"We are called to be a great living cloth of gold with not only the woof going from God to man and from man to God, but also the warp going from man to man." Baron Friedrich von Hugel, 'The Mystical Element in Religion'
Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations
(Margaret Pepper, editor)
"Nothing in the universe exists independently of your own consciousness." Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, poet, 'Old Path White Clouds: The Life Story of the Buddha'
The Quotable Spirit
(Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)
"Each part of our planet is related to every other part."
A God Within
"Try to see this world and the personalities of men as vehicles for the Divine Presence and the Divine Life, remembering also: All are but parts of one stupendous whole."
"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."
(John Briggs and F. David Peat)
"The most basic truth regarding our Earth-home is that all living things, in some manner, are related to each other. This fact, while..important as a physical principle, carries implications even of a spiritual nature."
The Web of Life
(John H. Storer)
"This planet of ours is a vital living thing. Mother Earth is literally a living, conscious being, a great living organism." Walter Ernest Butler (1898-1978)
Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages
"We see that we depend on that which is most Perfect, so that we are a part of the Whole – that is to say, of Him – and contribute that which is ours to the accomplishment of so many admirably arranged and perfect works dependent on Him." Benedict Spinoza, 'Short Treatise'
"Let us suggest a way to move through your day. Against all that your separated senses tell you, try to see through the unity of the inner eye. It sees the One – the Light – the Wholeness. So, as you walk, as you move, remember you can see with this inner eye. You do it by reminding yourself that one thing is not more important than another. You look at everything with the intention of seeing the One in all things. You carry with you the intention to see the Wholeness of Consciousness."
Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream
"At some level we are all interconnected to each other and to all things on this planet." William Tiller, 'New Fields'
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
"The ancients lived in a world in which the primitive association of man's life with the earth and plant and animal life was axiomatic, in which…the Universe itself was a rational living being, in which man by his good deeds might be elevated to a..stage on the path to divinization. This comprehensive cosmic consciousness made what Emerson calls 'the linked purpose of the whole' the object both of speculative and religious thought, which derived from this universal kinship the postulate that like is apprehended by like in a harmony in which Plato said that God Himself 'geometrizes'.
The Mystery Religions and Christianity
"In human beings there is the sign of all things; the human being is like a particularly finely polished diamond, in which all the world is reflected." Heinrich Schipperges
Modern Esoteric Spirituality
(Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)
"This deep connection between the individual human organism and the cosmos suggested by various esoteric traditions has been expressed in the famous statements 'As above, so below' or 'As without, so within'. The observations from modern consciousness research have shed new light on this ancient mystical concept….Transpersonal psychology has discovered that in holotropic ['tending toward wholeness'] states it is possible to identify experientially with just about any aspect of physical reality, past and present, as well as various aspects of other dimensions of existence. It has confirmed that the entire cosmos is in a mysterious way encoded in the psyche of each of us and becomes accessible in deep systematic self-exploration."
The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness
"No man can rise superior to his individual failings without lifting, be it ever so little, the whole body of which he is an integral part." Helena P. Blavatsky, 19th century Russian spiritual teacher and author
Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony
(Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)
"The pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth century, b.c. intimated many of our current notions about consciousness, matter, and the fundamental principles of the world. The Greek astronomer Anaximander, for instance, conceived of reality as a whole whose parts are all interdependent."
Breaking the Mind Barrier
"Everywhere are to be found centres of force, and the idea can be extended from such a force centre as a chemical atom, on and up through varying grades and groups of such intelligent centres, to humanity, and thence to the Life which is manifesting through the system. Thus is demonstrated a marvellous and synthesised Whole."
The Consciousness of the Atom
(Alice A. Bailey)
"Ultimately, every individual life is at the same time the eternal life of the species." 'Psychology and Religion'
"They [the Mesopotamians] saw a unity in nature and harmony in the universe which bound together all objects and all events."
The Roots of Consciousness
(Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.)
"'All living things', one Sioux elder says, 'are tied together with a common navel cord.'" Editors
American Indian Myths and Legends
(Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, editors)
"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."
(Walter Scott, translator)
"Biological forms and functions are not simply determined by a genetic blueprint but are emergent properties of the entire epigenetic network."
The Hidden Connections
"In view of the reciprocal relationship between part and whole, our own state of being may actually be significant to the health of the whole cosmic order, even in its material bodily aspect."
The Alchemy of Healing
(Edward C. Whitmont, MD)