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The World Behind the World Paperback – April 28, 2008
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"Michael Meade is a master-storyteller and story-teacher of the soul's unfolding. He addresses the mess we're in and helps us each discover the unique threads, the poetic DNA we must live out. As interpreter and mythic guide, he is the best there is." --~ Coleman Barks ~ Rumi: Bridge to the Soul
"As a teacher and mythologist, Michael Meade is genius let out of the bottle. The World Behind the World is his strong medicine for hard times, an elixir of amazing stories, rich ideas, heart-breaking truth, and brilliant seeds of wisdom for remaking the world." --~ Jack Kornfield ~ The Wise Heart
"A master-storyteller reminds us that the world is an endless tapestry of wonder and woe that is constantly being 're-storied' on the loom of imagination, and replanted in the seeds of memory. Michael Meade re-enchants us back into the The World Behind the World where all the mysteries co-exist. Undeniably, a relevant, brilliant and original book!" --~ Angeles Arrien ~ The Second Half of Life
About the Author
Michael Meade, born and raised in New York City, is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology. He combines hypnotic and fiery storytelling, street savvy perceptiveness, and spellbinding interpretations of ancient myths with a deep knowledge of cross-cultural rituals. His ability to tap into ancestral sources of wisdom to help people of today heal their communities inspires thousands of men and women throughout the United States, Canada, and the British Isles. His unique translations of age-old myths and symbols into culturally relevant, everyday language earned him an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Michael is also the founder of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, author of The Water of Life, co-editor of The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, and editor of the cross-cultural anthology on rites of passage: Crossroads: A Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage.
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More so than in The Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of the Soul, Meade has found a way to weave the natural rhythms and flow of his storytelling style into his writing. Anyone who has seen him speak will instantly recognize this voice within the book. Overall, The World Behind the World is a very approachable and enjoyable read; neither too scholarly, nor overly simplified. It places the reader squarely in the story of our times, serving as a reminder that many cultures have faced "the end" before, but that the "ends" exist to lead to renewal and new beginnings.
Michael Meade, using a poetic artistic palette, reveals a way of discovering meaning while being led by the mysteries of folktales and mythic stories that he finds in studying archival books, artistic images, and the revelations woven into his dreams.
Whether it is Markendaya finding himself in the despair of swimming in a vast limitless ocean, the myriad sureties of old blind men describing an elephant, or the quandary of a mullah looking for lost keys. Meade builds an imaginal vocabulary that maps a path to an understanding of the complex beauty and layered architecture of mythic images. He encourages us to catch sight of a place for ourselves in these stories, by using our own language, in our own time, without losing the ancient veil that keeps our ideas from becoming the destructive literalism of modern thought.
He breathes life into these stories and they, in turn, give guidance, healing, and discovery to all who struggle to be found in them, a profoundly magical read.