to change, and the radical resiliency of human genius that can set the new course and bring deeper levels of learning to everyone involved.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “The Soul of Genius” that continues through Friday, August 28. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

Aug 12, 2020

This episode begins with the sense that seeing opposing sides to every story has become a mental as well as an emotional habit in modern life. The bifurcated thinking that produces “good versus bad” and “us versus them” traps us in static polarizations; but also leaves us with a false sense of reality and a diminished worldview.

 

In mythic terms, the third thing is the charm that can break the numbing spell of binary choices. When it comes to the meaning and purpose of human life, the old dichotomy of “nature versus nurture” cannot tell the whole story. The third element, that can make all the difference, is the inborn presence of a genius self that is neither derived from genetics nor shaped by the conditions of the outside world.

 

Genius refers to the unique spirit in each person’s life and to an inner pattern that holds the keys to understanding the meaning and purpose hidden within each life. An old idea states that genius tends to be revealed in adverse circumstances. There may be no greater time for people to awaken to the inner spark of genius than this period of deep oppositions and worldwide crisis at so many levels of life.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “The Soul of Genius” that begins on Friday, August 14. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

Aug 5, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the old idea that a genuine education offers each student “roots and wings.” The roots can be seen as the rudiments of learning intended to provide the tools needed to become a part of everyday life. The wings however, must be imagined as the expansion of each student's inner spirit, the awakening of their core imagination, and the revelation of their unique way of being present in the world.

Michael Meade suggests that the current school crisis, albeit agonizing for parents, teachers and administrators, also presents an opportunity to reimagine the very spirit of education. If education continues to be seen at the root level of schooling, we may miss the deeper learning that is trying to happen at all levels of life right now.

In a world full of great uncertainty and radical change, the role of education must change to suit the times. Meade reframes learning as part of a “second adventure of life” that includes a greater sense of imagination, a deeper sense of resiliency and a genuine sense that each person has some genius quality to bring to life.

In times of collective crisis we either become bigger people and shape greater vessels for the flow of life, or else we shrink from life’s challenges, and make the world smaller for ourselves and our children.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “The Soul of Genius” that begins on Friday, August 14. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 250 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jul 29, 2020

This episode begins with the ancient ideas of the Kali Yuga, the “dark time” that lasts for a long time. Michael Meade uses the old tale of worldwide decline to consider our collective plight in the midst of the current pandemic along with all the other crises plaguing the world.

 

The surprise comes when Meade reveals radical ideas from several ancient texts about how to find the spirit of light and vision for life in the midst of the dark times on earth. It turns out that accepting the story trying to unfold from within and waking to the presence of the inner “atman” or genius self are keys to navigating the dark times. But also, getting into the “right trouble” and finding what our souls want to be devoted to are also ways to contribute to help the light to return from the darkest times.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “The Soul of Genius” that begins on Friday, August 14. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 250 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jul 22, 2020

A primary meaning of apocalypse is “lifting the veil,” both uncovering what was covered up and discovering things previously unknown. An example of the kind of surprising discovery that can happen in troubled times appeared recently. Astronomers identified a cosmic curtain of thousands of galaxies just beyond our Milky Way. Although enormous and relatively close, this expansive system of galaxies had been obscured by the dust of an area called the Zone of Avoidance.

 

This cosmic event can also be symbolic of the human psyche, where we can have inner zones of denial and avoidance that obscure insights and illuminating meanings that can expand, enrich and enliven our lives. In the midst of all of the current crises on Earth, it's important to know that there can also be the emergence of hidden truths appearing like stars that were formerly obscured.

 

One way to imagine this potential inner lifting of the veil is through the psychological dynamic of fate and destiny. Fate involves all that limits us in life, while destiny calls us to find and follow our star. In avoiding fateful issues in our lives, we build the inners zones of avoidance. When we face our fate, we can find the inner “twist of fate” that reveals and aligns us with our destiny in life.

 

At this time we are being called to find the courage, both collectively and individually, to face aspects of fate that constrict our lives and darken our world. The cosmos wants us to know that just beyond the zones of denial and avoidance there are unseen stars, bright ideas and brilliant flashes of imagination that can light a multitude of pathways through this troubled world.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series.  Details and registration will be available later this week. 

 

You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 250 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jul 15, 2020

This special edition of Living Myth uses a longer format to connect ancient ideas of rites of passage with the need for both transformation and healing on many levels of life.

 

An old idea from the process of initiation states that before the journey begins, you own the journey. But, once the journey has begun, the journey owns you. Both collectively and individually we are in the midst of a journey that we don't own.

 

The way forward involves great uncertainties; yet each day makes it more clear that there can be no turning back. We are being called to understand a radical mode of transformation in which letting go of old forms and old attitudes becomes necessary both for psychological growth and for reimagining cultural life.

 

Life, death and renewal is the mystery that underlies all of creation and shapes the ideas and images of rites of passage. In such rites the initiates become frightened and frustrated, disoriented and confused. However, this liminal condition of being betwixt and between was considered to be a holy confusion that precedes awakening and genuine transformation.

 

The current state of widespread uncertainty, doubt and agitation can be seen a modern version of holy confusion. Chaotic conditions can be seen as a prerequisite for finding the greater inspirations and deeper levels of healing needed to renew life and shape a better world for everyone.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade speak more about initiation by joining his new live onl ine series “Paths of Initiation” that runs through on July 17. Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events

 

You can save 30% on this online series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 250 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

 

You can 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 and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jul 8, 2020

This episode addresses the puzzling question of why some people refuse to wear anti-virus masks in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Michael Meade describes the attitude of dismissing dangerous and potentially fatal issues as being under a spell that makes people “wrong-headed” and potentially delusional and strangely self-destructive.

In modern, mass societies, falling under spells can become more common because people tend to harden as individuals too early, before experiencing the deeper feelings that open both the heart and the mind. People can become arrogant and defensive about who they are and what they deserve before they have actually become anything like what their soul intends them to be.

In mythological terms, the spell falls exactly where changes must occur for conscious growth to actually happen. By facing up to the issues at hand, no matter how complicated, things get “spelled out” and everyone can become more conscious and more humanly interconnected.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade speak more about initiation by joining his new live onl ine series “Paths of Initiation” that runs through on July 17. Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events

You can save 30% on this online series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 240 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

You can 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 and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jun 30, 2020

Under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic and the crisis of social injustice the deep wounds of our culture as well as our personal traumas are being brought to the surface of life. Both levels of trauma are calling for us to bring more consciousness and more healing to them.

In this episode Michael Meade turns to old alchemical ideas where salt becomes a symbol of how to understand the nature of persistent collective and personal wounds. Working with what truly matters to us involves us in what's the matter with us. And working with those two things, is what makes us “worth our salt.”

Instead of putting salt in old wounds, we can extract from them the “salt of wisdom,” which becomes a key medicine for the time we live in and a source of genuine solutions that can open ways forward that include everyone.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade speak more about initiation by joining his new live online series “Paths of Initiation” that begins on July 2. Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events

You can save 30% on this online series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 240 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

You can 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 and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jun 24, 2020

This episode begins with ancient ideas of the essence of leadership and community from the Ndembu people of Zaire. In this view, a person elevated to a position of power must embody both nobility and humility; they must be welcoming to everyone and respect the rights of others or the underlying bonds of humanity can be broken.

Michael Meade makes the connections to our current crises of racism, injustice and the misuse of power and authority. Then, he depicts the potential for a collective rite of passage based upon communitas - the often spontaneous, shared experience of unity in depth that transcends established structures and helps heal the wounds of hatred, division and abuse of power.

We may be in a righteous political battle and in a critical election year; we are also at the edge of genuine transformation and being called to awaken to the greater spirit of humanity and to the deeper bonds of an inclusive community of the heart.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade speak more about initiation by joining his new live online series “Paths of Initiation” that begins on July 2. Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events

You can save 30% on this online series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 240 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jun 17, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the idea that the cascade of worldwide crises and life-changing events require not just change, but a genuine cultural transformation. Michael Meade describes how we are in the midst of a collective rite of passage that calls upon each of us to contribute to an awakening of true humanity. He shows how a metamorphosis of both individual lives and collective attitudes can be understood through the age-old patterns of initiation.

“Essential changes must come from another level of being. When it comes to issues of the human heart and soul, the archetypal pattern of initiation underlies the dynamic energy of transformation.”

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade speak more about initiation by joining his new live online series “Paths of Initiation” that begins on July 2. Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events

You can save 30% on this online series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 240 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

Jun 11, 2020

At this point in the story of the world the tragic killing of George Floyd becomes a cause for worldwide protests, but also the occasion for a funeral for everyone who cares about the state of humanity. It is a sorrowful, painful way of learning how we truly are all in this together.

After a profound poem from Emily Dickinson, Michael Meade intones an ancient funeral poem from Zaire written to honor the natural nobility of the person passing to the other world. Meade concludes by saying, “There's been a lot of suffering and a lot of unnecessary death, but maybe, if we can be in a funeral together, maybe, if we learn from death together, we can learn to truly live together. Maybe then “a change is going to come.”

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series that begins on July 2. Registration and more details will be available later this week on our website: mosaicvoices.org/events

You can save 30% on this upcoming series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 240 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Jun 3, 2020

This episode addresses the tragic killing of George Floyd and the ground swell of protests against the epidemic of racism and blatant injustice. The callous execution of yet another unarmed black man at the hands of police has torn the skin off the age-old wound of racism and revealed the process of dehumanization that continues to be the deep fault line in American culture.

The word crisis comes directly from ancient Greek healers, who used the term to define a turning point in the course of a disease. In America, the persistent disease involves systemic racism and deadly injustice. We are now at a tipping point when it comes to the very essence of democracy, but we are also in a struggle for the soul of humanity.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his ongoing live online series “Touching the Soul of the World” that continues on June 5.  Registration includes access to all live events and HD recordings of prior events.  Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can save 30% on this series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 240 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

May 27, 2020

There are times when myth and fact come together. And we are now living in an era when the crises and dilemmas we face reach mythic proportions. We have reached a critical point in terms of dealing with the coronavirus and facing the societal fault lines further revealed by the pandemic. The current arguments about wearing masks or not only distract from a deeper unmasking of how we value human life and the need for greater truth-telling if we are to develop trust and find deeper ways of healing.

The lack of truth and empathy in political life will further dehumanize life and divide us if we don't find the antidote in ourselves. Michael Meade offers an old story that reveals the essential connection between truth and healing that can lead us to deeper states of compassion, empathy, and mutual understanding. 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his ongoing live online series “Touching the Soul of the World” that continues on Friday, May 29.  Registration includes access to all live events and HD recordings of prior events.  Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can save 30% on this series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 240 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

May 20, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with an ancient creation story in which the creator experiences doubt and makes a serious mistake at the very beginning of creation. Ever since then people have been having doubts and making mistakes. The current period of pandemic has been marked by tragic mistakes of judgement as well as mistaken policies that affect all of our lives. In the old creation story, a surprising turn of events brings wisdom into the world as an antidote to unnecessary mistakes and destructive lies. There may be no better time than now for a return of wisdom as a medicine for all that ails the world.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “Touching the Soul of the World” that begins on Friday, May 22.  Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can save 30% on this series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 230 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

May 13, 2020

This episode of Living Myth considers the importance of imagination when facing complicated challenges. As the world seems to go upside down, we can find ourselves in a kind of underworld where raw emotions, oppositional energies, and delusional thinking become magnified.

In these increasingly anxious times, the sense of powerlessness and fear of the unknown can cause a desperate need to find simple answers for truly complicated issues. In that sense, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn't just present a challenging medical situation; it also creates a challenge to human imagination.

The more restrictive the basic attitudes of individuals or groups tend to be, the more negative and destructive the effects of a changing world will seem to them. Where a person, group or a whole society feels most restricted, that is where the greatest lack of imagination will be found. Imagination is the deepest power of the human soul. In the end, innovation, as well as liberation, derives from the sense that freedom is found in the active, imaginative mind.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new live online series “Touching the Soul of the World” that begins on Friday, May 22.  Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events.

 You can save 30% on this series, and receive additional podcast content each month, by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. For just $10/month you will receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 230 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

May 6, 2020

This episode begins with the idea that there are two levels of myth. The first level involves narratives used to shape and manipulate people’s beliefs. Such a “lesser myth” appeared when Donald Trump fashioned a story that deepened the divisions between people, while convincing some that he was the “only one” who could fix their lives. As one journalist stated, "Trump can get his facts wrong as long as he gets his myth right. He can commit a million scandals, but his followers don't see them as long as they remain embedded within that myth." 

The second level of myth opens pathways to a deeper understanding of life and a greater appreciation for the core values of humanity. Whereas the false narratives depend upon the exclusion of “others,” the greater myths lead to a sense of profound unity. The second level of myth verifies and supports the felt sense that “we are all in this together.”

At this critical and perilous moment in the coronavirus pandemic, following the false myth of self-interest can literally lead to an increasing sacrifice of human lives. In this time of life and death issues, the deeper levels of mythic imagination can help sustain and transform both the individual soul and the heart of our culture.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series that will begin on Friday, May 22.  Details will be announced soon. 

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On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great challenge, change and transformation.

Apr 30, 2020

This episode of Living Myth opens with the idea that the coronavirus pandemic causes a greater activation of both the archetype of the healer and that of the leader. In order to consider how failures of leadership can undermine even the most heroic attempts at healing, Michael Meade turns to an ancient myth from India. When Indra, the prototype for all subsequent leaders, becomes wildly inflated and endlessly demanding, the growing sense of chaos threatens the entire realm of life. In the myth an intervention on the part of the gods reduces the hubris of the ruler and brings balance back to the realm. At this critical time on earth, an awakening of genuine and inspired leadership may have to come from the hearts and minds of a multitude and diversity of people in order for even greater tragedies to be avoided. 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his ongoing online series “A Time of Transformation on Earth” that continues this Friday, May 1. If you missed the first 2 events, you will receive access to a recording of these events by signing up for the series.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

We also want to thank everyone who has contributed over the last few weeks with encouragement, financial support and feedback on the podcast.  You can help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Thank you to everyone who has recently joined.  You can 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 live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great upheaval and change.

Apr 22, 2020

On this Earth Day episode of Living Myth, Michael Meade tells a myth of the origin of the earth. The tale begins when a divine woman falls from the sky and is saved by birds and other animals. After giving birth to twins who represent hard-hearted and kind-hearted ways of being, the lady who fell from heaven becomes the living spirit of the earth. When the conflict between the hard and the gentle twins intensifies, the whole world goes out of balance. As things reach a global tipping point, the spirit of the earth directly offers encouragement and guidance to the kind-hearted twin.

After outlining how conditions on earth, including the climate crisis and the current pandemic, parallel the conflicts at the beginning of time, Meade concludes: “Those who learn to listen to the earth develop qualities of devotion and fierce compassion. They become capable of creating and sustaining places of refuge and sanctuary and they become the friends of the Earth and the agents of ongoing creation.”

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his ongoing online series “A Time of Transformation on Earth” that continues this Friday, April 24. If you missed the first event, you will receive access to a recording of this event by signing up for the series.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

We also want to thank everyone who has contributed over the last few weeks with encouragement, financial support and feedback on the podcast.  You can help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Thank you to everyone who has recently joined.  You can 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 live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this period of great upheaval and change.

Apr 15, 2020

This episode begins with a series of contrasting words that can characterize some of the responses to the current pandemic. Disaster is a star word that means to “miss your star” and find catastrophe instead, and destiny, which means to “follow your star” to your soul’s destination. Meade considers leadership through the contrast between being a tyrant and having genuine nobility and that leads to the old idea that a true king sacrifices for the benefit of the people. He then offers an antidote to all the confusion, suffering and loss by addressing the star spark in each of our souls that can guide us through the dark times we are in.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  We are excited to announce a new live online series with Michael Meade beginning on Friday, April 17 that addresses the great crises we now face and considers how to respond from a deep place of soul and radical resilience. Register and learn more at: mosaicvoices.org/events.

We also want to thank everyone who has contributed over the last few weeks with encouragement, financial support and feedback on the podcast.  During this time of great collective challenge, we at Mosaic deeply appreciate you and the all listeners and supporters out there. If you are able, please consider please a donation to Mosaic to help us continue our creative efforts to use myth, story and imagination to find ways to heal, renew and restore both culture and nature. Donate today at: mosaicvoices.org/donate

You can also help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Thank you to everyone who has recently joined.  You can 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.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this time of great change and uncertainty.

Apr 9, 2020

Michael Meade uses an ancient story from India to reflect on leadership and language during this painful period of pandemic. In the old tale, a wandering saint or sadhu teaches a snake that has been spreading poison amongst the local villagers to become peaceful. A second story, from the Sufi tradition, demonstrates the importance of language in a crisis and dramatizes the healing power of words.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  We are excited to announce a new live online series with Michael Meade beginning on Friday, April 17 that addresses the great crises we now face and considers how to respond from a deep place of soul and radical resilience. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

We also want to thank everyone who has contributed over the last few weeks with encouragement, financial support and feedback on the podcast.  During this time of great collective challenge, we at Mosaic deeply appreciate you and the all listeners and supporters out there. If you are able, please consider please a donation to Mosaic to help us continue our creative efforts to use myth, story and imagination to find ways to heal, renew and restore both culture and nature. Donate today at: mosaicvoices.org/donate

You can also help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Thank you to everyone who has recently joined.  You can 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.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you and your loved ones continued well-being, protection and deep community connection during this time of great change and uncertainty.

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