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.
Michael Meade’s books include:
- The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul (GreenFire Press 2006)
- Why the World Doesn’t End, Tales of Renewal in Times of Loss (Greenfire Press 2012)
- Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul (revised & expanded, Greenfire Press 2012)
He is the creator of many CD and audio recordings as well, such as:
- The Soul of Change (Mosaic 2010)
To learn more about the work of Michael Meade go to www.mosaicvoices.org.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- 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 does 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