Summer 2022: Ancestors

Our ancestors are always with us. They reside in the color of our eyes, in our religious and social practices, in how we treat our fellow humans. They are to some extent our fate, but not necessarily our destiny.”

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Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Although it felt like flight, I knew the fall was wrong: body upended, working to right itself even as it spiralled head-first, it seemed, down. I’d gone over the tiniest cliff, from darkened footpath to an unseen recessed lawn. On…

Part of an Ancient Story: A Conversation with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (Full Version)

Part of an Ancient Story: A Conversation with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee (Full Version)

Llewellyn-Vaughan-Lee photographed by Richard Whittaker One August day recently in Northern California, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee sat down with Parabola in to speak about free will and destiny.  The English-born Vaughan-Lee is a Sufi mystic and lineage holder…

Gifts for Gifted Children

Gifts for Gifted Children

Each summer I teach creative writing classes at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. It’s a wonderful job for many reasons: my colleagues are uniformly, eccentrically brilliant, I’ve taught at campuses all over the country, from Los Angeles to…

An Intelligence That Bypasses Thought: On Retreat with Michel de Salzmann, by Fran Shaw

An Intelligence That Bypasses Thought: On Retreat with Michel de Salzmann, by Fran Shaw

Chandolin, a village in the district of Sierre in the Swiss canton of Valais. (via: Wikipedia) Stay just exactly as I am. There is an Intelligence in me that can accept. Like the sun.  It doesn’t…

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Fall 2022: BELONGING (submission deadline: June 01, 2022)

Winter 2022/2023:
DARKNESS & LIGHT (submission deadline: September 01, 2022)

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

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