69 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 55 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 281 - The Darkness Around Us

    Episode 281 - The Darkness Around Us

    This episode considers the darkness and division which permeates so much of contemporary life through the lens of the liminal or betwixt and between stage of a traditional rite of passage.
     
    We live betwixt and between a past world that is fast disappearing and a future that looks increasingly dark. When the outside world becomes full of darkness and uncertainty, the soul expects us to turn inward as we would in the soul-searching way of a vision quest.
     
    When a society won't stop and face the darkness it has created; when a culture won't face up to its internal wounds and patterns of divisiveness, not only does it go blind to healing ways, but a distortion and diminishing of life itself occurs. We are in the dark phase of a collective rite of passage in which the meaning and the nobility of human life must be found and become known again.
     
    In the dark times it is not the simple sense of civility that our souls long for; rather it is the older sense of “communitas” in which we see the deeper self in each other that we desperately need. Just as the spirit of hope must repeatedly be found in the depths of our souls, the lost sense of shared humanity must be retrieved from the darkness around us in order for age old wounds to be healed and meaningful visions of the future to arise.
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting Living Myth. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his new online workshop “Myth and Emergent Truth” on Saturday, June 11. Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.  
     
    You can save 30% on this workshop and further support the podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive bonus episodes each month, access to the full archives of over 415 episodes and 30% discount on all events, courses and book and audio titles.
     
    Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on wherever you listen to this podcast and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you well during these challenging and uncertain times and we thank you for your support of our work.

    • 29 min
    Episode 280 - Holding the Thread of Life

    Episode 280 - Holding the Thread of Life

    This episode begins with how easily we can feel overwhelmed and discouraged as each day seems to bring more fraying of the fabric of culture. As tragic violence keeps recurring and the weaponizing of religious beliefs and political ideologies increases, it becomes ever more important for us to find and hold the inner thread of life. “Amidst all of the unraveling, we have to each find a thread and figure out how to help re-weave the world.”
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting Living Myth. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his upcoming free online event “Hope and Imagination in Dark Times” on Thursday, May 19.
     
    Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.  
     
    You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive bonus episodes each month, access to the full archives of over 415 episodes and 30% discount on all events, courses and book and audio titles.
     
    Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on wherever you listen to this podcast and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you well during this challenging and uncertain times and thank you for your support of our work.

    • 24 min
    Episode 279 - Pieces of Truth

    Episode 279 - Pieces of Truth

    This episode begins with the uproar occasioned by the Supreme Court draft opinion on overturning Roe v Wade. Michael Meade turns to ancient stories in order to find ways to imagine breaking the spells of division and find ways that ”we each can bring a piece of lived truth and learn ways to more consciously inhabit the same story again.”
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting Living Myth. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his upcoming free online event “Hope and Imagination in Dark Times” on Thursday, May 19.
     
    Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.  
     
    You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive bonus episodes each month, access to the full archives of over 410 episodes and 30% discount on all events, courses and book and audio titles.
     
    Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on wherever you listen to this podcast and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you well during this challenging and uncertain times and thank you for your support of our work.

    • 32 min
    Episode 278 - Facing Fear, Awakening Soul

    Episode 278 - Facing Fear, Awakening Soul

    On this episode, Michael Meade looks at the current climate of polarization, fear and division and considers how we can navigate current challenges. In considering the root meanings of fear, Meade shows how in facing where we fear to go, we can find a greater sense of calling as well as a deeper connection to the soul of the world.
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting Living Myth. You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his upcoming free online event “Hope and Imagination in Dark Times” on Thursday, May 19.
     
    Register and learn more at mosaicvoices.org/events.   
     
    You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive bonus episodes each month, access to the full archives of over 410 episodes and 30% discount on all events, courses and book and audio titles.
     
    Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on wherever you listen to this podcast and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you well during this challenging and uncertain times and thank you for your support of our work.

    • 42 min
    Episode 277 - The Wise and the Crosswise

    Episode 277 - The Wise and the Crosswise

    “We live in a world in which it is easier to divide things than unify them. Politics and polarization are both connected to the root word ‘pole’ which can appear as a unifying central pole, as in a tent, but can also divide into opposite poles. The unifying energy is there, but is not visible because it is not yet conscious.”  
     
    So begins this replay of podcast in which Michael Meade considers the essential dynamic of opposition leading to a new state of unity.  In order to uncover the deeper sense and meaning of opposition and polarization, Meade goes to an ancient practice from a small tribe near the Amazon River.  The ideas about the wise and the crosswise aspects of the soul helps elucidate the sense that in our individual lives and our collective experiences we are often looking for and longing for the third thing that is the medicine we most need.
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting Living Myth. You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive bonus episodes each month, access to the full archives of over 400 episodes and 30% discount on all events, courses and book and audio titles.
     
    Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on wherever you listen to this podcast and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you well during this challenging and uncertain times and thank you for your support of our work.

    • 22 min
    Episode 276 - Earth Day Cosmology

    Episode 276 - Earth Day Cosmology

    This episode of  considers how Earth Day and the oldest traditions of Easter are secretly connected. “One of the open secrets trying to be rediscovered at this time is that a deep capacity for renewal exists in the depths of our own souls, just as it resides in the unseen depths of the earth itself.”
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting Living Myth. You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium. Members receive bonus episodes each month, access to the full archives of over 400 episodes and 30% discount on all events, courses and book and audio titles.
     
    Learn more and join this community of listeners at patreon.com/livingmyth.
     
    As always, we appreciate you leaving a review on wherever you listen to this podcast and sharing it with your friends. On behalf of Michael Meade and the whole Mosaic staff, we wish you well during this challenging and uncertain times and thank you for your support of our work.
     
    Welcome to the Living Myth podcast with Michael Meade, where this shifting, changing world is looked at from a mythic perspective.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Ashleigh_c ,

Great podcast

Good topics and well explained. Very interesting.

ZangLoc ,

Great podcast

Interesting, intelligent and inspiring.

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

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