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Living Myth

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Rank #124 in Philosophy category

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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.

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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.

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232 Ratings
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Amazing

By make me you fool - Jun 13 2019
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I love this podcast. So much wisdom in teachings that unfold again and again. 💕

Revival369

By revival369 - Apr 11 2019
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This podcast is my church. It could have the potential, if practiced deeply, to change the world.

iTunes Ratings

232 Ratings
Average Ratings
225
3
1
2
1

Amazing

By make me you fool - Jun 13 2019
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I love this podcast. So much wisdom in teachings that unfold again and again. 💕

Revival369

By revival369 - Apr 11 2019
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This podcast is my church. It could have the potential, if practiced deeply, to change the world.
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Living Myth

Updated 11 days ago

Rank #124 in Philosophy category

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 1 - Why Myth, Why Now?

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Michael Meade introduces the role of myth in making sense of our complex and challenging world and he answers the question “Why Myth, Why Now?”.

Jan 06 2017
21 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 135 - The March of Violence

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In the troubling aftermath of recent mass shootings, Michael Meade takes up the issues of violence and the male psyche, the lack of rites of passage, the instability caused by white supremacy and the necessity of tempering the souls of men.  He approaches the tragedy of gun violence through the Irish proverb, "You don't give a man a weapon until you have taught him how to dance."  And he reminds us that "the essential test of any culture involves whether it can find an imagination greater than violence and brutality."

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

Aug 07 2019
26 mins
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Rank #3: Episode 134 - The Hidden Unity of Life

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In this episode, Michael Meade returns to an old conception of life having three distinct layers.  The first layer is the daily world that is typically the place of common courtesy, civil society and predictable patterns of weather and human behavior.  The second layer is the place of abandonment and heartache, but also the territory that gives rise to racism, bigotry, misogyny and conspiracy theories.  Thankfully, the third layer of life is the realm of underlying unity, the place of universal love and understanding, the surprising terrain of forgiveness and reconciliation and the sacred ground where nature and culture meet.

The bad news is that the second layer has now erupted into and often takes over the first layer of life.  The good news is that the layer of underlying unity remains nearby and can be found in music and the arts and poetry like the ecstatic verses of Rumi and Hafiz that remind us that we all secretly participate in the divine intimacy of things.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

Jul 31 2019
22 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 111 - Medicine of the Soul

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Michael Meade begins with the idea that we live in two worlds, the daily world with its injustices, confusions and fears and the “otherworld”, the realm of soul and imagination, the source of all the arts and spiritual traditions. Meade also reminds us of the old idea that “therapy treats my condition and art treats the condition of the world”.  What follows is an intricate weaving of poetry and ideas that leads to the kinds of medicine waiting to be found in the depths of the soul.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 21 2019
21 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 88 - The Ground of Being

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“In hard times, inner changes must precede changes to outer circumstances,” says Michael Meade on a recent interview on KBOO public radio in Portland, OR.  Drawing from themes and ideas in his new book “Awakening the Soul”, Meade tells an old story from Egypt of a scribe who struggled to find meaning in a troubled world. The struggle to find the ground of being and awaken from the sleep of the daily world was there in ancient times, just as it can so commonly be found today. Finding the currents of the ancient tale throughout our history, Meade suggests that the greatest challenge has always been the risk of becoming ourselves in a world that is trying to turn us into everyone else. 

Sep 11 2018
26 mins
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Rank #6: Episode 97 - The Hidden Resources of Soul

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Michael Meade answers the question of why he often delves into the territory of the soul.  At a time when it seems the whole world is falling apart, and we seem to lack the capacity to deal with unprecedented problems occurring in both nature and culture, Meade points to soul as a deep place of untapped resources.  He then draws upon the personal experience of his own world turning upside down to show how the greatest resources of life are found in the depths of the human soul.

No matter what threats and disasters occur at the surface of life, the underlying soul remains an endless wellspring and vital source of change and renewal. In these times of great fear and trouble, it becomes our work to bring to the world this hidden abundance, for when we see with the eyes of the soul, every event, inner or outer, can be seen to have meaning.

Nov 16 2018
21 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 133 - Searching for Clarity

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Michael Meade uses a series of old proverbs in order to find some stable ground for meaning and truth in a world of rapid changes and mounting dilemmas. Before anyone can figure out how to digest the important conversation about racism and bigotry in America, the Congressional Hearings on the Mueller Report commence and everyone descends into another set of complexities involving truth, manipulation and betrayal at the highest levels of political power.

After considering the overwhelming crisis of climate change, humanitarian issues and the struggle for truth and genuine ideals, Meade poignantly reminds us that "the soul is the part of each person that cannot simply be overwhelmed."

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and a 30% discount on all products and most events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a retreat this September near Seattle. Visit mosaicvoices.org/events to learn more.

Jul 24 2019
24 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 89 - Living in Truth

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On this episode, Michael Meade discusses the core themes of his newly released book Awakening the Soul.  Beginning with the question “How does a person respond to a troubled world,” Meade describes how the human soul harbors deep and creative resources that tend to awaken when we find ourselves in big trouble.   Something deep and meaningful is trying to awaken at both the individual and cultural levels.  When truth is missing in the public discourse it is waiting to be found as the “lived truth” of the awakening soul.

Sep 21 2018
22 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 82 - Be Your Note

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Beginning with the idea of “die before you die,” Meade describes how a little-death can lead to a deeper sense of knowledge and a greater appreciation for life. Our encounters with sorrow, disappointment and loss can be revalued as ways in which the ego-self dies a little and the deeper self becomes more revealed. Sharing two powerful stories and a selection of poems, Meade shows how the more thoroughly we shed false aspects of ourselves, the more we can redeem our lives and sound our unique note in the world.

Aug 02 2018
26 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 126 - The Dance of Spirit and Soul

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On this episode, a replay of a popular episode from 2 years ago Michael Meade, examines the differences between spirit and soul. After describing how spirit rises like air and fire and soul descends like water and earth, he turns to the struggle of spirit and soul in each human life. Secretly, spirit and soul are trying to come together, to unite, but it’s usually the depth of soul that’s missing. By growing more soul each person can become a unique example of the middle ground of creation where spirit can descend and soul can rise.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading two retreats this summer. Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Jun 05 2019
24 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 120 - The Need for the Ecstatic

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This episode begins with Michael Meade answering the question: “Why do you typically end a public event with the ecstatic poetry of Rumi and Hafiz?”  Part of the answer involves the natural human longing for the Divine, the greater need for the ecstatic in a world gone wrong and the necessity of love.

The greater answer becomes both a treatise on the meaning of the ecstatic and a tour through the heavens and earth as seen through the eyes of the ecstatic poets.  Getting out of our static state and fixed attitudes about life can lead to a state of “reckless abandon” that makes life more immediate, more present, and more joyous.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC beginning this week.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Apr 24 2019
22 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 106 - The Genius of Elders

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On this episode, drawn from an in-depth interview on New Dimensions Radio, Michael Meade describes the current period of worldwide crisis as the “time of impossible tasks” and says, “We have to tap into the deep understanding of the human soul, one image of which is the wise elder.”  In contrast to those who simply grow older, the genuine elder lives a life of meaning and purpose. The awakening of true elders can lead to a revitalization of youth, whose life dreams are intended to form part of the core imagination of the future. This deep dialogue is rich with metaphors that bring a sharp focus to imaginative healing possibilities for these times of trouble and radical change.

Jan 17 2019
26 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 110 - Uncovering and Discovering

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We live in a time of the “lifting of the veil” that includes the uncovering of scandals as well as systematic abuses; but also the discovering of hidden truths that can reveal the way forward.  Michael Meade uses surprising elements of the uncovering of the famous Lascaux Caves to show how the dramas of history lead us to the haunts of mystery.  Like the hidden treasures found in ancient caves, there are new forms of imagination and understanding waiting to be found in the depths of the human soul.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 15 2019
22 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 118 - The Call of Genius

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Michael Meade suggests that in times of change, just as in periods of personal crisis, there can be intensification and an acceleration of calling. Whether it comes as a daunting challenge or a crushing blunder, a big dream or a cutting loss, each major life event has within it an opportunity to awaken to the call of the deeper self and the resident genius of the soul.

What calls us calls for the giving of the inherent gifts and natural talents we brought to life to begin with. What calls to us calls to the dream set within our soul before we were born. Answering the call opens pathways of genius and imagination that can lead to finding one’s “dharma” or natural way of being in life and serving in the world. We are each called to become more fully ourselves and our transformation liberates our spirit, but it also serves something beyond ourselves. In transforming each of us, genius also transforms the world.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC this spring.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Apr 10 2019
25 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 112 - Wise Woman at the Crossroads

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In what turns out to be a treatise on the Wise Old Woman of the World and the importance of the feminine mysteries of life, Michael Meade tells an old wisdom tale from Africa.  The story offers a pertinent reminder that we all wander on the road of life and death, and that each crossroad in life is an opportunity to awaken further to the deep gifts and precise mission of our souls. 

The old story  reveals that the Holy Spirit was once considered the bird of Sophia, the feminine source of wisdom.  The Wise Old Woman turns out to be the sage in the heart, the immediate spirit of awakening and an instinctive connection to the enduring song of life.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

Feb 28 2019
25 mins
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Rank #16: Episode 108 - The Acorn Myth

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As a metaphor for human nature, the Acorn Myth suggests that each person comes into the world with an innate shape and an inborn style intended to grow a particular character. Thus the soul, rather than being a blank slate, tends to be more like a garden already planted and seeded in a certain way.

The inner seed of the soul arrives already packed with knowledge. Specifically it knows something of its own way of being and, if the shell of the seed can be cracked, the nature and shape and aim of a person's life can become revealed.  Call it a myth, an open secret or an eternal truth, the sense of each soul having a seed story it came to live resonates throughout the cultures of the world.

As the world around us becomes increasingly unstable and chaotic, we need to turn to the inner shape and core imagination of our own soul to find stability, meaning and purpose.

Feb 01 2019
24 mins
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Rank #17: Episode 121 - Paths to the Center

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 “Each soul is on a lifelong pilgrimage and the secret object of every pilgrimage is the center of the pilgrim”, says Michael Meade on the latest podcast. People set off to a famous shrine; they seek to enter a holy place or arrive at a natural wonder. The point seems to be to reach that distant destination and somehow be renewed and confirmed by the experience. Yet instead, Meade suggests, any renewal that happens must happen within the pilgrim and can only happen when the center of the self becomes awakened by the ardor of the effort or by the grace of the unseen.

We may set out to reach a shrine or spiritual center, but we fully arrive only when we reach the center of ourselves. A genuine path must lead us to the center of our own life; for our life is a pilgrimage to find our awakened self.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Asheville and Seattle beginning this week.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

May 02 2019
24 mins
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Rank #18: Episode 119 - The Rise of the False Self

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In this episode, Michael Meade considers the psychology of the “little self” or false self, as a way of addressing both the political drama in American culture and the soul’s natural longing for meaning and truth. He contrasts the little self with the deeper Self within each person trying to awaken, despite and because of the deceit and confusion rampant in contemporary life. 

As we watch issues of truth and power play out in real time on Twitter and cable news, the question becomes which character on we focusing upon, the personality of the president or the soul of the culture?  At critical times, the lessons can be more psychological than political.

Thank you for listening to Living Myth.  You can help support this podcast by becoming a member of Living Myth Premium.  A $10/month subscription gives you 3 bonus episodes each month, the full podcast archives and exclusive offers on products and events.  Become a member at patreon.com/livingmyth.  You can also help by sharing this podcast with your friends and leaving a review on iTunes.

If you would like to hear Michael Meade in person, he will be leading a series of events in Columbia, MD and Asheville, NC beginning next week.  Visit our website for tickets and more info: mosaicvoices.org/events.

Apr 17 2019
22 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 99 - A Touch of the Eternal

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Although it may often feel that we are running out of time when it comes to the great issues of the world and the struggles of daily life, Michael Meade suggests that it is not more time that we need but a stronger connection to things that are timeless, and therefore eternal. Meade tells an ancient Bushman story from Africa that depicts the dilemma which humanity faces with each crisis that involves issues of meaning, truth and the human soul.  When great troubles abound, whether it be on the world stage or at a critical stage of life, what we need is the touch of imagination and a hint of the eternal.

Nov 29 2018
25 mins
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Rank #20: Episode 105 - The Wise and the Crosswise

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“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 Michael Meade’s consideration of 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.

Jan 10 2019
22 mins
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