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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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Nov 25, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with an ancient Mayan myth about the first human ancestors being shaped from corn. Far from being random creatures, humans were created to bring missing ingredients to the world. The missing ingredients included: a conscious awareness of the wonder of creation, a sense of gratitude and thankfulness, and a potential for imagination and genuine vision.

 

Central to the role of humans was the capacity to be thankful for the gift of life.  Thus, people all over the earth have created ceremonies and practices of gratitude and thanksgiving. Yet, in this year, when so many things have gone upside down, the idea of gathering people for a Thanksgiving event can turn out to be a kind of reverse ceremony. In the upside-down world, coming together to feel a sense of connection and thankfulness can wind up having unintended consequences.

 

The idea of giving thanks and the word thankfulness come from the old root word, grazia, which gives us gratitude, as well as grace. In that sense, what we seek in giving thanks are moments of gratitude that can bring a sense of grace back into the world. And this can happen in small ways that do not require large gatherings, an abundance of food, or any pretension that everyone might agree on life's great issues.

 

More than ever, we need occasions of grace and gratitude, however small they may be. We need moments of wholeness to rekindle our spirits and to ease our souls. We need to feel that life, despite all the existing divisions and heated conflicts remains a holy place, a place where healing remains possible.

 

When the world keeps turning upside down, it can be time to look and feel deeper inside in order to find the people and aspects of life that we are most grateful for. Sometimes that's all we need to do in order to reconnect to and contribute to the holiness of life. In doing that, we can ease the burden of our own hearts; we can also connect to the original sense of humanity and enable more grace to enter the world.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series “The Arc of Transformation” that begins on Friday, Dec. 4. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. You can save 30% on this series, receive additional podcast episodes and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

On behalf of all of us at Mosaic, we wish you the touch of grace, the sense of gratitude and shared moments of wholeness.  We are grateful for the work you do in the world and for your interest in and support of our work.

Nov 18, 2020

This episode begins with the anguish of a caring nurse tending to a person dying of Covid-19 who continues to deny, while at death’s very door, that the pandemic even exists. “This is tragic in ways that we couldn't anticipate,” Michael Meade laments. “This is tragedy of a different order, a combination of blind belief and life-draining denial.” No wonder that many ask how we can ever find healing when people increasingly believe that they live in different worlds?

 

Using a combination of ancient ideas and cogent poems, Meade addresses the issues of deadly denial and hidden grief in America and the spiritual, emotional chasm that continues to divide the country in half.

 

“If everyone would acknowledge the loss and the grief that is under the surface of the conflict, hatred and division, there could be a melting of all that polarizes, denies and rejects. There would be a falling into the depths of humanity, where sorrow, grief and tears can wash away those things that are deadly and need to be relinquished. We might then realize how much we are all in this together, not in some naive way, but in the old way of understanding that we are all walking the road of life and death together.”

 

Ultimately, grief turns out to be a vital element in life, a form of inner medicine that not only shapes the heart, but also opens it and makes us more genuinely human.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his upcoming live series that will begin on Friday, Dec. 4. Info and registration will be announced in the next few days. You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 280 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

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

Nov 11, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the confusion and fears developing from the difficulty of finding a peaceful transition after the recent election. Trust in institutions and political process has eroded to the point where people with opposing views feel that they are living in opposite worlds. While most agree that the truth can set us free, it becomes ever more difficult to find what that truth might be.

 

What for many modern people can seem like a flood of falsehoods and a baffling plague of conspiracy theories might have been seen by Socrates as a collapse of imagination that leads to the “lie in the soul.” The lie in the soul is an untruth taken into the core of a person’s life, where it becomes treated as truth. This was considered the most dangerous kind of lie because of its destructive effect on both the individual’s core and the community’s soul.

 

Perhaps surprisingly, Socrates proposed that the antidote to mistruths and misconceptions can be found, not simply in asserting the facts, but in a notion that translates as the “noble lie.” The noble lie can best be understood as stories that are not literal or historical, but are foundational for understanding humanity and essential for reestablishing universal truths.

 

In this old way of seeing, myths and creative arts were considered to be lies that reveal truths that otherwise can remain hidden. In other words, the kind of truth that can heal is found through acts of creativity and imagination not through facts and data gathered to make a point.

 

The symbols and metaphors of myth and the creative arts do not simply open our eyes, they open our imagination and thereby allow us to see the world anew. When the world becomes increasingly divided and it becomes more difficult to separate the deeper truths from the big lies, the point becomes not simply political resolution, but also a greater awakening to the underlying unity and inner truths of life.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining a free Q&A this Friday, November 13 at 5pm (PST). This monthly Living Myth Q&A session has been limited to members of our Living Myth Premium podcast. Because of the recent election, and subsequent changes in the cultural and political landscape, we want to open this live event to everyone interested in mythic imagination and the genuine transformation of culture and nature at this time.

Join us by using the Zoom Webinar ID: 868 8129 2158 and entering the password: meade (all lowercase).

 

You can join future monthly Q&A events and support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

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

Nov 6, 2020

The most common explanation for why we find ourselves caught in an increasing tension between opposing forces is that “we live in a deeply divided country.” After all the talk about flipping red states to blue or blue states to red, when the dust settles, the political map reflects a continuing division throughout the country.

 

Recorded whiles votes are still being counted in battleground states, Michael Meade considers deeper reasons why so many things tend to polarize in these troubled times. A surprising report on the growing separation between the layers of water in the world’s oceans may shed light on the intense divisions we feel in so many areas of life at this time.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

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

Oct 28, 2020

This episode begins with the ancient idea that human beings are the make-weights in the scales of time. That means that in critical moments humans can tip the scales of life in the direction of renewal rather than decline. The idea that every vote counts rests upon the idea that every life counts. And now, that rests upon the underlying idea that everything is interconnected. Michael Meade considers how the set of worldwide crises we all face makes the voting process part of tipping the scales of time as well as the scales of justice. He talks about the politics of democracy versus autocracy; but does so in the context of psychology and mythology. Sometimes a vote is more than a preference. Sometimes a vote is more like a prayer or a pledge to help life change and heal and renew.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

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

Oct 21, 2020

This episode begins with a puzzle set before the lead officials and counsellors of a royal court in ancient India. The key to solving the puzzle turns out to be an active use of imagination that shifts the level of viewing the problem. Michael Meade uses a similar shift of perspective and understanding to consider the cascade of crises we all are affected by at this time. It is our mutual fate to be caught in the dilemmas of our times; yet the twists of fate are secretly connected to threads of destiny which can pull us to deeper understandings and unexpected solutions.

 

You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that continues through Friday, October 23rd.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

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

Oct 14, 2020

We live in a time when seemingly all possible conflicts and oppositions come crashing all around us. Each day leaves us more exposed to raw emotions and rocked by the harsh energies of life. The tragedies and calamities of this era leave us in the lurch of history as antagonisms harden into stone and life seems increasingly stuck.

 

In order to imagine ways to pass through the dire straits of these troubled times, Michael Meade turns to ancient myths which can offer a third way to see when we find ourselves caught between opposing ideas and hardened ideologies.

 

The old myth of Jason and the Argonauts includes the quest to recover the Golden Fleece, the symbol of justice, authentic authority and balance needed to bring peace back to the world. The tale also involves facing the famous obstacle of the clashing rocks that represent the danger of being crushed between the rocks and the hard places. The story illustrates that some greater imagination must be found, and something must be consciously sacrificed, or else more people will become unconsciously and unnecessarily sacrificed.

 

You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that continues through Friday, October 23rd.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

Oct 7, 2020

Michael Meade takes up the theme of the little-self and the deeper self as way of understanding why people misuse power and what keeps people from changing. Meade uses the behavior of Donald Trump as a classic example of a person deluded by grandiosity and self-importance, while also being trapped by the shell and the spell of the little-self. “Fearful of being proven empty inside, the little-self tends to become more and more tyrannical as the anxiety of being exposed as a fraud grows greater and greater.”

 

By contrast, the deeper self within each person is the source of genuine strength, which naturally includes a capacity for empathy and compassion for the suffering of others. It is the deeper self within us that has the power to truly change and in times of crisis it tries to help us to rise to the occasion. When this truly knowing self takes charge, we find inner resources that could never be tapped by the little-self. At the same time, a surprising sense of peace can be experienced even in the midst of unsettling or chaotic circumstances.

 

You can hear Michael Meade speak more about the little self and the deep self as part of his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that begins on Friday, October 9th.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a members at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

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

Sep 30, 2020

The convergence of so many crises in the world can seem like gathering storms all headed to make landfall just as the shadows grow deeper, as the current election draws near, as we move into the dark time of the year.

 

No wonder psychologists increasingly worry about our mental health, as the collective psyche has experienced one devastating blow after another. By now, everyone's assumptions and expectations of the future are shattered. And increasingly the question becomes: how do we find refuge from the ever greater, gathering storms that threaten to engulf us all.

 

At times like this, everyone needs a healing image or saving grace, a safe haven or refuge from the storm. Turning to ancient myths, Michael Meade finds an old story that reveals forms of inner wisdom that can be awakened when the outer world becomes overwhelming.

 

It turns out that there is a little gap in time that is more than just the calm at the center of a storm. Rather, it is a still point in time through which life renews itself, at the level of the cosmos, at the level of the turning of seasons, and surprisingly at the level of the heart and soul of each living person.

 

You can join Michael Meade for his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” beginning on Friday, October 9th.  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 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

 

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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.

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.

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