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1 "Just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbits of the stars." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

2 "The absolute, the intelligible, lies at the centre, in the direction in which everything is heightened to the point of being but one." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

3 "One Teacher is in all minds and He teaches the same lesson to all." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

4 "Striking is the resemblance – or more correctly the identity – of the doctrine of the One in the Upanishads and the Eleatic school. Xenophanes' teaching of the unity of God and the Kosmos and of the changelessness of the One, and even more that of Parmenides, who held that reality is ascribable only to the One unborn, indestructible and omnipresent,….these doctrines are completely identical with the essential contents of the Upanishads and of the Vedantic philosophy which springs from them." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

5 "Heraclitus, Descartes, Dionysius, Ibn al-Farid, Aquinas, and Nicholas of Cusa carried over into modern thought the idea of a unity inclusive of the full complexity of manyness….In the history of religious thought, both in the East and in the West, there have been periods in which the conception of Oneness played an essential part." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

6 "Matter is One, or as the alchemists used to say: 'One is All'." The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

7 "God is one and wise." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 2, p. 310 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

8 "A Sumerian prayer declared: 'Hear O ye regions….magnify the Creatress, exalt the dignified, exalt the Glorious One, draw nigh unto the Mighty Lady.'" The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

9 “The great work of primitive Buddhism was to emphasize the fundamental unity of life through the doctrine of the One Universal Self.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

10 "When one discovers that Atman, the inner self, and Brahman, the essence of the universe, are indeed one, the experienced result is said to be one of immense peace and harmony, of coming home. The human perception of life is often that of a small, fragile being gazing out into an infinite, unknowable space. Hinduism teaches that the intuitive leap of realizing 'that art thou' tells us we belong. We have a place. We are one with the stars and the consciousness that brought them into being." The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

11 "There is in existence in the whole Universe only one Spiritual Essence, one Spiritual Being, one Divine Flame – and the Spiritual Self of man is forever at one with that all-inclusive One Alone. This is the one great truth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

12 “God far transcends all intellectual conceptions of dividedness. On the contrary, THAT is, above all, One and One Alone.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

13 "Latent spiritual intelligence is our human birthright, waiting to be uncovered. It is the one tool that is indispensable if we are to solve our manifold problems. The fruit of this intelligence is the realization that we are one Self." Translators The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

14 "From one Soul of the Universe are all Souls derived." Corpus Hermeticum Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

15 "At the heart of everything is the supreme initiative of the One who acts, the One who is always there." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

16 "Souls are all One. All souls are infinite and eternal. They are formless. All souls are One." Meher Baba (1894-1969), Indian master, 'God Speaks – The Theme of Creation and Its Purpose' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

17 "The ancient philosophers, constrained as it were by the truth, when they asserted an infinite principle, asserted likewise that there was only one such principle." Thomas Aquinas The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

18 "The One, transcendent to all differentiation and form, is the source of all." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

19 "In the Mind's Eye I see the Infinite Sphere and Its Self-Awareness, two that are One." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

20 "Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

21 "Let the true light shine on me, so that I may see the glory, that glory which was there before the world began, and deign, O invisible One, to take shape within me, so that seeing your incomprehensible beauty, I shall possess your image,…so that I can become like unto you,…becoming myself a God by divine grace." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Logos' The Holy Fire, the Story of the Fathers of the Eastern Church (Robert Payne)

22 "Life, in its real meaning and functioning, is an all-including and boundless totality, an inseparable oneness, a complete participation and sharing." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

23 "Behind all existence is one Supreme Power, one Energy, one Force, one Law, and, because of this characteristic of oneness, all the components of that One are united in the One Alone." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

24 "The nature of the One must be grasped and comprehended." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

25 "One can no more know oneself or the oneness of all things without knowing the anguish of myriads who are part of that web of life, and responding to their anguish as though to one's own, than one could act in a play and ignore all the other actors in their parts." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite