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1 "The goal of the initiate is identification with all forms of the divine life, so that he can know himself to be an integral part of that Whole and can tune in on all states of divine awareness, knowing for himself (and not just theoretically) they they are also his own states of awareness." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

2 "The human, in the act of knowing, of attaining knowledge, actually participates in the creation of the world, contributing something indispensable to the wholeness of being. Cognition is world generative and, through the pure moral impulses it produces, it is equally world restorative." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

3 "The ordered system in which each and all by the supreme Artist's skill are wrought together into a single whole yields a divinely musical harmony, sweet and true." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

4 "The events and stories of our individual lives can be seen as small but potent fractals of the great fractal, which is the infinite mirroring of the soul of the world. What are fractals? Fractals are repetitions of the same general patterns, even the same details, at both ascending and descending scales. They tell us that the universe and all that it contains is made up of folded realities within self-similar worlds." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

5 "The shore is an ancient world, for as long as there has been an earth and sea there has been this place of the meeting of land and water. Yet it is a world that keeps alive the sense of continuing creation and of the relentless drive of life. Each time I enter it, I gain some new awareness of its beauty and its deeper meanings, sensing that intricate fabric of life by which one creature is linked with another, and each with its suroundings." Rachel Carson (1907-1964), American naturalist, author, 'The Edge of the Sea' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

6 "A key characteristic of Gaia [the Earth] is the complex interweaving of living and nonliving systems within a single web." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

7 "The current ecology movement is attempting to restore balance by pointing out the interrelatedness of life upon the Earth, insisting upon a holistic vision for survival." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

8 "The integrating principle of the whole – the Spirit, as it were, of the universe – instinct without contrivance, flows with purpose." George Romanes, Charles Darwin's colleague The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

9 "As a matter of fact, the factor of conscious choice, of deliberate decision is the constituent element of human wholeness." Gerhard Adler (b. 1904), English Jungian analyst, 'Studies in Analytical Psychology' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

10 "Holiness is the architectural plan upon which God builds up His living temple." Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 'Holiness' Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

11 "Every particular is embraced within a whole, and every whole extends beyond itself to other wholes, circles within circles and so on ad infinitum." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

12 "We will come to see that there is not one atom in matter that is not part of the whole." Healing Through Colour (Theo Gimbel)

13 "What is organism (with its component organs) is no longer sharply distinguished from what lies outside the boundaries of the skin. In the holographic domain, each organism represents in some manner the universe, and each portion of the universe represents in some manner the organism within it." Karl Pribram, contemporary scientist and author The Relevance of Bliss (Nona Coxhead)

14 "In everything there is a portion of everything." Anaxagoras (ca. 500-428 bce), Greek philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

15 "There is an inner environment that connects all consciousnesses that dwell upon the planet, in whatever form." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

16 "All beings on earth are indissolubly joined together." The Ocean of Theosophy (William Q. Judge)

17 "I am called to seek wholeness inside of myself. Healing begins here, in myself. Wholeness and unity begin inside of myself. If I am growing toward wholeness, then I'll be an agent of wholeness. If our community is an agent of wholeness, then it will be a source of life for the world around it." Jean Vanier, 'From Brokenness to Community' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

18 "The inner nature or essence of each thing or sentient being is united to every other in God and through God. The Divine essence is immanently present in each being and in the laws of the universe. In every atom, electron, star, galaxy, and creature – in the cosmos as a whole – the Divine reality is the immanent ground and transcendent destiny of all beings." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

19 "No thing causes any other thing, for causality resides not in things but in the whole. Particular events take place not because of any power in some other events which are said to be their causes, but because of an organic linking of the whole of cosmic experience, a linkage which is such that all events in the Cosmos are bound together in one harmonious correlation." Prem and Ashish, 'Man the Measure' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

20 "In the painting 'Universal Mind Lattice', which was based on a mystical visionary experience, I was part of one vast luminescent, transparent lattice system of love energy. It was as if the veil of supposed 'reality' had been stripped from the material world to expose the bedrock reality, the scaffolding of spirit. I understood it as the intricate interconnectedness of the one and the many, on a level of awareness that was infinite and eternal. This was the ethical ground of compassion, where all beings and things are known to be part of us." Alex Grey, American visionary artist, 'The Visionary Art of Alex Grey' Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

21 "It is the attraction of the whole that has set everything in motion in me, has animated and given organic form to everything. It is because I feel the whole and love it passionately that I believe in the primacy of being – and that I cannot admit that life meets a final check – and that I cannot look for a lesser reward than this whole itself." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

22 "The truth is that interdependence exists at the microcosmic and macrocosmic and psychic levels of existence." One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

23 "What joy when I saw there was no break in the chain – not a link left out – everything in its place and time. Worlds, systems, all blended in one harmonious whole, Universal life, synonymous with universal love!" C. M. C., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

24 "Indeed, as proclaimed by all great religious convictions, a unity characterizes this emergent mind and the basic order of the universe." Karl Pribram, 'What The Fuss Is All About' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

25 "In a way, the world is like a multidimensional, exotic plant growing in space and time, each thought, dream, imaginative encounter, hope or fear, growing naturally into its own bloom – a plant of incredible variety, never for a moment the same, in which each smallest root, leaf, stem or flower has a part to play and is connected with the whole." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite