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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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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.

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