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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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Apr 2, 2020

This episode looks at the advent of the coronavirus pandemic through three distinct viewpoints: the literal level of facts and figures, the psychological level that adds feelings and insights to the numbers and data, and the mythological perspective that involves narrative intelligence, deep imagination, and wisdom. Using that framework Michael Meade addresses the growing number of Covid-19 deaths as well as the “little deaths” we all experience as we make sacrifices for our own safety as well as for the health and welfare of everyone else.

Michael ends with quotes from his book Awakening the Soul: “When a situation begins to feel like a matter of life and death, the underlying soul is actually close at hand and trying to get our attention. The core ideals of humanity are intended to serve as a light to follow, especially when the dark times come around and we become more exposed to the extremes of life and even to the touch of death.”

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  We also want to thank everyone who has contributed over the last few weeks with encouragement, financial support and feedback on the podcast.  During this time of great collective challenge, we at Mosaic deeply appreciate you and the all listeners and supporters out there.

While public events are postponed, we intend to continue the creative work of Mosaic, including these free weekly episodes of the Living Myth Podcast. Because proceeds from events and workshops represent a major form of support for all of Mosaic’s creative projects, we are asking you to please consider a donation to Mosaic to help us continue our creative efforts to use myth, story and imagination to find ways to heal, renew and restore both culture and nature. Donate today at: mosaicvoices.org/donate

You can also help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Thank you to everyone who has recently joined.  You can become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

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 time of great change and uncertainty.

Mar 26, 2020

Michael Meade uses an old story from India to illustrate the importance of understanding the idea of exponential growth. The ancient tale serves as a warning for what can happen when the ruler of a country fails to grasp the nature of a complex situation that involves radical change. In contemporary India, the current prime minister has made the bold move of ordering 1.3 billion people to stay at home in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. At the same time, leaders at the top of the U. S. government seem to lack the wisdom and the care needed to truly protect people from the virus. Failing to heed sage advice or simply follow the data, they seem willing to risk trying to revive the economy rather than helping people survive the unprecedented pandemic.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  All Mosaic public events and gatherings set for April, May and June have been postponed. While public events are postponed, we intend to continue the creative work of Mosaic, including these free weekly episodes of the Living Myth Podcast.

Because proceeds from events and workshops represent a major form of support for all of Mosaic’s creative projects, we are asking you to please consider a donation to Mosaic to help us continue our creative efforts to use myth, story and imagination to find ways to heal, renew and restore both culture and nature. Donate today at: mosaicvoices.org/donate

You can also help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Mar 19, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the idea that the world as we knew it has disappeared as the worldwide climate crisis and the global virus pandemic transform both the world around us and the world within us. Michael Meade uses an ancient myth from India to show how the soul responds to troubled times when we can feel overwhelmed by waves of fear and sorrow and all seems to turn to despair. Being both deep and ancient, the human soul has a second level of hope that involves an inner buoyancy that is connected to both imagination and radical resiliency.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  All Mosaic public events and gatherings set for April, May and June have been postponed. While public events are postponed, we intend to continue the creative work of Mosaic, including these free weekly episodes of the Living Myth Podcast.

Because proceeds from events and workshops represent a major form of support for all of Mosaic’s creative projects, we are asking you to please consider a donation to Mosaic to help us continue our creative efforts to use myth, story and imagination to find ways to heal, renew and restore both culture and nature. Donate: mosaicvoices.org/donate

You can also help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you protection and well-being and send our prayers and blessings to you and your loved ones.

Mar 12, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with issues raised by the spread of the coronavirus and leads to a consideration of the ancient, initiatory practice of katabasis or conscious descent to the inner world. At each turning point in life, we must face our deepest fears in order to grow. We are now at a collective turning point, where we must stop and listen to the body of humanity despite fears of the stock market crashing and in spite of the common belief that everything must keep expanding, so that we avoid a major descent. The willingness to stop and consciously descend can lead to a greater understanding of one's life and a deeper connection to both meaning and purpose.

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  As you may know, all Mosaic public events and workshops set for April, May and June have been postponed. We have made this difficult decision based on current guidelines from the CDC for dealing with the coronavirus. While public events are postponed, we intend to continue the creative work of Mosaic, including these free weekly episodes of the Living Myth Podcast.

Because proceeds from events and workshops represent a major form of support for all of Mosaic’s creative projects, we are asking you to please consider a donation to Mosaic to help us continue our creative efforts to use myth, story and imagination to find ways to heal, renew and restore both culture and nature. Donate at: mosaicvoices.org/donate

You can also help support Mosaic and this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Mar 5, 2020

This episode of Living Myth begins with the sudden changes in the political landscape and moves to greater ideas from mythology and cosmology about change and transformation. Michael Meade tells an ancient story from China that illuminates wise ways of responding to both persistent crisis and sudden changes. When it comes to becoming wise about the world and the power to transform life, there is no right way or single map. “Whether it’s the current political map, or the ever-growing map of the climate crisis or the map of worldwide issues of health and healing, we are all in uncharted territory.”

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives of over 200 episodes and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 27, 2020

This episode begins with the idea that at the end of an era everyone can feel older than they are and weighted down by the world. Michael Meade seeks for some deep medicine for our current troubles in ancient stories that tell about listening to the inner bird of spirit and practicing the idea of "dancing to be young again". An old story from Africa shows the radical difference between the wise old woman who helps people connect to the song of their soul and the negative elder who promises people they can have whatever they think they deserve without having to transform their lives.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person at a series of events this spring in Los Angeles. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. You can hear more audio from Michael Meade and save 30% on all audio downloads using the promo code METAL RAT during our Lunar New Year download special.  Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

Additional podcast content is available by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 20, 2020

This episode considers the importance of planting trees in a ritual manner that can help reduce climate anxiety, while also building a greater sense of human community. Michael Meade describes how creative rituals can deepen people’s commitment to the difficult work of healing both culture and nature. He points out the lack of wisdom in thinking that there can be a single solution for the long standing, complex issues that drive the climate crisis. Ritual can provide ways to connect the mind and the heart and reconnect us to the sacredness of life and the ongoing story of creation.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade in person at a series of events this spring in Los Angeles. Learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.

You can hear more audio from Michael Meade and save 30% on all audio downloads using the promo code METAL RAT during our Lunar New Year download special.  Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

Additional podcast content is available by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 13, 2020

Amidst all the troubles in the world and on the eve of Valentine's Day, Michael Meade delves into Greek mythology to bring back the sense of Eros as the spirit of love and original agent of creation. For life on earth to begin, Eros had to crack open the cosmic egg;  the same life-enhancing spirit is necessary now for life on earth to continue. Meade links Eros, as the open heart that connects us to each other, with Kairos as the moment in which time breaks and we find ourselves back in touch with things that are timeless.  By the end of the recording poets like Machado, Rumi and Hafiz have joined the recitation, showing ways that we all might escape the traps of the time and find our erotic connections to the living world as well as to each other.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear more audio from Michael Meade and save 30% on all audio downloads using the promo code METAL RAT during our Lunar New Year download special.  Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 7, 2020

Michael Meade returns to the epic tale of The Odyssey in order to bring a mythic lens to the recent impeachment trial and to the troubled state of our democracy in its aftermath. The scenes in which the young prince laments the loss of nobility and justice in the land and gives a speech before the “congress of usurpers”, seems to prefigure as well as underscore our current crisis. Uncovering the root meanings of words such as senate, authority, authenticity, and deliberate show us how much we have lost and how far we must go in our own, collective odyssey.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear more audio from Michael Meade and save 30% on all audio downloads using the promo code METAL RAT during our Lunar New Year download special.  Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Jan 31, 2020

Michael Meade takes up the issues of the current impeachment trial from the ground of the epic tale of the Odyssey.  He shows how a "nobility gap" and a loss of authenticity have led to abdication of duty and a lack of courage amongst those entrusted with the public good.  In the ancient story, Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom appears at a critical time when disorder and injustice have taken over core cultural institutions. The old story serves as a reminder of the origins of democracy in ancient Athens and the importance of wisdom if truth and meaning are to be found again.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can hear more audio from Michael Meade, and save 30% on all audio downloads using the promo code METAL RAT during our Lunar New Year download special.  Find a wide selection of titles at mosaicvoices.org/audio.

You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Jan 23, 2020

This episode focuses on the growing sense of collective fear in America. Michael Meade begins with reports of several mass shootings the night before the massive gun rally on Martin Luther King Day. He also considers the intensification of fears at play in the heavily polarized proceedings of the current impeachment trial. After offering an old proverb that warns how it is “a short road that leads from fear to hatred," he describes how fear can be "the awakener."  Hope can be found in learning that the hidden purpose of fear is to bring us closer to the deep resources of our life. 

"We are in a country flooded with fear and have to find ways to trust that the specific fears we feel intend to lead us to the deep resources of our own soul."

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Jan 16, 2020

As the entire culture suffers from the loss of truth, and congress struggles with issues of corruption and justice, young people can become caught in the shadows of despair. On this episode, Michael Meade addresses the shocking increase in youth suicides as well as the loss of elders as representatives of truth and meaning. Meade contrasts the presence of negative elders who diminish rather than enhance life, with the old idea of elders being willing to sacrifice aspects of themselves for the benefit of younger generations coming along, as well as the health of the earth.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

Jan 9, 2020

This episode begins with a consideration of two great fires burning at once and the feeling that the world is on fire. The exchange of missiles of war between the U.S. and Iran erupts into headlines as massive fires in Australia torch forests and incinerate over one billion animals.  Michael Meade considers the overheated atmosphere of both politics and the natural environment through the anguish of traumatic stress, both personal and collective, both post and present. This leads to ancient ideas of the dark night of the soul and how to stand in the heat of dilemmas that can manifest as war and peace, life and death, trust and betrayal.

Thank you for listening to this podcast.  You can help support this podcast by joining the growing community of listeners who are members of Living Myth Premium.  Become a member with a $10/month subscription and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

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