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Welcome to Myth Matters, a bi-weekly podcast of storytelling and conversation about mythology, and why it’s important to life today.
The old myths and stories speak to the mysteries of life. They are one of the oldest forms of teaching, healing, and community building, and continue to offer these gifts today.
Gain a different perspective on your life and the world. Learn a new way to think, create, thrive, and transform in these best (and worst) of times.
Myth Matters host, Catherine Svehla PhD, shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to bring you into the story circle. She offered this podcast under the name “Myth in the Mojave” for 6 years and 127 episodes are also available under that name.
Check out “Myth Matters at www.mythicmojo.com and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Enjoy patron-only content and help this unique story circle grow by joining Myth Matters on Patreon.
Thanks for listening and keep the mystery in your life alive.
This podcast is a member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation MythMaker℠ Podcast Network. The information, statements, comments, views, and opinions expressed or provided in podcasts on the MythMaker℠ Podcast Network (including by speakers who are not officers, employees, or agents of The Joseph Campbell Foundation) are not necessarily those of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and may not be current. The Joseph Campbell Foundation does not make any representation or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information, statements, comments, views or opinions contained in any podcasts on the MythMaker℠ Podcast Network, and any liability therefor (including in respect of direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever) is expressly disclaimed. The Joseph Campbell Foundation does not undertake any obligation whatsoever to provide any form of update, amendment, change or correction to any of the information, statements, comments, views or opinions set forth in podcasts on the MythMaker℠ Podcast Network.

Myth Matters Catherine Svehla

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

Welcome to Myth Matters, a bi-weekly podcast of storytelling and conversation about mythology, and why it’s important to life today.
The old myths and stories speak to the mysteries of life. They are one of the oldest forms of teaching, healing, and community building, and continue to offer these gifts today.
Gain a different perspective on your life and the world. Learn a new way to think, create, thrive, and transform in these best (and worst) of times.
Myth Matters host, Catherine Svehla PhD, shares her knowledge of mythology and depth psychology to bring you into the story circle. She offered this podcast under the name “Myth in the Mojave” for 6 years and 127 episodes are also available under that name.
Check out “Myth Matters at www.mythicmojo.com and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts.
Enjoy patron-only content and help this unique story circle grow by joining Myth Matters on Patreon.
Thanks for listening and keep the mystery in your life alive.
This podcast is a member of the Joseph Campbell Foundation MythMaker℠ Podcast Network. The information, statements, comments, views, and opinions expressed or provided in podcasts on the MythMaker℠ Podcast Network (including by speakers who are not officers, employees, or agents of The Joseph Campbell Foundation) are not necessarily those of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and may not be current. The Joseph Campbell Foundation does not make any representation or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information, statements, comments, views or opinions contained in any podcasts on the MythMaker℠ Podcast Network, and any liability therefor (including in respect of direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind whatsoever) is expressly disclaimed. The Joseph Campbell Foundation does not undertake any obligation whatsoever to provide any form of update, amendment, change or correction to any of the information, statements, comments, views or opinions set forth in podcasts on the MythMaker℠ Podcast Network.

    Fables, frogs, and philosophy

    Fables, frogs, and philosophy

    Fables are probably the best known and most widely used stories in our mythological traditions. These are simple stories that frequently include animal characters. What is their appeal? Do they offer us more than a laugh?
    In this episode we make some leaps, from a fable about frogs to practical philosophy, to an angry goddess, an ancient Greek comedy, and the mythological history of frogs.
    I hope you find something entertaining and useful.

    “We are rag dolls made out of many ages and skins, changelings who have slept in wood nests or hissed in the uncouth guise of waddling amphibians. We have played such roles for infinitely longer ages than we have been men. Our identity is a dream. We are process, not reality, for reality is an illusion of the daylight — the light of our particular day.”
    -- Loren Eisley, The Unexpected Universe
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    A Strange Feather: 10 Poems for perspective and peace of mind

    A Strange Feather: 10 Poems for perspective and peace of mind

    This is our second and final podcast in celebration of National Poetry month. I devote the April episodes to National Poetry month, to honor and recognize the shared origins of poetry, myth, and song. 
    I also want to share some of the power of poetry. A poem, like a song or a story, can evoke a deep and necessary sense of the rightness of things. In his work titled The Relevance of the Beautiful,philosopher Hans Gadamer writes "[...] the experience of the beautiful, and particularly the beautiful in art, is the invocation of a potentially whole and holy order of things, wherever it may be found." 
    Attention to beauty is one way to find the quiet eye in the middle of our collective storms. I need the perspective and peace of mind that communion with a poem offers. Maybe you do too.
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    • 22 min
    With the night falling we are saying thank you: 10 poems for National Poetry month

    With the night falling we are saying thank you: 10 poems for National Poetry month

    "Let the beauty we love be what we do.
    There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."  --Rumi
    In the last podcast, "A Terrible Love of War, A Culture of Peace," I talked about the need to build a culture and societies that are so satisfying and compelling that we are unwilling to sacrifice them or our precious lives to the destruction and death brought by war. 
    I imagine the time that we spend together here today with these poems, as an offering to such a culture.
    I hope these poems bring you some respite, inspiration, a deeper appreciation for the beauty in your life. Perhaps you'll find a new poet to investigate on your own.

    April is National Poetry month here in the United States.  Let's celebrate.
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    • 25 min
    A Terrible Love of War, a Culture of Peace

    A Terrible Love of War, a Culture of Peace

    In 2004, James Hillman published a difficult and though-provoking investigation of war titled A Terrible Love of War.  He writes:
    "I believe that we can never speak sensibly of peace or disarmament unless we enter into this love of war. Unless we enter into the martial state of soul, we cannot comprehend its pull [...] To know war we must enter its love. No psychic phenomenon can be truly dislodged from its fixity unless we first move the imagination into its heart..." 
    In this episode, I approach Hillman and "A Terrible Love of War" with these questions:
    What is "the terrible love of war?" 
    How does Hillman ask us to imagine it?
    What can an archetypal perspective on the phenomenon of war tell us about its nature, and our own? 
    Can this perspective help us, as citizens and mortal humans, to create a culture of peace?
    I welcome your comments and questions. Thanks for listening.
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    • 51 min
    A Not Just About the Ukraine

    A Not Just About the Ukraine

    Nations. Sovereignty. War. Democracy. Citizenship. I. We. 
    Unconscious monotheism. Polytheistic consciousness. 
    Diversity. Complexity.
    Fluid myths. Culture building. Trickster.
    Multiple meanings. Art. 

    Some thoughts and two poems.
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    • 20 min
    Sometimes you've got to laugh

    Sometimes you've got to laugh

    “The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow, and there is no humor in heaven.”  ~ Mark Twain

    When we get stuck, when life hands us a challenging situation and there's no clear way out, our best tool is the ability to shift perspective. To see things from a different angle.

    Laughter can help us make such a shift.  So can a story. 

    The answer might not come immediately and yet, the shift is essential. In this episode, we'll explore this process with the aid of a fairy tale called "The Bee, the Harp, the Mouse, and the Bum-Clock." 

    Whatever you're dealing with right now, I hope you find something useful in this episode. Thanks for listening.
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    • 33 min

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