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1 "Like a seed at rest, the nature-principle within, unfolding outwards, makes its way towards what appears a multiple life." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

2 "Each cell divides (by mitotic or amitotic division) and gives birth to another cell similar to itself. First, a single centre; then two. Everything in the subsequent development of life stems from this potent primordial phenomenon." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

3 "On innate divinity is the brotherhood of all people based – one life, one glory which shall be revealed, and one divine relationship." The Reappearance of the Christ (Alice A. Bailey)

4 "Everything has grown from this One, and through this One. It is the Uroboros, the serpent that fertilizes and gives birth to itself." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

5 "An infinite multiplicity is a power of the infinite Oneness." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

6 "The impact of one encounter has the power to bring us to holy relationship with everyone in the world, because Life is One and Love, indivisible." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

7 "There is nothing real where the One Sole Good is not." Francois Fenelon (1651-1715), French Archbishop of Cambray, 'Spiritual Letters of Archbishop Fenelon' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

8 "All life is one, and all its manifestations with which we have had contact are climbing the ladder of evolution." Lord Hugh Dowding (1882-1970), British Air Chief Marshal, speech delivered before the House of Lords, July 18, 1957 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

9 "As you work or play or walk down the street, essentially you are the Atman – God, Brahman, the Essence of the Universe – replete with being-knowledge-joy, birthless and deathless, unconditioned by space, time, or motion. You are a role the universe is playing, and you are also the One who is playing this and all other roles. You are one and the One." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

10 "In Hermeticism and Jungian psychology, the seeming destruction which the antagonist wreaks (death, swallowing, dismemberment, etc.) works to the will of the One in accomplishing the higher purpose of integration and rebirth…..personal adversity has a long-range regenerative effect." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

11 "There is but one reality. It is all-inclusive." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

12 "There is only one Heart, one Child, One God. It is the same for all of us." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

13 "According to the theosophical perspective, the universe is one – living, intelligent and intelligible, multileveled, and comprised of beings that, together with the universe itself, co-evolve toward a higher life." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

14 "'Consciousness' in its true connotation is the 'One who knows'. A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

15 "There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha." Huang-Po (800-850), 'The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

16 "There is but one Life, boundless and inexhaustible, which is the very essence of all." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

17 "In the One Reality there is only One Healer, One Teacher, to whom we all have free and instant access." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

18 "All that is is holy and all that is is related, for all being in our universe began as one being just before the fireball erupted." A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity (Matthew Fox)

19 "The successive phases of Spirit that animate the Nations…are themselves only steps in the development of the one Universal Spirit, which through them elevates and completes itself to a self-comprehending totality." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

20 "The Arabic word 'islam' means 'submission', or to be more precise 'the surrender of one's whole being, to the Divine Unity, to the Oneness that is God." The Essence of Sufism (John Baldock)

21 "Underlying the inifinite diversity of life is the unity of one all-pervasive spirit." The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra)

22 "We are that single, sole light which came into being." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

23 "Just as the plurality of the human soul's life of imagination, feeling, and will has a focus, a center, around which it orders and orientates itself, so also does the multiplicity of the appearances of the world have ONE center, which orders and holds everything together." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

24 “The Divine One, which is the All of Us, is creating in every moment.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

25 "In the One Mind is the summation of the whole of consciousness, the ineffable at-one-ment of all the One Mind's microcosmic aspects." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite