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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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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. 

You can also take part in an upcoming live event by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members can take part in a free live Q&A with Michael this Friday, May 8 at 4:30pm (Pacific Time).  If you’re not already a member, you can join this growing community of podcast supporters for just $10/month and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 225 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and live online events. 

Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 

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

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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