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1 "Every part of the part contains knowledge of the whole of the Whole." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

2 "We are all interdependent." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

3 "The ancients…handed down the tradition, that whatever things are said to be, are composed of one and many…this unity we shall find in everything." Plato, 'Philebus' Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

4 "If enough of us can perceive the new view of wholeness emerging in our times and absorb it into our consciousness so that it permeates our world view, and hence our attitudes and actions, our new vision cannot help but reflect in world attitudes and conditions. As we ourselves become whole and live as intrinsic parts of the Whole, we can begin to re-establish wholeness in our tragically fragmented and divided world." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

5 "Like all things, the human mind follows the principle inherent in its own essence, and, as we find it to be through all of Nature, this principle is that it realize itself, integrate itself, become whole in relation to its potentialities." Jung's Psychology and Its Social Meaning (Ira Progoff, Ph.D.)

6 "Every one is a living mirror of the universe, every monad reflecting every other." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

7 "Ultimately, the message of the Unity of Life will be recognised as a divine instruction, as impelling summons, an irresistible command. When this time comes there will be health for mankind and peace upon Earth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

8 "The freedom of the individual might be defined as the preparedness to be formed by his own eidos, his inner image of wholeness which exists a priori in him. The more the individual becomes sensitive and receptive to his inner image, the more he becomes whole and 'healed'." Gerhard Adler (B. 1904), English Jungian analyst, 'Studies in Analytical Psychology' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

9 "We must reorder all our perceptive faculties so as to emphasize the wholeness rather than the otherness. Before we can love our neighbor as our self, we must SEE our neighbor as our self." Beatrice Bruteau, 'The Unknown Goddess' The Goddess Re-Awakening: The Feminine Principle Today (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

10 "We must discover a new respect for what transcends us: for the universe, for the earth, for nature, for life, and for reality. Our respect for other people, for other nations, and for other cultures, can only grow from a humble respect for the cosmic order and from an awareness that we are a part of it, that we share in it and that nothing of what we do is lost, but rather becomes part of the eternal memory of Being." Vaclav Havel (b. 1936), Czech playwright, President of the Czech Republic, commencement address, Harvard University, June 8, 1995 The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

11 "The whole is built by the will of God." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

12 "Each level of the universal hierarchy of beings contains all possible reality, in each case from a different aspect." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

13 "Our divine origin makes us kin with every thing and every being that is, for not only are all mankind kin, but all beings and things that are are our other selves. All spring from the same universal ocean which holds us forever – the Mother Eternal, the Father-Mother." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

14 "There are two images of God; the Kosmos is one, and man is another, inasmuch as he, like the Kosmos, is a single whole built up of diverse parts." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

15 "Hwa Yen is a holistic view of the universe that embodies one of the most profound insights the human mind has ever attained. The essence of this philosophy can be succinctly expressed in a few words: 'One in One, One in Many, Many in One, Many in Many.'" The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

16 "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)

17 "Every genesis presupposes inter-connections, mutual or reciprocal dependence, with no breach. It implies in the being that is forming itself a kinship between the composing elements; thus a static cosmos, fragmented in make-up, is unthinkable." Pierre Leroy, S.J., foreword The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

18 "Light and energy and matter all over the universe are composed of moving interference patterns which literally bear the mark of all the other waves of light and energy and matter they've been in contact with, directly or indirectly. In other words, each part or instance of energy and matter encodes an image of the whole." Turbulent Mirror (John Briggs and F. David Peat)

19 "Every event you choose for your life, no matter how destructive, chaotic or miserable it may seem, has been allowed to manifest because your Wholeness has an innate knowledge of those things you need to get you to the place where you will choose to sink deeply within, into the stillness of who you are." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

20 "The apparently opposing elements of the physical world in reality are interdependent and make up an integrated whole." Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

21 "Ecological principles reveal that each and every living organism is tied to all other living organisms." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

22 "Underlying the evident multiplicity and diversity of beings, there is also a subtle unity. All these things, be they mineral, animal, or vegetable, be they plants, men, or merely atoms, are somehow linked together by a common bond of being." Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

23 "The more I live in light of this Presence, the more I will be able to experience my works, dreams, tensions, and worries as patterns of a meaningful whole. I must allow my origin in the Sacred to dominate my life as the ultimate meaning of all I am and do. I may then regain the lost wholeness I seek." On Being Yourself, Reflections on Spirituality and Originality (Adrian VanKaam, C.S.Sp.)

24 "Behind all lies a biological and psychic cooperative venture." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

25 "The human body develops from a single undifferentiated source, the fertilized egg, by a complex sequence of divisions resulting in a large number and variety of highly specialized and diversified cells. In its final form, it has a hierarchical arrangement, where each part is also an integrated whole. …..The information about the entire body is contained in each of its parts in a way that makes the comparison with the cosmic creative process very appropriate." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite