Mythic Storytelling And The Ends Of Time with Michael Meade

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Today, we hear about the “ends of time’” not only from religious quarters but from the scientific community with its reports of vanishing species, forests, languages, etc. Could these many endings carry a different meaning without fear and an opportunity for deeper understanding? Michael Meade believes that the ancient role of storytelling holds mythic truths and taps into imagination that reveals the beginnings amongst the endings. “I’m trying to remind people that this (knock-on-wood) hard as nails, in your face world is only the front of the worlds, that behind it is the world of imagination and the world of nuance, the world of spirit…When it seems that the world is gonna end, what we’re missing is the touch of eternity…At the ends of time are the roots of eternity, and we need to get back to the poetry and the imagination in order to tune in both to the eternal and also to nature.” (hosted by Michael 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

  • Why are we hearing so much these days about the “ends of time”
  • Why is storytelling important
  • Are we in a “crisis of meaning” and what does that mean
  • How do stories help us to understand, give meaning to, the beginnings and endings we see in our personal and global lives
  • How do a Native American story and the tale of Scharazade point to the importance of the feminine in the end times

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 2/25/2008      Program Number: 3243

Music Playlist

From Album: Bardo
Artist: Boris Grebenshikov and Gabrielle Roth
2002 Raven Recording

Opening Essay: Track 04 Nectar Moon
Music Break 1: Track 01 Sand Castle
Music Break 2: Track 03 Dissolve
Music Break 3: Track 02 Infinite Sky