Conversations

Earth as Goddess: A conversation with African healer and guide Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa

Earth as Goddess: A conversation with African healer and guide Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa

ThanissaraOct 28, 201914 min read

Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa, from Zimbabwe, was born a Svikiro (in Shona, his native tongue), a carrier of many earth and water spirits, and a Mondhoro (Lion), one who is in constant prayer on behalf of others. He is guided…

A Conversation with Alexandra Isles

A Conversation with Alexandra Isles

Patty de LlosaSep 9, 20195 min read

Patty de Llosa: The theme for this issue of Parabola is “Seeing,” so can you tell me how you come up with an idea and then turn it into a visual action? Alexandra Isles: Works of fine art have a supernatural quality.…

Worshipping Illusions: An Interview with Marion Woodman

Worshipping Illusions: An Interview with Marion Woodman

Parabola EditorsApr 13, 201930 min read

Emil Nolde, Dance Around The Golden Calf, 1910 Marion Woodman (1928-2018) has left us a rich legacy of material for those in search of understanding feminine psychology, the soul of the conscious feminine, and the spiritual…

“A Wing And A Prayer,” An Interview with Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

“A Wing And A Prayer,” An Interview with Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Parabola EditorsApr 2, 201912 min read

Katharine Jefferts Schori in 2008 (Wikipedia) On Nov. 4, 2006, at a ceremony in Washington’s National Cathedral, Katharine Jefferts Schori became the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of America. Never before has a woman ascended…

On Hopelessness and Hope: A Conversation with Deep Psychologist Michael Penn

On Hopelessness and Hope: A Conversation with Deep Psychologist Michael Penn

Richard WhittakerOct 27, 201816 min read

Photograph by Rajesh Krishnan Richard Whittaker and Preeta Bansal Around the age of twenty-two, a near-death-experience transformed Michael Penn into a seeker. Following this profound encounter with his own mortality, he began an extensive study of…

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

The Meaning of Tradition: A Conversation with Huston Smith

Parabola EditorsDec 31, 201614 min read

Remembering Parabola contributor, Huston Smith who left us on December 30, 2016 at the age of 97. Parabola’s first issue, Winter 1976, included the magazine’s first interview. Conducted by then-editor…

The Gates of Paradise

The Gates of Paradise

In the following passage from his new autobiography, Becoming Who You Are, Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) relates to David Kopacz, M.D., some of his extraordinary shamanic experiences.– The Editors…

Unity of Spirit

Unity of Spirit

Tracy CochranJul 21, 201515 min read

A conversation with intuitive and healer Laura Day Ivisited Laura Day in her apartment in Tribeca in lower Manhattan to talk about intuition. Since her early twenties, Day has been…

On Hopelessness and Hope: A Conversation with Deep Psychologist Michael Penn

On Hopelessness and Hope: A Conversation with Deep Psychologist Michael Penn

Richard WhittakerOct 27, 201816 min read

Photograph by Rajesh Krishnan Richard Whittaker and Preeta Bansal Around the age of twenty-two, a near-death-experience transformed Michael Penn into a seeker. Following this profound encounter…

Wonder is a Level Within Us: A conversation with Rabbi Dr. Raphael Shuchat

Wonder is a Level Within Us: A conversation with Rabbi Dr. Raphael Shuchat

Roger Lipsey and Kenneth KrushelJan 30, 202214 min read

Parabola reached out recently, via a Zoom link, to Raphael Shuchat at his home in Israel. We had met him with his family at a vacation spot in upstate New…

To Feel the Love: A Conversation with Barry Svigals

To Feel the Love: A Conversation with Barry Svigals

Jeff ZaleskiAug 1, 201618 min read

Main Entry Perspective, new-Sandy Hook School How do you heal from sorrow beyond compare? In the beautiful woods of Newtown, Connecticut, a new elementary school is…

Common Sense, An Interview with Peter Kingsley

Common Sense, An Interview with Peter Kingsley

Parabola EditorsNov 1, 201615 min read

From Parabola Volume 31, No. 1, “Coming To Our Senses,” Spring 2006. This issue is available to purchase here. If you have enjoyed this piece, consider subscribing. OVER 2,500 YEARS AGO,…

How to Open Ourselves Out: A Conversation with Abhijata Iyengar

How to Open Ourselves Out: A Conversation with Abhijata Iyengar

Annie SchlifferJul 28, 20188 min read

BKS Iyengar and Abhijata Iyengar Exploring yoga with the guru’s granddaughter In January 2018 I went to study yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in…

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

The Yoga Master at Ninety, an Interview with B.K.S. Iyengar

Annie SchlifferJun 21, 201613 min read

EKA PADA VIPARITA DANDASANA (ONE LEG REVERSED STAFF POSE) Born in India in 1918, B.K.S. Iyengar has been teaching yoga since the age of seventeen. An…

Earth as Goddess: A conversation with African healer and guide Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa

Earth as Goddess: A conversation with African healer and guide Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa

ThanissaraOct 28, 201914 min read

Baba Mandaza Augustine Kademwa, from Zimbabwe, was born a Svikiro (in Shona, his native tongue), a carrier of many earth and water spirits, and a Mondhoro (Lion), one who is…

To Live With Gratitude, an Interview with Robert Kennedy, S.J., Roshi

To Live With Gratitude, an Interview with Robert Kennedy, S.J., Roshi

Tracy CochranMar 15, 201612 min read

“We shall not cease from exploration,” wrote the Catholic poet T.S. Eliot. “And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place…

Longing for Wholeness: An Interview with Satish Kumar

Longing for Wholeness: An Interview with Satish Kumar

Parabola EditorsJan 29, 20163 min read

Photograph of Satish Kumar courtesy of The Resurgence Trust Satish Kumar: When you accept the state of being a stranger, you are no longer a stranger.…