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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.

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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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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@MMeade_Myth

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English

Contact:

206-935-3665


Episodes

Episode 144 - Thresholds of Change

10/9/2019
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Heraclitus said, “It is while we are trying to change that we find purpose.” Meade Meade suggests that because we live in a time of change, if we can allow ourselves to participate in the change, then we can find meaningful purpose that awakens the heart and leads us in the right direction in the world. The idea of a threshold is something that exists before one state and another, before one place and another. Most of us are collectively on that threshold betwixt and between the letting go...

Duration:00:30:12

Episode 143 - Myths of Loss and Renewal

10/2/2019
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In this episode, Michael Meade answers the question, “Why do you turn to myth in times of loss or disorientation in life?” Meade begins by describing his search for answers when a community became broken apart because their at-risk young people were dying tragically. The search for answers leads to the ancient myth of Gilgamesh who desperately seeks for wisdom and renewal after a devastating loss. In response to the increasing sense of overwhelm and despair regarding the climate crisis and...

Duration:00:27:17

Episode 142 - Uncharted Waters

9/26/2019
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Michael Meade begins this episode by observing how the phrase “uncharted waters” has just been used to describe the new U. N. report on the melting of ice sheets and glaciers, but also to describe the whistle blower hearings regarding the Trump Administration. Taking the pattern of disruption and upheaval happening in nature and culture at the same time, Meade introduces the old idea of a liminal period in time. After describing the ways that we are all betwixt and between the world that...

Duration:00:24:25

Episode 141 - A Response to Climate Despair

9/18/2019
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Michael Meade begins with the issues of overwhelm and despair resulting from the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity. In order to see the pressing issues of contemporary life differently, Meade approaches despair through an ancient story of complete transformation in which a despondent hunter becomes a seeker after beauty and truth. Eventually the vital role of emotions becomes the focus as despair is revalued as a necessary descent into darkness on the road to awakening and...

Duration:00:25:58

Episode 140 - The Roots of Vision

9/11/2019
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Michael Meade explores the difference between sight and vision, suggesting that as our sight diminishes with age we can gain a deeper way of seeing the world. Weaving together song and poetry, humor and anecdotes, Meade addresses how the loss of soul and vision in modern culture also includes the loss of music and language as a sustaining force, a loss felt acutely among youth. Youth are the song trying to be born into the world and the intelligence and vision of the next generation. When a...

Duration:00:22:46

Episode 139 - Ashes and Storms

9/4/2019
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This episode begins in the midst of the devastating fires that continue in the Amazon Rainforest and the catastrophic deluge resulting from Hurricane Dorian. Michael Meade returns to the Amazon myth of the apparent destruction of the world in order to draw out the idea that in times of great change, the new order of life must be found in the depths of disorder that threatens the Earth. Ancient myths of re-creation suggest that when humans have played a part in upsetting the balance of life...

Duration:00:25:51

Episode 138 - In a Time of Ashes

8/28/2019
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In the agonizing climate of the burning of the Amazon rainforest, Michael Meade resurrects an ancient myth from a small tribe along the Amazon River. The tale of “Icanchu's Drum” describes a cosmic fire that reduces the entire earth into cinders only to have nature become revitalized from a single green tendril that grows from the charcoal remainder of a once grand tree. As Meade reminds us, there are critical times when myth and fact come together and a deeper understanding of the...

Duration:00:28:29

Episode 137 - The Two Sides of Revelation

8/22/2019
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Beginning with the spread of conspiracy theories, that now seem to be disseminated from the White House, Michael Meade uses the archetype of apocalypsis to explain how people become trapped in both literalism and wild fantasy at the same time. Meade addresses the “two sides of revelation.” On one hand, raw energies, repressed emotions and deep delusions all rise to the surface. On the other hand, opportunities occur to see the world with new eyes and hidden relationships between nature...

Duration:00:24:54

Episode 136 - Mentoring Moments

8/9/2019
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In this episode, Michael Meade explores the origins of mentoring. Weaving old stories and insightful anecdotes, he describes how mentoring naturally engages youth in the work of culture, but also becomes the basis for converting the "olders" into elders. Mentoring is an archetypal activity that has timeless elements which can connect us to the universal ground where nature renews itself and culture becomes reimagined. Meade suggests that powerful mentoring moments arise when authenticity is...

Duration:00:19:14

Episode 135 - The March of Violence

8/7/2019
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In the troubling aftermath of recent mass shootings, Michael Meade takes up the issues of violence and the male psyche, the lack of rites of passage, the instability caused by white supremacy and the necessity of tempering the souls of men. He approaches the tragedy of gun violence through the Irish proverb, "You don't give a man a weapon until you have taught him how to dance." And he reminds us that "the essential test of any culture involves whether it can find an imagination greater than...

Duration:00:26:24

Episode 134 - The Hidden Unity of Life

7/31/2019
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In this episode, Michael Meade returns to an old conception of life having three distinct layers. The first layer is the daily world that is typically the place of common courtesy, civil society and predictable patterns of weather and human behavior. The second layer is the place of abandonment and heartache, but also the territory that gives rise to racism, bigotry, misogyny and conspiracy theories. Thankfully, the third layer of life is the realm of underlying unity, the place of universal...

Duration:00:22:39

Episode 133 - Searching for Clarity

7/24/2019
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Michael Meade uses a series of old proverbs in order to find some stable ground for meaning and truth in a world of rapid changes and mounting dilemmas. Before anyone can figure out how to digest the important conversation about racism and bigotry in America, the Congressional Hearings on the Mueller Report commence and everyone descends into another set of complexities involving truth, manipulation and betrayal at the highest levels of political power. After considering the overwhelming...

Duration:00:24:08

Episode 132 - The Fallacy of White Thinking

7/17/2019
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In the current overheated climate of political polarization, Michael Meade takes up an African trickster tale in order to show how easily people can be divided and turned against each other and even against their own self-interest. The old story involves a hat that is black on one side and white on the other with people only seeing the side that is closest to them. That leads to an examination of "whiteness" as part of a “fallacy of color” that continues to cause pain and confusion...

Duration:00:19:39

Episode 131 - Cultivating Mythic Imagination, Part 2

7/3/2019
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This episode presents part two of “Cultivating Mythic Imagination,” an interview featured on For the Wild. After exploring relationships between wounds and dreams and chaos and beauty, Michael Meade meditates on his own journey of initiation and the archetypal ground of ancestors. Even as mass technology erodes genuine human connections, Michael Meade shows how the potent nature of stories offers us guiding threads and surprising answers to the most threatening modern dilemmas. “When the...

Duration:00:32:51

Episode 130 - Cultivating Mythic Imagination, Part 1

7/2/2019
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This episode presents part one of an interview featured on the For the Wild podcast entitled “Cultivating Mythic Imagination.” Michael Meade describes how the crises of cosmological, mythological and psychological disconnection from nature and from each other may drive us to places of darkness and suffering. Yet, there is great potential in that darkness to discover the creative energy of renewal. Retracing meaning through myth offers opportunities to understand the great challenge of our...

Duration:00:21:18

Premium Episode 23 Sample - Inner Eyes of the Soul

6/28/2019
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This excerpt from the latest premium episode offers samples from the new audio book Awakening the Soul, along with expanded content and spontaneous commentary by Meade. The book sample focuses on the chapter “Inner Eyes of the Soul” which includes a story of an orphan left behind by his tribe, who then unexpectedly has a radical awakening experience that leads to a vision that affects everyone in the tribe. The commentary by the author includes autobiographical material as well as...

Duration:00:15:48

Episode 129 - Breaking Spells, Part 3

6/26/2019
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This episode completes the trilogy on the issues of awakening from emotional and psychic spells. Michael Meade tells the ancient Celtic myth of Cerridwen, the great Goddess and Gwion Bach, the orphan who becomes enlightened. The story opens up the expansive realm of the goddess as Great Mother and Mother Nature. The ancient tale reveals that hidden beneath where spells fall can be found the surprising ground of inspiration and revelation. Thank you for listening to Living Myth. We are...

Duration:00:27:07

"Awakening the Soul" Audio Book Sample

6/20/2019
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We are pleased to announce that Michael Meade’s latest book “Awakening the Soul” is now available as an audio book. Here is a sample from this newly released title. The audio book can be purchased as a download or CD at mosaicvoices.org/audio. Members of the Living Myth Premium Podcast can save 30% on this title and all other offerings from Michael Meade and Mosaic. Learn more and become a member of this podcast at patreon.com/livingmyth.

Duration:00:12:12

Episode 128 - Breaking Spells, Part 2

6/19/2019
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In the second of a 3-part podcast on breaking spells and considering territories of the feminine, Michael Meade delves deeper into the story of The Half–giantess. Psychologically, this story stirs the "mother complex", the great complexity in which the archetypal mother overlaps and can become fused with the human mother. Unless the spells between mother and child are broken, a person cannot learn who they are in life or discover what the world requires of them. How men view mothers, as...

Duration:00:25:43

Episode 127 - Breaking Spells

6/12/2019
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Michael Meade tells an ancient, provocative story of the Half-giantess, who keeps a forbidding lake of sorrows and a boiling cauldron of angers and fears. The story opens a consideration of ways in which the human psyche can become spellbound. This leads to a discussion of neurotic conditions and psychosomatic states which can befall anyone. In mythic terms, solutions for these ancient spells as well as current psychological conditions require going, consciously and directly into the place...

Duration:00:23:33