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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "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."

2 "All that exists throughout the cosmos is but the temporary, ephemeral effect of the One Life refracted through the screen of objectivity."

3 "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'

4 "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.'"

5 "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."

6 "The spiritual will is the One itself turned toward the manifest world, so to speak. In us it is the very sense of self, of being an individual, yet at the same time being one with the All."

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

8 "Each level of wholes is comprised of smaller wholes and at the same time serves as a part of larger wholes. Nature shows us nothing but wholes that are part of greater wholes."

9 "The forms of nature are exteriorized representations of Divine Thought."

10 "The geometry of the archetypes and the Universal Mind are evident in the principles of symmetry which pervade nature and art. Symmetry shows us a glimpse of the ideal beauty which is reflected in nature, infusing it with order. Symmetry is universal; it can be found everywhere as the broad principle of balance and harmony."

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

12 "Life is a cyclic interplay of polar energies….The waning of the energy of one pole…is always associated with the waxing in strength of the other pole." Dane Rudhyar, 'The Pulse of Life'

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

14 "Unity runs through our entire being. We are composed of wholes within wholes, from atoms to organ systems. Each of us is a whole, all the complex strains of our nature converging into a unitary being."

15 "The Divine Mind reveals its own nature in the human abilities to conceptualize, to see relationships and patterns in diversity, to produce pattern and design in art, mathematics, science, and to organize experience into meaningful, interrelated wholes."

16 "Our world of diversity, the many, emerges from the numinous Source of all, the One."

17 "We are connected with the universe at every level, and therefore we have a far richer potential than we have begun to express."

18 "Latent in the depths of our unconscious lies the seed of all future capacities that we and our species will develop."

19 "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."

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

21 "The coordination of wholes visible everywhere in nature – the intricate web of connections – is the outworking in the world of the basic unity from which it arises."

22 "The archetypes serve as blueprints to guide the growing forms. They are like the perfect song on a conceptual level which individual singers bring into being in their unique way."

23 "There is overwhelming evidence from the most diverse sources that we are interconnected, that we are all part of one whole, sharing at all levels."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite