Why are elders needed in these troubled times?
Michael Meade, internationally known author, storyteller and mythologist has addressed this question in his latest book: Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World.
We talk about his insights in this conversation about keeping the soul alive when the world is struggling.
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Highlights from the episode:
- What makes someone an elder.
- “The elders are not the people who have never fallen they are the people who have fallen down and found ways to get back up to such a degree they can help other people to find their way.”
- Why the youth need elders and what happens in our world when the elders are not there.
- “Today people imagine that as you get older you became less than you were. Traditional people imagined that as you got older you became more than you were.”
- What rituals might we use to celebrate elderhood.
- “If we lose the beauty of the world–if we’re not in touch with internal blossoming, then we are not making a better world.”
- “To be alive at any stage of life requires connecting to one’s core imagination.“
- “Imagination is the deepest power of the human soul.”
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More about our guest:
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 Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World, 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. He is also the creator of the Living Myth podcast.
Meade is founder and Director of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
The Show Notes
Learn more about Michael’s work at Mosaic Voices.