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1 "Your Wholeness, your entire psyche, has one main directive – bring this separated one to the knowledge there is but One Self. There is but One." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

2 "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)

3 "Actually there is only one single energy, one all-encompassing motivating force which lies at the root of our life's activity." Opening quotation, from a 1564 Preface to the Taoist text 'Can Tong Qi' The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

4 "All Souls are one." From the Outer Court to the Inner Sanctum (Annie Besant)

5 "In Hermeticism and Jungian psychology, the seeming destruction which the antagonist wreaks (death, swallowing, dismemberment, etc.) works to the will of the One in accomplishing the higher purpose of integration and rebirth…..personal adversity has a long-range regenerative effect." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

6 "The universe is a finite reflection of this infinite Being, a reflection of the One in the many, of the eternal in time, of the infinite in space." Christ in India: Essays Towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue (Bede Griffiths)

7 "What all schools of wisdom and spirituality have taught us is true. All is one." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

8 "Being is an endless cycle within the one absolute eternity, wherein move numberless inner cycles." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

9 "Consciousness is One." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

10 "Once you have brought bondage to the dyad into subjection to the dignity and nature of the One, you will have subjected the whole of creation to God; for you will have brought into unity what was divided and will have reconciled all things." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

11 "All manifested divine Power, Life and Consciousness, and so all human Spirits, radiate from the One Source." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

12 "The (quality) of the intuition can be covered by the word, universality, or the sense of universal Oneness." Glamour, A World Problem (Alice A. Bailey)

13 "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)

14 "Divinity is always one." One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

15 "The Holy Spirit stands at the gate of every man's heart, preparing to initiate him into greater and more lasting joy – the joy of the Eternal One." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

16 “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)

17 “It is a great mystery, one unique mother of all mortal things, and they have all originated in her.” Paracelsus Collected Works (Carl Jung)

18 "There is within us One who knows the truth." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

19 "There is a supreme Ruler of all things, God, ever One." Philolaus, 5th century Pythagorean philosopher The New Testament Background: Selected Documents (C. K. Barrett, editor)

20 "We are all one in Thee, for all are Thine." William Walsham How (1823-1897), English bishop and hymn-writer The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

21 "Krishna…laid down in the 'Gita' the simple rules whereby depression and doubt can be overcome. They may be briefly summarised as follows: a. Know thyself to be the undying One. b. Control thy mind, for through that mind the undying One can be known. c. Learn that the form is but the veil which hides the splendour of Divinity. d. Realize that the One Life pervades all forms so that there is no death, no distress, no separation." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "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)

23 "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)

24 “That from which all beings arise and in which they have their origin is the Great One.” Lu Bu Ve, ‘The Spring and Autumn’ The Secret Power of Music (David Tame)

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 "Only one substance exists, and it is absolutely infinite." Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

27 "The Divine One is himself the Good (in the primary and proper sense of the word), whose very nature is goodness." Gregory of Nyssa (331-396) Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

28 "One day while taking a walk I asked the universe a question: What is our story? What is happening on planet Earth? I knew it must be one story, for it was one Earth. With that question, I went into a slight daydreaming type walk. Suddenly, I had an 'out-of-Earth' experience. My mind's eye was lifted into outer space. Floating as the astronauts did, I experienced our planet as a living organism struggling to coordinate itself as a whole. I felt the pollution choking our lungs, the hunger torturing our bodies, the weapons killing ourselves. I felt the pain in the whole system for one frightful instant in time. Then, a miracle seemed to happen. I felt as though I were seeing a few frames ahead in the movie of creation. In this moment of expanded reality, an unbearable pain intensified throughout the whole planetary body, very much like the pain before giving birth to a child. There was a flash of light, an unearthly light, the kind that the mystics see. It came from within us, and from beyond us. We saw the light together. The floodgates of our hearts opened. Love streamed forth. The barriers that separated us dissolved. The air cleared, the waters cleared. Healings abounded. I heard the inner words: 'Our story is a birth. We are one body. What the avatars have come to tell us is true. Go tell the story of our birth, Barbara!'" Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius, the Heroine's Journey' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

29 “Pelagios asks: ‘Why speak ye of the manifold matter? The substance of natural things is one.’” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

30 "God or the One Reality is the material cause of all things…the substance of all things is that One." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

31 "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)

32 "From the many to the one, from duality to unity – the direction of growth and evolution is toward integration, toward oneness." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

33 “God is known as One.” The Zohar Collected Works (Carl Jung)

34 "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)

35 "In essence, all human beings are identical. We are all part of One; we are One." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

36 "The one and only has many faces." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

37 "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)

38 "Aligned with the One are those whose lives radiate from a core of love; they shall see love everywhere." Neil Douglas-Klotz, 'Prayers of the Cosmos' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

39 "The Divine Reality – the Source of Being, Allah, the Brahman, the Tao, the One, the Ground of Being – has a limitless number of qualities; each one of these is itself infinite, but each also expresses the one nature." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

40 "Whether it is Blake losing himself in a knot in a piece of wood, Wordsworth in lines of curling mist or the figures of a shepherd and his dog, Shelley in the west wind, or Rilke in the bird flying through him and the tree growing within him – each and all of them were engaged in the task of reconciling the Knower and the Field, so that the perceiver and the perception might be one." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

41 "The world of existence is only dual in our conception of it. In Reality there is but one World." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

42 "All matter, originating as it does from its One Source, is essentially divine." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

43 "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)

44 "To experience compassion and to identify with the suffering of others – as well as with their joy – is to experience the Divine One who suffers and rejoices in each person." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

45 "There is only One of which all else is composed." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

46 "All living beings are but one being." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

47 "Though religion, psychology, philosophy, science and the arts all have varied languages, they all reveal related aspects of one life." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

48 "In the context of wholeness, the opposites appear as no more than phases in an endless cycling process, for each turns incessantly into its opposite, exchanging places with it. Life…bends back upon itself to come, full circle, to the realization that all is one and all is well." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

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

50 "Here are four words to memorize: We are all One. Model that when you make your next choices and decisions." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

51 "The One is the foundation of all other things and gives them, at one and the same time, existence and location." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

52 "'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)

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 "In order to experience and understand oneness one can look within and find the core of one's own being and find that core to be the common reality which we all share." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

55 "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)

56 "Even as time is, in its essentiality, beginningless and endless duration, incapable of division into past, present, and future, so space is dimensionless, and divisionless, and non-existent apart from the One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

57 "Glory to the unchangeable, holy, eternal, supreme Vishnu, of one universal nature….Glory to the supreme Vishnu, the cause of the creation, existence, and the end of this world; who is the root of the world and who consists of the world." The Vishnu Purana Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

58 "Oneness is not just on the high or inner levels where God is but is right here and now." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

59 "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)

60 "Those who choose the approach of oneness in their outlook see a profound interrelationship between all aspects of life. Not denying the appearance of duality, they claim that it is more fruitful to experience the underlying oneness behind the appearance." Visions and Prophecies for a New Age (Mark A. Thurston, Ph.D.)

61 "Within the cosmos all the elements are dependent upon one another ontologically, in the ascending order of their true being (which means of their consciousness); and the entire cosmos, as one complete whole, is held up, 'informed', by the powerful energy of a higher, and unique, Monad which gives to everything below itself its definitive intelligibility and its definitive power of action and reaction." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

62 "If you want to follow the doctrine of the One, do not rage against the World of the Senses. Only by accepting the World of the Senses can you share in the True Perception." Anonymous 7th century patriarch of Zen Buddhism The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

63 "The Beautiful is an eternal flow; it is the One in motion." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

64 "The universe is a uni-verse, there is nothing else: it is one-only….and everything is connected to everything else." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

65 "Nothing is to be seen but a ground which rests upon itself, everywhere one Being, one Life." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

66 "Unity and multiplicity must not be thought of as opposites but rather as the polarization, in Coleridge's words, of 'two forces of one power.'" Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

67 "From the day when we beheld thee, from the day when we heard thy word, our hearts were filled with peace. We believed in thee, Good One, we beheld thy light and shall not forget thee." The Ginza (Mandaean Scripture) Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing (Stephan A. Hoeller)

68 "All things and events, while remaining perfectly separate and discrete, are only One." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

69 "According to the Zohar, the Kabbalistic Book of Splendor, when you hold on to the Divine Energy and push through the narrow feeling of otherness to the side of oneness, the glory of God is raised up in all realms of existence." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

70 "This One is…not merely the Reality of all that is, but also a living and personal Object of Love." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

71 "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)

72 "We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

73 "You all are clothed by the One." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

74 "Thou art I, I am Thou….Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!" Paramahansa Yogananda, 'Samadhi' Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

75 "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)

76 "Whether I am on the burning ground or on the mountain top, whether I am silent in the secret place or surrounded by the surging crowds of humanity, it matters not. The lessons of divine indifference, once mastered, release the soul to union with the One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

77 "We are all beautifully interwoven into a single consciousness." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

78 "Amidst variety and multiplicity there exists harmony and unity which can only derive from the One Coordinator." Juda Halevi The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

79 "The spiritual crisis pervading all spheres of Western industrial society can be remedied only by a change in our world view. We shall have to shift from the materialistic, dualistic belief that people and their environment are separate, toward a new consciousness of an all-encompassing reality which embraces the experiencing ego, a reality in which people feel their oneness with animate nature and all of creation." Albert Hofmann Cleansing the Doors of Perception (Huston Smith)

80 "All is one life. Play your part in making life one." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

81 "All the Earth's surface is of one family, one creation, one intelligence." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

82 "There is no end to God's gifts to his creation. In all this we are one, without separation. Let us extend that oneness to all levels, and let us do it here and now." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

83 "The whole universe is one reality, and that reality is pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is absolute existence. It is One that is not followed by a Second." Chandogya Upanishad Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

84 "There is one, absolute, infinite, eternal Being, which is manifested in all the different forms of nature and human life. The object of life is to realize the absolute, indivisible unity of this one Being." Christ in India: Essays Towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue (Bede Griffiths)

85 "All comes from God, all returns to God; all becomes one, one becomes all. God, or the world, is one: the divine idea is diffused throughout every quarter of the universe." The Great Secret (Maurice Maeterlinck)

86 "The One underlies all the diversities of external nature." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

87 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

88 "If they could rid themselves of these discriminations and keep their minds pure with the light of wisdom, then they would see only one world in which everything is meaningful." Buddha Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

89 "God, or in other words, a Supreme Being, exists perfectly just and merciful, that is to say, a pattern of the true life….He is one….He is omnipresent." Benedict Spinoza Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

90 "Love, Wisdom and Power are in reality the One indivisible/undivided Whole which can never be divided or divisive – their atoms chanting as they chart the spheres: 'We are One, We are One, We Are One….'" Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

91 "The universe [is] held firm in the One unfolding Presence." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

92 "So seamlessly does the world, sacred and profane, arise in one piece that I can find no boundary – anywhere in the entire universe." Ken Wilber, Foreword Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

93 "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)

94 "The central teaching of Unity (School of Christianity) is this: There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe – God, the Good and Omnipotent." James Dillet Freeman, 'Imagination: The Wondrous Power of Conception' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

95 "Primal Virtue is deep and far. It leads all things back toward the great oneness." Lao Tzu Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

96 "There is but one Absolute basis, from, on, and in which are built the countless basic centres on which proceed the Universal, cyclic, and individual Evolutions." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

97 "There is but one principle of all things." The City of God (St. Augustine)

98 "The radiance which emanates from the One Mind, by emanating from one's own mind, emancipates the mind." 'The Seeing of Reality' The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

99 “The truth is: there is only one of us.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

100 "We are that single, sole light which came into being." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite