Leading The Mythic Life with Jean Houston

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A new era is emerging for humankind. "We do not yet see it," says Jean Houston, "but we can feel a new story in our bones. The hound of heaven is going, 'woof, woof, woof!' at our ankles in the morning." Hear a cogent overview of how our old stories shaped our past, and what will replace them. With autobiographical anecdotes, Houston illustrates how each of us can help create the new world myth. "The hopes and dreams of the human race in the last millennia," she says, "are focused on what is happening to us in our generation, now. We are living mythic lives." Houston is an internationally known psychologist and speaker, and a pioneer of the human potential movement. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leadership model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development Programme.

She is the author of nearly thirty books, including:

To learn more about the work of Jean Houston go to www.jeanhouston.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What myths tell us about our life situations
  • How to become a "social artist"
  • An image-making session with Joseph Campbell
  • A full-moon experience at the Parthenon in Athens
  • Houston's friendship with Margaret Mead, and Mead's last days
  • Houston's secrets of high-paced success
  • A visit to Myanmar (Burma)
  • Impressions of Hillary Clinton
  • The mythology of "The Wizard of Oz"
  • The meaning of "kairos" for our time
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 1/29/1996        Program Number: 2560