Summer 2024:
REALITY

‘ “Be still and know that I am God” instructs the 46th Psalm, making firm statements about Reality (“I am God”) and how to attain it (“Be still”). This Summer 2024 issue of Parabola draws upon that psalm in considering fundamental questions shared by many. Is there an ultimate Reality? If so, how can we experience it? How to discern the real from the illusory?’

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Bill Kooistra, 2023. billkooistra.net

There is a lovely beach in Gaza,
a poem by Roger Lipsey


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Lillian Firestone (1932-2024) has passed away. She was a cherished member of the Parabola community, a pillar of our governing board who supported the magazine spiritually, financially, and through her writing. We at Parabola mourn her passing.



Parabola’s Editorial Director, Tracy Cochran, has a new book coming out on 16th April!

‘In 20 short, gem-like chapters, meditation teacher Tracy Cochran invites us to explore living fully in the present moment as a revolutionary practice.’

‘Presence: The Art of Being at Home in Yourself’ is now available to preorder at Shambhala Publications.

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Fall 2024: SORCERY, WITCHCRAFT, MAGIC
 (submission deadline: June 01, 2024)

Winter 2024-2025: GRIEF & GRATITUDE (submission deadline: September 01, 2024)

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The Golden Rule Pledge

All life strives to incorporate the principle of the Golden Rule. Directing our attention toward understanding this most basic principle gives us a reasonable, common sense, and compassionate direction in anything we do. Remembering to use the Golden Rule in our own lives transforms our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with planet Earth.

AN INVITATION TO ALL:

1stStrive and Incorporate: I will strive to understand the meaning of the Golden Rule for myself and how I wish to incorporate it in my life, recognizing that this effort is sometimes hard and yet always helpful. This is my pledge.

2ndInvite and Request: I will invite others to do the same: live by the Golden Rule. We can change the world for the better when we apply the Golden Rule in all organizations: environmental, civic, legal, economic, educational, political, or social entities, including religious and faith traditions. This is my petition.

3rdStand in Unity: I will join with those on this planet who wish to take real responsibility toward compassion and fairness; and to build an understanding with others about what is to be done based upon the principle of the Golden Rule. Simply stated,

Treat others and the Earth the way you want to be treated

Respect for All Life is the foundation.
The Great Law of Peace, Native American

The Golden Rule Project will continuously make the results of this pledge/petition/proclamation available for all to see and utilize. The more of us who agree and sign, the more power we share as we petition our representatives to live by and apply the Golden Rule in real life situations. This is our Proclamation.