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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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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.

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