This episode begins with a contemplation that expands the notion of Earth Day, steps into ancient ideas about the qualities of earth energies, and touches on the element of earth as it exists in our own body, in our psyche and especially our heart. It ends with a dramatic story about the Old Grandmother Eagle willing to sacrifice herself in order to bring all the people who are fighting with each other back into the deep rhythm of this earth.
On this episode of the Living Myth Podcast, drawn from an interview on Voices of Vashon Radio, Michael Meade shows how trouble and collapse can awaken the soul. There is something in each of us that we came here to give – our gift of genius – and there is no better time to find it than now. Because no single hero will save everybody, we need a collective awakening of the genius within to reweave the world and anchor community in the deep ground of the soul.
Michael Meade takes the old notion of the Gordian Knot and handles it both mythologically and as a way of looking at the Syrian knot - the ongoing tragedy unfolding in Syria. He connects each to the idea of a wasteland, that once it starts, can spread in all directions and he concludes by offering antidotes that have to do with the authenticity of the soul of each person.
Nature only produces originals. Just as no two trees are the same, each person born is a unique soul with a specific way of viewing life and being in the world. That’s part of the message of the Genius Myth, which also suggests that the Hero Myth may no longer serve as the best way of seeing the role of the individual soul in the world.
The Genius Myth suggests that diversity is essential to humanity, just as it is the essence of a growing forest or ecological system. The struggles around diversity at this time are essential for social justice; but also shape a context for awakening to the radical nature of the human soul.
Radical means the ‘deepest root of a plant or tree’ and genius is the radical root of the soul. From the soul’s radical view, the turbulence of the world can stir the genius seed within us and help reveal the true reason we each came to life. In times of comfort the genius may sleep; in times of trouble genius awakens. Being true to one’s genius path in life becomes a potent antidote to all the lies and falsehoods in the world.