How deeply we fear being nobody. One way to think of the ego is as a defense against pain, particularly the pain of being no one.
Sound, scientific advice on attaining happiness
Housework as spiritual practice, from a Sufi master
Reaching an understanding that no storm can shake
Reflections from a Death Row inmate; inspired thoughts from a Sikh guide
Tsunemasa, Attributed to Zeami Motokiyo / Japanese Noh. Retold by Kenneth E. Lawrence, translated by Edward Kai Lawrence. Art by Kumiko Lawrence
A young woman navigates the roads outside—and within
The Gurdjieff Foundation of Illinois has generously assembled a free searchable index for Parabola magazine readers.
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place.
Close encounters with a student of Gurdjieff
Training the body, training the mind
Four steps to take on the road of life
From the Christian esoteric tradition, a path beyond the mind
In the Summer of 1987, Parabola sat down for an exchange with Marion Woodman on the subject of addiction.
A conversation with spiritual pioneer Ram Dass
A conversation with visionary philanthropist Nipun Mehta
A conversation with physicist Leo Piilonen
Heavy drops, carrying more | than they can bear, fall from no- | where, bending leaves already | sagging, and one by one, | the leaves let go.
A poem by Yu Xuanji from the Winter of 1994.
A poem by Walt Whitman in our Summer Issue, Happiness.
A poem by Linda McCarriston
A classic quest seen anew
A spiritual master on what it takes
Kuzunoha is a popular figure in Japanese folklore
Rafe Martin offers a retelling of a traditional Buddhist Jataka tale.
Story Editor Betsy Cornwell looks at our current issue, “Happiness,” in our free monthly twenty-minute podcast
Story Editor Betsy Cornwell looks at the first-ever issue of Parabola, “The Hero.” Excerpts include PL Travers’ beautiful essay on the origins and the uses of mythic symbols. Please consider supporting this podcast and Parabola […]
Story Editor Betsy Cornwell shares Thomas W. Moore’s essay on fresh ways to look at the myth of Narcissus, from the Spring 1976 issue of Parabola, “Magic,” in Parabola Magazine’s free monthly podcast.
Story Editor Betsy Cornwell looks at two essays from Parabola Magazine’s archives that explore the relationship between body and spirit
Little Gidding has been described as a “thin place” where there is only a slim veil between time and eternity.
King David, Leonard Cohen and the Search for Meaning
Every search begins in poverty. Something is needed. Something is lacking. But knowledge is too poor to know what, so a search also begins in not knowing.
On my college campus in the late Spring of 1970, I witnessed the events surrounding the deaths of four Kent State students from National Guardsmen’s bullets. Something changed in me.