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1 "A gradual and steady growth in group consciousness and responsibility, a submergence of the wishes of the personal self and the manifestation of a loving spirit characterise those who are oriented towards the divine whole." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

2 "United we stand, divided we fall." Aesop (620-560 bce), Greek author, 'The Four Oxen and the Lion' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

3 "We have a Universe outside (macro) and a Universe inside (micro) set of systems interbonded to produce all physical matter. Our thoughts, our experiences, the book, the table – all are systems." Intuition (R. Buckminster Fuller)

4 "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 (Stanislav Grof)

5 “The unity of all things, their unity within diversity, had been postulated by the [Greek] Eleatic School in the sixth century b.c.” Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

6 "The ancient Jain scriptural aphorism 'all life is bound together by mutual support and interdependence' is refreshingly contemporary in its premise and perspective. It defines the scope of modern ecology while extending further to a more spacious 'home.' It means that all aspects of nature belong together and are bound in a physical as well as metaphysical relationship. Life is viewed as a gift of togetherness, accomodation and assistance in a universe teeming with interdependent constituents." Dr. L. M. Singhvi, lawyer, judge, author and poet A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

7 "The whole of nature is contained within each of us." Kichizaemon Raku XV, contemporary craftsman The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

8 "All things are located everywhere. Everything is all, and all is each thing; infinite splendour is radiated around. Everything is great, for even the small is great." Plotinus Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

9 "As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated building blocks, but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole." Fritjof Capra, 'The Tao of Physics' The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

10 "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)

11 "Each act of free will is adapted to such an arrangement of the whole as the settled order of the universe demands." Origen, 'On Prayer' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

12 "All creatures are interdependent." Meister Eckhart The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

13 "The true artist sees the harmony, the wholeness, the tendencies toward perfection in things everywhere." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

14 "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)

15 "Deep within us there is a voice which, although quiet, steadily assures us that…there is a unifying Reality." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

16 "Through the years, people have related, oh, five hundred or six hundred near-death experiences to me. When people come back out of that experience of light, they'll often say that they have a sense that everything is interconnected. In some way that's hard to put into words, we're all the same. We all share one mind. And it doesn't stop with people, it has to do, too, with trees and plants and living things." Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

17 "Just as there is an underlying unity behind all natural entities and processes, all having arisen from common subtle matter obeying the same laws, there is an underlying unity behind all the knowing selves or consciousness." Ravi Ravindra, 'Science and the Mystery of Silence' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

18 "Could it be that the human heart and the world's heart are one in their self-surpassing? We believe that they are. As we grow in love and strength, we become vehicles for the world's growth." The Life We Are Given, A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul (George Leonard and Michael Murphy)

19 "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)

20 "In and through community lies the salvation of the world." M. Scott Peck, American psychiatrist and author The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

21 "Total healthiness comes from wholeness, which is holiness. This resonance enables a consonance to sound from microcosm through mesocosm to macrocosm, and is the root and secret to finding unity and the unified experience." Keith Critchlow, 'What Is Sacred in Architecture?" Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

22 "In the last analysis the world is a system of homogeneous relationships – it is a cosmos, not a chaos. This belief is the foundation of Chinese philosophy, as of all philosophy." I Ching or The Book of Changes (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

23 "Theosophy views the Universe an an intelligent whole, hence every motion in the Universe is an action of that whole." The Ocean of Theosophy (William Q. Judge)

24 "A human being is a part of the whole called the 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty." Albert Einstein Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

25 "We need to recognize, to the depths of our souls, that we are all part of one whole, that what each of us does individually has a powerful impact on us all." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite