C. M. Mayo is a literary journalist, novelist, memoirist, short story writer, and noted literary translator of contemporary Mexican fiction and poetry. Her books include Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual; The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire; Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion; Miraculous Air; and Sky Over El Nido.
Introducing the concept of “cognitive dissonance”, she discusses the difficulty that many people have in digesting esoteric material. She emphasizes the notion that people tolerate the ambiguity of supernatural claims without needing to form a definitive opinion. She describes how Francisco Madero believed he was receiving direct guidance from the spirit of the deceased Mexican president, Benito Juarez. She also points out that Madero’s spiritist beliefs caused him to sacrifice everything, opposing both his family and the Catholic Church, for the sake of the revolution that he launched.
(Recorded on February 26, 2016)
Published on February 28, 2016