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Michael Meade, D.H.L.
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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 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 , "Fate and Destiny: The Two Agreements of The Soul," "The World Behind the World," "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 founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, a nonprofit network of artists, activists, and community builders that encourages greater understanding between diverse peoples. For more information visit or email

Entries by Michael Meade, D.H.L.

Political Poison and Collective Trauma

(7) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 3:35 PM

Amidst the speed of changes occurring in both nature and culture it takes very little to tear the skin of civilization and reveal massive and festering emotional wounds full of fear, rage, resentment and vengeance. We are not just in the midst of an unusual election or a surprising political...

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Angels of Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 6:58 PM

In the modern world the common connotation of the word friend might be "a contact associated with through social media." Yet, online connections and the use of contemporary verbs friending and liking may have nothing to do with actual friendship. The older, deeper sense of friend comes from the root...

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Donald Trump, the Myth and the Man

(7) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 1:05 PM

In the modern world a "myth" is seen as something untrue that people believe in error or out of foolishness. Yet, genuine myths are stories that appear false on the outside; but reveal truths on the inside, when seen in a deeper way. In Greek myths Prometheus steals fire from...

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It Takes More Than a Village

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 12:51 PM

A society is playing with fire when it neglects the needs and desires of its young people; not only are natural talents wasted, but a sense of desperation grows in the shadows. Young men in particular can feel driven to desperate acts if they do not feel welcome in society...

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Golden Repair of the Cracks in the World

(2) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:42 AM

We live in extreme times when tragedies abound and even a comic movie can provoke terrorist threats. On one hand, everyone is interconnected through the World Wide Web; on the other hand, the fault lines that divide people keep growing wider. While people are aggressively hacking the web and "fracking"...

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Gratitude and the Gift of Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 11:17 AM

A main point of holidays and holy days alike is to find moments of wholeness. Holidays are intended to break the march of common time and interrupt the surface flood of details and distractions in order to turn to things that are deeper, greater and more enduring. Not just things...

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Why the World Doesn't End

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:17 PM

Fears of the end have been with us from the very beginning. Endings and beginnings are mythic moments par excellence; they depict the extremes of existence and are the bookends of creation. There are countless stories of how it all began, and tales of apocalyptic endings can be found in...

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To Be Nothing but Yourself

(8) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 1:40 PM

A friend asked me what words of encouragement might help a young person who just graduated and must enter the current job market. With jobs being so hard to find, what advice would I offer? Advice is commonly considered to be one's personal opinion or some kind of general guidance,...

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Your Genius Zone Is Nearby

(4) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 4:42 PM

Plato is reported to have said that "all of life stands in need of a right rhythm." Another old idea has it that "rhythm replaces strength." Finding the right rhythm or tempo in one's life can be more important than developing outer strengths or simply following a plan. Elite athletes...

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The Trouble With Genius

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Samantha Garvey, a high school senior in New York, became famous after she was selected as a semifinalist in a national search for scientific talent. Her fame did not result from claiming the $100,000 prize; for in the end she did not win the contest. She was recognized...

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You Already Won the Lottery

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 2:56 PM

Many studies indicate that lottery sales increase when people feel a lack of control over events larger than themselves. The economy is a prime example of something that affects each person, yet cannot be readily predicted or effectively controlled. Economics may be championed as a science, yet it is more...

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The Growing Chaos and the New Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 3:15 PM

January takes its name from Janus, the old Roman god of gates, doorways, and thresholds. Depictions of Janus show two faces looking in opposite directions; past and future, old and new, outer darkness and inner light. As ruler of all endings and beginnings, Janus was invoked at the onset of...

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Occupy vs. Nihilism: All or Nothing at All

(4) Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 9:39 AM

The Occupy movement may be an instinctive response, not just to the greatest disparity of wealth and power in the history of America, but also to the emptying out of institutions and loss of meaning at all levels of life. An underlying instinct to inhabit life more fully may be...

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The Spiritual Backfire of War

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 11:46 AM

I want to give a report on a recent retreat with a group of veterans of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and Vietnam. I want you to know how courageous they were in telling them. I'd like their voices to be heard over the din of the...

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Can the War Be Taken Out of the Warriors?

(3) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 2:54 PM

As this troubled year begins to close amidst protests and economic turmoil, the war in Iraq is supposed to come to an end. The troops are finally expected to return from the second longest war in American history. It's nearing nine years from the questionable beginning to the doubtful end...

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Looking for the Dream of America

(37) Comments | Posted October 29, 2011 | 12:46 PM

It appears to be a protest movement, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, Occupy Oakland; and it is that. Over 2,500 people have already been arrested in the streets and a young veteran of the Iraq war seriously injured by police while exercising his well-earned right to seek justice and freedom...

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Are You Your Most Unique Self?

(10) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 8:53 AM

The massive problems and loss of opportunities that characterize current culture make it more difficult for individuals to find a meaningful orientation in the course of their lives. Young people face a world lacking in jobs, but flooded with uncertainties. At the same time, older folks live longer and longer,...

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Is America Becoming Spiritually Poor?

(15) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 8:23 AM

Several Native American tribes tell a story about an old woman who wanders the roads of life with her grandson. For unexplained reasons, they are poor and hungry, caught in the winds of fate without food and shelter. They arrive at a village where people are busy with preparations for...

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Where Have All the Wise Men Gone?

(38) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 1:02 AM

We live in a time of great forgetting. It's not just that people live longer and short-term memory loss becomes inevitable over time. We reach for a familiar name, but it is temporarily out of our reach. Having parked a car so many times, we forget exactly where we parked...

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The Two Great Stories of the World

(9) Comments | Posted August 28, 2011 | 2:01 AM

Recently, I have been on panels where people lament how the troubles of the world seem increasingly intractable. I've heard environmentalists suggest that evolution may have reached a dead end with regard to the human species. I've heard pained audiences decry political parties as well as social movements. I have...

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