Mosaic’s Living Myth project seeks to bring the enlightening, transforming and healing power of mythic imagination to a world facing global problems that include both radical changes in nature and massive disruptions of culture.
Given the scope and complexity of the problems, there can be no single idea, specific political movement or patented belief system that can save us. Rather, there is a growing need for diverse ideas, inspiring narratives and life-saving practices.
At the heart of Living Myth is the idea that each person has come to life with gifts to give and something meaningful to contribute to a world in crisis. By living out the story set within our souls, we discover creative ways of serving both the healing of nature and the re-imagination of culture. Creation wishes to continue, yet can only work through the souls of those alive at a given time.
Living Myth reveals the world, despite all its troubles, to be a place of deep imagination and ongoing creation.
Myth offers a living library of narratives and symbols that are ancient and immediate at the same time. Thus myth is not a thing of the past but a vital and creative resource for understanding the current struggles of life. When the world around us makes less and less sense, myth can make great sense and help reveal the deeper significance of both inner and outer events.
Living Myth draws upon the redeeming function of mythic imagination by opening new ways to see the world and new paths to follow. Whereas fixed beliefs and ideologies tend to separate and polarize people, the universal levels of myth offer cohering and imaginative narratives that can be contemplative as well as creative.
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 has an unusual ability to distill and synthesize these disciplines, tapping into ancestral sources of wisdom and connecting them to the stories we are living today.
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; editor, with James Hillman and Robert Bly, of Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart; and editor of Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage. Meade is the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artist, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples.
Mosaic Voices is a network of artists, activists, community builders, healers, and spiritual teachers working in innovative ways to develop cross-cultural alliances, mentoring relationships, and forms of community healing.
Living Myth is a production of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that for more than two decades has initiated innovative projects of healing, recovery and transformation. Mosaic works to reconnect people to meaningful traditions through practices, stories and ideas that are deeply intuitive, intensely imaginal and profoundly personal.
Mosaic Multicultural Foundation
P.O. Box 847, Vashon, WA 98070
T: (206) 935-3665
"What truly calls to us is beyond what we know or can measure. It uses the language of hidden treasures and distant cities to awaken something sleeping within us. The soul knows that we must be drawn out of ourselves in order to truly become ourselves. Call it a dream or “the treasure hard to attain;” call it a vocation or the awakening of one’s innate genius. Call it what you will, upon hearing the call we must follow or else lose the true thread of our lives."
- Michael Meade, "The Genius Myth"