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1 "According to Jewish tradition, the whole of mankind was contained in Adam from the beginning, which meant the soul of everybody who would ever be born. The soul of Adam, therefore, was like the wick of a lamp composed of innumerable strands. In this symbol the idea of a total oneness of all human existence, beyond all individual units, is clearly expressed." Marie Louise vonFranz Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

2 "In One is all my peace." Angelus Silesius The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

3 "There can be no more than one infinity, a place where all things, the great, the small, the external and the internal meet." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

4 "If there is only One Thing, and that One Thing Is All That Is, there can be no insufficiency of any kind, because that One Thing is everything, and thus…It is sufficient unto Itself. This is a statement of the nature of God." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

5 "There is one Divinity, a Unity simple, beyond being, without parts and undivided." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

6 "All things are linked together, and connected one with another in a chain extending from the lowest to the highest; so that we see that they are not many, or rather, that all are one. For inasmuch as all things hang on the One and flow from the One, we think indeed that they are many when we look at them apart, but when we regard them as united, we hold them to be one." Asclepius III:19c Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

7 "Open the door for yourself that you may know the one who is. Knock on yourself that the Word may open for you." 'Teachings of Silvanus' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

8 "Eternal oneness with God IS the very reality of ourselves and of everyone and everything around us." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

9 "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)

10 "Everything belongs to one world." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

11 "The Self that is here in a person, and the Self that is there in the sun, He is one." Taittiriya Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

12 "Our own deep truth is at one with that of all being." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

13 "When we mentally identify with the realm of the spirit, we see endless love, unlimited possibility, and the oneness of all things." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

14 "One certain seed had within it the whole semination of the universe. It is like the egg of some variegated and many-colored bird, such as the peacock or some other bird which is even more multiform and many-colored, an egg which though one has within it many forms of multiform, many-colored, many-constituted substances." Basilides, 2nd century Syrian-Egyptian Gnostic The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

15 "We are all one in love." Revelations of Divine Love (Juliana of Norwich)

16 "In essence we are all one." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

17 "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)

18 "The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

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

20 "Relativity and quantum theory agree in that both imply the need to look upon the world as an undivided whole in which all the parts of the universe merge and unite in one totality." David Bohm, 'Wholeness and the Implicate Order' Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

21 "God, the Master and Maker and Encompasser of all, is both One and all things;…for the whole which is made up of all things is one." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

22 "It's One! The ground I was standing on, the leaf I was touching, the cloud in the sky, God that I was breathing, my own very self – were utterly, completely, ungraspably one!" Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

23 "All principles and their progeny are finally centered and rooted by their summits in the first great all-comprehending one. Thus all beings proceed from, and are comprehended in the first being; all intellects emanate from one first intellect; all souls from one first soul; all natures blossom from one first nature;…all these great monads are comprehended in the first one, from which both they and all their depending series are unfolded into light. Hence, this first one is truly the unity of unities, the monad of monads, the principle of principles, the God of Gods, one and all things, and yet one prior to all." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

24 "What form of living is best?....There can be only one mode of living entitled to be called best. It is that which will prepare us to realize our oneness with infinite life. The operative word is 'realize'. It is a matter of knowing what already is a fact." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

25 "The greater our awareness, the more our perception of multiplicity dissolves." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite