Essays

The New Year, by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

The New Year, by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Rabbi Adin SteinsaltzDec 31, 20189 min read

Transforming repetition into renewal Marc Chagall (1887-1985), “The Shofar,” 1911 The conjunction “new” and “year” is in itself a kind of inner contradiction, for a year is something that repeats itself again and again while “new” represents change, the way…

Making God Necessary, by Deepak Chopra

Making God Necessary, by Deepak Chopra

Deepak ChopraOct 27, 201822 min read

Ritual offering of arghya at the Ganges. Varanasi, India, 2006. Photograph by J Duval Why God is a verb, not a noun The practice of medicine, which I began after moving from India to the United…

Eight Worldviews and Practices, by Mark Nepo

Eight Worldviews and Practices, by Mark Nepo

Mark NepoOct 27, 201810 min read

San (Bushman) group from Southern Africa, 2011. Photograph by Aino Tuominen Since prehistoric hunters had to work together in order to survive, people have had to learn how to share both the workload and the harvest,…

Gurdjieff’s Apartment: “Here there are no spectators”, by Roger Lipsey

Gurdjieff’s Apartment: “Here there are no spectators”, by Roger Lipsey

Roger LipseyOct 27, 201812 min read

The pantry in Gurdjieff’s Paris apartment. Photo courtesy of the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York A place apart, even a time apart…. Wagram 53-46. Should you need to call, this was Gurdjieff’s telephone number on the…

Plant Healing and Shamanism in the Deep Amazon, by Jorges Hachumak with David L. Carroll

Plant Healing and Shamanism in the Deep Amazon, by Jorges Hachumak with David L. Carroll

Jorges HachumakOct 27, 201820 min read

Photograph by Johannes Hofmann The following passages from an unpublished manuscript by a respected Peruvian shaman describe how he works with the controversial Ayahuasca and other plants to bring spiritual healing to his patients. —The Editors…

Bob Dylan and the Goddess

Bob Dylan and the Goddess

Ed PrideauxOct 28, 201917 min read

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941, Bob Dylan has been a celebrated and revolutionary social figure for the better part of sixty years. He’s maintained a glittering career, has inspired…

The Fairies’ Right of Way, by Betsy Cornwell

The Fairies’ Right of Way, by Betsy Cornwell

Betsy CornwellJul 30, 20176 min read

Photo by Johannes Plenio Protecting the places where the magic folk roam Our new neighbor came home with a whitethorn sapling and a spool of red…

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

Peter CoyoteJan 30, 202213 min read

In 1955 I was fourteen, and I became fascinated by the rebellious adults of the Beat Generation and their criticisms of American culture. Hearing adults express and clarify feelings I…

A Miracle in the Pueblo, by Lillian Firestone

A Miracle in the Pueblo, by Lillian Firestone

Lillian FirestoneApr 29, 20184 min read

Hopi Corn Dance. Tonita Peña, pre-1937. Gouache over graphite on wove paper. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Dancing for rain under a cloudless sky I

Finding the Path, by Tracy Cochran

Finding the Path, by Tracy Cochran

Tracy CochranMar 20, 201611 min read

Painting by Emma Tapley Among the tasks or “yogi jobs” a participant can volunteer for during silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society, a Buddhist meditation…

Spinning Straw, by Tracy Cochran

Spinning Straw, by Tracy Cochran

Tracy CochranJul 30, 201713 min read

The Miller’s Daughter. Anne Anderson. Late nineteenth or early twentieth century A miller, a beautiful daughter, and a creature named…. Once a poor miller was summoned…

Finding Joy: The Science of Happiness, by Patty de Llosa

Finding Joy: The Science of Happiness, by Patty de Llosa

Patty de LlosaMay 6, 201719 min read

Photograph by Frank McKenna We long to find more joy in our daily pursuits even though life has taught us it’s not so easy. New discoveries…