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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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Now displaying: September, 2020
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.

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