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Both timely and timeless, this book is essential for anyone who seeks to awaken their own genius and learn how it can help heal nature and re-imagine culture. This book will help young people hoping to find a meaningful way in the world and adults wanting to dwell more deeply in life. It offers essential ideas for parents and teachers, counselors and mentors seeking to encourage and support those they teach and care about. The Genius Myth is essential reading for anyone searching for a true orientation in the midst of a world gone wrong.
The culmination of decades of work with at-risk youth and at-risk people, Michael Meade’s book about the genius myth as well as associated events and workshops combine dramatic real life experiences with compelling mythic tales and a profound exploration of the wisdom of genius.
Each person born participates in the genius of life and that the world at this time is in great need of an awakening of the genius qualities hidden in each of us. In this view genius refers, not to measurable intelligence, but to the essential “uniqueness” of each person and the gifts and talents that form the core of their inner life. The presence of genius marks each person, regardless of age, gender orientation, ethnicity or social status as being essentially distinct and automatically valuable.
The Return of Wisdom • Facing Fate, Finding a Destiny • The Famous and The Infamous • Finding Your Life Dream • The Wise and the Crosswise • The Importance of Being Weird • Little Death and Big Death • Gifts and Wounds • Awakening the Inner Sage
"Another deeply insightful look by Michael Meade at imagination through the idea that we each have an inner genius that needs to be awakened to save the world."
- J. Farr
"Fascinating read about encouraging each person to seek out their genius for the betterment of the world. The book is on the philosophical rather than the practical side, arguing the case that we all have genius inside us through cultural insights - very worth reading."
"The Genius Myth is a quiet masterpiece. It is an edifice built of ideas, personal anecdotes, ancient and classic wisdom stories, philosophy and depth psychology. It squarely faces the huge problems we face, both culturally and ecologically and offers a surprising solution. This book is the result of lifelong study and experience in the world taking on some of our toughest problems – disaffected youth, gangs, returning veterans, and bigotry. Michael has matured from a fierce Celtic warrior finding and facing trouble at the darkest margins of culture to a compassionately fierce elder.
He thinks in a uniquely mythological way. His experience facilitating events with a wide range of attendees, gang kids to college professors, honed his skill to make deep ideas accessible to all. His language reflects the poets he has loved, and the way he goes deeply into the original meanings of words expands their meaning. This book makes a real difference and although it lays out a path that is revolutionary and difficult, its authenticity invites embracing the changes it propounds."
- Alan C