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Applied Mythology

Applied Mythology


In cultures that disparage both fantasy and storytelling, myths are seen as either lies or worn-out explanations for natural events. The original mythmakers knew better, though. They told sacred stories packed with useful truths about our existence: about who we are, why we are here, where we are headed. 


In this course, we start by looking at myth as a form of collective psychology, a form amenable to exploration with the tools of deep psychology. We then consider the various theories and definitions of myth, equipping ourselves with the tools we will need for working with the stories themselves as retold by me in the book Myths Among Us: When Timeless Tales Return to Life. The draft copy of that book is included in this course. With it we will go story by story and culture by culture all over the world, inquiring into what these tales can tell us about ourselves, our relationships, our families, community life, and much more. 

Included in the course:


14.5 hours of audio lecture

The book Myths Among Us, by Craig Chalquist, PhD

Exercises to try out for deepening into the material

Real-life examples of how to apply the ideas and practices

Resource recommendations for further study

The material was developed from classes I’ve taught to undergrads and graduate students in university settings.

The modules are:

Introduction to Myth (and Depth)

Consciousness and Creation Stories

Family Ties

Love and Loss

The Archetype of Initiation

Personal Myth

The Heroic Journey

The Post-Heroic Journey


Justice and Community

Nature and Earth

Apocalypse and Renewal

Modern Myths

Note: you must be able to play .m4a, .MOV, and .WAV files.

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