Fall 2020:

“The timeless theme of this latest issue of Parabola is also timely and pressing. In the midst of a pandemic, and environmental, social, and economic disasters, it seems as if our whole world is sliding into imbalance. Can things be righted? What does it mean to be in balance?”

featured stories

The Natural Order of Things

The Natural Order of Things

A Sufi master on finding balance in an unstable world
Lucky Man

Lucky Man

Life lessons from William Segal
Ayni: Living Life in the Round

Ayni: Living Life in the Round

Giving and receiving in a Bolivian marketplace
In Search of Bombadil

In Search of Bombadil

Tracking J.R.R. Tolkien’s Keeper of the Forest

Four times a year for over 40 years Parabola has gathered the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions to illuminate the central questions of life.

Highlights from the archive

VOL. 21:2 The Soul

“Soul, like the body, is a process. Though we are born with a soul, soul continues to develop, secretly adding to its luster like a pearl hidden inside an oyster. Making soul is the process of a lifetime, or several lifetimes. Mystics call it performing The Great Work.”

VOL. 01:2 Magic

“The magician is the magus, the mighty one, the worker of miracles. What then is magic, what is a miracle? Where does the power come from? What laws is it above, and what laws is it under? For in the hierarchy of nature we know of nothing below the divine Absolute that does not obey the higher cause. What are the laws of magic?”

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