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1 "Matter and spirit, as we know them in our universe, are not two separate substances, set side by side and differing in nature. They are two distinct aspects of one single cosmic stuff and there is between them no conflict to baffle our intelligence." Pierre Leroy, S.J., foreword The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

2 "The name 'One' means that God is uniquely all things through the transcendence of one unity and that He is the cause of all without ever departing from that oneness. Nothing in the world lacks its share of the One…that One which in its utterly comprehensive unity uniquely contains all and everything beforehand, even opposites." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

3 "Without you there would be a lack in God….for what God wills is whole, and part of Him because His Will is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

4 "From the lowliest insect to the most perfect sage, there breathes the same Universal Spirit, which assumes innumerable forms." B. K. S. Iyengar, 'Light on Yoga' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

5 "The entire universe exists in a continual outflow from the One into created multiplicity, which is then drawn back to the One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

6 "Think in a vocabulary of oneness." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

7 "The world is built up of thousands of differing rates of vibrations, all these having their origin in the One original vibration of the mind of the Creator." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

8 "The One, who vibrates more quickly than the mind, who attains more speed than the mind can ever attain… - He moving, everything moves. In Him all exists." Swami Vivekananda, Hindu sage Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

9 "God is breath. All that breathes resides in the Only Being." New Testament, John 4:24, Aramaic translation One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

10 "Both yin and yang have their common origin in an undivided One." The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

11 "I have always been Served by that One. And I have Transcended everything, even all experiences, through the Grace of that One." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

12 "A succinct definition of Hinduism might read, 'The Universe is profoundly One.'" The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

13 "Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many." Shankara The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

14 "That One is the beginning and end of all." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

15 "The Cretan and Neolithic religion was based upon a Mother Goddess who took many different forms in different civilizations but who put people in touch with nature, and was the focus of a widespread human understanding of nature as one entity." Nostradamus: Prophecies for Women (Manuela Dunn Muscetti & Peter Lorie)

16 "The totality of all things goes through one opening; the roots of all affairs come from one gate." Huainanzi Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

17 "The universal God is one, yet he is more than one; all things are God; all things are one. By the sweet breaths of God all life is bound in one; so if you touch a fiber of a living thing you send a thrill from center to the outer bounds of life." ch. 28, vs.4-5, Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

18 "Anyone who is intent upon knowing the One Reality finds the One Reality everywhere." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

19 "Laws are only the unalterable conditions brought about by the activity, the orientation and the emanated decisive thoughts of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being, just as the activitis, the orientation and the thinking of a human being carry the cells and the atoms of his body along the line of his wishes." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

20 "It is as if the universe is one single organism, motivated by a single power, developing in many ways to gradually become aware of itself through the awareness of the creatures and forces it produces." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

21 "If I deny the oneness of man, I deny the oneness of God. Therefore I affirm both. Without a belief in human unity, I am hungry and incomplete." Norman Cousins, American editor Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

22 "The One Self is in all." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

23 "The Tantric-Hindu theory of the creation of the world holds that Nature as a whole is the Dream of the One Mind." Seeing With the Mind's Eye (Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels)

24 "Joy is the realization of onenes, the oneness of our soul with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme love." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

25 "Each of us is the light of the world, and by joining our minds in this light we proclaim the Kingdom of God together and as one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite