Upcoming Events with MICHAEL MEADE
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 pm
Open Space for Arts & Community
18870 SW 103rd Ave SW
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We live in a radical time, amidst severe climate changes, the expansion of human tragedy and the growth of collective fear and anxiety. Yet, the great crises of the world do not take place outside the human soul. Rather, history is made in the struggle of the individual soul to survive and make sense of the world no matter how dark things may become.
When everything seems about to fall apart, something deep in the soul of humanity responds. This inner inheritance includes both deep instincts for survival and surprising capacities for renewal. In mythic terms, each soul is connected to the Soul of the World and each person is pregnant with meaning and an innate genius waiting to express itself. In the struggle for meaning and truth it becomes necessary to call upon the array of genius, talents, and abilities hidden in people of all ages. Only then can we help balance nature and heal culture. Join us for an evening of 'sudden community', compelling stories, surprising ideas and a view of the world seen from the ground of mythic imagination.
We live in a time of continuing crisis, in the midst of a struggle for truth and meaning in a world gone wrong. Not a clash of civilizations, but a battle for the Soul of the World and a search for the renewal of life. For, if there is no change at the level of soul, there is no change at the level of the common world.
Cruelty grows in the absence of the soul, while creativity and care grow in its presence. Soul is the light hidden in the darkness and the natural energy of connection that tries to awaken even as things fall apart. In times of trouble there can be an acceleration of 'calling' as the soul would have each of us find our genuine path in life.
Imagination is the deepest power of the human soul and what is most needed to find genuine solutions to the otherwise overwhelming problems we face. In the depths of the soul we are each an ‘old soul’ able to survive the troubles of the world and contribute to its renewal. Healing is a revolutionary act and we are here to awaken to the true nature of our own souls and the gifts we have to give to the world.
No solitary idea or fixed belief can shift the weight of the world towards a meaningful future; but the accumulated vitality of many souls awakening with lived imagination can become a force for truth and healing in this troubled world.
When people come together in meaningful ways the common ground of soul eases the grief of isolation. Join us for an evening of songs and stories, radical ideas and a resounding collective call to bring unity and wholeness in this time conflict and confusion.
We have chosen to live at a troubled time when culture needs to be reimagined and nature needs to be healed. The issue is not that there are no answers to the burning questions of life; the real difficulty is the problem of tuning-in to the paths our souls would have us take. In the midst of extraordinary times the soul expects to find extraordinary experiences.
Within the rapid changes and increasing chaos of modern life, something ancient and deeply knowing is trying to catch up with us. Ancient people relied on myth and ritual to heal the wounds of culture and draw upon the renewing energies of nature. Myth and ritual touch the entire person, spirit and mind, body and soul. Being in a “mythic condition” allows us to reconnect to the creative core that holds the dream of our being and the aim of our life.
In the eye of the soul nature and culture are secretly woven together, so that working with one requires genuinely engaging the other. Our shared human heritage includes a treasury of mythic stories and ritual ideas that can inspire enduring environmental work and social justice efforts. There may be no better time to reclaim and relearn the ancient arts of myth and ritual in order to assist with the healing of nature and the renewal of culture.
Creation wishes to continue, yet can only work through the souls of those alive at a given time. This workshop will draw upon the redeeming functions of myth and ritual as vessels of imagination and regeneration that can open new ways to see and new paths to follow.
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2017 Retreats with MICHAEL MEADE
The world is at a crossroads in time that includes the threat of severe climate change as well as the dangers of cultural upheaval. Amidst the expansion of human tragedy and the growth of collective fear and anxiety, it is easy to feel helpless and isolated. Yet, in the midst of trouble the radical root of the soul seeks to deepen our sense of meaning and activate our true purpose in life.
The great risk in life has always been the work of becoming one’s true self amidst the uncertainties of existence. Thus, each crisis can become a crucible in which we are pulled and stretched by an unseen force that was in us all along. At each turn in life we have another chance to hear the call, follow our calling and be emboldened by the roots of our souls.
The problem is not that there are no answers to life’s dilemmas; the difficulty is tuning in to the path our soul would have us take. We grow by letting go of who we thought we were in order to find the next part of the story trying to enfold from within. No matter how dark and troubling the world becomes, finding a life-long initiatory path allows us to both save ourselves and contribute to the healing of the world.
Join us on this path of discovery with a diverse faculty who will present ideas and elements of initiation from tribal traditions, spiritual practices and psychological perspectives. Through stories, poems and the compelling speech of the soul; through chanting and meditation; through the suddenness of ideas and the surprise of ritual; we will approach the borders of our knowing and seek to touch the edge of what our souls came to live and to learn. This event will benefit those involved in mentoring and community building, teaching and counseling, environmental activism and social justice.
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