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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "Universal Intelligence [is] the organizing, structuring principle at work behind nature, imposing order and purpose on the entire cosmic process."

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

3 "The One Life permeates, supports, and gives life to everything that arises from it. The One Form of Existence manifests IN matter."

4 "At some level we are all interconnected to each other and to all things on this planet." William Tiller, 'New Fields'

5 "Life is continually developing organisms which are more and more responsive to the inner demands of consciousness. Evolution marches forward with increasingly complex forms, which express an ever richer inner life."

6 "All the principles that govern the universe and its workings are forcefully present in us. We have cosmic connections. We embody universals."

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

8 "'Tat tvam asi' (Thou art That), which proclaims man's inmost being as one with divine Being…is identical with the Gnostic maxim, 'Thou art I and I am thou.' This insight into man's hidden connection with the Ground of all has appeared in many other philosophies and religions, such as Taoism and Neoplatonism, and is even hinted at in Buddhism."

9 "Although he is not yet finished, man clearly indicates the direction of evolution toward unfoldment of higher and higher reaches of consciousness and mind."

10 "There is a harmonious structure in the universe itself, as displayed by its parts, a wholeness revealed in relationships. Interactions, interdependence, coherence characterize the world of nature, in which separate beings and parts mesh together into meaningful patterns and wholes, as in the functions of the organs of the body."

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

12 "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

13 "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."

14 "We can try to universalize our attitudes towards others, experience each as an expression of the One Life at a particular level of unfoldment, and begin to actualize universal love and compassion. As we work consciously to develop our mental and spiritual capacities, we move in the direction of the whole cosmic evolutionary process."

15 "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.'"

16 "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."

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

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

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

20 "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."

21 "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."

22 "Evolution moves forward to produce ever more sensitive forms, through which greater degrees of consciousness and ever higher reaches of the Divine Mind can manifest."

23 "Every being is related to every other in an immense harmonious pattern, like an organism. In this view, isolation does not exist in any real sense, as even the tiniest life has an essential place in the overall structure."

24 "The whole of the divine potentiality is inherent everywhere, through evolution it slowly unfolds. The exquisite order of Divine Mind and its archetypes continually presses downward and outward to reveal itself more fully in ever more complex forms."

25 "Plant physiologist Rupert Sheldrake…hypothesizes a field by means of which communication can occur within a species over distance and even at future times. This transmission process is thought to occur according to the principle of resonance, as when a note struck on a piano evokes response from octaves above and below itself."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite