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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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English


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Episode 100 - The Elephant, the Blind Men and Climate Change

12/7/2018
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Michael Meade responds to the current international climate talks and recent alarming reports on climate change by turning to the old teaching story of the blind men who encounter an elephant. In this case, the elephant represents the overwhelming challenge of global warming and climate change that can make any of us feel numb, blind and helpless. After considering some of the literal problems, Meade turns to the psychological dilemmas that accompany the huge challenges we face and then...

Duration:00:22:42

Episode 99 - A Touch of the Eternal

11/29/2018
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Although it may often feel that we are running out of time when it comes to the great issues of the world and the struggles of daily life, Michael Meade suggests that it is not more time that we need but a stronger connection to things that are timeless, and therefore eternal. Meade tells an ancient Bushman story from Africa that depicts the dilemma which humanity faces with each crisis that involves issues of meaning, truth and the human soul. When great troubles abound, whether it be on...

Duration:00:25:32

Episode 98 - A Sense of Gratitude

11/21/2018
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“Gratitude is a sign of nobility in our souls” and yet “gratitude can also be difficult to express because it comes from a deep place in the heart where pain can also dwell.” Thus begins Michael Meade’s mythological consideration of the essential place of gratitude in human consciousness and at the core of human nature. A potent telling of the Mayan creation myth leads to a surprising array of images and the idea that unless the human capacity for technological invention can be placed in...

Duration:00:23:59

Episode 97 - The Hidden Resources of Soul

11/15/2018
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Michael Meade answers the question of why he often delves into the territory of the soul. At a time when it seems the whole world is falling apart, and we seem to lack the capacity to deal with unprecedented problems occurring in both nature and culture, Meade points to soul as a deep place of untapped resources. He then draws upon the personal experience of his own world turning upside down to show how the greatest resources of life are found in the depths of the human soul. No matter what...

Duration:00:21:27

Episode 96 - Facing Chaos

11/8/2018
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This episode of comes directly on the heels of the midterm election and the chaotic events and unfortunate tragedies that followed in the aftermath. Michael Meade leads us from the immediate news to the ground of myth in order to better understand the nature of the chaos and confusion currently afflicting the entire culture. Meade opens up the old idea of “metanoia” which involves both personal and collective levels of transformation that not only cause a change of mind, but also involve...

Duration:00:20:47

Episode 95 - Hope and Despair

11/1/2018
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Michael Meade begins with the latest tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. He then moves to the procession of poverty and oppression travelling from Central America and the troubling election of a would be dictator in Brazil. At that point, Meade tries to answer an impassioned question posed by a young person, “How do we keep from losing all hope?” In discussing hope and despair, Meade reminds us that “wisdom begins where simple hopes run out and where despair darkens...

Duration:00:22:57

Episode 94 - Voting for a Bigger World

10/25/2018
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Shakespeare said, “There is nothing more confining than the prison we don’t know we are in". One way of recognizing the prison we are currently in is to see how the world is made smaller as those who happen to hold power try to reduce the world while at the same time using “big lies” in order to dominate it. Michael Meade reminds us that we are citizens of two worlds, one being the daily world now troubled by growing oppositions and intensifying conflicts, and the other being the realm of...

Duration:00:25:39

Episode 93 - Mythic Antidotes

10/18/2018
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Michael Meade tells on old story from India about the creation of the world. In it, an ancient sage named Markandeya is caught in the tension between creation and wonder, despair and loss. His existential crisis speaks to the world we live in now with its increasing levels of fear and despair. Addressing the two great fears - fear of abandonment and the fear of being overwhelmed – Meade talks about how easily we can get lost in despair if we don’t know there is something essential in the...

Duration:00:23:34

Episode 92 - The Light Inside Dark Times

10/11/2018
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Michael Meade reflects that he increasingly hears how a sense of discouragement has engulfed all kinds of people. To be discouraged means “to lose heart, to become disheartened,” and therefore lose the spirit for life. It makes sense to feel that way with the ever increasing size of storms that are simultaneously rocking politics, culture and nature. In order to survive the current storms and troubles we need to turn to the deep resources of the soul. In this radical time of collapse and...

Duration:00:21:05

Episode 91 - The Force of Truth

10/4/2018
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“The great moments in life are existential crises—moments that challenge all aspects of society and all levels of human awareness. We have entered such an extended moment of radical change.” On this episode, Michael Meade brings a mythological perspective and a soulful attention to the issues of power and abuse in modern culture. He reminds us that old ideas require that those who sit in judgement not simply claim to gather facts, but also must be vulnerable and open to genuine feelings...

Duration:00:21:04

Episode 90 - Embodied Wisdom

9/28/2018
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On this episode, drawn from a recent interview on the Embodiment Matters Podcast, Michael Meade talks about embodiment, “lunar knowledge,” and the many different ways of bodily knowing. He explores the importance and challenges of ritual practice in modern culture and how “ritual is creative work and not necessarily repetitive work.” Drawing on a pivotal experience from his youth, Meade then talks about the innate genius each of us carries, and how the way we respond to crises individually...

Duration:00:28:58

Episode 89 - Living in Truth

9/20/2018
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On this episode, Michael Meade discusses the core themes of his newly released book Awakening the Soul. Beginning with the question “How does a person respond to a troubled world,” Meade describes how the human soul harbors deep and creative resources that tend to awaken when we find ourselves in big trouble. Something deep and meaningful is trying to awaken at both the individual and cultural levels. When truth is missing in the public discourse it is waiting to be found as the “lived...

Duration:00:22:36

Episode 88 - The Ground of Being

9/11/2018
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“In hard times, inner changes must precede changes to outer circumstances,” says Michael Meade on a recent interview on KBOO public radio in Portland, OR. Drawing from themes and ideas in his new book “Awakening the Soul”, Meade tells an old story from Egypt of a scribe who struggled to find meaning in a troubled world. The struggle to find the ground of being and awaken from the sleep of the daily world was there in ancient times, just as it can so commonly be found today. Finding the...

Duration:00:26:57

Episode 87 - The Crisis of Truth and Meaning

9/7/2018
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This episode begins with the announcement of Michael Meade’s new book “Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World”. The new book explores the impact of cultural and environmental upheaval on the human soul. It also addresses the loss of truth and meaning and feelings of despair so easily experienced at this time. In this podcast, Meade describes how the book began, and how it changed during the course of the writing due to inspirations appearing in the middle of the night....

Duration:00:22:29

Episode 86 - Mythic by Nature

8/29/2018
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“When the world seems to lose all sense and meaning, it is usually ‘mythic sense' that is missing,” says Michael Meade in talking about the vital language of myth. He suggests that myth is the inside story of the world we live in, and we are each and all mythic by nature. Hearing a story awakens the mythic story living in each of us and places us in a “mythic condition” that reconnects us to the core imagination and living story at the center of our soul. Meade shows that being touched by...

Duration:00:19:41

Episode 85 - Truth and Forgetfulness

8/24/2018
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In the midst of all the issues of truth and lies in the culture, Michael Meade draws on the ancient Greek word for truth, “alethia” which translates as “not to forget.” Alethia then leads to the mythic underworld and the River Lethe, also known as the Stream of Forgetfulness or Oblivion. Not only is truth in short supply, but the Stream of Forgetfulness appears to have flooded the daily world and caused people to forget how important truth and meaning are to the human soul. Meade pulls on...

Duration:00:21:26

Episode 84 - A Bridge Between Worlds

8/10/2018
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Michael Meade tells the story of “Eisik’s Dream” as a way of showing how dreams offer deep and surprising insight and revelation into the path our lives would follow. Bringing a dream to life means changing everything and change is most often accompanied by fear and resistance. Meade suggests that living a dream requires the courage to cross not only where others fear to go, but also to enter where we fear to tread. The dream that calls us to a greater life is also a bridge between worlds,...

Duration:00:17:56

Episode 83 - The Path of the Soul

8/9/2018
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Michael Meade talks about the second adventure in life and the challenges of following the path of the soul in the modern world. Touching on themes of gratitude, joy and the genius of the soul, and weaving together poetry and psychology, Meade suggests that we have little choice in the end; either we follow the dream that calls us to a greater life and become bigger and enter life more fully, or else we accept a diminished life and resign ourselves to a smaller way of being.

Duration:00:21:16

Episode 82 - Be Your Note

8/2/2018
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Beginning with the idea of “die before you die,” Meade describes how a little-death can lead to a deeper sense of knowledge and a greater appreciation for life. Our encounters with sorrow, disappointment and loss can be revalued as ways in which the ego-self dies a little and the deeper self becomes more revealed. Sharing two powerful stories and a selection of poems, Meade shows how the more thoroughly we shed false aspects of ourselves, the more we can redeem our lives and sound our unique...

Duration:00:26:07

Episode 81 - Waking the Elder Within

7/26/2018
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This episode picks up on last week’s theme of the wise elder within. Michael Meade sings an old African song that calls for the elders to lead nature and culture home in a time of great change and uncertainty. Elders are by nature healers and also able to take on some of the weight of the world. Turning to the chaos of contemporary life, Meade presents the idea of a “lifting the veil” as a way of understanding both the tumultuous state of the world and the surprising possibilities that can...

Duration:00:22:27