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Our April Gift to You: A Free PDF of “The Search for Meaning”

Our April Gift to You: A Free PDF of “The Search for Meaning”

The EditorsApr 2, 20201 min read

These are challenging times for all of us. We at Parabola are offering a free PDF of our “The Search for Meaning” issue from Spring 2017 to anyone who would like one, and we hope you will find comfort in…

Coronavirus: A New Responsibility

Coronavirus: A New Responsibility

Lee van LaerMar 19, 20204 min read

Photograph by Lee van Laer   In the midst of our anxiety and our reaction to the danger of infection, life seems somewhat surreal—compelling, distracting. I’m taken by the moment, and everything seems to be about the disease itself. Yet…

A Free Gift for You in These Challenging Times

A Free Gift for You in These Challenging Times

Betsy CornwellMar 19, 20201 min read

These are challenging times for all of us. We at Parabola are offering a free PDF of our “Alone and Together” issue to anyone who would like one, and we hope you will find solace in its pages.  Click here…

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. There is a process of this kind, an autumn of…

Sheela Na Gig

Sheela Na Gig

Betsy CornwellJan 21, 20206 min read

She lives on the lintels and doorways of churches all over Europe, especially in Ireland. She looks out in defiance from the stone in which she’s carved: teeth bared, eyes wide, legs spread. Her hands hold open her exaggerated vulva…

The Very Rev. James Parks Morton (1930-2020)

The Very Rev. James Parks Morton (1930-2020)

Jeff ZaleskiJan 8, 20201 min read

The Very Rev. James Parks Morton (1930-2020). Photo: stjohndivine.org Parabola regrets the passing of James Parks Morton. He served for many years on the Board of the…

LETTERS FROM HELL

LETTERS FROM HELL

Jan CheripkoAug 10, 20199 min read

VALDEMAR ADOLPH THISTED. PREFACE BY GEORGE MACDONALD. WENTWORTH PRESS, 2019. PP. 246. $24.95 Reviewed by Jan Cheripko Originally published in 1866, Letters from Hell was the creation of Danish author…

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,…

Spiritual Intelligence, by Gerald Epstein

Spiritual Intelligence, by Gerald Epstein

Gerald EpsteinJul 25, 201524 min read

Intelligence is a quality available to choose, as a function of mind that can live itself through us. In this article, I will focus on spiritual intelligence as understood within…

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…

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

When the Source Ran Free: A story for the present time

Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeMay 4, 202031 min read

Watching the sun rise over the wetlands, the mist fading, even here in the midst of nature there is the strange stillness of a world in lockdown — waiting, wondering,…

Agencies, by Anthony Blake

Agencies, by Anthony Blake

Parabola EditorsApr 29, 201518 min read

Heracles freeing Prometheus from his torment by the eagle (Attic black-figure cup, c. 500 BC) I must, before I die, find some way to say the…

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…

Round and Round but Never There, by Eliezer Shore

Round and Round but Never There, by Eliezer Shore

Eliezer ShoreNov 15, 20188 min read

Photo by Daniele Levis Pelusi If I had to map out the geometry of my life, if I had to plot its trajectory, it would most…

The Heights of Machu Picchu, by J.M. White

The Heights of Machu Picchu, by J.M. White

J.M. WhiteMay 16, 201821 min read

Photograph by J.M. White Machu Picchu is one of the most spectacularly beautiful sites on earth. It is an ancient Inca ceremonial center perched on top…