A Crisis Of Truth And Meaning, Recovering Soul In Times Of Change with Michael Meade

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Through the art of storytelling, Meade shares: “The key aspect of soul is its depth. . . . It is the descending, the deepening part . . It’s the roots going further down as opposed to up towards the heavens . . .Soul goes towards diversity and multiplicity like the roots of a forest or the secretly connected life of trees. Soul is the connective tissue of life.” He goes on to describe that humankind has always experienced opposition, but in these days that opposition has left empty the middle way, where imagination should be. He suggests by the telling of the story of “The Golden Repair” that we can heal the multiple cracks in the world by finding our own gifts, our own ways to work meaningfully in the world, and then consider pouring our gold into the cracks of the world. He describes these days in which we are living 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. Not the older, but the elder who is refusing to die in a way that isn’t meaningful. As soon as the elders awaken they’re naturally connected to the youth who are looking for the great dream and the imagination of the future.” This deep dialogue is rich with metaphors that bring a sharp focus to imaginative healing possibilities for these threshold times. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms) 


Michael Meade is a renowned storyteller, author, scholar of mythology, and student of ritual in traditional cultures. He has scoured the world to bring to us meaningful folk tales that tap into ancestral sources of wisdom and acts as a guide to connect them to the stories we are living today. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. 

He distributes regular podcasts and his many books include:

To learn more about the work of Michael Meade go to www.mosaicvoices.org.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How “The Weary Man” myth applies to today’s challenges
  • Why truth is a living thing and not an argument about evidence
  • Why, when something hasn’t fully worked out, it is not the end of it - rather it is the beginning
  • How soul is not only connected to self but is connected to community as well
  • What was Meade’s soul’s journey in a military prison
  • Why every time we survive a trauma it is because our own inner genius wakes up
  • Why there is a fate worse than death and that is not to live one’s own life
  • What is the “golden repair” that makes something broken more valuable
  • What is the myth of the “60 Canyon Abandonment” and how is it helpful for us in troubled times
  • How a nun teaching Meade’s third grade class planted a seed of blessing that changed the course of his life
  • How the myth of Er and his descent to the underworld has a message for us today
  • What is the meaning of initiation and why does it help us find the authentic thread to our destiny 

Host: Justine Willis Toms         Interview Date: 10/15/2018         Program Number: 3652

Music Playlist

From Album: Journey Between
Artist: Baka Beyond
1998 Rycodisk – Hannibal #HNCD 1415 

Opening Essay: Track 04 - Konti
Music Break 1: Track06 -Land’s End
Music Break 2: Track 05 - Cotu
Music Break 3: Track 05 – Cotu (reprise) 

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