Winter 2022-2023: Darkness & Light

“In this new issue, an array of thinkers, artists, and teachers join us on a memorable journey into the profound mysteries of both Darkness and Light….

May this issue guide you well on your own daily journey into light, and darkness, and light again.”

Read More


Current Issue


Online Exclusives


Polychromatic Mysticism: A Visit to Little Gidding, by J. M. White

Polychromatic Mysticism: A Visit to Little Gidding, by J. M. White

T.S. Eliot We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. These lines from the last section…

The Poet and the Shepherd, by Joshua Boettiger

The Poet and the Shepherd, by Joshua Boettiger

King David, Leonard Cohen and the Search for Meaning Leonard Cohen at the Arena in Geneva, 27 October 2008 (Wikipedia) Since Leonard Cohen died, I’ve been thinking a lot about King David, perhaps the ur-ancestor in…

Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich

Encountering the Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Young Man’s Search, by David Ulrich

David Ulrich, Untitled, 1970 “Above all, you must feel the need to know yourself. You are something and you don’t know it. You have to acknowledge that you do not know who you are, and that…

THE NEW SCIENCE: Changing Ourselves by Changing the Brain, by Patty de Llosa

THE NEW SCIENCE: Changing Ourselves by Changing the Brain, by Patty de Llosa

McKay Savage, Close-up of the Buddha head in the banyan tree at Wat Mahathat, Wikimedia “Does mind exist?” asks neuroscientist Daniel Siegel, as he opens a two-day conference on his favorite subject, interpersonal neurobiology. Siegel is…

Four times a year for nearly 50 years Parabola has gathered the wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions to illuminate the central questions of life.

Join Us


Sign up for the Parabola newsletter

* indicates required

PARABOLA Podcast


Upcoming Issues

Spring 2023:
TRANSFORMATION (submission deadline: December 01, 2022)

Summer 2023:
THE COSMOS (submission deadline: March 01, 2023)

Fall 2023:
SAINTS & SINNERS (submission deadline: June 01, 2023)

Winter 2023/2024:
COMFORT & JOY (submission deadline: September 01, 2023)

Please note that these deadlines apply to editorial submissions; our schedule for advertisers may be found here.


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.