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

2 "Truth admits of no plurality, and reveals itself as single and unique." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

3 “The supra-divine transcendentally one God dwells indivisibly in every individual.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

4 "Here is how Rumi describes the Divine and its works: 'That is the Ocean of Oneness, wherein is no mate or consort. Its pearls and its fish are none other than its waves….Spirit is truly and always one; but its manifestations on different planes of creation are different. Just as ice, water, and vapor are not three things but only three forms of the same thing, similarly Spirit is one, but its forms are many.'" The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

5 "The One…will again reassert his soverign claim, and gather all the fragmented and estranged shreds of being into the reconciled opposites of the one Word." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

6 “All things are of one.” Senior, ‘De chemia’ Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

7 "Inside, outside, o friends, all one." Kabir The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

8 "What are we without You!....You (are) the One, who is one thing and who is all!" Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

9 "Those who are asleep live each in a private world; those who are awake live in the one Great World." Herakleitos, ancient Greek sage The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

10 "Indeed in no being is it possible to discover a nature so independent that it could exist without partaking in that one and only true being." St. Gregory of Nyssa, The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

11 "God is one, his glory multiplying in many forms." Raimundo Panikkar, 'The Vedic Experience' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

12 "This is the real message of the Bhagavad Gita: in short, temporal life and spiritual values stand in a relation of harmony – one divine life, as the Gita tells us." Swami Prabhavananda (b. 1893), monk of Ramakrishna Mission, 'Vedic Religion and Philosophy' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

13 "A unity pervades and underlies all existence. This is the meaning of 'the Eternal is One' (Old Testament, Deut. 6:4)." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

14 “The One may be called the underlying element of all things.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

15 "If we treat everything as alive, intelligent and part of the One Life, our own life is greatly enriched." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

16 "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)

17 "There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

18 "Prayer is a pure act of the will, seeking an integral understanding of and union with the Whole, the One." Gerald Heard (1889-197), English author and philosopher, 'A Preface to Prayer' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

19 "The one Life is eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

20 "'Psyche' and 'matter' are not basically incommensurable, but may perhaps be qualities of one and the same existential being." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

21 "That's why the world is called a UNIverse (Latin for 'one turn'). No other universes exist except within this One, which Plato refers to as the 'whole of wholes'." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

22 "When the awareness of the mind transcends the isolation of the personal self, it establishes an intimate relationship with the other, so that it is no longer merely a subject-object communication. This communication is one in which perceiver and perceived, thinker and thought, subject and object are united into a single all-pervading reality in which duality, or separation, is lost." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

23 "Remember, there's only one of us here: What we give to others, we give to ourselves. What we withhold from others, we withhold from ourselves." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

24 "God is absolutely One – in fact, Oneness." Mysticism and Ecumenism (Robley Edward Whitson)

25 "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)

26 "Eternally, all creatures are God in God….So far as they are in God, they are the same life, the same essence, the same power, the same One, and nothing less." Suso The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

27 "The experiences that come from shamanism tend to foster a great respect for the universe, based on a feeling of oneness with all forms of life." Michael Harner, interview with Gary Doore Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

28 "Reality [is] one constantly explosive dance of divine energy, love, and bliss, interconnected in all of its events and particulars." The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

29 "We are all One, in God." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

30 "There is really only One of us, and I am a part of that One, and so, what I cause another to experience, I experience, and what I cause myself to experience, another experiences." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

31 "When a heart is illumined by true knowledge, it knows that above all these wars of sects and sectarians presides the one indivisible, eternal, all-knowing bliss." Ramakrishna The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

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

33 "The One is all-pervading and without division." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

34 "Then I looked. And I saw that lover, beloved, and love are one; for in the world of unity all can be one." Abu Yazid (Bayazid) of Bistan (d. 874) The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

35 "The soul feels the presence of the unseen One, in the profound depths of its being, with a vivid distinctness and a holy reverence, such as no words can describe." Rev. Samuel D. Robbins (1812-1884) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

36 "There's a level on which we are all one consciousness, deeply connected to the one mass consciousness." Shakti Gawain, speaker/workshop leader, 'Moving Toward the New Millennium' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

37 "One Force in every place, though manifold. I am the Sacrifice. I am the Prayer. I am the Funeral Cake set for the dead. I am the healing herb. I am the ghee, the Mantra, and the flame, and that which burns. I am, of all this boundless Universe, the Father, Mother, Ancestor and Guard." Bhagavad Gita, Book 9 Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

38 "Being is by its nature a dynamic tendency toward the Absolute…..all creation begins and ends with, goes forth and returns to, the supreme One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

39 "All the different things we desire are really one; for they are reflections of aspects of God, and God is one." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

40 "All that God does is one." Meister Eckhart Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

41 "All these souls which shift about from place to place throughout the Kosmos are, so to speak, parted off and portioned out from one soul, even the soul of the universe." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

42 "Know each thing separately, yet all things as one." W. Y. Evans-Wentz, introduction Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

43 "O Brahman, You are One….Having taken form, You face in all directions. You are the deep blue butterfly. You are the parrot, green with red eyes. You are the father of lightning. You are the seasons and the seas. Unborn, you are everywhere, and all that is, is born from You." Shvetashvatara Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

44 "We are one with all that is, in every state of sentient existence, from the lowest worlds of suffering to the highest states of bliss and Perfect Enlightenment." Lama Kazi Dawa Samdup Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

45 "There's only oneness." Karunamayi, Hindu spiritual mother Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

46 "There is One thing, that never dies, for it continues by perpetual increase." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

47 "Spirit and Matter, as we know them, are but the duality of expression of the one great Deific principle." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

48 "The One is the immeasurable light, pure, holy, immaculate." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

49 "The one divine Principle, the nameless That of the Vedas, is the universal Total." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

50 "In God's Mind there is no division. All is One." A Million Years to the Promised Land (Robert W. Krajenke)

51 "Hail to thee, mighty Lord, all-potent Vishnu! Soul of the universe, unchangeable, holy, eternal, always one in nature." Vishnu Purana The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

52 "The One Mind is the unique root of energy, the potentiality of potentialities, the sole dynamo of universal power, the initiator of vibrations, the unknown source, the womb whence there come into being the cosmic rays and matter in all its electronic aspects, as light, heat, magnetism, electricity, radio-activity, or as organic and inorganic substances in all their manifold guises, visible and invisible, throughout the realm of nature." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

53 "The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the Kalika Purana, the Eddas, the Babylonian 'Epic of Creation', Ovid, the Memphite theogony, Vedantic philosophy, Kant, Goethe, through varieties of metaphor, have stated and stated again a single thought – and what would appear to be an easy thought to state, namely: the One, by some sleight of hand or trick of the eye, has become the Manifold." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

54 “’As all things proceed from the One….so all things are born of this one thing’, says the ‘Tabula smaragdina’.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

55 "The One who assumes the many forms of multiplicity remains indivisible." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

56 "When I gained the unshakable belief that there is no death, that all life is indivisible, that the here and hereafter are one, that time and eternity are inseparable, that this is one unobstructed universe, then I found the most satisfying and convincing philosophy of my entire life." The Power of Positive Thinking and The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking (Norman Vincent Peale)

57 "The true nature of happiness – the lasting inner oneness with all things." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

58 "The One is Love." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

59 "He who lives in harmony and friendship of brotherly love, naturally and not artificially, completely and not partially, this person is truly…the universal one and perfect love." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

60 "Brahman is one and is everything, above everything, outside everything, beyond everything and yet in everything….Brahman is the real self of all beings." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

61 “All life within all forms is One Life.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

62 "There is in reality no separation or duality, no I, or Thou, but simply a God in manifestation, Whose nature is Light." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

63 "Reality is one." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

64 "The great doctors of the Catholic Church always posit the unfathomable Deity, incomprehensible, infinite, and therefore necessarily but One and partless." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

65 "The One is a sovereign that has nothing over it. It is God and parent, father of all….the One is the invisible spirit." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

66 "'Only One Cosmos' – this slogan, indeed, is a guide for truly human behavior." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

67 "All the individual forms that make their appearances belong to one single whole." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

68 "We are One Organism by our very nature." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

69 "That Being through Which all exist must be one….There is, then, some one Being Which alone exists in the greatest and highest degree of all." St. Anselm, 'Monologium', (11th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

70 "All activities emanate from the One." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

71 "There is but one Magnet in the universe, and from it proceeds the magnetization of everything existing." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

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

73 "Changes are not random or purposeless, for they are all under the One Law which runs through all that is." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

74 "So we say deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum, matter is one; and if we don't see this it is because we are blinding ourselves to it." David Bohm Unknown Man (Yatri)

75 "My life is offered in service to the One." Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

76 “The One Being is the supreme god at whose command (the One Word) the world was created.” Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

77 "The whole of nature is one, a unity." L. H. Leslie-Smith, 'Karma and Reincarnation' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

78 "The Big Idea is that We Are All One." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

79 "Humans are a true mirror-image of God. They project the manifold, but remain one and also know it, or at least can come to know it, because their true nature as pure consciousness is the integrating power of the One." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

80 "There is only One Body. One Being. Always remember that." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

81 "All in one and one in all." Wei Lang (ca. 80 bce), philosopher, 'The Sutra' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

82 "We are vessels containing the Holy One." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

83 "In order that you may know that God is one, ask What God is, and you will find Him to be not otherwise than one." Tertullian, 'Against Marcion' (3rd century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

84 "'I covet nothing – but One.' You ought to have the meaning of these words in your intention and soul's habit always." Toward A Perfect Love (Walter Hilton)

85 "We are a means of expression for the eternal and infinite I AM, the Spirit; the dynamic flow of energy, the all-encompassing motivating force that Is the One Reality." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

86 "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)

87 "The universe is one mighty, inconceivable medium." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

88 “Nature is a moving affirmation of the psyche and its ever-renewing oneness.” Mary Within (David Richo)

89 "The true Self of all selves is the Subject of all conditions, and all conditions together are literally the Body of that One." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

90 "The Way of One – there is none other." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

91 "There is one Being Which is supremely good, and supremely great." St. Anselm, 'Monologium' (11th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

92 "The doctrine of Oneness used as a basis for all human political, economic, social, educational, and religious decisions would breathtakingly alter life as it is lived on the earth." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

93 "The chaos, the wars and the threat of wars, the ruin and the disease in the world are, I suggest, the direct result of humanity's denial in motive and conduct of the truth that Life is One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

94 "And what if all of animated nature be but organic harps diversely framed, that tremble into thought, as over them sweeps plastc and vast, one intellectual breeze, at once the Soul of each, and God of All?" Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

95 "In keeping with the Gaia Hypothesis, formulated by English scientist James Lovelock, deep ecologists view the world as a living organism whose many species make up a single breathing entity." As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

96 "As humanity quite naturally travels the evolutionary pathway, this state of realized oneness will become more easily attained." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

97 "Our sacred pipe law reminds us of this oneness with all things. Whatever we do to any other being, we do to ourselves." Brooke Medicine Eagle, 'The Lineage of the Sun' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

98 "Ten thousand 'consciousnesses' are at play at the same time; nevertheless, there is only one Consciousness." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

99 "This oneness IS and always has been." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

100 "The overall number of inner selves is but one." Ken Wilber, Foreword Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite