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Welcome to Myth Matters, a bi-weekly podcast of storytelling and conversation about mythology, and why it’s important to life today. The old myths and stories speak to the mysteries of life. They are one of the oldest forms of teaching, healing, and community building, and continue to offer these gifts today. Gain a different perspective on your life and the world. Learn a new way to think, create, thrive, and transform in these best (and worst) of times. Myth Matters host, Catherine Svehla ...
 
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"I shall sing of Zeus, the best and greatest of the Gods; far-seeing, mighty, fulfiller of designs..." Homeric Hymn to Zeus Real change begins with a change in perspective. The old myths offer a valuable lens and means to make such a shift. They reveal the shared webs of meaning and images that are the source of ideologies, theologies, and other co…
 
Meaning is a very powerful thing. The meaning of something is intimately connected with the nature of the thing itself, whether that thing be an actual "thing" or an idea. The meaning of something is central to its appearance, identity, and significance. When you change the meaning of something, you change the truth of it. You change the context. Y…
 
"I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, pass the wit of man to say what dream it was." --Shakespeare, from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" A few Celtic stories about encounters with fairies, to celebrate the solstice and midsummer, and to consider the need for healthy skepticism and making room for magic. "The Celt in all ages of his long h…
 
The help that we need often comes from unexpected sources, if we have the wisdom to recognize them. We're surrounded by helpers, teachers, and truth-tellers in the visible and invisible worlds, and yet it's easy to miss the advice and magical tools and get stuck. We think that we know what's important. We place faith in illusions of power and contr…
 
When the king is fatally ill and radical change is required, you need to make a journey down unfamiliar paths into the symbolic world of story, and find the water of life. "The Water of Life," a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, provides some guidance about how this quest can be undertaken. What message does it hold for you right now? Sup…
 
"I’ve been terrified every moment of my life—and I never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." -- Georgia O’Keefe How do you find the courage and commitment to be true to yourself? A relatively small happening in your life, a minor mystery or random thought, even an irritant, can be a moment of awakening and the start of your qu…
 
"Imaginal knowing is the only way that the unconscious can move into consciousness [... it happens through pictures, events, and well-told stories. It happens through poetry, where well-chosen words create an image that, in turn, creates a new awareness [...]" In this episode we do something a bit different, in celebration of National Poetry month.…
 
"Art is the informed translation of soul." ---Brian Michael Tracy April is National Poetry month in the United States. I'm joined by fellow myth-lover and poet, Brian Michael Tracy, for an exploration of the connections between poetry and soul. Psyche is the mysterious wellspring of myth, dream, and poetry, and our source of creative vitality. As B…
 
"April 1st is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are the other three hundred and sixty-four days." Mark Twain There's been so much abuse of the truth, deception, and erosion of our trust in each other that April Fool's Day feels a bit dicey. And yet, laughter is more than the best medicine. Laughter is life. Here are some fun facts about…
 
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour from "Auguries of Innocence" by William Blake Among the paradoxes posed by Blake, I find the notion of "eternity in an hour" particularly compelling. Events of the past year have changed our relationship to time. I wonder h…
 
“Perhaps the greatest stories are those which disturb us, which shake us from our complacency, which threaten our well-being. It is better to enter into the danger of such a story than to keep safely away in a space where the imagination lies dormant.” -- N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain What are these stories that disturb us, and why wo…
 
This entertaining Ashanti story about the trickster spider Anansi reveals the threads between story, imagination, and possibility. Who controls the stories that we tell, and why is it important to reach beyond our personal experience to hear the stories of those who are different from ourselves? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mythmatters…
 
This episode includes a series of Sufi teaching stories that address change, loss, and renewal, and the power of story to shift our perspective and life the spirit. Includes Nasrudin and the man with the sack, Fatima the Spinner, Nasrudin and his neighbor, and one of my favorite poems by Rumi, "The Guest House." "With its concentration, among other…
 
This is the fourth and final episode in the 4-part series on the Sumerian myth of Inanna. We've crossed into the new year in the meantime, and this mixing of beginnings and endings felt appropriate for this myth and for these times. What is the difference between a "beginning" and an "end?" What binds the realms of the Great Above and the Great Bel…
 
The ancient Sumerian story of Inanna's descent to the underworld is an iconic myth about a psychological and spiritual journey of great significance. There's loss and suffering in this story. And there's a return to new life. Feels like a fitting end to 2020, and this season of Myth Matters A belated happy solstice and hurrah to the dawning age of …
 
In this episode I tell the second part of Inanna's story, the courtship and marriage between Inanna and her honey man, the shepherd Dumuzi. I've always delighted in the description of their courtship and the way it captures the excitement and hesitation that is part of falling in love and discovering the power of your sexuality. At the same time, I…
 
"Symbol systems cannot be simply rejected, they must be replaced. Where there is no replacement the mind will revert to familiar structures at times of crisis, bafflement, or defeat." --Carol Christ The corruption of the old forms, of old institutions and ways of thinking, continues to be revealed. The need for a new paradigm, myth, or metaphor tha…
 
"Imagination is destiny." James Hillman Your greatest gift in times of change is your imagination. What is your vision? Are you ready to live it? In this episode, a story about the Hopi creatrix Spider Woman and a poem by Diane di Prima offer inspiration to feed your imagination and creative power. " history is a living weapon in yr hand & you have…
 
This Hindu story, "The King and the Corpse," is one of my favorites, rich in metaphor, humor, riddles, and insight. A king spends a long night with a talking corpse and realizes a profound truth. No spoilers-- so I'll end on this note: you may also learn something about the power of story to teach, transform, and awaken. I hope this story provides …
 
In the last podcast, we talked about the crisis of a life of "nothing but" and the inherent dangers in what C.G. Jung called "the one-sidedness" of Western consciousness. The overly rational person is psychologically crippled, and vulnerable to what is repressed in the unconscious. This is also true of cultures, and we are living with the ills and …
 
"Everything is banal, everything is 'nothing but;' and that is the reason that people are neurotic. They are simply sick of the whole thing, sick of that banal life, and therefore they want sensation. They even want a war; they all want war..." --C. G. Jung from "The Symbolic Life," CW 18. According to Jung, most Western individuals suffer from a p…
 
"Our identity is shaped not only by our differences from the Others but in the alchemy by which assimilating them informs the genesis of self. They are both the reciprocal and the constituents of our consciousness." --Paul Shepard, "The Others, How Animals Made Us Human" Dragons, griffins, chimeras, unicorns, talking horses, and helpful toads-- ima…
 
"I’ve been terrified every moment of my life—and I never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." --Georgia O’Keefe How do you find the courage and commitment to be true to yourself? A relatively small happening in your life, a minor mystery or random thought, even an irritant, can be a moment of awakening and the start of your que…
 
The popular image of the hero is ripe for reflection. In this episode, I share two Buddhist teaching stories (jatakas) that offer an interesting perspective. The Tigress Jataka and The Prince Five Weapons Jataka illustrate different courses of action taken on the path of the bodhisattva. Are the "heroes" in these tales, heroes? What do you think? S…
 
"We moms are often underestimated. But we're stronger than we're given credit for. So what do you say, will you stand with me?" Bev Barnum, catalyst for the Wall of Moms protest in Portland, OR USA In 411 BCE, Aristophanes' comedy the “Lysistrata” was performed in Athens. Athens was embroiled in the Peloponnesian War, and the play was a dream of pe…
 
Cultural and personal transformation begins with conscious evaluation of value systems and the stories that express and perpetuate them. In the West, this includes the idea of the hero, and the mythic pattern of the hero's journey delineated by Joseph Campbell. A close critique of Western heroes and heroism is long overdue in my opinion, and yet th…
 
The old forms are dissolving. I find myself thinking about allies--how to be an ally, and also, where are my allies? These questions are important in my "outer life" as a citizen, and a human being making my way through the day-to-day. I can find some answers in movies and books and my community... but can these take me far enough, deep enough, int…
 
What do you do when the old ways don't work anymore? When the roles that you've played, and the activities that have engaged your time, must change? What do you do when your ideas about the world and about yourself must evolve? When you need a new story to live? You turn to soul and your soul life, that imaginative capacity in your nature that enab…
 
Here we are, two weeks further into this process, a process that few, if any of us, can define, a collective transformation. Sometimes I feel a certain fatigue in all of this, and maybe you do, too. I remind myself that all I can do, really, is express - through how I live, what I do, what I say and my own being- the values that I want to see in th…
 
"If this life be not a real fight, in which something is eternally gained for the universe by success, it is no better than a game of private theatricals from which one may withdraw at will. But it feels like a real fight." William James The words above are the epigraph to a chapter in Annie Dillard's book "The Writing Life." In this podcast, I sha…
 
"Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile, the world goes on..." --Mary Oliver, "Wild Geese" The world that you and I knew has ended and many things are changing and yet, the sun still rises and sets, and the spring flowers are blooming here in the Mojave Desert. The earth--- our source and ground---is beneath our feet. Her…
 
You and I are living through huge changes. My day to day is a roller coaster ride through grief and fear of loss, to joy at the birdsong, gratitude, inspired resolve, and anxiety. I'm energized and exhausted at the same time. Maybe you're riding a roller coaster too. It's tempting to devote all energy to practicalities and logistics, to the newsfee…
 
“Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” Joseph Campbell A lot has changed in a mere two weeks and I hope that you are safe and healthy. In the recent podcast about Loki and the quantum cosmos, I suggested that we need to use our ability to question and cultivate a ne…
 
How can a thoughtful person think, in a useful and creative way, about the seeming insanity of many politicians and the turmoil in public life and community affairs? What does mythology have to do with the conflict, and do the old stories offer any insight? These are big questions. The role that mythology plays in shaping every aspect of communal l…
 
Are we solitary and relatively powerless egos in a mechanical world, or do we belong to a community of seen and unseen Others? What does it mean to live the life of the soul, and why is this necessary? “The Fire-bird and the Princess Vasilisa,” a Russian fairytale about a hunter and a horse, a king, a magical bird and a mysterious princess, offers …
 
In the last podcast I told you the fairy tale of “The Three Feathers” and talked about the connection between gratitude, imagination, and possibility. This was an invitation to look beyond what you perceive to be a limited situation and actively entertain the unknown, to unleash the power of imagination and the magic that arises from a place of wil…
 
“we are saying thank you and waving dark though it is”--- W.S. Merwin The wise ones tell us that true gratitude, gratitude beyond the platitude, is gratitude for everything, even hardship and suffering. Easier said than done, right? How can we move into a fullhearted posture of thanksgiving? How can the old stories help us reach this peaceful state…
 
“Here is the epic of the fear of death.” Ranier Marie Rilke This program is the third and final episode in my telling of the ancient Sumerian myth of Gilgamesh, the hero-king of Uruk. When he was a young man he terrorized his people, but at the end of his story they say that Gilgamesh was wise, that he traveled the world and knew secret things. Wha…
 
In part 2 of this 3-part series, Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu venture into the sacred cedar forest to confront the demon Humbaba and make great names for themselves. These actions and motivations may seem questionable today, and raise questions about the enduring value of the ancient story. What do these two have to teach us about the human cond…
 
The Sumerian myth of the hero-king Gilgamesh may be the oldest story in recorded history and yet, his quest for meaning is poignant and powerful today. This podcast is part 1 in a 3-part series on this myth. In this episode we meet Gilgamesh and his friend and alter ego, the wild man Enkidu. Transcript and links to bonus material available at www.m…
 
In the last podcast I told you the beginning of the Arthurian legend of Perceval and his quest for the grail, written by the French poet Chrétien de Troyes in the 12thcentury. This story, and others about King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable, were part of an important cultural conversation, a conversation about the rights and authority of …
 
“You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path [...] If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential.” ― Joseph Campbell Some people seem to know the purpose for which they were born very early in life. Others of us stumble along searching for…
 
“Tell me Muse, about the dear son of Hermes, the goat-footed, the two-horned, the lover of the din of revel, who haunts the wooded dells with dancing Nymphs who tread the crests of the steep cliffs, calling upon Pan the pastoral god of the long, wild hair…” Homeric Hymn to Pan Many, if not all of the old gods, are embedded in what we now call the “…
 
What is the source of creative ideas and guiding visions, and how do they come to us? How do our creative ideas change and how do we change along with them? In this episode I share a Celtic story that offers an opportunity for meditation on these questions. The story of Aengus and Caer is based on myths that inspired the poet William Butler Yeats t…
 
Fairy tales are inherently subversive. If you sit with one, if you think about what puzzles, delights, or infuriates you, you will be changed. And there are thousands of fairy tales and stories in cultures around the world, that have this power. “The Queen Bee,” a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, was new to me when I set out to record th…
 
“These lofty words are an antidote for anyone sickened by extremism’s poison.” Attar The Conference of the Birds is an epic poem from the 12thcentury written by Sufi poet Farid ud Din Attar. The story is an enduring source of insight and inspiration for truth seekers everywhere. Rumi, said, “Attar is the soul itself.” If you want a story to speed y…
 
“I sing of the great god Poseidon, mover of the earth and fruitless sea […] god of the deep, shaker of the earth […] tamer of horses and savior of ships […]” Homeric Hymn to Poseidon After the Olympians defeated the old gods, Zeus and his brothers, Hades and Poseidon, divided the world into three realms. They drew lots to establish which of them wo…
 
In the Greek myth of Oedipus a king tries, unsuccessfully, to avoid fulfilling a horrifying prophecy. He doesn’t escape his fate and yet free will exists, doesn’t it? Did Oedipus make a critical mistake? Did he have other options? Do we? Reflections on the message and meaning of the tragic fate of King Oedipus and how it can illuminate the dance wi…
 
How do you come to know yourself? What does this mean and how is this task accomplished? Most importantly, do you really want to know? The quest for self-knowledge lies at the heart of human experience and it is a quest surrounded by questions. Some of them are addressed in one of most famous Greek myths, the myth of Oedipus, immortalized in a tril…
 
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