Starting with a new preface that describes the dual nightmares of global terror and global warming, The Water of Life addresses meaning and purpose in personal life and the need to return culture to its mythic context. Meade is a masterful storyteller with a genius for metaphorical thinking; he draws on the power of myths, fairy tales, and his own personal story of descent and transformation during the Vietnam War. At once a mythic journey, a study in depth psychology, and a treatise on initiation The Water of Life addresses the roots of conflict, the recurring hunger for war and the issues of reducing the warrior. Throughout the text the water of life functions as the core symbol for both personal and cultural renewal, and redemption in the spiritual wasteland. Using ideas gleaned from many years working with youth and communities at-risk Meade s writing rings with the echoes of truth and sings with an incantational voice that takes you right to the edge of elemental knowledge.
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Two stories--"The Spirit in the Bottle" and "The Water of Life"--tell how to relocate the spirit in life and awaken "the elder"--your inner source of wisdom. Covers life's purpose, the genius within, and more. Drumming accompaniment.From the Inside Flap:
A mythic tapestry of multicultural stories that encourages both women and men to examine their own lives and find seeds of initiatory and healing experiences that can become the threads of meaningful community.“Michael Meade’s writing sings with an incantational voice. His book is rich with insights, marvelous in its tales, and full of heart. It takes you right to the edge of elemental knowledge. What a piece of work!” - James Hillman “Magical and profound, unlike anyone else one is likely to encounter, Michael Meade is one of the greatest living teachers of our time.” - Alice Walker “The Water of Life is an astonishing book. Michael Meade has a genius for metaphorical thinking, and the stamina of a diver. He rescues six great stories from the Celtic, African, and European past so they can be part of the emotional life of contemporary men and women. Woven through the book we also find an account of his own repeated refusal to obey orders during the Vietnam War, and what he paid for that. This story alone is worth the price of the book.” - Robert Bly “Michael Meade, masterful storyteller, draws on the power of myths, fairy tales, and his own personal story of descent and transformation in order to speak to men. His is a bones-laid-bare viewpoint—fierce, though, and loving. Women will find it useful to listen in as men struggle to come to terms with issues of power, wounds, violence, passion, love, and more.” - Clarissa Pinkola Estes “With his unyielding commitment to truth and bringing cultures together, Michael Meade captures the power of ancient oral discourse... What emerges is an enchanting concert of rhythm, images, and words.” - Malidoma Some “There are whole universes curled up in Michael Meade’s stories and ideas. He invites the ancient and perennial for these modern tumultuous times, characterized by spiritual rootlessness and deep loss. The Water of Life is a classic text that opens doors of imagination and possibility—doors of renewal and reckoning. The Water of Life carries us over a threshold into a dance of dreams, words, and images.” - Luis J. Rodriguez
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