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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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love this shit....

if you love Iron John - you're going to love this... it's almost better, if such a thing is possible.

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A journey down

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

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Loved it!

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

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

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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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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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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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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.