"As groups are interdependent in a society and nations are interdependent in the world, each individual is in some ways linked with all others, and we all share in the outcome of world events." Shirley Nicholson, 'Karma as Organic Process'
Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony
(V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)
"Organisms shape themselves in response to their neighbors and their environments. All respond to one another, co-evolving and co-creating the complex systems of organization that we see in nature. Life is systems-seeking. It seeks organization. Organization is a naturally occuring phenomenon. Self-organization is the powerful force by which Gaia created herself through relationships, creating all the living systems we see. She knows how to organize from the inside out, from partnering with neighors rather than from imposition and control." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life'
The Fabric of the Future
(M. J. Ryan, editor)
"As we become increasingly aware of our global interdependence as a species, we can also deepen awareness of our spiritual connectedness. We cannot live in total isolation. The crosscultural communion of awakened souls may be a key to cocreating a sustainable future and living in harmony with the earth."
Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
(Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)
"Could men see clearly – as the seers have always seen – experience would be apprehended as an organic whole, continually proceeding from and returning to the one source – the center of being."
(Jose and Miriam Arguelles)
"It is easy to forget that man has taken a look at his home from the outside only in the last twenty years and the profound and almost mystical effect upon the astronauts has been embraced by the species as a whole. We can see our planet as an exquisite, luminous, living globe hanging undivided in the silence of space. The testimonies from space bring home with a fresh impact just what a rare and precious opportunity of life we share within the planet as one whole ecosystem and us as a part of it."
"In some reports, particularly of the mystic experience or the religious experience or philosophical experience, the whole of the world is seen as unity, as a single rich live entity. In other of the peak experiences, most particularly the love experience and the aesthetic experience, one small part of the world is perceived as if it were for the moment all of the world."
Toward A Psychology of Being
"At one with the physical world around them, they (Native Americans) perceived the interconnectedness of all things, the circular nature of the universe, and the rightness of both birth and death in the overall scheme of creation."
Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic
(Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)
"Without a belief in, and the radical cultivation of, mystical consciousness and the insights into the interconnectedness of all reality in sacred joy and sacred love that it alone can bring, we will not be able to develop the necessary awareness to help us solve the terrible problems that threaten our lives and the very life of the planet."
The Essential Gay Mystics
(Andrew Harvey, Editor)
"Things all contain a part of everything." Anaxagoras (ca. 460bce), 'Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers'
The Essential Plotinus
(Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)
"Let all you do, say, and think be for the good of the whole, to lift and build up the very best in every situation."
The Spirit of Findhorn
"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn (b. 1918), Russian author, Nobel Prize 1970, 'The Gulap Archipelago'
The Great Thoughts
(George Seldes, compiler)
"This I certainly believe: that now it is necessary for our survival to have an ecological awareness, a notion of the inter-dependence of all phenomena, the notion of the sisterhood and brotherhood between all people." Fritjof Capra, 'Spirituality and Social Values'
American Theosophist, The
(Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)
"In every form of life an organizing, self-regulating process resides, an inborn purpose to be a whole in a whole….This organic impulse, which in plant and animal is an unconscious instinct, becomes in man an urge to complete the mystery of Being in the harmony of Knowing."
The Flame and the Light
(Hugh I'anson Fausset)
"We can think of nothing which is not either immediately deity or a manifestation of deity. In point of essence God and the World are therefore the same….The same universal Being is called God when it is regarded as a whole, World when it is regarded as progressive in one of the many forms assumed in the course of development." Cornutus, 'Compendium of Greek Theology'
The Mystery Religions and Christianity
"There are no ends, limits, margins, or walls, that keep back or subtract any parcel of the infinite abundance of things." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), philosopher and poet
A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1
(Dagobert D. Runes, editor)
"Any who have entered higher states of 'Oneness' or the scientist who sees the universe as a holo-movement are right, nature is not separate or segmented in any way: it is a seamless and continuous whole."
"We have a magnificent metaphor for the presence of love in our midst. Our fabulous technological ingenuity has created a world that is now linked by a pulsating electronic web, a global nervous system which demonstrates in a very concrete way that as a body of humanity we are all beautifully linked together, that we are all incredibly connected…… the real challenge now is for us to see that it is love that is truly the web of our connection, that we are all of a piece as human beings and spirits, that we share the same joys and woes, that we partake of the same eternal spiritual destiny." Daphne Rose Kingma, 'A Profound Infusion of Love'
The Fabric of the Future
(M. J. Ryan, editor)