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"One of the few places left to look for meaning in our contemporary culture is in story and myth," suggests Michael Meade. Weaving rhythm and words, this master storyteller, drummer, and scholar of mythology takes us on a compelling journey of self-discovery down the "roads of fire and water". Through two timeless stories - "The Spirit in the Bottle" and "The Water of Life" - we will learn how to relocate the spirit in our lives and awaken "the elder", an inner wisdom source.

From breaking through denial to exploring the genius within, Meade covers a variety of topics that take us to another time and place - an inner territory where we drink deeply of the elemental truths. With hypnotic and fiery storytelling, The Water of Life offers nourishment and inspiration for connecting to the generative forces that nourish all life and offer personal meaning.

©1993 Michael Meade (P)1993 Michael Meade

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  • Anonymous Customer
  • 07-08-2020

Storytelling that awakens

Michael Meade is a consummate storyteller. His profound presentation makes challenging messages ring out with clarity, guiding listeners into and through inner growth as individuals and as members of humanity.

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  • Edward Joseph Kaitz
  • 15-04-2019

Highly recommended by me

As a personal note, I came to the work of Michael Meade through the work and readings of Robert Bly.

When Michael tells a story with a drum beat, and then amplifies it with discourse, I have always been amazed. This work, “The Water of Life” is a great example, and I am sure I will listen to it many times.

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  • Kate
  • 23-09-2018

A journey down

Wonderful telling. Wonderful unpacking of story. Will listen again and again. Be ready for a journey.

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  • Wil Dredge
  • 02-04-2018

Loved it!

Great insight and story into the human struggle and experience. I would recommend this inspiring book.

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  • Damont and Deidre Smith
  • 15-03-2018

Great Story telling

Great story telling. I love the drumming and the way the story flowed. It was hard for me to follow his interpretation to each story. But overall a Great book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2018

I didn't like the drumming much. it created lots of noise otherwise narrator is very good

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  • Nancy LaPlaca
  • 14-11-2017

Michael Meade is magical, healing, real yet hopeful

Michael Meade is an amazing storyteller. When the world gets me down and I can’t take anymore tragedy, or sorrow, or distraction, Michael Mead helps me to find my way. He’s connected to reality, and he doesn’t sugarcoat it, and he works among the most vulnerable that our culture is throwing away. Michael Meade helps me to find peace and beauty And hope in a world gone mad.

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  • Dr. Sabatier
  • 13-11-2017

top notch storytelling. loved it!

contains series of stories followed by explanations of structure, psyche, and cultural insights.
a fun journey for my soul.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-2017

A brilliant stories, analyses, and performances!

Meade storytelling is compelling, particularly as accompanied by his rhythmic drumming. He offers multileveled analysis of the stories' that shed light on how to interpret them as personal initiation stories, as stories about family relations, and as sources of cultural insights. Rich and rewarding work!

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  • bandersnatch29
  • 01-07-2016

Grippingly Entertaining, profound and beautiful.

This work is a gift. Michael Meade is an amazing storyteller. His passion and wisdom pour through the words and the drumming takes the experience to a rarified level.

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  • Idle Cherry
  • 19-01-2021

Story that comes alive

Pure gold. I am a middle aged woman, and Michael Meade has plenty to give to me in these stories that he tells in an uniquely urgent and compelling way.
This would also make a great gift to someone entering young adulthood.

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  • Alfi Oloo
  • 10-10-2020

Enter with an open mind,

Enter with an open mind and you could leave with an elder perspective, because wisdom is about experience not age.

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  • steven williams
  • 22-05-2020

Not my thing

I was gifted this but it wasn't for me and it seemed dated. Reminded me of William Shatner doing spoken word pieces in the 70s but not as good.

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