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1 "Who else calls us back from the death of every error except that Life which cannot die, that wisdom which needs no light itself but enlightens every mind that needs it, by which the whole world is ruled, down even to the quivering leaves on the trees." Confessions (St. Augustine)

2 "The Will of God and His laws can be discovered in the characters of the great Book of Nature." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

3 "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)

4 "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)

5 "All upon the earth lives, moves and has its being and is dependent upon this intelligence called the Earth Soul or Earth Mother." C. R. F. Seymour, 'The Old Gods' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

6 “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)

7 "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)

8 “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)

9 "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)

10 "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)

11 "Alchemists believed that the components of the world are in a process of maturation and growth as they journey toward perfection….matter was a living thing, and alchemists acted as midwives to a Nature striving for perfection." From Certainty to Uncertainty, the Story of Science and Ideas in the Twentieth Century (F. David Peat)

12 "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)

13 "Innate in all evolving life, is the eternal attraction toward attainment of archetypal perfection. This will-to-perfection is imperative in evolution, having been ceaselessly active throughout the universe from the beginning. It provides the orientation that guides Nature in the slow evolution of all forms and species toward their fulfillment." James S. Perkins, 'The Rhythmic Return to Equilibrium' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

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

15 "We have evidence everywhere of something working steadfastly within it (the world) toward a predetermined goal of goodness and perfection. Why otherwise does the usual season of rainfall come in time to bring on the farmer's crops?....The most important causes are in fact not the material, but the formal and final causes, the influence on substances of ends ahead, of purposes they are meant to achieve, of potentialities they are trying to make actual. As a builder frames in his mind a picture of a house, and holds to it as the reason for each subsequent step he takes, so nature pursues a course set by that which is yet to be." On Man In The Universe (Aristotle, edited w/ intro by Louise Ropes Loomis)

16 "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)

17 "The evolution of the cosmos is a creative play of consciousness for the purpose of revealing itself to itself in manifestation." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

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

19 "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)

20 "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)

21 “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)

22 "The soul in humanity is an integral part of the Oversoul." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

23 "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)

24 "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)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite