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1 "There is only one force which integrates the entire universe in all the myriad forms of manifestation." The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

2 "The profound fact of oneness not only on Earth but in all creation is becoming more and more evident as knowledge expands outward, and nowhere are to be found any absolute boundary lines or uncrossable barriers between any kingdoms of life. Not even between life and nonlife, nor between body and mind and spirit." Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

3 "Spirit is One, but within that essential unity the points of fire, the divine sparks, can be seen and noted." Esoteric Psychology I (Alice A. Bailey)

4 "Try to see this world and the personalities of men as vehicles for the Divine Presence and the Divine Life, remembering also: All are but parts of one stupendous whole." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

5 "There is one Divinity:…without parts, indivisible." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

6 "Whether we read the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, or the New Testament, we find ourselves in exactly the same atmosphere as regards the meaning and nature of the spiritual life: it is that which knows the oneness." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

7 "Only One-mindedness can be without confusion." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

8 “Nightmares will begin to give way to day, as the sunshine of wisdom revealing Oneness dawns upon the human mind.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

9 "Ultimately, to be sure, there is only one Monad (a term from Greek that means 'unity'). But as that Monad is reflected in evolved matter and the developed kingdoms of life, it is continually refracted, so that it seems to itself to become increasingly limited and fragmented. Thus the One apparently divides into the many." John Algeo, 'Dark Angels' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

10 "The Spirit is the One who 'makes all things new.'" The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

11 "All things are but one thing." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

12 "The one Life takes on countless limitations, each right in its own place and time." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

13 "Only One exists." Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

14 "Nature and matter, understood alchemically, can only be one and animated. Any demonstrative process that seeks to prove the opposite is mistaken not only in its manner but also in its mode of observation." Francoise Bonardel, 'Alchemical Esotericism and the Hermeneutics of Culture' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

15 "Wholeness comes first, multiplicity later; the many derive from the one." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

16 "God is the infinite and eternal substance of all finite existences, an absolute and unchanging ONE underlying the finite modes in which it variably manifests itself." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

17 "We are all in extension of the One Life, and we can see peace instead of separation." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

18 "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)

19 "We are one in spirit...we can experience Oneness with all of life everywhere." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

20 "The one Universal Light is ever existent." Chaldean Book of Numbers The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

21 "This sensation of being one with the universe is much more common than one might initially suspect, for it is the very foundation of all other sensations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

22 "If we are enlightened by the contemplation of and knowledge of the One we are enabled to be unified, to achieve a truly divine oneness and it will never happen that we succumb to that fragmentation…which is the source of hostility between equals." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

23 "O, wondrous thing that all these lamps of the Divine attributes should be one simple being in which alone they are experienced, and yet that the distinction between them should be visible and perceptible, the one being as completely enkindled as the other and the one being substantially the other! Oh, abyss of delights, the more abundant in proportion as Your riches are gathered together in infinite unity and simplicity, so that each one is known and experienced in such a way that the perfect knowledge and absorption of the other may not be impeded thereby, but rather each thng within You is the light of the other, so that through Your purity, Oh, Divine wisdom, many things are seen in you when one thing is seen, since You are the store-house of the treasures." Living Flame of Love (St. John of the Cross)

24 "'God is One' is the utterance of truth. One life pervades all forms and those forms are the expressions, in time and space, of the central universal energy." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

25 "Wisdom is one and unique – to know the intelligence by which all things are steered through all things." Heraclitus, Fragment 32 Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite