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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "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."

2 "Everything reflects and influences everything else."

3 "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'

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

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 "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."

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

8 "Like the learning curve plotted when a new skill is being mastered, there are steps up, falling back, leveling off, new steps forward, but the general direction is always upward. As 'Light on the Path' says, 'The soul of man is immortal and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.'"

9 "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."

10 "Intuition is integral knowledge. The vision it gives is the vision of the whole, a unified, synoptic vision of reality, in which the inner and outer, the one and the many, the individual and the universal, are perceived as one." Chari, 'Vedantic Mysticism'

11 "We desperately need a unifying world view to help heal the world's endless fractures. What problems could not be solved by first considering the good of the whole, of the lives of all those on our planet, rather than special interests!"

12 "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."

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

16 "The Divine Mind is found everywhere in nature."

17 "If enough of us can perceive the new view of wholeness emerging in our times and absorb it into our consciousness so that it permeates our world view, and hence our attitudes and actions, our new vision cannot help but reflect in world attitudes and conditions. As we ourselves become whole and live as intrinsic parts of the Whole, we can begin to re-establish wholeness in our tragically fragmented and divided world."

18 "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."

19 "Every atom and particle is imbued with Divine Mind, which energizes it to move to higher levels of organization."

20 "Support for the concept of interrelatedness is emerging from all sides. This idea, strange and foreign a hundred years ago, is becoming more and more important in modern thought."

21 "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."

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

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

24 "Everywhere there is unity in multiplicity. Our bodies are an example of the interplay of a variety of specialized organ systems and processes working together as a whole. The larger world, too, is a single living system."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite