Genius: The Divine Mission Of The Soul with Michael Meade

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True genius isn’t necessarily a high IQ score or prodigy, although it often manifests as such. It’s the spirit within each of us. Meade explains that “the genius is a unique spirit in a person; it’s the part of them that makes them unique and it’s tied to their destiny, or the destination of their soul...” He asserts that we have an obligation in this broken society to find and use our genius to help repair and avoid further damage. When we practice genius-to-genius mentoring, we can light a spark in someone who hasn’t yet discovered their purpose. Modern society tends to create a map for us to follow but sometimes the only way to discover our genius is to make our own path, to “get off the map.” Sometimes, genius is revealed by tragedy, pushing us toward our wounds. Or it can be revealed by our success. Meade shares a fairy tale about a boy who upon meeting his genius is at first frightened and threatened. However, because the lad is courageous enough he ends up with the powerful gifts of imagination, hope, and curiosity. (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

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is “genius” and how is it expressed
  • Why we must seek and encourage genius
  • What is talent
  • Why talent and fame can be gifts as well as burdens
  • The different levels of education
  • What is “initiation” and what are its three elements
  • How art can be a ritual search for the divine
  • What are “vertical living” and ”horizontal living”
  • How do our wounds become our gifts
  • How can tragedy and success lead to the same outcome
  • What is the African folktale of the Divine Twins, the Soul Tree and Tree of Forgetfulness

Host: Justine Willis Toms    Interview Date: 8/18/2014    Program Number: 3518


Music Playlist

From Album: Planet Passion
Artist: Ancient Future
2001 Ancient Future #AF – 2010

Opening Essay: Track 01 Simsimay Panima
Music Break 1: Track 04 I met Her In the Medowe.b
Music Break 2: Track 05 Ocean of Love
Music Break 3: It’s In Every One Of Us by David Pomeranz