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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "Evolution systematically reveals the divine archetypes, the Ideas of Plato. Forms unfold through evolution according to the pattern impressed on them by the archetype that governs their particular structure."

2 "The Self or Atman, as the Hindus call it, or the 'spirit' of the Christians…is never cut off from our transcendent roots in the pure Consciousness of the One."

3 "All nature is the outcome and the reflection of the One, which is its ground, and lies embedded in that Oneness from which it can never be really separate."

4 "The heart is the dwelling place of that which is the Essence of the universe….If you draw aside the veils of the stars and the spheres, you will see that all is one with the Essence of your own pure soul." Farid al-Din Attar

5 "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'

6 "The transcendent Source continually sustains and supports all being, as it holds all parts together in dynamic relationship with the whole."

7 "Because we can choose our inner feelings and thoughts, we have the possibility of self-control and self-direction. This gives us some control over our environment and our world. Our evolution is now self-induced, through our own decisions and efforts. Although the full development of self-consciousness and choice is not yet apparent, we are capable to some extent of choosing what we wish to express and be and what our world will be."

8 "At every level – from the atom and its parts through the myriad forms of life to the farthest stars and galaxies – all is permeated by one Life."

9 "We all share the same pool of genes. Each of us has as ancestors Europeans, Africans, Chinese, Arabs, Malays, Latins, Eskimos, and every possible type of human being. Students of genetics are forced to believe in human brotherhood. Each of us is literally kin to humankind; we are all the family of man."

10 "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.'"

11 "We can know the oneness behind all life, for such knowledge lies within us already, waiting to be actualized."

12 "If we personally realize that synchronicity is at work in our lives, we feel connected rather than isolated and estranged from others; we feel ourselves part of a divine, dynamic, interrelated unvierse." Jean Shinoda Bolen, Jungian psychologist, 'The Tao of Psychology'

13 "The universe…is a unified system, a mighty organism in which the inmost nucleus and pervading Spirit and Self is the one abiding Being." J. C. Chatterji

14 "The great insights that have inspired mathematics, science, and philosophy, as well as the eternal beauty of great art, dramatically reveal the creative potential of the Divine Mind. But so, too, do our more humble everyday uses of mental faculties. We have a powerful inner urge toward order, toward perceiving harmonies and relationships, which we use everyday."

15 "Our being pulses with the ongoing process of the Great Breath."

16 "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."

17 "To the opened eye of the seer all nature is but a symbol, a partial and dim expression of the radiant beauty of the archetypes in the Divine Mind."

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

19 "Consciousness in the guise of the Divine Mind, the subjective side of nature, is the driving force behind evolution.'

20 "Nothing can come into being that did not pre-exist in the inner world as ideal plan."

21 "We spring from the divine Ground which gives rise to all."

22 "The Divine Mind underlies our being. We are at all times linked to Universal Mind, an ever-present, lawful background, which supports us and gives us life from within."

23 "Everything reflects and influences everything else."

24 "We all influence one another, and we are vulnerable to nationwide and worldwide emotional influences such as anxiety and fear at times of crisis. Our best defense is, through practice, to learn to radiate positive feelings like love, good will, and joy. Doing so not only protects us from disturbances in the surrounding field, but also contributes to helping others through the field."

25 "Living things show a fluid architecture in which the functioning of each part exactly fits the needs of the whole. All levels, from atoms to cells to tissues and organs, are interdependent and coordinated, as vital processes working together."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite