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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.

Living Myth Michael Meade

    • Philosophy
    • 4.9 • 361 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 202 - Where Denial Divides, Grief Unites

    Episode 202 - Where Denial Divides, Grief Unites

    This episode begins with the anguish of a caring nurse tending to a person dying of Covid-19 who continues to deny, while at death’s very door, that the pandemic even exists. “This is tragic in ways that we couldn't anticipate,” Michael Meade laments. “This is tragedy of a different order, a combination of blind belief and life-draining denial.” No wonder that many ask how we can ever find healing when people increasingly believe that they live in different worlds?
     
    Using a combination of ancient ideas and cogent poems, Meade addresses the issues of deadly denial and hidden grief in America and the spiritual, emotional chasm that continues to divide the country in half.
     
    “If everyone would acknowledge the loss and the grief that is under the surface of the conflict, hatred and division, there could be a melting of all that polarizes, denies and rejects. There would be a falling into the depths of humanity, where sorrow, grief and tears can wash away those things that are deadly and need to be relinquished. We might then realize how much we are all in this together, not in some naive way, but in the old way of understanding that we are all walking the road of life and death together.”
     
    Ultimately, grief turns out to be a vital element in life, a form of inner medicine that not only shapes the heart, but also opens it and makes us more genuinely human.
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining his upcoming live series that will begin on Friday, Dec. 4. Info and registration will be announced in the next few days. You can further support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  Members have access to the full archives of over 280 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.

    • 21 min
    Episode 201 - The Deep Light of Truth

    Episode 201 - The Deep Light of Truth

    This episode of Living Myth begins with the confusion and fears developing from the difficulty of finding a peaceful transition after the recent election. Trust in institutions and political process has eroded to the point where people with opposing views feel that they are living in opposite worlds. While most agree that the truth can set us free, it becomes ever more difficult to find what that truth might be.
     
    What for many modern people can seem like a flood of falsehoods and a baffling plague of conspiracy theories might have been seen by Socrates as a collapse of imagination that leads to the “lie in the soul.” The lie in the soul is an untruth taken into the core of a person’s life, where it becomes treated as truth. This was considered the most dangerous kind of lie because of its destructive effect on both the individual’s core and the community’s soul.
     
    Perhaps surprisingly, Socrates proposed that the antidote to mistruths and misconceptions can be found, not simply in asserting the facts, but in a notion that translates as the “noble lie.” The noble lie can best be understood as stories that are not literal or historical, but are foundational for understanding humanity and essential for reestablishing universal truths.
     
    In this old way of seeing, myths and creative arts were considered to be lies that reveal truths that otherwise can remain hidden. In other words, the kind of truth that can heal is found through acts of creativity and imagination not through facts and data gathered to make a point.
     
    The symbols and metaphors of myth and the creative arts do not simply open our eyes, they open our imagination and thereby allow us to see the world anew. When the world becomes increasingly divided and it becomes more difficult to separate the deeper truths from the big lies, the point becomes not simply political resolution, but also a greater awakening to the underlying unity and inner truths of life.
     
    Thank you for listening to and supporting this podcast.  You can hear Michael Meade live by joining a free Q&A this Friday, November 13 at 5pm (PST). This monthly Living Myth Q&A session has been limited to members of our Living Myth Premium podcast. Because of the recent election, and subsequent changes in the cultural and political landscape, we want to open this live event to everyone interested in mythic imagination and the genuine transformation of culture and nature at this time.
    Join us by using the Zoom Webinar ID: 868 8129 2158 and entering the password: meade (all lowercase).
     
    You can join future monthly Q&A events and support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  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.

    • 31 min
    Episode 200 - In Uncharted Waters

    Episode 200 - In Uncharted Waters

    The most common explanation for why we find ourselves caught in an increasing tension between opposing forces is that “we live in a deeply divided country.” After all the talk about flipping red states to blue or blue states to red, when the dust settles, the political map reflects a continuing division throughout the country.
     
    Recorded whiles votes are still being counted in battleground states, Michael Meade considers deeper reasons why so many things tend to polarize in these troubled times. A surprising report on the growing separation between the layers of water in the world’s oceans may shed light on the intense divisions we feel in so many areas of life at this time.
     
    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.

    • 30 min
    Episode 199 - Sometimes a Vote is a Prayer

    Episode 199 - Sometimes a Vote is a Prayer

    This episode begins with the ancient idea that human beings are the make-weights in the scales of time. That means that in critical moments humans can tip the scales of life in the direction of renewal rather than decline. The idea that every vote counts rests upon the idea that every life counts. And now, that rests upon the underlying idea that everything is interconnected. Michael Meade considers how the set of worldwide crises we all face makes the voting process part of tipping the scales of time as well as the scales of justice. He talks about the politics of democracy versus autocracy; but does so in the context of psychology and mythology. Sometimes a vote is more than a preference. Sometimes a vote is more like a prayer or a pledge to help life change and heal and renew.
     
    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.

    • 29 min
    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.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
361 Ratings

361 Ratings

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Relevant and Revealing

Michael Meade is helping me understand the mystery of life and what it means to be human. His books and podcast are shedding light and adding context to emotions, feelings and instincts that I’ve felt for many years. Through his work I’m gaining clarity on my fate, my destiny, my purpose, the inner genius that is guiding my journey. I’m so grateful for this podcast. Thank you Michael Meade!

Charles MatheusAZ ,

An Podcast Antidote for the News Cycle

Micheal Meade helps me put the current, frazzled world into perspective.

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A balm for these times

I find myself drawn back to this podcast over and over to help me zoom out and see the larger picture in these challenging times.

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