You can do a lot of different things with mythology. Myths and stories contain the accumulated wisdom of the human race. They are the backdrop of our everyday existence and valuable tools for cultural understanding and personal growth. They contain the answers that people have found to the mysterious questions of life.
I call this podcast “Myth in the Mojave” because I live in Joshua Tree, CA in the Mojave desert, a hard and beautiful place of wandering, exile, and revelation. The desert speaks to me of the immensities and offers the prospect of a new, life-serving mythos, a collective story that helps us creative a more peaceful, beautiful, compassionate world.
I created this podcast to try to answer the question that most concerns me as I make my stumbling way through life as an American woman in the 21st century:
How can the old myths connect us to a larger sphere of being and being today? How can they help us find our way back into the world, into history, into conversation with the Other? How can consciousness of mythology and myth-making reinvigorate our collective imagination and liberate us from the lonely world of dead things and soulless commodities that we’ve created?
How can we live more creatively and keep the mystery in life alive?
In each program I tell an ancient myth, fairy tale, or wisdom story from cultures around the globe. I use my knowledge of mythology and psychology to bring the story to life and share some insight into the contemporary meaning of the tale.
The stories that I work with, work on me. What I glean from them doesn’t exhaust the possibilities. Each of us has a unique place in the story and I want to help you find yours if I can.
Myth in the Mojave goes out to fellow seekers everywhere. I hope that you find value in these programs and some ideas, even answers, to your big questions.
We can help and inspire each other as we work the myths together. We need to be conscious of our myths and our myth-making to truly know ourselves, create, thrive, transform, and survive.
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“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” –Muriel Rukeyser