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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Oct 13, 2021

This episode of Living Myth begins with a dream of being in the waters of uncertainty that leads to a discourse on ancient understandings of the necessity of entering and crossing the river of life.


“We are all standing on the banks of the great river of life as it floods with energies of disruption and change. In the course of time, the river shifts and the ground shifts, and new crossing places must be found, as the common world begins to drain of meaning, beauty and wonder. In that sense, it is not just the shared facts of the daily world that have been lost, but also something much greater, a deep connection to the source of life has been lost again.


The uncertainty of life has risen, and the future of the planet is severely at risk. Like ancient peoples, we must find a fording place from which to depart and find our way across to the other shore and a different view of this world. The other shore has been called by many names, the Far Bank, the Mystic Reach, the Dreamtime, all reflections from the living waters of the stream of life.”


“We cannot make the crossing to a healthier, more whole world simply by new inventions or just by adopting solutions from the past. It is the creative efforts of the old makers which we must emulate, not an imitation of the way that they are said to have gone, but rather a creative effort of our own that reveals the way we are intended to go. We must face the river of life, find our own reflections in the troubled waters, and make the crossing anew.”


“Finding genuine solutions requires a dissolution of fixed attitudes and collective delusions that restrict us from swimming in the waters of change and renewal. In this alchemy of “solutio”, what is not worth saving becomes dissolved as we find the deeper self in our own souls.


The ego fears that it will die or disappear in the deep waters, but the soul knows that any descent in life can be a baptism that can return us to the full potential at the origin of our lives, back there at the beginning, down there near the source, where the underlying unity of the deep self waits to be found and be touched again.”


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