"To me it seems that every atom is possessed by a certain amount of primitive intelligence. Look at the thousands of ways in which atoms of hydrogen combine with those of other elements, forming the most diverse substances. Do you mean to say that they do this without intelligence? Atoms in harmonious and useful relation assume beautiful or interesting shapes and colours, or give forth a pleasant perfume, as if expressing their satisfaction…gathered together in certain forms, the atoms constitute animals of the lower order. Finally they combine in man, who represents the total intelligence of all the atoms…. The existence of God can, to my mind, be proved from chemistry." Thomas Edison, interview in Harpers's Magazine, February, 1890
The Consciousness of the Atom
(Alice A. Bailey)
"It seems the Divine Mind uses forms as a painter uses his canvas – to embody the rich imaginative potential of mind."
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
"'For in the All', as we read in the…pagan Corpus Hermeticum, 'there is naught that is not God: wherefore, neither size, nor space, nor quality, neither form, nor time, surrounds God, since He is All, and All surrounds all, and permeates all.'" [modernized]
The Mythic Image
"God is the first of all things, and the universe is divine, and nature is divine."
(Walter Scott, translator)
"God (the Universal Spirit) objectivises himself as Nature, and again rises out of it." Hegel
The Secret Doctrine
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
"God, who is by nature good…loves all men equally as His handiwork." St. Maximos the Confesor, 'First Century on Love'
The Philokalia, volume 2
(various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)
"God is not only pure energy but is the creator of all the light-energy from which all worlds are made….From that light every created being or animal or object was created, and so the substance of every plant and animal and man is the original energy of God that we call light."
"He is that Being who sleeps and slumbers in the stone, in the mill. He breathes and respires in plants. He moves in insect, beast and animals, and He thinks, feels, and reasons in man." Swami Ji Sivananda
A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality
(Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)
"God is a single essence with multiple attributes, or as [Ramon] Lull says, is 'the being in which Goodness, Grandeur, Eternity, and the other Dignities convert each other reciprocally.'"
Ramon Lull and the Secret of Life
"A grub or worm working out its little life in a mass of decaying substance is as much a spiritual manifestation as an initiate working out his destiny in a mass of rapidly changing human forms. It is all manifested Deity; it is all divine expression and all a form of sensitive awareness and of response to environment."
Esoteric Psychology I
(Alice A. Bailey)