By Michael Meade
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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.
||CleanIn the Shadows of Power||This episode of Living Myth focuses upon abuses of power and the shadow that forms when power is given to those who remain unconscious of their own wounds and neediness. Michael Meade follows an ancient story into the village under the world...||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Difficult Path to the Center||Beginning with a consideration of all the conflicts in the world and how the underlying oppositions of life become increasingly revealed before us, Michael Meade uses the sense of increasing polarization as an indication that something deeper and more...||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Crux of the Matter||This episode begins with a distinction between signs and symbols, specifically the sense that a sign points to something evident whereas a symbol can connect to the mysteries of life and death. In the aftermath of the most recent mass shooting...||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanServing the Dream of the World||Michael Meade begins with a poem that suggests that the big dream of the world may be increasingly obscured by the nightmare of endless war and the growing number of conflicts throughout the world. In a heartfelt response to many who write in about...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Limits of Power||Michael Meade takes the occasion of Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations to look at both the abuses of power and the genuine roots of power. Meade tells an ancient myth from India in which the deity Indra becomes inflated and...||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnlocking Destiny||This episode of Living Myth begins with the idea that we all suffer the mutual fate of living in a time of tragedy and trouble. And yet, the way through the troubles of the world must depend upon the individual thread of fate woven within each...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorms of Change||This episode takes place in the open moment that is both the aftermath and devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the imminent arrival of another catastrophic storm. Amidst the nightmare of overwhelming storms come political actions that threaten...||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Tough and the Tender||This episode takes place during the record-setting rainfall of Hurricane Harvey and the tremendous tragedy and displacement that follows the storm. Michael Meade uses the metaphors of the tough-minded and tender-hearted as ways of understanding...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Spell of Whiteness||This episode begins with reflections on whiteness arising from Mosaic’s recent multicultural conference that came on the heels of the tragedy in Charlottesville, VA. Michael Meade seeks to analyze and deconstruct white supremacy by...||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Radical Roots of Peace||Drawing from relevant and compelling archival audio and building on themes from last week's podcast, Michael Meade tells an old and timely story from Japan while arguing for a poetic response to conflict, uncertainty and fear. Meade suggests...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Darkness Around Us||Michael Meade speaks about moments when myth and fact approach each other, momentous times that the Greeks called Apocairos. Stepping off from moments of threat and uncertainty created by the bombastic statements made by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un,...||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwist of Fate||Michael Meade tells a dramatic life and death story from his youth that shows how we are each shaped by compelling threads of fate and destiny woven in our souls. Having been cornered and under threat by members of a rival gang, the youthful Meade...||8/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Vision Born Within||Beginning with an old tale of an eagle that grew up believing it was a chicken; Michael Meade considers the necessity of a second birth that frees the spirit and the soul. Being born is a kind of miracle of life; especially in the sense that each soul...||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dance of Spirit and Soul||Michael Meade examines the differences between spirit and soul. After describing how spirit rises like air, like fire and soul descends like water, like earth, he turns to the struggle of spirit and soul in each human life. “Without the lift and the...||7/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAntidotes to Despair||This episode begins with the old Irish idea that we can experience the world in opposing states called “the glam and the gloom.” The world has glamour when it shines with beauty and wonder, but it also has shadows and gloomy depths which can...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEast and West Must Meet||This episode begins with the increasing tension between North Korea and the United States. The war of words between the two nations takes place with the threat of nuclear attacks in the background as levels of collective anxiety rise throughout the...||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElders and Cultural Healing||Michael Meade takes us all the way back to the beginning of Western culture as depicted in Homer’s Odyssey. He leads us into the moment when the young prince is lamenting the collapse of the realm and the loss of nobility in culture. He encounters...||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInner Gold||Michael Meade takes the period of the Summer Solstice as a time to consider the hidden sun within the human soul. Using the ancient notion of a “dark sun” within the self, he considers both the overheating of the planet and the need for finding...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn the Wings of Myth||This episode begins with a description of the youngest sisters and youngest brothers in fairy tales. They seem out of place and behind everyone else, yet they are the only ones able to break the collective spells of materialism, resentment and...||6/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClimate Accord and Mythic Vision||Michael Meade responds to President Trump’s abrupt backing out of the Paris Accord, leaving the US as one of a few countries out of accord with the increasing need for nations and communities to come together for the sake of the planet. This...||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoul and the Hidden Gifts||On this episode, Michael Meade speaks about soul as the essential connective tissue of life and the missing ingredient in the current upheaval of culture and nature. He addresses how myth can be an antidote for fear and anxiety and delves into the...||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Call for Wisdom||This episode of Living Myth begins with a dream in which Michael Meade is singing and teaching an African song that implores people to become elders for the sake of their troubled community. Michael sings that song and then takes up the notion that we...||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCultural Anxiety||In this episode, Michael Meade draws upon one of the oldest manuscripts in the world, a 4,000 year-old papyrus scroll in which a world weary man argues with his “Ba soul.” The man feels deeply troubled by the increase of injustice, the spread of...||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrigins of the Soul - Part 2||In this episode, part two of "The Origins of the Soul", Michael Meade returns to old ideas about the genius or angel hidden in the soul of each person and needed by the world at this time. He picks up the notion of a guardian angel or inner spirit...||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrigins of the Soul - Part 1||This episode begins with Michael Meade’s description of his morning practice of study and writing and seeking meaning in both events of the outer world and the inner life. The consideration of the soul as the essential vehicle of meaning in the...||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom the Heart of the Earth||This episode begins with a contemplation that expands the notion of Earth Day, steps into ancient ideas about the qualities of earth energies, and touches on the element of earth as it exists in our own body, in our psyche and especially our heart....||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReweaving the World||On this episode of the Living Myth Podcast, drawn from an interview on Voices of Vashon Radio, Michael Meade shows how trouble and collapse can awaken the soul. There is something in each of us that we came here to give – our gift...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Syrian Knot||Michael Meade takes the old notion of the Gordian Knot and handles it both mythologically and as a way of looking at the Syrian knot - the ongoing tragedy unfolding in Syria. He connects each to the idea of a wasteland, that once it starts, can spread...||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Deep Root of Genius||Nature only produces originals. Just as no two trees are the same, each person born is a unique soul with a specific way of viewing life and being in the world. That’s part of the message of the Genius Myth, which also suggests that the Hero Myth...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManu and the Fish||Following an ancient myth from India, Michael Meade uncovers old ideas about the troubles in the world and human creativity. One idea is that trouble and conflict are not in the world to diminish or harm us, as much as to push us to a greater sense of...||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Necessity of Wisdom||In the midst of the national health care debate, the latest episode of the Living Myth podcast addresses issues of a country divided into opposing villages. Michael Meade tells a Native American story about the Old Salt Woman and her grandchild who...||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Poet's Role||On this episode, drawn from a recent talk, Michael Meade weaves poetry, humor and story to illustrate the need for poetic imagination and soul truth. The poet’s role is to act as a counterweight to feelings of isolation and fear by stating the...||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Path to Deeper Ground||This episode begins with the old idea of three intersecting layers of life. The first layer includes the basic courtesies and practices of daily life. The third layer involves the deeper sense of joy and love as well as a genuine sense of belonging...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to the Chaosmos||This episode includes a mythological and cosmological tour of the many realms in which we live. This mythic survey includes the discovery of seven new planets in a nearby galaxy, it touches upon the chaos happening in the White House at the center of...||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Limits of Deceit||Listen as Michael Meade finds remarkable parallels between an eastern European folk tale and the drama currently going on in the White House. This little known folk tale opens up the psychological implications of lying, cover-ups and...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLonging and the Heart of America||Michael Meade speaks about longing and the soul. In the current condition of the world, because of fear and an excess of identity politics, our natural longing becomes reduced. Our longing comes from a speck of eternity set within the soul and because...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInsecurity in High Places||Michael Meade tells an older version of the classic story "The Emperor's New Clothes" as a way of shining a psychological light on the current President. He explains the old meaning of the word king as a way of considering what qualities make a...||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpeaking Poetry to Power||On this episode, we draw from relevant and compelling archival audio where Michael Meade argues for the need to respond poetically to division and fear. His message then, set amidst political protests and a loss of meaning, resonates strongly...||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFear is the Way Through||Michael Meade reflects on two recent and significant events that unfolded within 24 hours of each other - the inauguration of Donald Trump and the worldwide women’s marches - and he speaks to how meaningful actions and lasting change ultimately...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInauguration: Omens and Response||Michael Meade addresses the upcoming inauguration of President-Elect Trump, the deeper meaning of the word inaugurate and how, at this critical time, we are each called to follow the thread of our soul and be agents of ongoing creation.||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Myth, Why Now?||Michael Meade introduces the role of myth in making sense of our complex and challenging world and he answers the question “Why Myth, Why Now?”.||1/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Can't wait for more ways to see myth unravaling in our every day! Thank you Michael Meade!
Everyone needs to hear this!
I listen to a ton of podcasts and am always on the look out for great ones. This is, hands down, a MUST hear podcast in these times of chaos, polarized political, environmental tenuousness, sexism, racism, homophobia, islamophobia. Michael Meade is a voice of reason, caring, deep insight, understanding in a way that everyone on all sides can appreciate. It feels like Meade is a voice in the wilderness so very much needed at this moment in history.
Fine scrying of contemporary events in terms familiar to transpersonal psychology, buddhism, advaita vedanta, process philosophy, inclusive philosophy and theology. Even atheists may feel at home, anyone with a feel for art and poetry. Discerning the larger story in todays gyre of horror. Comforting, encouraging. The stars are watching, "and they already know your name." I cannot recommend this highly enough.