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1 "Deep, deep in the human mind there is that burning blazing light of the world consciousness." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

2 "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)

3 "As fetus in our mother's womb, we had no choice about our physical development. In our present embryogenesis, not only do we have choice, but indeed we are invited to join Great Nature in the re-creation and the regeneration of ourselves neurologically, psycho-physically, mentally, and emotionally." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

4 “The oneness and essence of the physical world is the anima mundi [world soul].” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

5 "The esoteric traditions of all cultures speak of the 'withinness' of things that seeks to externalize and to fulfill itself. If we think of our planet as an organic, growing system – a living being – then it, too, has an image of fulfillment buried within its seed center, an image that is using all of nature as its means of emergence." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

6 "In physics, in biology, in aesthetics, this same Unitary Principle obtains; it is as though the tensions and pressures of conflicting forms in unstable irresolution ultimately find, by their own inner urgencies, and nature's purposive design, a mergent stability, a higher function in the mounting architecture….there seems to be a goal that is as inherently magnetic to all protoplasm and organism as to man himself." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

7 "Inner forces guide the evolution of humanity." Reincarnation and Immortality (Rudolf Steiner)

8 "There are vast ranges of consciousness all stemming from the One, the One who is this consciousness in all of us and whose plan it is that all parts of life become more aware of each other and more united in the great forward movement which is life, all life, becoming greater consciousness." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

9 "Sometimes, when I have scrutinized the world very closely I have thought that I could see it enveloped in an atmosphere – still very tenuous but already individualized – of mutual good will and of truths accepted in common and retained as a permanent heritage. I have seen a shadow floating, as though it were the wraith of a universal soul seeking to be born…" Let Me Explain (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

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

11 "This earthen womb knows unerringly the worth of each of her children." Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), 'Report to Greco' The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

12 “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)

13 “Since the generated world is a collective whole, if we apply the ears of our intellect to the world we shall, perhaps, hear it thus addressing us: ‘There is no doubt but I was composed from all animals, entirely sufficient to myself, and destitute of nothing;…All things are contained in my ample bosom.” Plotinus, ‘On Providence’ Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

14 "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)

15 "A spiritual evolution, an evolution of consciousness in Matter in a constant developing self-formation till the form can reveal the indwelling Spirit, is…the key-note, the central significant motive of the terrestrial existence." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

16 "From the remotest times the Universal Soul or 'anima mundi', the material reflection of the Immateral Ideal, was the Source of Life of all beings." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

17 "This vast congeries of volitions, interests, and activities, constitutes the instruments and means of the world-spirit for attaining its object; bringing it to consciousness, and realizing it. And this aim is none other than finding itself – coming to itself – and contemplating itself in concrete actuality." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

18 "It will not be long before no structure of truth or goodness can be built up without a central position being reserved for that soul [the soul of the world], for its influence and its universal mediation." The Soul of the World (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

19 "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)

20 "Eros is the same Spirit-in-action that originally threw itself outward to create a vast morphogenetic field of wondrous possibilities (known as the Great Nest). Out of itself, as matter, it began; out of itself, as life, it continued; out of itself, as mind, it began to awaken. The same Spirit-in-action differentiated itself into modes of the good and the true and the beautiful, as it continued its evolutionary play. And it is now the same Spirit-in-action, starting to become collectively conscious of itself, that has initiated an era of integral embrace – global village to communications internet to integral theories to network society." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

21 "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)

22 "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)

23 "Beings develop. God reveals Himself in their development. The process of evolution is the resurrection of God from the tomb." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

24 "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)

25 “According to Basilius Valentinus, the earth 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…and it gives nourishment to all the living things it shelters in its womb.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite