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1 "Nature herself can be felt as a power presiding over the molding of her budding and growing creatures, suiting their physical structure to the lives they have to live, and endowing them with strength and soul proportionate to the tasks she intends them to perform." Introduction to 'On Man In The Universe' by Aristotle, Wm. J. Black 1971, p. xxv On Man In The Universe (Aristotle, edited w/ intro by Louise Ropes Loomis)

2 "The Neter (Nature) is alive, it will always act in the rhythm of its nature but will adapt itself harmonically to ambient conditions." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

3 "Increasing numbers of us have heard the Gaian voice and seen in our experience ways of being together that celebrate and affirm life. More and more we are in conversations where we speak of the great forces of life – love, purpose, soul, spirit, freedom, courage, integrity, meaning. The new story is being born in these conversations. We are learning to give voice to a different and fuller sense of who we are." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

4 "Contemplation of a single flower may lead the seeker through. A plant displaying Nature's symmetry, a tree, a mountain range, a single peak, flowing river, a thundering cascade – each and all of these will serve the contemplative soul as entrance to the realm of the Real wherein Nature's Self abides." Geoffrey Hodson, 'The Greater Gods' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

5 “The spirit of life is not only indwelling in all living things, but immanent in everything that exists, as the world-soul.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

6 "Our life is maintained by continual inflow from the World-soul." God and The Evolving Universe: The Next Step in Personal Evolution (James Redfield, Michael Murphy and Sylvia Timbers)

7 “There are fiery sparks of the World-Soul, that is of the light of nature, dispersed or scattered at God’s command in and through the fabric of the great world into all fruits of the elements everywhere.” Khunrath (1560-1605) Collected Works (Carl Jung)

8 "The globe is a living being with incarnate power, life and consciousness. The Earth breathes. Its heart beats. It is the body of the Spirit of the Earth." Geoffrey Hodson, 'The Greater Gods' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

9 "Man can rise to the consciousness of the World Soul – thereby becoming in actuality what he already is potentially." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

10 "All souls are identical with the Oversoul." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

11 "The Eternal Mind diffused through all the parts of nature actuates the whole stupendous frame and mingles with the vast body of the universe." Virgil The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

12 "As our body while consisting of human members is yet held together by one soul, so the universe is to be thought of as an immense living being which is held together by one soul." Origen The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (Barbara G. Walker)

13 "The spirit of Nature is a unity, creating and forming everything." Johannes Tritheim, Abbot of Spanheim and Kabalist The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

14 "One who sees the Supersoul in every living being and equal everywhere does not degrade himself by his mind. Thus he approaches the transcendental destination." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 13, v. 29 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

15 "Through or behind the personal experience operates also a transpersonal guidance factor bent upon shaping a new significance and relation to self, other, and world. A new structuring of communality and consciousness is under way." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

16 "The Light Supernal, that central Life or Energy, holds hid within Itself the purpose and plan towards which all Being tends." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

17 "God is the Master of all and He is the sum total of omniscience, being (as is easily seen) the sum total of all states of consciousness. He is the soul of all things, and the soul of the atom of matter as well as the souls of men are a part of His infinite realisation." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

18 "In the great corporeal world, which appears in different forms, of air, earth, sea and fire, a divine soul does rule, a deity does govern wisely." Marcus Manilius, 'Astronomy to Augustus', modernized The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

19 "The anima mundi, or soul of the world, is universally spread throughout all aspects of life." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

20 "This World Soul belongs to the entire world." St. Gregory Palamas, 'Topics of Natural and Theological Science' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

21 "It is as if the universe is one single organism, motivated by a single power, developing in many ways to gradually become aware of itself through the awareness of the creatures and forces it produces." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

22 "Spirit is crying out to us to become expressions of the gifts she offers in all we do and are. She is calling us to profound, radical, lasting change." Woodeene Koenig-Bricker, 'The Age of the Spirit' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

23 "The earth is not a dead body, but is inhabited by a spirit that is its life and soul. All created things, minerals included, draw their strength from the earth spirit. This spirit is life." Basilius Valentinus, Alchemist The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

24 “We give to God, or the power of God which sustains all things, the name of ‘Anima media natura’, or ‘Soul of the World’.” ‘De arte chymica’ Collected Works (Carl Jung)

25 "The world moves on, and everything in it, from sunrise to sunset, from new moon to full moon, from century to century, as if it had intelligence; as an arrow flies to its mark as though it had eyes. The arrow is in fact directed by eyes, but by the eyes and hands of the archer; the world too is directed by an intelligence, by the intelligence of God." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite