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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "Seers, initiates, wise ones through the ages have demonstrated the heights that the human potential can reach. Looking at the lives of the Christ, the Buddha, Plato, or Lao-tzu, we can glimpse the possibilities of human development."

2 "It seems the Divine Mind uses forms as a painter uses his canvas – to embody the rich imaginative potential of mind."

3 "The hexagons of the beehive and the turtle's shell, the ram's horn, the path of a moth all embody mathematical perfection."

4 "No thing causes any other thing, for causality resides not in things but in the whole. Particular events take place not because of any power in some other events which are said to be their causes, but because of an organic linking of the whole of cosmic experience, a linkage which is such that all events in the Cosmos are bound together in one harmonious correlation." Prem and Ashish, 'Man the Measure'

5 "In spite of the diversity of forms, evolution attests to the oneness of life."

6 "The Ancient Wisdom depicts man as a microcosm, a miniature of the cosmos, embodying all its principles, energies, functions."

7 "A single fundamental rhythm beats below and gives rise to the many diverse rhythms in the world."

8 "The metaphysical principles that inhere in the Transcendent One are reflected in us, as throughout the cosmos at every level."

9 "Matter in all its states is the vehicle which responds to the creative impulses of the Divine Mind."

10 "All the breathing, the pulses, the rhythms and movements of the natural world on earth or in astronomical spaces are variations of the one universal pulse, which gives rise to them."

11 "Archetypes are reflected in the biological orders, families, genera, species, in the orders of crystals, in the bodily pattern of man."

12 "In its depths the life in all that exists IS the One Life."

13 "The noumenal, nonmaterial Source of all remains forever one and undivided, while the interconnections and wholeness perceived in the world reflect this background oneness."

14 "According to the Ancient Wisdom, the world issues by means of archetypes, the Divine Ideas or forms of Plato. These are nonmaterial matrices or guiding fields, geometric in nature, which shape forms from within."

15 "Our work on the path is to deliberately learn to open the personality so that it can resonate to the universal strains within. We need to erase the artificial line that separates us from the inner universal Self."

16 "Behind the surface separation and supporting the seemingly disparate things is a unity more basic, more real, closer to us than our sense impressions,…mystics agree with physicists that this unitary realm is primary, that the divisions ultimately rest on a unitary background."

17 "Every capacity and ability destined to evolve in future mankind already lies latent within each of us now. Every potential of the One, of the Divine Mind, is present from the beginning, only awaiting the proper time and setting to emerge into manifestation. We have untold potentialities within."

18 "All living things have their roots not only in the Earth, but in the universe itself. They all inhere in the One."

19 "In the depths of our consciousness we are one with the Essence which permeates all."

20 "We are indeed complex beings embodying many kinds of universal energy, truly microcosms. There are subtle ranges in our nature which we have at best only glimpsed. Contrasts, opposites, and rich variety lie within us. Yet at the same time each of us is a whole person, not a loosely knit set of vehicles. We integrate many strains within ourselves, and we as Atman, the Self, express through each of them."

21 "All these principles – unity, time, space, motion, polarity – are enfolded in the One."

22 "We are part of the One, never apart from the One Life."

23 "The whole of human evolution has been expressed as moving from unconscious perfection to conscious imperfection to conscious perfection, or as T. S. Eliot so beautifully put it: 'We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all of our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.'"

24 "Indeed, as proclaimed by all great religious convictions, a unity characterizes this emergent mind and the basic order of the universe." Karl Pribram, 'What The Fuss Is All About'

25 "All things are interconnected and bound together as by an invisible thread."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite