The “Narrative Intelligence” of the Greek Myths with Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D.

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Most of us are trapped in the stories we tell ourselves; they guide what we pay attention to. When we expand that story, our possibilities increase. Archetypes, such as found in the Greek myths, can help us identify and change a debilitating tale into a powerful one that shifts our perspective and changes what we are noticing. This can enhance our narrative intelligence and encourage us to tap into our potential. Pearson says, “Archetypal stories are not ordinary ones; they are more powerful than everyday stories because they’re carrying the energy of a human potential.” She retells the stories of four powerful Greek Gods and Goddesses, Demeter, Persephone, Zeus, and Dionysus, and how each can trigger a new personal story that helps us notice the opportunities, the props, and the characters that may have been invisible to us before. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Carol Pearson, Ph.D. is an expert in depth psychology and transformational leadership as well as archetypal narrative intelligence. She has served as professor at several universities and colleges and also served as president of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She was the senior editor of The Inner Edge: A Resource for Enlightened Business Practice.

She is the author of such classic works as:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How we are in an “incomplete” social and political revolution
  • The two competing paradigms operating in today’s world
  • What are the Eleusinian Mysteries of Ancient Greece
  • What is the story of Persephone and her mother, Demeter
  • How did Demeter change the story of an authoritarian Zeus
  • What is Zeus’ story and what strengths of his we can tap into
  • How Persephone was pro-active and creative in her choices regarding her life in both upper and lower realms
  • How the Eleusinian Mysteries describe following the allurement that make us deeper, wiser, and happier
  • How to increase our narrative intelligence by looking at the stories we are telling ourselves
  • Why archetypal stories are more powerful than everyday stories
  • Why understanding what we notice is key to changing our story
  • What is an archetypal download
  • Why Dionysus energy of joy is important in these times

Host: Justine Willis Toms        Interview Date: 8/3/2016        Program Number: 3591

Music Playlist

From Album: Weya
Artist: René Jenkins
2014 VibeTherapy Records,

Opening Essay: Track 04 Water Drops
Music Break 1: Track 03 Udu Moi Noodles
Music Break 2: Track 01 Koi
Music Break 3: Track 04 Water Drops (reprise)