Living Myth

Michael Meade

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 pro...Show More
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Episode 124 - The Old Thief

25:27 | May 23rd

Michael Meade tells the story of The Old Thief, a teaching tale from Japan about truth, power and looking into the core of our soul.  The story suggests that turning within, especially into those places we don’t want to go, becomes the solution to es...Show More
Episode 123 - Pulled by Fate

22:31 | May 16th

We live in fateful times, when the fate of the world is connected to and affected by the fate of our individual souls. Michael Meade begins this episode with some core ideas about human fate: "Freedom isn't the absence of limitation or an escape from...Show More
Episode 122 - The Roaring of the World

23:53 | May 9th

This podcast begins with the release of the U.N. report on biodiversity that warns of the impending extinction of a million species of plants and animals in the near future.  Michael Meade points out that the shocking report comes amidst a new series...Show More
Episode 121 - Paths to the Center

24:44 | May 2nd

“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...Show More
Episode 120 - The Need for the Ecstatic

22:30 | Apr 24th

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 ecsta...Show More
Premium Q&A Episode 6 Excerpt - The Two Agreements of the Soul

16:38 | Apr 19th

On this excerpt from the latest Living Myth Premium episode, Michael Meade answers questions about the soul posed by listeners.  One question is “what is the meaning of the original agreement of the soul?”  Another is “why is this first agreement so ...Show More
Episode 119 - The Rise of the False Self

22:36 | Apr 17th

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 th...Show More
Episode 118 - The Call of Genius

25:56 | Apr 10th

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 ma...Show More
Episode 117 - The Cave of Wisdom

26:29 | Apr 4th

On this episode, drawn from an interview on New Dimensions Radio, Michael Meade tells the Native American story of the Old Woman in the Cave, reminding us that as things fall apart we draw closer to the emergence of new patterns and ancient wisdom. T...Show More
Episode 116 - The Medicine of Truth

23:20 | Mar 28th

In the wake of the confusion and disappointment surrounding the initial summary of the Mueller Report, Michael Meade answers listeners’ questions about what story he would tell Congress and political leaders if asked.  After pointing out that the fac...Show More
Episode 115 - In Extreme Times

23:35 | Mar 21st

Beginning with the recent tragic shooting in Christchurch, NZ, this episode also considers the emergence of Fridays for Future and the student climate strike that has taken hold in cities and towns throughout the world.  Michael Meade shows how each ...Show More
Episode 114 - Olders, Elders and the Gap in Power

21:45 | Mar 14th

This episode begins with information from reports on the increasing power that older people have when it comes to the key issues of modern life.  The older generation currently has great financial, political and consumer power.   And, due to rising l...Show More
Episode 113 - Truth and the Ignoble Lie

24:02 | Mar 7th

Michael Meade offers a consideration of the psychological complexes that shape the crisis of lying that now appears at the center of American life.  Starting with ancient ideas about “word association” and touching on Carl Jung’s involvement in the i...Show More
Episode 112 - Wise Woman at the Crossroads

25:33 | Feb 28th

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 l...Show More
Episode 111 - Medicine of the Soul

21:21 | Feb 21st

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 ...Show More
Episode 110 - Uncovering and Discovering

22:46 | Feb 15th

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...Show More
Episode 109 - Pandora's Box

23:12 | Feb 7th

This episode of Living Myth illustrates the capacity of mythic stories to be both timely and timeless.  Michael Meade begins with the drama of the recent State of the Union address and considers contemporary conflicts and confusions as part of a “wor...Show More
Episode 108 - The Acorn Myth

24:56 | Feb 1st

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 ga...Show More
Premium Episode 15 excerpt - The Song Coming Through

10:19 | Jan 27th

On this excerpt from the latest Living Myth Premium episode, Michael Meade reads selected poems from The Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart, the renowned anthology edited along with Robert Bly and James Hillman. The recording includes reflections on the s...Show More
Episode 107 - When Walls Are Closing In

23:09 | Jan 24th

Michael Meade suggests that “when the walls are closing in,” what is typically missing is a connection to things that are authentic and creative, life-enhancing instead of self-limiting. An old wisdom tale turns the common world upside down, so that ...Show More
Episode 106 - The Genius of Elders

26:07 | Jan 17th

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 i...Show More
Episode 105 - The Wise and the Crosswise

22:53 | Jan 10th

“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 u...Show More
Episode 104 - Myths of Creation and Re-creation

22:05 | Jan 4th

On the first episode of the New Year, Michael Meade begins an exploration of the myths of creation and tales of re-creation that allow time to renew and the world to begin again.  Any serious consideration of creation must also include the energies o...Show More
Episode 103 - The Long Arrow of Imagination

21:47 | Dec 20th, 2018

Michael Meade tells a story about a boy orphaned from his community who must find his way back, a journey that reveals threads of fate and destiny.  Meade suggests that we all have orphaned parts of ourselves that are needed when we are feeling lost,...Show More
Episode 102 - In This Darkness Singing

17:38 | Dec 19th, 2018

This episode begins with a poem about how easy it is to become lost in this world, in this time of conflict and growing darkness.  On the eve of Solstice, Michael Meade takes the image of darkness and light and weaves it through a consideration of ho...Show More
Episode 101 - Angels of Friendship

23:42 | Dec 13th, 2018

Michael Meade reports on the increase of isolation and loneliness in the world and comments on the new cabinet post in England entitled “The Minister of Loneliness.” He contrasts the old ideas of having genuine “friends of the soul” with the modern s...Show More
Episode 100 - The Elephant, the Blind Men and Climate Change

22:43 | Dec 7th, 2018

Michael Meade responds to the current international climate talks and recent alarming reports on climate change by turning to the old teaching story of the blind men who encounter an elephant. In this case, the elephant represents the overwhelming ch...Show More
Episode 99 - A Touch of the Eternal

25:33 | Nov 29th, 2018

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 timel...Show More
Episode 98 - A Sense of Gratitude

24:00 | Nov 22nd, 2018

“Gratitude is a sign of nobility in our souls” and yet “gratitude can also be difficult to express because it comes from a deep place in the heart where pain can also dwell.” Thus begins Michael Meade’s mythological consideration of the essential pla...Show More
Episode 97 - The Hidden Resources of Soul

21:29 | Nov 16th, 2018

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 cul...Show More
Episode 96 - Facing Chaos

20:48 | Nov 8th, 2018

This episode of comes directly on the heels of the midterm election and the chaotic events and unfortunate tragedies that followed in the aftermath.  Michael Meade leads us from the immediate news to the ground of myth in order to better understand t...Show More
Episode 95 - Hope and Despair

22:58 | Nov 1st, 2018

Michael Meade begins with the latest tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. He then moves to the procession of poverty and oppression travelling from Central America and the troubling election of a would be dictator in Brazil.  ...Show More
Episode 94 - Voting for a Bigger World

25:41 | Oct 25th, 2018

Shakespeare said, “There is nothing more confining than the prison we don’t know we are in". One way of recognizing the prison we are currently in is to see how the world is made smaller as those who happen to hold power try to reduce the world while...Show More
Episode 93 - Mythic Antidotes

23:35 | Oct 18th, 2018

Michael Meade tells on old story from India about the creation of the world.  In it, an ancient sage named Markandeya is caught in the tension between creation and wonder, despair and loss.  His existential crisis speaks to the world we live in now w...Show More
Episode 92 - The Light Inside Dark Times

21:07 | Oct 11th, 2018

Michael Meade reflects that he increasingly hears how a sense of discouragement has engulfed all kinds of people. To be discouraged means “to lose heart, to become disheartened,” and therefore lose the spirit for life. It makes sense to feel that way...Show More
Episode 91 - The Force of Truth

21:05 | Oct 4th, 2018

“The great moments in life are existential crises—moments that challenge all aspects of society and all levels of human awareness. We have entered such an extended moment of radical change.”   On this episode, Michael Meade brings a mythological pers...Show More
Episode 90 - Embodied Wisdom

28:59 | Sep 28th, 2018

On this episode, drawn from a recent interview on the Embodiment Matters Podcast, Michael Meade talks about embodiment, “lunar knowledge,” and the many different ways of bodily knowing. He explores the importance and challenges of ritual practice in ...Show More
Episode 89 - Living in Truth

22:37 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 resourc...Show More
Episode 88 - The Ground of Being

26:59 | Sep 11th, 2018

“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 f...Show More
Episode 87 - The Crisis of Truth and Meaning

22:31 | Sep 7th, 2018

This episode begins with the announcement of Michael Meade’s new book “Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World”.  The new book explores the impact of cultural and environmental upheaval on the human soul.  It also addresses the loss o...Show More
Episode 86 - Mythic by Nature

19:42 | Aug 30th, 2018

“When the world seems to lose all sense and meaning, it is usually ‘mythic sense' that is missing,” says Michael Meade in talking about the vital language of myth.  He suggests that myth is the inside story of the world we live in, and we are each an...Show More
Episode 85 - Truth and Forgetfulness

21:27 | Aug 24th, 2018

In the midst of all the issues of truth and lies in the culture, Michael Meade draws on the ancient Greek word for truth, “alethia” which translates as “not to forget.” Alethia then leads to the mythic underworld and the River Lethe, also known as th...Show More
Episode 84 - A Bridge Between Worlds

17:57 | Aug 11th, 2018

Michael Meade tells the story of “Eisik’s Dream” as a way of showing how dreams offer deep and surprising insight and revelation into the path our lives would follow.  Bringing a dream to life means changing everything and change is most often accomp...Show More
Episode 83 - The Path of the Soul

21:17 | Aug 9th, 2018

Michael Meade talks about the second adventure in life and the challenges of following the path of the soul in the modern world.  Touching on themes of gratitude, joy and the genius of the soul, and weaving together poetry and psychology, Meade sugge...Show More
Episode 82 - Be Your Note

26:08 | Aug 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More
Episode 81 - Waking the Elder Within

22:28 | Jul 26th, 2018

This episode picks up on last week’s theme of the wise elder within.  Michael Meade sings an old African song that calls for the elders to lead nature and culture home in a time of great change and uncertainty. Elders are by nature healers and also a...Show More
Episode 80 - A Crisis of Truth

22:01 | Jul 19th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth begins with the disturbing display of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the world stage. After establishing the importance of truth and justice on both cultural and individual levels, Michael Meade laments the loss of eld...Show More
Episode 79 - The Key in the Darkness

20:37 | Jul 12th, 2018

Starting with the idea that everything is interconnected, Michael Meade begins this episode with a commentary on the rescue of the group of boys from the caves in Thailand.  He then uses the metaphor of being lost in the darkness and trapped in a lab...Show More
Episode 78 - Ceremonies of the Underworld

19:44 | Jul 5th, 2018

In these times of chaos and confusion, when things seem to be falling apart, Michael Meade reminds us of the old idea that when you are going down, the best approach is to dive deeper.  He then begins a story in which we follow two orphaned children ...Show More
Episode 77 - Gifts and Wounds

22:49 | Jun 28th, 2018

Michael Meade addresses two questions sent in by listeners. The first, “Why are you always saying a person’s gifts and wounds are connected?” leads to a wide ranging discussion on the concept that everyone in this world is gifted and everyone is woun...Show More
Episode 76 - At the Edge: Separation, Suicide and the Soul

23:59 | Jun 21st, 2018

Beginning with the whiplash effect of rapidly changing stories and disturbing dramas of this time, Michael Meade takes up the issues of collective anxiety and increasing rates of suicide in contemporary life.  He describes how a loss of soul at the c...Show More
New Podcast Offering - Living Myth Premium

10:48 | Jun 19th, 2018

Hey Living Myth listeners, thank you for being a part of this podcast.  We wanted to let you know about the Living Myth Premium Podcast, a new offering from Mosaic that gives members access to additional content beyond the free weekly edition of the ...Show More
Episode 75 - Thresholds of Initiation - Part 2

21:56 | Jun 15th, 2018

Part two of Thresholds of Initiation picks up Michael Meade’s story of imprisonment and eventual confinement in a solitary cell.  A fascinating part of the narration occurs when the idea of fasting arises, not simply as a way of protesting, but as a ...Show More
Episode 74 - Thresholds of Initiation - Part 1

25:19 | Jun 7th, 2018

“We live in betwixt and between times,” says Michael Meade, as he considers the uncertainty and disorientation that so often characterize contemporary life. After drawing connections to ancient ideas of the thresholds of initiation, Meade tells an un...Show More
Episode 73 - Bodhisattva Times

23:14 | May 31st, 2018

In part two of the ancient story of Indra and the Two Worlds, we learn that Indra, having become disillusioned with what most people call the real world, becomes a renunciate, spending his time in meditation and contemplation.  Meanwhile, the daily w...Show More
Episode 72 - Possessed by Power

23:58 | May 24th, 2018

The wisdom of myth says that all of this has happened before; leaders have misused power, justice has been turned upside down and people have been left in despair. In the first episode of a two-part podcast, Michael Meade draws upon an ancient and co...Show More
Episode 71 - Spirit, Soul and the Human Condition

29:12 | May 15th, 2018

“In the depths of the soul we are each an ‘old soul’ able to survive the troubles of the world, and also able to contribute to its healing and renewal.” So says, Michael Meade on this episode, drawn from a recent radio interview. Starting with the in...Show More
Episode 70 - Chaos and Revelation

24:28 | May 10th, 2018

Michael Meade responds to three questions people continually ask him: Are people unwittingly playing with worldwide disaster by pulling out of nuclear agreements, climate accords and trade alliances? Why are people so readily polarized and ready to d...Show More
Episode 69 - The Loss of Truth

23:05 | May 3rd, 2018

The Greek word for truth is alethia, which translates as “not to forget”.  In that sense, the loss of truth and the rise of falsity in modern life represents a great cloud of forgetting.  In this episode, Michael Meade goes searching for truth and me...Show More
Episode 68 - Tiger Medicine

24:47 | Apr 26th, 2018

“Regardless of the conditions of the outside world, we are each here to transform our own lives from the inside and become a full expression of our unique soul.” So says Michael Meade when he talks about one of his favorite stories, The Tiger’s Whisk...Show More
Episode 67 - Agents of Creation

20:36 | Apr 19th, 2018

The world is so flooded with change, it becomes difficult to keep abreast of radical climate changes, shifts in technology, and all the scandals and revelations of politics. Michael Meade suggests that being an “agent of change” may not be enough to ...Show More
Episode 66 - Our Lot in Life

21:21 | Apr 12th, 2018

In considering the amount of despair and suffering in the world that manifests as increased anxiety, depression and widespread addictions, Michael Meade takes up two contrary views of the human soul.  The modern view of a blank slate or empty soul co...Show More
Episode 65 - Aligning with Angels

21:47 | Apr 6th, 2018

Amidst all the confusion about building walls and assigning tariffs, amidst threats of violence and continuous upheaval, Michael Meade turns his attention to the old imagination of a guarding and guiding angel of the soul.  Following the subtle trail...Show More
Episode 64 - American Odyssey

22:48 | Mar 29th, 2018

It has often been said that The Odyssey is the defining story of Western culture. In this episode of Living Myth, Michael Meade tells parts of The Odyssey and draws connections to the current moment in which young people try to protect life and inspi...Show More
Episode 63 - The Beloved Cow

25:33 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Michael Meade tells an old wisdom tale from India, the kind that would be used to offer guidance to young people heading out into the world trying to find themselves, but also used as a reminder to people of all ages what it is we’re truly looking fo...Show More
Episode 62 - The Crisis of Youth, The Call for Elders

23:11 | Mar 15th, 2018

Michael Meade focuses upon the actions of young people speaking up and leaving school to protest mass shootings and the cycle of violence that has not found a meaningful response from national leaders and institutions.  He puts the current issues in ...Show More
Episode 61 - Living Roots of Soul

22:35 | Mar 8th, 2018

Michael Meade answers questions about the soul, such as  “what is the soul and why does it matter so much in the modern world”?  Starting with the dangers of the loss of soul, Meade launches into a rhapsody of soul, a survey of the roots and the bran...Show More
Episode 60 - Nihilism vs Idealism

20:13 | Mar 2nd, 2018

This episode of Living Myth addresses the hollowing of institutions and the loss of values and principles that people expect to serve as guide posts in life.  Taking up the theme of “creeping nihilism,” Michael Meade shows how a society can make enou...Show More
Episode 59 - The Right Trouble

21:15 | Feb 20th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth begins with the report on the increase of perfectionism in the world. Whether caused by comparisons found on social media or notions of meritocracy, young people especially suffer from perfectionism.  Beginning with the id...Show More
The Heart of Tragedy

22:23 | Feb 16th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth takes up the issues of tragedy in America, specifically the latest mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.  In considering the long history of men and guns, Michael Meade states an old Irish proverb: “You don’t give a m...Show More
World Upside Down

22:41 | Feb 8th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth begins with the fantasies of huge military parades and the swirling of conspiracy theories in the nation’s capital. Michael Meade shifts the issues of collusion, delusion and transparency from politics to the deeper ground...Show More
The State of the Soul

21:56 | Feb 1st, 2018

This episode of Living Myth begins in the aftermath of the recent State of the Union address and tries to turn our attention to the state of the soul, both the soul of the country and the individual souls within it.  Michael Meade describes the impor...Show More
The Tension of Opposites

22:18 | Jan 25th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth focuses upon the idea that a genuine tension of opposites can produce something imaginative, vital and unifying. “Meaningful transformation is the secret aim of the tension inside life,” Michael Meade states while consider...Show More
A Dark Time

21:12 | Jan 18th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth focuses upon the growing distance between the speeding up of time in the modern world and the lost connection to time eternal.  Michael Meade tracks the fall of time from its ancient connection to the timeless expanse of n...Show More
Words Matter

19:20 | Jan 11th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth is about meaningful words and how words really matter.  Beginning with Donald Trump’s claim that he is a “stable genius”, Michael Meade begins to open up the meaning of words like stable and genius, fate and fame.  He foll...Show More
Making Soul

22:30 | Jan 5th, 2018

This episode of Living Myth begins with a question asked by two young people feeling overwhelmed by the troubles of the world. Meade responds sympathetically, offering a discourse on the importance of the human soul and showing how the modern world s...Show More
The Inner Speck of Star

23:43 | Dec 23rd, 2017

This episode of Living Myth, drawn from a recent evening event in Santa Cruz, CA, begins with an ancient myth from a tribe along the Amazon River. The story tells how the inner soul of each person travels at night all the way the center of the cosmos...Show More
Awakening the Soul

20:01 | Dec 20th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth focuses on initiation and the vital need for awakening the soul.  Michael Meade suggests that one way to view the chaos in the world around us is to imagine we are in a collective initiation of the soul. The storms and tra...Show More
In the Holy Hills

24:38 | Dec 14th, 2017

This episode considers practices of gift-giving from mythological and psychological perspectives. Starting with an old Mayan tale about a child born with gifts that only the midwife can see, we begin a journey that leads to the reclaiming of natural ...Show More
The Heat of the Moment

19:19 | Dec 8th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth begins begins with the fierce fires burning in the hills around Los Angeles and moves to the flames of trouble newly ignited in the divided city of Jerusalem. Then it descends into the more personal crises and wounds teari...Show More
How Healing Songs Began

27:13 | Nov 30th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth begins with a Native American story of the origin of healing rituals.  In telling the tale Michael Meade emphasizes a remarkable point in the story when knowledge, healing and songs all enter the world at the same time.  T...Show More
The Origins of Gratitude

22:25 | Nov 23rd, 2017

This episode of Living Myth draws upon the Mayan origin story which describes human beings as the missing ingredient in creation. Specifically, humans were fashioned to be the conscious witnesses to the wonder of the world and to express gratitude fo...Show More
Poison, Power and Cultural Upheaval

20:54 | Nov 17th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth begins with the flood of revelations of sexual harassment and abuse being revealed in all areas of contemporary culture.  Michael Meade uses the metaphor of lifting a veil that reveals the structural and pervasive imbalanc...Show More
Friends of the Soul

17:59 | Nov 7th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth begins in the sorrowful aftermath of the latest mass shooting in America. The dark atmosphere becomes compounded by the realization that the United States is now the only country in the world that has not signed the Paris ...Show More
Chaos and Culture

22:45 | Nov 2nd, 2017

This episode of Living Myth begins in the midst of all the chaos in the world that includes terrorism, misogyny, bigotry and social injustice.  It tracks the origins of human resentment and misdeeds to a shared alienation that derives from the loss o...Show More
Facing Darkness

23:58 | Oct 26th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth looks at the darkest time of the year and considers the ancient ideas of facing the darkness to find the hidden light of inspiration and renewal.  Michael Meade looks at the origins of Halloween and the Day of the Dead and...Show More
In the Shadows of Power

25:50 | Oct 19th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth focuses upon abuses of power and the shadow that forms when power is given to those who remain unconscious of their own wounds and neediness.  Michael Meade follows an ancient story into the village under the world where a...Show More
The Difficult Path to the Center

25:51 | Oct 12th, 2017

Beginning with a consideration of all the conflicts in the world and how the underlying oppositions of life become increasingly revealed before us, Michael Meade uses the sense of increasing polarization as an indication that something deeper and mor...Show More
The Crux of the Matter

24:05 | Oct 5th, 2017

This episode begins with a distinction between signs and symbols, specifically the sense that a sign points to something evident whereas a symbol can connect to the mysteries of life and death.  In the aftermath of the most recent mass shooting in La...Show More
Serving the Dream of the World

22:09 | Sep 28th, 2017

Michael Meade begins with a poem that suggests that the big dream of the world may be increasingly obscured by the nightmare of endless war and the growing number of conflicts throughout the world. In a heartfelt response to many who write in about b...Show More
The Limits of Power

23:59 | Sep 21st, 2017

Michael Meade takes the occasion of Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations to look at both the abuses of power and the genuine roots of power.  Meade tells an ancient myth from India in which the deity Indra becomes inflated and unbalanced afte...Show More
Unlocking Destiny

26:40 | Sep 13th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth begins with the idea that we all suffer the mutual fate of living in a time of tragedy and trouble. And yet, the way through the troubles of the world must depend upon the individual thread of fate woven within each person...Show More
Storms of Change

23:30 | Sep 7th, 2017

This episode takes place in the open moment that is both the aftermath and devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the imminent arrival of another catastrophic storm.  Amidst the nightmare of overwhelming storms come political actions that threaten the f...Show More
The Tough and the Tender

19:53 | Aug 30th, 2017

This episode takes place during the record-setting rainfall of Hurricane Harvey and the tremendous tragedy and displacement that follows the storm.  Michael Meade uses the metaphors of the tough-minded and tender-hearted as ways of understanding the ...Show More
The Spell of Whiteness

28:08 | Aug 25th, 2017

This episode begins with reflections on whiteness arising from Mosaic’s recent multicultural conference that came on the heels of the tragedy in Charlottesville, VA.  Michael Meade seeks to analyze and deconstruct white supremacy by looking at the co...Show More
The Radical Roots of Peace

25:01 | Aug 14th, 2017

Drawing from relevant and compelling archival audio and building on themes from last week's podcast, Michael Meade tells an old and timely story from Japan while arguing for a poetic response to conflict, uncertainty and fear.  Meade suggests that ge...Show More
The Darkness Around Us

26:07 | Aug 10th, 2017

Michael Meade speaks about moments when myth and fact approach each other, momentous times that the Greeks called Apocairos. Stepping off from moments of threat and uncertainty created by the bombastic statements made by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un,...Show More
Twist of Fate

23:32 | Aug 4th, 2017

Michael Meade tells a dramatic life and death story from his youth that shows how we are each shaped by compelling threads of fate and destiny woven in our souls. Having been cornered and under threat by members of a rival gang, the youthful Meade su...Show More
The Vision Born Within

24:32 | Jul 27th, 2017

Beginning with an old tale of an eagle that grew up believing it was a chicken; Michael Meade considers the necessity of a second birth that frees the spirit and the soul. Being born is a kind of miracle of life; especially in the sense that each sou...Show More
The Dance of Spirit and Soul

23:40 | Jul 20th, 2017

Michael Meade examines the differences between spirit and soul. After describing how spirit rises like air, like fire and soul descends like water, like earth, he turns to the struggle of spirit and soul in each human life. “Without the lift and the ...Show More
Antidotes to Despair

22:59 | Jul 11th, 2017

This episode begins with the old Irish idea that we can experience the world in opposing states called “the glam and the gloom.” The world has glamour when it shines with beauty and wonder, but it also has shadows and gloomy depths which can be exper...Show More
East and West Must Meet

25:55 | Jul 6th, 2017

This episode begins with the increasing tension between North Korea and the United States. The war of words between the two nations takes place with the threat of nuclear attacks in the background as levels of collective anxiety rise throughout the w...Show More
Elders and Cultural Healing

29:10 | Jun 29th, 2017

Michael Meade takes us all the way back to the beginning of Western culture as depicted in Homer’s Odyssey. He leads us into the moment when the young prince is lamenting the collapse of the realm and the loss of nobility in culture. He encounters an...Show More
Inner Gold

23:47 | Jun 20th, 2017

Michael Meade takes the period of the Summer Solstice as a time to consider the hidden sun within the human soul. Using the ancient notion of a “dark sun” within the self, he considers both the overheating of the planet and the need for finding the a...Show More
On the Wings of Myth

25:39 | Jun 15th, 2017

This episode begins with a description of the youngest sisters and youngest brothers in fairy tales. They seem out of place and behind everyone else, yet they are the only ones able to break the collective spells of materialism, resentment and despai...Show More
Climate Accord and Mythic Vision

25:19 | Jun 6th, 2017

Michael Meade responds to President Trump’s abrupt backing out of the Paris Accord, leaving the US as one of a few countries out of accord with the increasing need for nations and communities to come together for the sake of the planet. This mytholog...Show More
Soul and the Hidden Gifts

25:58 | May 31st, 2017

On this episode, Michael Meade speaks about soul as the essential connective tissue of life and the missing ingredient in the current upheaval of culture and nature. He addresses how myth can be an antidote for fear and anxiety and delves into the su...Show More
A Call for Wisdom

26:02 | May 25th, 2017

This episode of Living Myth begins with a dream in which Michael Meade is singing and teaching an African song that implores people to become elders for the sake of their troubled community. Michael sings that song and then takes up the notion that w...Show More
Cultural Anxiety

24:38 | May 18th, 2017

In this episode, Michael Meade draws upon one of the oldest manuscripts in the world, a 4,000 year-old papyrus scroll in which a world weary man argues with his “Ba soul.” The man feels deeply troubled by the increase of injustice, the spread of gree...Show More
Origins of the Soul - Part 2

24:42 | May 11th, 2017

In this episode, part two of "The Origins of the Soul", Michael Meade returns to old ideas about the genius or angel hidden in the soul of each person and needed by the world at this time. He picks up the notion of a guardian angel or inner spirit th...Show More
Origins of the Soul - Part 1

25:30 | May 2nd, 2017

This episode begins with Michael Meade’s description of his morning practice of study and writing and seeking meaning in both events of the outer world and the inner life. The consideration of the soul as the essential vehicle of meaning in the world...Show More
From the Heart of the Earth

21:24 | Apr 25th, 2017

This episode begins with a contemplation that expands the notion of Earth Day, steps into ancient ideas about the qualities of earth energies, and touches on the element of earth as it exists in our own body, in our psyche and especially our heart. I...Show More
Reweaving the World

26:58 | Apr 18th, 2017

On this episode of the Living Myth Podcast,  drawn from an interview on Voices of Vashon Radio, Michael Meade shows how trouble and collapse can awaken the soul.  There is something in each of us that we came here to give – our gift of genius – and t...Show More
The Syrian Knot

24:05 | Apr 13th, 2017

Michael Meade takes the old notion of the Gordian Knot and handles it both mythologically and as a way of looking at the Syrian knot - the ongoing tragedy unfolding in Syria. He connects each to the idea of a wasteland, that once it starts, can sprea...Show More
The Deep Root of Genius

25:57 | Apr 6th, 2017

Nature only produces originals. Just as no two trees are the same, each person born is a unique soul with a specific way of viewing life and being in the world. That’s part of the message of the Genius Myth, which also suggests that the Hero Myth may...Show More
Manu and the Fish

16:13 | Mar 30th, 2017

Following an ancient myth from India, Michael Meade uncovers old ideas about the troubles in the world and human creativity. One idea is that trouble and conflict are not in the world to diminish or harm us, as much as to push us to a greater sense o...Show More
The Necessity of Wisdom

31:08 | Mar 23rd, 2017

In the midst of the national health care debate, the latest episode of the Living Myth podcast addresses issues of a country divided into opposing villages. Michael Meade tells a Native American story about the Old Salt Woman and her grandchild who w...Show More
The Poet's Role

17:59 | Mar 14th, 2017

On this episode, drawn from a recent talk, Michael Meade weaves poetry, humor and story to illustrate the need for poetic imagination and soul truth. The poet’s role is to act as a counterweight to feelings of isolation and fear by stating the truth ...Show More
The Path to Deeper Ground

22:58 | Mar 8th, 2017

This episode begins with the old idea of three intersecting layers of life. The first layer includes the basic courtesies and practices of daily life. The third layer involves the deeper sense of joy and love as well as a genuine sense of belonging a...Show More
Welcome to the Chaosmos

18:42 | Mar 1st, 2017

This episode includes a mythological and cosmological tour of the many realms in which we live. This mythic survey includes the discovery of seven new planets in a nearby galaxy, it touches upon the chaos happening in the White House at the center of...Show More
The Limits of Deceit

21:05 | Feb 21st, 2017

Listen as Michael Meade finds remarkable parallels between an eastern European folk tale and the drama currently going on in the White House.  This little known folk tale opens up the psychological implications of lying, cover-ups and intimidation in...Show More
Longing and the Heart of America

20:02 | Feb 15th, 2017

Michael Meade speaks about longing and the soul. In the current condition of the world, because of fear and an excess of identity politics, our natural longing becomes reduced. Our longing comes from a speck of eternity set within the soul and becaus...Show More
Insecurity in High Places

19:53 | Feb 9th, 2017

Michael Meade tells an older version of the classic story "The Emperor's New Clothes" as a way of shining a psychological light on the current President.  He explains the old meaning of the word king as a way of considering what qualities make a rule...Show More
Speaking Poetry to Power

21:15 | Feb 1st, 2017

On this episode, we draw from relevant and compelling archival audio where Michael Meade argues for the need to respond poetically to division and fear. His message then, set amidst political protests and a loss of meaning, resonates strongly today d...Show More
Fear is the Way Through

18:16 | Jan 24th, 2017

Michael Meade reflects on two recent and significant events that unfolded within 24 hours of each other - the inauguration of Donald Trump and the worldwide women’s marches - and he speaks to how meaningful actions and lasting change ultimately requi...Show More
Inauguration: Omens and Response

24:27 | Jan 17th, 2017

Michael Meade addresses the upcoming inauguration of President-Elect Trump, the deeper meaning of the word inaugurate and how, at this critical time, we are each called to follow the thread of our soul and be agents of ongoing creation.
Episode 1 - Why Myth, Why Now?

21:25 | Jan 6th, 2017

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?”.