57 episodes

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.

Living Myth Michael Meade

    • Philosophy
    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

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.

    Episode 198 - Caught by Fate, Pulled by Destiny

    Episode 198 - Caught by Fate, Pulled by Destiny

    This episode begins with a puzzle set before the lead officials and counsellors of a royal court in ancient India. The key to solving the puzzle turns out to be an active use of imagination that shifts the level of viewing the problem. Michael Meade uses a similar shift of perspective and understanding to consider the cascade of crises we all are affected by at this time. It is our mutual fate to be caught in the dilemmas of our times; yet the twists of fate are secretly connected to threads of destiny which can pull us to deeper understandings and unexpected solutions.
     
    You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that continues through Friday, October 23rd.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events
     
    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 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    You can also support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

    • 26 min
    Episode 197 - In Dire Straits

    Episode 197 - In Dire Straits

    We live in a time when seemingly all possible conflicts and oppositions come crashing all around us. Each day leaves us more exposed to raw emotions and rocked by the harsh energies of life. The tragedies and calamities of this era leave us in the lurch of history as antagonisms harden into stone and life seems increasingly stuck.
     
    In order to imagine ways to pass through the dire straits of these troubled times, Michael Meade turns to ancient myths which can offer a third way to see when we find ourselves caught between opposing ideas and hardened ideologies.
     
    The old myth of Jason and the Argonauts includes the quest to recover the Golden Fleece, the symbol of justice, authentic authority and balance needed to bring peace back to the world. The tale also involves facing the famous obstacle of the clashing rocks that represent the danger of being crushed between the rocks and the hard places. The story illustrates that some greater imagination must be found, and something must be consciously sacrificed, or else more people will become unconsciously and unnecessarily sacrificed.
     
    You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that continues through Friday, October 23rd.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events
     
    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 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.

    • 39 min
    Episode 196 - The Power to Change

    Episode 196 - The Power to Change

    Michael Meade takes up the theme of the little-self and the deeper self as way of understanding why people misuse power and what keeps people from changing. Meade uses the behavior of Donald Trump as a classic example of a person deluded by grandiosity and self-importance, while also being trapped by the shell and the spell of the little-self. “Fearful of being proven empty inside, the little-self tends to become more and more tyrannical as the anxiety of being exposed as a fraud grows greater and greater.”
     
    By contrast, the deeper self within each person is the source of genuine strength, which naturally includes a capacity for empathy and compassion for the suffering of others. It is the deeper self within us that has the power to truly change and in times of crisis it tries to help us to rise to the occasion. When this truly knowing self takes charge, we find inner resources that could never be tapped by the little-self. At the same time, a surprising sense of peace can be experienced even in the midst of unsettling or chaotic circumstances.
     
    You can hear Michael Meade speak more about the little self and the deep self as part of his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that begins on Friday, October 9th.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events
     
    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 270 episodes, receive a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products and receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events with Michael Meade.  You can learn more and become a members at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    You can also support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

    • 29 min
    Episode 195 - The Gathering Storm

    Episode 195 - The Gathering Storm

    The convergence of so many crises in the world can seem like gathering storms all headed to make landfall just as the shadows grow deeper, as the current election draws near, as we move into the dark time of the year.
     
    No wonder psychologists increasingly worry about our mental health, as the collective psyche has experienced one devastating blow after another. By now, everyone's assumptions and expectations of the future are shattered. And increasingly the question becomes: how do we find refuge from the ever greater, gathering storms that threaten to engulf us all.
     
    At times like this, everyone needs a healing image or saving grace, a safe haven or refuge from the storm. Turning to ancient myths, Michael Meade finds an old story that reveals forms of inner wisdom that can be awakened when the outer world becomes overwhelming.
     
    It turns out that there is a little gap in time that is more than just the calm at the center of a storm. Rather, it is a still point in time through which life renews itself, at the level of the cosmos, at the level of the turning of seasons, and surprisingly at the level of the heart and soul of each living person.
     
    You can join Michael Meade for his new 3-part series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” beginning on Friday, October 9th.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events
     
    You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 265 episodes and a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 
     
    You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

    • 27 min
    Episode 194 - The Ruler and the Golden Seed

    Episode 194 - The Ruler and the Golden Seed

    This episode begins with the contrast between logos and mythos, which the ancient Greeks considered the two primary ways of reporting on life’s events. If the power of logos is reason, the power of myth is imagination. The ideas of logos are supposed to clearly state the facts of the matter; while the narratives of mythos reveal underlying truths and what matters most to us.
     
    Hypocrisy names a third form of narration that happens when people are not faithful to either the facts of logos or the truths of mythos. An old idea that suggests that hypocrisy can be more dangerous than crime. For when hypocrisy becomes habitual in the halls of power, crimes are being committed against the soul of the country.
     
    Michael Meade uses an old myth to depict how the heights of hypocrisy can only lead to greater division and distrust in the body politic, and increasing tragedy and suffering in the hearts of the people.
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series “Inner Wisdom: Finding Healing in a Divided World” that begins on Friday, October 9.  Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events
     
    You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 265 episodes and a 30% discount on all live events, courses and products.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 
     
    You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

    • 29 min
    Episode 193 - The Fires This Time

    Episode 193 - The Fires This Time

    This episode begins with the wildfires burning across the Western U.S. and the smoke that obscures the sun and makes simply breathing hazardous. On top of all the political chaos, the economic collapse, and the worst pandemic in modern times, the wildfires create a kind of second quarantine as well as a “living hell” where entire towns are reduced to ashes. In order to gain both a psychological and mythological perspective on the issues of fire and the future, Michael Meade turns to ancient myths about how the mishandling of power on the part of misguided humans caused the sun to fall and set the earth on fire.
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his next online series that will begin on Friday, October 9.  Series info and registration will be announced in  a few days.
     
    You can support the podcast and receive additional content each month by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. A big thank you to everyone who has joined this growing community of supporters.  Members receive 3 bonus episodes each month, including regular live Q&A events, the full podcast archives of over 260 episodes and a 30% discount on all products, courses and live online events.  Learn more and subscribe at patreon.com/livingmyth. 
     
    You can further support this podcast by leaving a review on iTunes and sharing it with your friends.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Kimbagrimba ,

Words to live by

I listen faithfully and each episode I grow a little deeper, a little more ancient, a little closer to the spark of self I came to reclaim. Thank you Michael and mosaic voices

poiqwe129@ ,

Love this show

Mesmerising, penetrating, and relevant - gives the old stories behind current events, makes sense in the turbulence. Every show is worthy of repeat listens. Thank you living myth.

Heart n soul ,

A voice for our times

If there were only one podcast I could listen to, this would be it. Speaks to the heart, soul and mind in a way that echoes things we already deeply know or need to know to guide us as physical,psychological, spiritual beings, members of communities and citizens of the world. Many thanks 🙏

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