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My Ancestor

My Ancestor

David GuyMay 26, 20228 min read

In my mid-thirties I found myself in Dante’s dark wood, where my way was entirely lost.  My marriage was falling apart.  My primary mentor, Reynolds Price, seemed to be dying of a weird spinal cancer that was slowly paralyzing him. …

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola EditorsSep 2, 20211 min read

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Fall 2021 issue of Parabola Magazine, Fire, including the lead essay by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “Fire Season.” Read the full issue by subscribing to Parabola. Parabola Magazine · Parabola Podcast Episode…

Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

Parabola EditorsMay 14, 20211 min read

Our younger selves seed what we become and, as we age, we carry our earlier years with us. A sage elderly woman once told me, “some things you can only understand when you’re old”; yet equally true is that the…

“What Dreams May Come”: Ancient holistic healing at the Asklepion

“What Dreams May Come”: Ancient holistic healing at the Asklepion

Seraphim WinslowFeb 19, 202116 min read

 The word “holistic” is rooted in the ancient Greek word ὅλος (holos), meaning “all, whole, entire.” It is cognate with the English adjective “whole,” a concept which, before modernity, had always been bound up with health and wellness. Tragically, humanity…

Parabola Podcast: Wellness

Parabola Podcast: Wellness

Betsy CornwellFeb 16, 20211 min read

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Spring 2021 issue of Parabola, Wellness, including an exploration of the world’s healing water goddesses and a practical guide to awakening awareness. Your thoughts about yourself, experiences, and perceptions continually arise and…

What Is The Weight of Wealth?, by Amy Barnes

What Is The Weight of Wealth?, by Amy Barnes

Amy BarnesApr 30, 201810 min read

Painting by James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum. And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain…

My Ancestor

My Ancestor

David GuyMay 26, 20228 min read

In my mid-thirties I found myself in Dante’s dark wood, where my way was entirely lost.  My marriage was falling apart.  My primary mentor, Reynolds Price, seemed to be dying…

Guidance, by Susan McCaslin

Guidance, by Susan McCaslin

Susan McCaslinMay 28, 201818 min read

Photo by Heidi Sandstrom (@bravelyventure) “I’m guided by a signal in the heavens.” (from Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan”) Early Guides The etymology of the…

Gifts for Gifted Children

Gifts for Gifted Children

Betsy CornwellAug 28, 201510 min read

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…

An Amazing Childhood Experience, by James Opie

An Amazing Childhood Experience, by James Opie

James OpieAug 10, 20195 min read

Margaret Weir (Unsplash) During my mid-twenties I became interested in a facet of phrenology—the study of peoples’ heads, their shapes, contours and bumps. I focused on only one aspect: forehead lines,…

The Poet and the Shepherd, by Joshua Boettiger

The Poet and the Shepherd, by Joshua Boettiger

Joshua BoettigerJan 31, 201712 min read

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…

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

Patty de LlosaNov 16, 201517 min read

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…

Wild Imagination, by Geneen Marie Haugen

Wild Imagination, by Geneen Marie Haugen

Geneen Marie HaugenMay 16, 201915 min read

John Atkinson Grimshaw, Midsummer Night, or Iris, 1876 “Go forth onto the land”—and reanimate the world Descended from the indigenous hunter-gathers of the European arctic, I am an uprooted –…

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Already Broken, by Joyce Kornblatt

Joyce KornblattNov 15, 201517 min read

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…

Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

Whence Cometh Our Help: An Exploration with Roger Lipsey (Video)

Betsy CornwellFeb 18, 20201 min read

Is there such a thing as deciduous ideas? Ideas that have had their season. Some flare into color as a last statement of themselves, others dry modestly and fall away.…

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 UlrichJan 31, 201711 min read

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…

A New Conception of God

A New Conception of God

Keith BuzzellNov 10, 20204 min read

It is our view that it is critically important for the future of mankind that a continuing effort be made to understand the depths of Gurdjieff’s “new conception of God…

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Parabola EditorsSep 2, 20211 min read

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Fall 2021 issue of Parabola Magazine, Fire, including the lead essay by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “Fire Season.” Read the full issue…

Boethius, rendered into modern English by Thomas Powers (Free Download)

Boethius, rendered into modern English by Thomas Powers (Free Download)

Thomas PowersApr 28, 20191 min read

Philosophy Instructing Boethius on the Role of God. Coëtivy Master (Henri de Vulcop?), c. 1460-1470. Tempera colors, gold leaf, and gold paint on parchment. Getty Center, Los Angeles A classic…