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

2 "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)

3 "We move toward that consciousness of our shared destiny in One World." Joy Mills, foreword The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

4 "God is Love. Love is One. One is All." Mysticism and Ecumenism (Robley Edward Whitson)

5 "We are all divine, eternal beings, aspects of the essential oneness of life." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

6 "The one Breath of the whole universe, I know that mighty Spirit, the shining sun beyond the darkness….I know Him the unfading, the ancient, the Soul of all, omnipresent by His nature." Shvetash-vataropanishad, iii, 8, 21 The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

7 "God is one, that is to say, in nature there is but one substance." Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

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

9 “All things are one in reality and in essence.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

10 "Godhead is granted as a gift to all things. It flows over in shares of goodness to all. And it becomes differentiated in a unified way. It is multiplied and yet remains singular. It is dispensed to all without ceasing to be a unity….God is indivisible multiplicity, the unified overfullness, which produces, perfects, and preserves all unity and all multiplicity….In fact, He is the one God who dwells indivisibly in every individual and who is in Himself undifferentiated unity with no commixture and no multiplication arising out of His presence among the many." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

11 "Understand and know at last that We Are All One. The human race, and all of Life, is a unified field. It is all One Thing." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

12 "One nature delights in another, one nature overcomes another, one nature overrules another, and the whole of them are One." Synesius Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

13 "Say: Allah is One! Eternal. All things depend on Him." Koran, Surah 112, the Unity The Essence of Sufism (John Baldock)

14 "There is only the one infinite Self." S. Abhayananda On The Love of God (Thomas a' Kempis, edited by S. Abhayananda)

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

16 “Lead us, Shepherd of the sheep, reason-gifted, holy One.” Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215 ad), head of the Alexandrian catechetic school The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

17 "At every level – from the atom and its parts through the myriad forms of life to the farthest stars and galaxies – all is permeated by one Life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

18 "If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

19 "We cannot get away from one ultimate enveloping cause, present in all causes and constituting their essential nature." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

20 "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)

21 "Each cell divides (by mitotic or amitotic division) and gives birth to another cell similar to itself. First, a single centre; then two. Everything in the subsequent development of life stems from this potent primordial phenomenon." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

22 "The whole point of meditation or contemplation – whether it appears in the East or in the West, whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, or Hindu – is to free ourselves from the 'optical delusion' that we are merely separate egos set apart from each other and from eternal Spirit, and to discover instead that, once released from the prison of individuality, we are one with Godhead and thus one with all manifestation, in a perfectly timeless and eternal fashion. And this is not a mere theoretical idea; it is a direct and immediate experience, which has been reported the world over from time immemorial, and which is essentially identical wherever it appears." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

23 "Remember, every thought we think takes us and others around us either straight to heaven (an awareness of our oneness) or straight to hell (the ego's state of separation)." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

24 "Nothing is real but the one Life that we seek for and love unconsciously under its many veils." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

25 "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)

26 "The one eternal soul with one eternal consciousness is a fundamental reality." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

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

28 "We are a family. White Buffalo Woman reminds us that we are more than family, we are one with each other. 'Whatever you do to any other thing or being in the circle of life', she exhorts us, 'you do to yourself, for you are One.'" Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

29 "The love of the One is actively concerned in awakening each life to its true center." Douglas V. Steere (b. 1901), philosophy teacher and author Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

30 "The universe and we are one. There is but one life." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

31 "Endless, ceaseless, continuous, The One if we try to name it, is lost in nothingness – which yet is filled: for this is the form of the formless, the shape of the shapeless, the look of the invisible….In the unfolding of Tao the unseeable is imaged." Lao-Tse Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

32 "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)

33 "Think your way towards the principle of Oneness as far as you possibly can." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

34 "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.)

35 "Beneath all differences there lies concealed the unalterable fact of oneness." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

36 "The individuation process subordinates the many to the One. But the One is God, and that which corresponds to him in us is the 'imago Dei', the God-image." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

37 "We feel the Self as one in all." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

38 "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)

39 "All around us, as far as the eye can see, the universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible, that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

40 "In the course of a traditional vision quest associated with a rite of passage, such as we find among many Native American peoples, the neophyte learns that the life he or she is to follow is that of the Holy One." Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

41 "There is but one Spirit pervading space. Life and Form, its positive and negative poles, are one." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

42 "In the self the one is also the many, and the many are all comprised in the one." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

43 "The multitude of beings are but phases of the one great thought made manifest." ch. 58, v. 17 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

44 "A river passes through many countries and each claims it for its own. But there is only one river." Sheikh Ragip Frager, 'Love is the Wine: Talks of a Sufi Master' The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

45 "The Upanishads say: 'An ocean One the seer becomes, without duality. This is the highest path, the highest prize, the highest world, the highest bliss.'" Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

46 "The movements are diverse and many, and the bodies differ one from another, but there is one ordered system which extends through all." Libellus XI:9 Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

47 "Basically, everything is one. There is no way in which you draw a line between things. What we normally do is to make these subdivisions, but they're not real." Barbara McClintock, geneticist Turbulent Mirror (John Briggs and F. David Peat)

48 "Love in all its aspects is the symbol of the Logos as One….Whosoever expresses Love, brings spirit, which is One, into manifestation." Dion Fortune Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

49 "All individuals are united to the whole; so that we see that the whole is one, and of the one are all things." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

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

51 "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)

52 "Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this oneness, and nothing else within." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

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

54 "The Self is one, however varying may be the forms in which it manifests itself." The Mental Body (Arthur E. Powell)

55 "All forms are…externalizations of the one Infinite Being." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

56 "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)

57 "We are all, in our consciousness, one. And we're one with the totality and potentially omniscient." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

58 "Diverse entities…have emerged from an original One in whom they can and eventually must be reabsorbed or reintegrated." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

59 "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)

60 "We share the one limitless energy that is within all life forms and actions. When we accept and acknowledge the beauty and perfection of each form this energy takes, we experience oneness." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

61 "There is but one reality. It is all-inclusive." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

62 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'" Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

63 "Plotinus and the Neoplatonic tradition saw the universe as a chain of being extending from the One, and the One was not only supreme ineffable Reality but also supreme Beauty known in ecstasy." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

64 "There is One Flame but many sparks of differing brightness within that Flame. Such is the glory of the great Eternal One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

65 "Jewish Wisdom literature taught that the 'spirit of the Lord fills the whole universe' (Wis. 1:7). Jewish cosmology teaches that the universe is one and that we are part of it and can know our place in it." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

66 "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)

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

68 "As God's essence is indivisible, so also nature itself, which is His emanation into the world, is in every respect one single form and indivisible in itself." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

69 "According to an old Eastern book, 'the man who sees the One Self in everything, and all things in the Self, he sees, verily, he sees.' All else is blindness. The sense of separation, while necessary for evolution, is fundamentally a mistake. The separateness is only like the branch that grows out of a trunk, the unity of the life of the tree passes into every branch and makes them all a oneness." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

70 "All life is one, and all its manifestations with which we have had contact are climbing the ladder of evolution." Lord Hugh Dowding (1882-1970), British Air Chief Marshal, speech delivered before the House of Lords, July 18, 1957 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

71 "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)

72 "The same elements compose my mind and the world. This situation is the same for every mind and its world, in spite of the unfathomable abundance of cross-references between them. The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'Why Not Talk Physics?' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

73 "God is giving herself, wholly and completely, in and as the incomprehensible stature of a single breath." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

74 "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)

75 "The One entered into the many, and became the Self of each. The beings of all things are the One, and that One is the subtle essence of all that exists." Chandogya Upanishad Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

76 "The cause of almost all human destructiveness and sorrow can be traced to absence of the knowledge that division is an error and oneness is the fact concerning human life – indeed all life." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

77 "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)

78 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

79 "The Ineffable, the Supernal One, Isness, Reality, Godhead, is the only possible Identity that actually exists and is, therefore, being this Awareness-I am here and now." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

80 "The One Mind, the cosmic focus of consciousness, is all-in-all; there is nothing other than it, no thought other than its thought, no object or universe independent of it." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

81 "In reality, there is Mind-only, all inclusive, non-dual, the timeless ground of all temporal phenomena, fusion without confusion, a Reality without duality but not without relations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

82 "The Divine One is the 'One who is with us', Emmanuel, 'God with us.'" The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

83 "One is All, by him is all, and for him is all, and in him is all." Early Alchemical saying The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

84 "Oneness exists and rules completely and without escape." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

85 "The spiritual world is one single spirit who stands like unto a light behind the bodily world and who, when any single creature comes into being, shines thorugh it as through a window." Aziz Nasafi, 13th century Islamic Persian mystic, quoted by Erwin Schroedinger in 'The Oneness of Mind' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

86 "And He is entirely one, being the All with them all in a single doctrine because all these are from a single spirit." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

87 "Blessedness consists in unanimity and harmony, so that many, even very many, suppose themselves to be one….for from the harmony of many there exists a One from which there is blessedness and happiness." Emanuel Swedenborg Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

88 "If we are enlightened by the contemplation of and knowledge of the One we are enabled to be unified, to achieve a truly divine oneness and it will never happen that we succumb to that fragmentation…which is the source of hostility between equals." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

89 "There is but One Universal Element, which is infinite, unborn, and undying, and all the rest – as in the world of phenomena – are but so many various differentiated aspects and transformations of that One, from cosmical down to microcosmical effects, from super-human to human and sub-human beings, the totality, in short, of objective existence." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

90 "It is the purpose of life to be fully manifesting on the outer levels, and fully united and conscious of Oneness at the same time. That is reality. One life breathes through all. Reverence all life, for it is part of you and you are part of it." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

91 "The fact of universal relatedness has been curiously anticipated by philosophers for millenniums. Anaximander of Miletos in ancient Greece, for one, is said to have taught that 'the primary substance of the world is infinite, eternal and all encompassing.' Two thousand years later Bruno went further in writing that 'all reality is one in substance, one in cause, one in origin…and every particle of reality is composed inseparably of the physical and the psychic. The object of philosophy, therefore,…is to rise to that highest knowledge of the universal unity which is the intellectual equivalent of the love of God.'" Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

92 "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)

93 "The awareness that reads these words and seems to write them is God's knowing happening – and that 'happening' is confirmation of the One." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

94 "Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky….question all these realities. All respond: 'See, we are beautiful.' Their beauty is a profession. These beauties are subject to change. Who made them if not the Beautiful One who is not subject to change? St. Augustine, Sermo 241, 2 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

95 "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)

96 "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)

97 "All heavenly lights may appear as separate yet emanate from the One Source and are one unified light." Zohar Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

98 "In many religious and spiritual traditions we find the nonduality of the universe expressed in terms of a single cosmic power, which is both the origin and infinite totality of the universe….the causal force manifests itself without in any way compromising its essential nonduality." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

99 "There is only one Heart, one Child, One God. It is the same for all of us." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

100 "It's all the same and single thing. One ocean, one dream, 'in which all things flow and touch each other. A disturbance in one place is felt at the other end of the world,' wrote Dostoyevski." A Book of Angels (Sophy Burnham)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite