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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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Sep 29, 2021

On this episode of Living Myth, Michael Meade tells an old story of someone who follows a dream that leads to being stripped down and stuck, before it unfolds a path to healing and wholeness. “Stories and dreams are about the mysteries of life. And penetrating the mysteries requires a different kind of vision and a different understanding than what we use to negotiate the common world.”

 

“By now, most people can agree that we are living in a broken world at both the levels of nature and culture. What still seems difficult to accept is that the way to find solutions involves accepting our own participation in the woundedness of the world. The presence of the wound makes healing necessary; it is also the presence of the wound that makes healing possible.”

 

“The current moment of stripping down institutions and dissolution of familiar patterns of life may be the exact condition in which we begin to see with other eyes and find the threads of the dream of life again. But, in order to find ways to awaken to the meaning of life again, we have to accept our own woundedness.”

 

The world needs healing on so many levels, that there cannot be a single idea, simple process or common belief that ends all the conflicts and begins the healing. The missing ingredient, the deep medicine, the inner gold is hidden in our own hearts. Until we can loosen the stones that we have constructed to protect our vulnerable selves, we can't find the inner medicine or the inner wisdom of the soul.

 

Only through that kind of process can we find genuine ways to become wounded-healers and bring some healing back to the world. If enough people would do that, then enough medicines would be found that we could contribute to the healing of ourselves, and at the same time, be humbly, but creatively helping to heal the world.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online events that continue through October 9 and explore the theme of the wounded healer.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. 

 

You can save 30% on these events and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

Sep 22, 2021

This episode of Living Myth begins when the local power grid suddenly goes down in the middle of the evening telecast about all the conflicts and troubles in the world. Michael Meade finds himself plunged into a darkness of a different order: “Suddenly, the procession of polarizations, conflicts and tragedies stopped. And I was left in an old place of darkness that was different than the darkness of the broadcast news. Suspended in timeless silence between candles beginning to flicker in the room and the stars flickering in the sky above, an old idea came back like a refuge suddenly found.”

 

The idea that sparked like a light in the darkness comes from the mythology of a small tribe in South America who imagine that each soul is secretly connected to the center of the cosmos and the source of life. The presence of a “good word” or wise word in each soul, we could say, is the good news. Each person born arrives with gifts and inner knowledge waiting to awaken and be shared.

 

The bad news is that each person also has a “word placed crosswise” on their soul. In this old understanding, the word crosswise is the true source of human conflicts that leads to all the troubles in the world. Not simply a lack of knowledge, but an inborn, contrary element that blocks our vision, works against our best interests and resists our efforts to become more self-aware and learn to heal.

 

At this time on earth it seems that crosswise and unwise elements dominate life in ways that threaten both nature and human culture. Yet, in this old story of the soul, there is a third component that can tip the whole story towards finding genuine meaning and healing. The “word held in waiting” is the key to unlocking the opposition between that which is wise and all that is crosswise within us and in our culture. If people are willing to face that which is crosswise on the soul, both personally and collectively, the “waiting word” can appear as the light hidden in darkness, as the living word of healing and wisdom we have been waiting for.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series and workshop beginning on September 24.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. 

 

You can save 30% on these events and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

Sep 15, 2021

This episode is about living through this dark time on earth by finding and making more medicines from eros, love and soul. Michael Meade weaves together the myth of Eros emerging from primal darkness with poems of Rumi and Hafiz that reveal the initiatory nature of love.

 

“When we refer to how everything seems divided and people are turned against each other, we are also saying there is a lack of Eros, a lack of love, a loss of the bestowing soul that otherwise would remind us that we are in this together.”

 

In Greek myth, Eros was a divine figure born out of the darkness and chaos before creation began. Eros or love had to be born first, for without it the created world could not come together or hold together. The same is true when everything seems about to fall apart. In terms of ongoing creation, the amount of eros and love present in each of our lives determines the state of our individual souls, but also affects collective life on earth.

 

When life becomes chaotic, it is hard not to feel fear and anger, even despair. It also makes sense to let those emotions run through us. After they have passed through, it turns out that we are not left empty or simply in dark despair. If we are true to our own souls, we arrive at the gates of surrender where eros, love and inspiration wait to open the way forward.

 

Each person is but a frail being compared to the immense crises facing the world. Yet, each is also a living link in the great chain of being that sustains collective life on earth. If we do not risk opening the gates of surrender and finding our intended personality, if we forget that we are also the agents of Eros come here to keep creation ongoing, then consciousness falters and the genuine paths of knowledge and devotion become weakened.

 

Eros was there at the very beginning, hidden in the darkness and Eros is waiting to be found now in the chaos of the troubled world in which we live. What we love is where we make medicine and can find cures. Loving becomes a kind of initiation in which we become our self in a deeper way, while also giving ourselves away in service to something greater.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series and workshop beginning on September 24.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.  

 

You can save 30% on these events and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

Sep 8, 2021

This episode begins with pressing questions about the outer dangers and the inner devastations caused by the climate crisis. Michael Meade responds to questions about the collective fate of humanity and the future of the world by turning to ancient myths of Sophia and the Soul of the world.

 

“In terms of mythic imagination, the word world is not simply a reference to the measurable earth that we live upon. Rather, it is a term for the complex, intricate, ever renewable interrelationship of all the beings and all the energies on earth. In losing an instinctive sense and intuitive imagination of both the multiplicity and the underlying unity of life, modern societies continue to lose connections with the living world and the mystery of ongoing creation.”

 

The ancient imagination of Sophia represented a way of connecting to the intricacies and surprising potencies that create and sustain the living world. Sophia, as the energy of creation, was seen as the mother of all the forms of life. Sophia as daughter represented all the potentials that reside inside each person, inside the earth, and within all the living relationships that make up the world. Sophia, as the Soul of the World, symbolized the wisdom hidden within the multiple elements of life, but also the essential unity that underlies the body of the world.

 

Nothing is real until it has been imagined and re-imagining the essential connections between the individual soul and the living Soul of the World becomes a key to understanding how life on earth can be re-visioned and balance can be restored. A transformation of collective humanity is needed to help heal and transform the world. However, the collective only changes through the awakening of individual souls, who in turn help awaken the hidden potentials of life, once known as Sophia or the Soul of the World.

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online series and workshop beginning on September 24. These events explore the archetype of the wounded healer. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events. 

 

You can save 30% on these events and further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

Sep 1, 2021

This episode begins with a news report about a political candidate threatening to “…go into school boards with 20 strong men and give them an option. They can leave or they can be removed." He suggested that forcing school board members to resign over a rule designed to help public safety would “make men men again.” In order to consider the nature and the danger of this kind of behavior, Michael Meade turns to ancient myths of the Titans.

 

“The exaggerated sense of self, the broad insolence and the delusion that men become real men by threatening people and enacting violence made me think of the Titans. The manifestation of faux outrage and false heroics is not an indication of inner power, but more of a revelation of inner hollowness. And that is the nature of the Titans, who appeared in times of chaos that came before civilized culture began and appeared again during periods of cultural upheaval, and collapse.

 

The idea of bringing in powerful strong men to solve the intricacies of public health and the complexities of public education is foolish on its face, but also a dangerous representation of what happens when someone loses their sense of soul, and denies their own vulnerability and insecurity. As with the Titans, an inner emptiness drives the blind sense of excess, which includes breaking boundaries, destroying institutions, and pretending to be all powerful.

 

As the common understandings of society seem to disappear, and the holding institutions no longer hold things together, there is a rise of primal energies and raw emotions from the depths of the unconscious. The less developed a person's sense of self might be, the more available they are to archetypal, un-socialized, uncivilized energies.

 

Titanism describes what happens when humans deny common decency, morality and even mortality, and seek to be seen as gods. Titanism arises where unconsciousness prevails, where people refuse psychological shadings, where a lack of emotional growth passes for genuine passion. The less a person knows about the suffering of other people and the less they admit to their own inner woundedness, the more they become available to become possessed by energies of the unconscious.”

 

Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 350 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all online events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month. 

 

Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.

 

As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you continued well-being and deep community connection during this period of great uncertainty and transformation.

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