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1 "Everywhere we look in nature, said the philosopher Jan Smuts, we see nothing but wholes. And not just simple wholes, but hierarchical ones: each whole is a part of a larger whole which is itself a part of a larger whole. Fields within fields within fields, stretching through the cosmos, interlacing each and every thing with each and every other." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

2 "All over the world one can find temples constructed as three-dimensional mandalas. One can also find labyrinths, which are circular walkways created from sacred geometry. Walking in them allows you to become part of an integrating mandala reflecting universal wholeness." Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

3 "The African universe is conceived as a unified spiritual totality….all being within it is organically interrelated and interdependent." Dona Richards, African-American philosopher One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

4 "There is no separation between nature and grace, or between nature and humanity – or between nature and the divine. All is interwoven." 366 Celt: A Year and A Day of Celtic Wisdom and Lore (Carl McColman)

5 "One must know that no existing thing has an independent existence. One must know that all things are interdependent." 'Precepts of the Gurus', Tibetan Buddhist text Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

6 "A breeze is blowing through the human masses; one that draws us all by a sort of living affinity towards the splendid realization of some foreseen unity. Disputed, suspect and often scorned, unitary aspirations in politics, in thought, in mysticism, arise everywhere around us; and because their subject is not what is material and plural but what is spiritual and common to all in each one of us, no force of routine or egoism seems capable of arresting them; irresistibly they infiltrate and gradually dissolve old forms and false barriers." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

7 "The macrocosm is not merely materially turned 'out there', distant matter, but rather the macrocosm is a sphere or plane of higher consciousness of which the earth and all forms within the universe are but expressions thereof." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

8 "By the Lord of the universe all things are ordered both generally and particularly with a view to the safety of the whole." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

9 "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)

10 "All are bound together as the variously functioning organs of a single mighty organism." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

11 "From the most archaic and simple forms of life to the most intricate and complex contemporary forms, life has unfolded in a continual dance without ever breaking the basic pattern of its autopoietic networks." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

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

13 "The holographic notion resurfacing today, pars pro toto (the part contains the whole), was well accepted in ancient prephilosophic times." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

14 "Behind the surface separation and supporting the seemingly disparate things is a unity more basic, more real, closer to us than our sense impressions,…mystics agree with physicists that this unitary realm is primary, that the divisions ultimately rest on a unitary background." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

15 "I believe we are all part of a universal soul. At some level, we are all the same. We are all connected. Everyone in our drama is a facet of ourselves, and we are a facet of them. We are all facets of the same energy – an energy possessing incredible wisdom and love." Brian Weiss, M.D. Handbook for the Soul (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield)

16 "Each individual life is as special as a note on a musical score where…each fills a designated space….When such individual musical notes are played together, a melody emerges; when nature, including man, responds appropriately through the intertwining of all its unique vibrations, harmony of life emerges." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

17 "The world is not a fortuitous organization of atoms but an intelligent and intelligible organization or system, itself comprised of a myriad subsystems – of wholes within larger, more encompassing wholes, or lives within lives." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

18 "From the master Ashtavakra: 'You pervade the universe and the universe exists in you. You are by nature Pure Consciousness. Do not be small-minded!'" The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

19 "The sacred, at the core of all physical things, expresses itself in patterns of the Web of Life of the Earth. These patterns are a part of that living bible of the Earth." One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

20 "Each thing depends on all other things to be. That is interdependence. Nothing can be by itself alone. It has to inter-be with all other things." Living Buddha, Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hanh)

21 "Give to each other real love in the times that lie ahead, for it is the fusing and illuminating element in the life of the disciple. Let not your love remain theoretical, but give that true understanding which ignores mistakes, recognises no barriers, refuses all separating thoughts, and surrounds each other with that protecting wall of love that meets all need wherever possible – physical, emotional and mental. Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "Of all the ways in which we try to picture the world, that one alone is real which most completely satisfies our thirst for unity." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

23 "Nothing is isolated…the parts live in and through their relation to the whole." James Edwin Creighton (1861-1924) A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

24 "All the inhabitants of the world – the trees, flowers, fields, streams, hills, rocks, dolphins, bears, birds, and babies – are our relations, as Native Americans express it." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite