Looking for The Deeper and Greater Unities with Michael Meade

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Meade describes the landscape leading up to the Presidential election of 2020, “We are worn down, worn out. Burned out and exhausted—COVID crisis, political crisis, climate crisis… economic crisis, and equal opportunity and justice for all. We are divided and socially distanced We have to look for underlying unities and that requires, more than anything, imagination -- the kind of imagination that suggests that we are all connected somehow -- All connected to the soul of the world. And where [we are] secretly connected to the deep self.Meade, once more, shares with us a cornucopia of myths, including Jason and the Argonauts, as we explore this dangerous and narrow passage we are entering in our collective history. He points out that, even with opposing viewpoints, we are all traveling together in one ship and that mythic imagination will carry us successfully forward during 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 also offers regular podcasts, Living Myths Podcasts. 

Michael Meade is the author of many books including: 

  • Why the World Doesn't End: Tales of Renewal in Times of Loss (GreenfirePress 2012)
  • Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of the Soul (GreenFire Press 2012)
  • The Genius Myth (GreenfirePress 2016)
  • Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World (GreenFire Press 2018)
  • The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul (GreenFire Press 2019) 

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

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How fixed belief and habitual patterns hold our imagination captive
  • Why the end of an era is also the beginning of an era
  • How chaos always precedes re-creation
  • How the clashing rocks in the myth of Jason and the Argonauts applies to our present culture
  • What is mythic imagination and why is it needed now
  • How the separation of the earth’s oceans reflect these threshold times
  • How we must proceed when fifty percent of the country voted for Trump in the 2020 Presidential election
  • Why we have to imagine we are all on the same ship even though we are diametrically opposed
  • What is the true meaning of wisdom and its two roots: guidance and lyric
  • How core imagination, having rhythm and song, is lyrical as opposed to methodical
  • What was the Native American ritual for girls coming of age
  • How we must have a willingness to sacrifice in order to awaken to our deeper imagination
  • How mythic imagination is a more effective path than the narrow paths of logic and reason
  • When we’re in the midst of a cultural rite-of-passage we must release the heroic idea of being in charge to find our “soul thread”
  • Why, in a time of crisis, we need friends of the soul
  • How we need to pace ourselves with mainstream media
  • How storytelling can be a way through the narrows of our collective landscape

 Host: Justine Willis Toms   Interview Date: 11/6/2020   Program Number: 3718  

Music Playlist

From Album: Niafunke
Artist: Ali Farka Touré
World Circuit (USA) B0000257Q2

Opening Essay: Track 01  Ali’s Here
Music Break 1: Track 02  Allah Uye
Music Break 2: Track 03  Mali Dje
Music Break 3: Track 06 Tulumba