Stories are mischievous little buggers that have been shaping our personal and cultural identities for over ten thousand years. On this podcast, we take a careful look at just how that is. Why? Because while some stories have the ability to lift us up, transform and make us feel whole. Others have the ability to divide, mislead and keep us playing small - and who’s got time for that non-sense.
Lord of the Rings: The Unification of Samwise Part II
In this episode, Michael and guest Matt Eckert complete their journey and discussion of the transformation and unification of Samwise - the unsung hero of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Together, Matt and Michael discuss the four phases of initiation, the role each plays in transforming identity, the importance of "shadow work" in the process, and how this all translates to real life. In the end, it's the character of Samwise that elevates and shapes Matt's personal journey and with thoughtful reflections, he helps us understand why Sam is a figure that has something valuable for all of us.
Lord of the Rings: The Unification of Samwise Part I
After episode 48 ended, the conversation kept going. So on this episode, Matt Eckert joins Micheal for the start of a two-parter in which they discuss the unification of Samwise. They begin with an exploration of the function and value of quests in myth and story, identify specific life quests that have impacted them both, and start to name ways in which stories like the Lord of the Rings can help us make shifts in our own unique stories.
Lord of the Rings: Finding Truth in Fiction
When fiction speaks truth, the kind that helps us know who we are and what matters most, it tends to stick, leaves an impact, and can shape our lives in ways we might never have expected. In this episode, Michael and guest Matt Eckert embark on a quest for truth and meaning in J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Together they explore the book's prophetic nature, its relevance to our modern times, and the timeless observations about the human condition that it offers.
Snow White: Everything You Missed
When it comes to fairy tales, nothing is as simple as it may seem; this is especially true when it comes to the story of Snow White. Whatever version you choose, from The Brother's Grimm to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman, this story is packed with signs and symbols that all point toward the same thing - finding the light inside of the darkness. Joining Michael in this exploration is Story Mischief third-timer Lynn Trotta. Adding her unique perspective as a ceremonial leader, nature-based mentor, and her life-long love for the tale, Lynn helps Michael reveal what's been hiding in plain sight for centuries.
Rapunzel: Untangling From Abuse
From ancient goddess myths to Disney's Tangled, the story of Rapunzel continues to shed light on complex subjects. With help from guest Ami Lloyd, Michael seeks to untangle and understand what this "maiden in the tower" story has to offer us in modern times. Together they explore everything from how to support teens as they're figuring out who they are to learning how to trust yourself after years of being manipulated and gaslit.
Siddhartha: First A Beer, Then Enlightenment
"Samsara" is a Buddhist term representing the endless cycles of death and rebirth. By most accounts, It's a total drag. But if it's inner peace and freedom you're after, well, then Nirvana is the place for you! Enlightenment, baby! That's where you belong. Getting there, however, isn't going to be so simple. Especially in a world where everyone seems to have the answer, but few have attained it themselves. So, how do we know who to believe? How does one break free from the endless cycles of suffering? Herman Hesse's 1922 novel, Siddhartha, is a great place to start! Simple enough, a 12-year-old could read it. Deep enough, it may take ten lifetimes to understand fully. So, first a beer, then enlightenment!
What a nice surprise!
Thanks to Jewelweed for uncovering this brilliant human for me! This podcast is a breath of fresh air and I hold it close to my heart through the week. It reminds me that we live our stories, and we get to choose our stories, and most importantly, feel those stories.
Magic in audio form
Michael is one of the most brilliant storytellers I’ve ever heard. His capacity to bring myth (and mischief) to life is a true gift. I get lost in every episode.