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1 "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)

2 "One is the One and All." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

3 "It is now, all at once, one, continuous….Nor is it divisible more here and less there….but it is full of what is." Heraclitus, Fragment 8 Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

4 "Life is a process by which life is informed about life through the expression of life itself. Life tells life about life through life. The One Thing That Is is what it shows itself to be." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

5 "This is the Light! It is one, and all who see it and love it are one!" Confessions (St. Augustine)

6 "One common vital principle pervades all things." Dynamics of the Psychic World (Helena P. Blavatsky)

7 "The Universe unfolds through the creation of the myriad forms of its expression, yet it always remains essentially One." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

8 "We have heard repeatedly the term 'One World'. Events seem to be shaping themselves into a creation of a 'one world' consciousness." Rediscovering the Angels (Flower A. Newhouse)

9 "There may be thousands or billions of perceptions, but they are still One." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

10 "Everything is multiplicity within unity….In the image of God who created them, all beings are at once one and many from the galaxy to the electron." Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, 'Abide in Love' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

11 "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.)

12 "All blades of grass, wood and stone, all things are One." Meister Eckhart Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

13 "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)

14 "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)

15 "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)

16 "Spirit is one…Let the temples of individual lives, the temples of the world, and the varying religions of the world learn to understand this cardinal truth that they may cease in their warrings and begin to express universal compassion." Saint Germain's Prophecy for the New Millennium (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

17 "Teach your children that they are deeply connected to all of Life, that they are One with all people, and that they are never separate from God." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

18 "The perennial philosophy repeatedly declares that the realization of our essential oneness is not reserved for a select few. Because the Self is common to everyone, we all have the potential to be aware of our real inner natures." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

19 "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)

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

21 "Being is one, though named variously." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

22 “Nightmares will begin to give way to day, as the sunshine of wisdom revealing Oneness dawns upon the human mind.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

23 "That which is neither Spirit nor matter – that is It – the Causeless Cause of Spirit and Matter, which are the Cause of Kosmos. And That we call the One Life or the Intra-Cosmic Breath." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

24 "The One Mind being the Cause of All Causes, the Ultimate Reality, every other aspect of the Whole, visible and invisible, and all states or conditions of consciousness, are inseparably parts of the One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

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

26 "The universe and I came into being together, and I, and all things therein, are One." Chuang-Tzu The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

27 "An enlightened one sees the drama going on around them but is in no way afraid, repulsed or threatened by what is seen, because he or she penetrates the camouflage of drama to what lies behind. And what lies behind the drama is the One Light." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

28 "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)

29 "'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)

30 "O, wondrous thing that all these lamps of the Divine attributes should be one simple being in which alone they are experienced, and yet that the distinction between them should be visible and perceptible, the one being as completely enkindled as the other and the one being substantially the other! Oh, abyss of delights, the more abundant in proportion as Your riches are gathered together in infinite unity and simplicity, so that each one is known and experienced in such a way that the perfect knowledge and absorption of the other may not be impeded thereby, but rather each thng within You is the light of the other, so that through Your purity, Oh, Divine wisdom, many things are seen in you when one thing is seen, since You are the store-house of the treasures." Living Flame of Love (St. John of the Cross)

31 "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)

32 "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)

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

34 "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)

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

36 "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)

37 "Realisation of the unity of life solves problems of human relations, personal, national and international. All are one, and realisation of this fact by a sufficient number of people will bring world peace." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

38 "Guided by One Mind, our lesser minds unite." One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

39 "As you work or play or walk down the street, essentially you are the Atman – God, Brahman, the Essence of the Universe – replete with being-knowledge-joy, birthless and deathless, unconditioned by space, time, or motion. You are a role the universe is playing, and you are also the One who is playing this and all other roles. You are one and the One." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

40 "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)

41 "The one 'I Am' at the heart of creation, You are the light of life." Shvetashvatara Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

42 "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)

43 "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)

44 "Isaac Newton's profound theological occupation was with the One, with Divine Unity as revealed in nature." The Dictionary of Alchemy (Diana Fernando)

45 "The whole cosmos and all its forms are…creations of divine mind, outstreamings of one heart-fire." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

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

47 "Life is One, and all its forms are interrelated. It follows that every act and thought by any form of life, from the highest to the lowest, must react on every other form." Christmas Humphreys (b. 1901), British author and Buddhist philosopher, 'Karma and Rebirth' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

48 "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)

49 "All things are but one thing." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

50 "That which ever is is one, that which ever was is one, that which is ever being and becoming is also one." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

51 "When the soul is lifted up in consciousness, by God's grace, it becomes merged….in the Oneness of God." S. Abhayananda On The Love of God (Thomas a' Kempis, edited by S. Abhayananda)

52 "A genuine love for the rest of creation comes from the personal experience of oneness with the rest of creation, the awareness that, at the deepest level, the Self and the world are one." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

53 "The entire universe is one dominion and realm, governed by one ruler." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L. 12, p. 925 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

54 "God and life are One,…everything in life is part of a unified whole, and our different religions are merely wonderfully divergent paths to the same destination – a destination the soul need not strain to reach, because it is already there: the everlasting embrace of God." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

55 "Despite its denial by man, the fact of oneness remains. From that unity, that one Source, is derived the God-Self of man, the Inner Ruler Immortal. From and through that Immortal Self, Power from the One Source is flowing." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

56 "All are fulfilled in the One who is." The Second Discourse of Great Seth The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

57 "You will continually find yourself with opportunities to acknowledge that all of us are one until you make it a part of your life creed and act according to its promptings." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

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

59 "All cycles of experience are interlinked and are the expression of one immutable law." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

60 "Just as the arms and legs and fingers are quite different entities but also are parts of one body, so all things and events in the universe are aspects of one fundamental Whole." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

61 "All experience is one – life as well as death." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

62 "All of existence is one life." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

63 "Brahma and the universe form one Being, each particle of which is in its essence Brahma himself, who proceeded out of himself." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

64 "The dreams and lives of all interlock, as though of a single, superordinated context." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

65 "There is one supernal soul which is the soul of all souls." The Zohar, The Book of Radiance The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

66 "The seen and unseen, the social and spiritual, the cultural and natural, the ordinary and extraordinary inhabit one continuum of being that is complementary, bonded, and interdependent inflections of a single extended unity." Joan Halifax, 'Shamanism, Mind, and No-Self' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

67 "Live this message of the nonseparation, of the Unity of Life and the Oneness of All Things. Live it in a practical way, not merely in a conceptual way. Allow it to seep into your being at the deepest level, and become a part of your subconscious and immediate response to every life encounter." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

68 "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)

69 "God is…a unity embracing a diversity of principles, each of which is an aspect of the Logos. Thus he who speaks about the truth…speaks always about the one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

70 "There is in the last analysis but one world and one humanity." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

71 "Venerable Ones, get to know the One who plays with these shadows. He is the original source of all the Buddhas. Knowing him, wherever you are is home." Zen Master Rinzai The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

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

73 "God is one; all God's creation is one; and we are to be at one in our journey of love into God." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

74 "Natural magnetism…will draw the pilgrim irresistibly along the road from the Many to the One." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

75 "The artist divines something out of his awareness of, his identification with, the One, the centre of life, the rhythmic universal order; and he communicates the sense of that order to the listener or beholder. But, say Pythagoras and Lao-Tse alike, we can all be artists in living, in 'the art of being in the world'. We too can identify ourselves with the One, can attune ourselves to the cosmic rhythm." Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

76 "This belief that our world is one indivisible thing is held by modern scientists today, and they come very near to proving it also – at least nothing ever happens to create a doubt of its truth….the world of our experience is in some way one." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

77 "The one ever becomes many and the many are ever reunited with and in the one. This process constitutes wholeness." Beatrice Bruteau, 'The Unknown Goddess' The Goddess Re-Awakening: The Feminine Principle Today (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

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

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

80 "The noumenal, nonmaterial Source of all remains forever one and undivided, while the interconnections and wholeness perceived in the world reflect this background oneness." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

81 "God is One and All." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

82 "Substance is one." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

83 "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)

84 "From the lowliest insect to the most perfect sage, there breathes the same Universal Spirit, which assumes innumerable forms." B. K. S. Iyengar, 'Light on Yoga' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

85 "It is seen that all forms are of one substance and all life of one force, and these are co-existent in the nature of the Supreme One." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

86 "The One Force, the All-Powerful Source of existence and the prime mover of the activities and motions of beings…is inside each being." Amadou Hampate Ba, 'Aspects de la civilisation africaine' The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

87 "The beginning of our manifested universe did indeed come from One Source; in this, both physicist and metaphysicist agree." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

88 "Both in the East and in the West it is stated that we may transcend the intellect and become aware in a manner incomprehensible to the rational mind of a state of Oneness or Wholeness." The Future Is Now: The Significance of Precognition (Arthur W. Osborn)

89 "The divine Life is the spirit in everything that exists, from the atom to the archangel; the grain of dust could not be were God absent from it; the loftiest seraph is but a spark from the eternal Fire which is God. Sharers in one Life, all form one Brotherhood." The Riddle of Life (Annie Besant)

90 "Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown;… there IS only one thing, and what seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'The I That Is God' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

91 "God Is oneness….God is our shared heart and mind….those who see their oneness with just one other living thing cannot fail to see God." Hugh and Gayle Prather', 'God is Love' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

92 “It is the one Truth who works at all these stages: in the first, teaching as a Master, in the second consoling as a Friend and Brother, in the third embracing as a Father.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux Bernard of Clairvaux, Essential Writings (Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.)

93 "How many divine beings are there really? One!" Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

94 "What, then is The One? It is what makes all things possible. Without it nothing would exist." Plotinus, 'Contemplation' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

95 "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)

96 "All that lives and breathes evolves from the emanations of the One." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

97 "Consciousness is the one and all-inclusive reality." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

98 "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)

99 "The beginning of all things is one and the end of all things is one, and the end and the beginning are the same." Hippocrates The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite