Michael Meade on Cultivating Mythic Imagination /124

Hieronymus Bosch,  The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights

The crises of cosmological, mythological and psychological disconnection from nature and from each other may drive us to places of darkness and suffering; and yet there is great potential in that darkness to interact with creative energy. Retracing meaning through archetypal myth offers an opportunity to understand the great challenge of our time to heal the planet from its wounds, and to refresh our dominant worldview with one based on connection. This week, journey into Michael Meade’s expansive vision of awakening ancient meaning for the individual and collective consciousness.

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Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic storytelling, street-savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. He is the author of The Genius Myth, Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul, Why the World Doesn’t End, The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul and editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.

When the planet is in this much trouble, we are in the dark night of the soul of the planet itself, then we are strangely closer to the seeds of imagination that can be used to reinvigorate life and possibly heal…
— Michael Meade / Episode 124

Michael and Ayana discuss topics such as the power of creative imagination and youth, the danger of hyper-individualism, pretentious heroism, and the obsession with newness. Michael explores the relationships between wounds and dreams, chaos and beauty, and meditates on his own journey of initiation and the archetypal ground of ancestors, as well as the potent nature of retelling stories. Even as the age of technological dominance erodes our connections, Michael Meade offers us guiding threads to answers awaiting in our own ancient consciousness.     

♫ Music by Izaak Opatz

♦ REFERENCES ♦

Awakening the Soul by Michael Meade
The Genius Myth by Michael Meade


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At For The Wild, we discuss the critical ideas of our time and parlay them into action for the defense and regeneration of natural communities. Key topics include the rediscovery of wild nature, ecological renewal and resistance, and healing from the trauma of individualistic society. We will travel deep into ancient forests, align with the struggles and ways of Earth-based people, and rekindle the mysteries of intuition. We will join today’s brightest visionaries in this momentous work of reimagining a world where humanity can find its way back into the web of life.

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