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1 "I am thee, thou art me, we are One. I love me, love thee, love the One." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

2 "All cycles of experience are interlinked and are the expression of one immutable law." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

3 "The decade (10 Sephiroth) of existence out of nothing has its end linked to its beginning and its beginning linked to its end, just as the flame is wedded to the live coal; because the Lord is one and there is not a second one." The Sepher Yetzirah, the Book of Creation, L. H. Frank 1877, p. 16 Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

4 "By discovering who you are, you will see the beauty, the holiness, and the eternity in others. In eternity, there is truly no other. There is only One Life in which everything is related to everything else." " A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

5 "The One underlies all the diversities of external nature." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

6 "All forms of sincere worship and all gods are facets which mirror one aspect or other of the One Reality." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

7 "The object of the mystic's contemplation is always some aspect of the Infinite Life: of God, the one Reality." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

8 "And He is entirely one, being the All with them all in a single doctrine because all these are from a single spirit." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

9 "The One who is is one, and all are one." The Second Discourse of Great Seth The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

10 “All life within all forms is One Life.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

11 "God is breath. All that breathes resides in the Only Being." New Testament, John 4:24, Aramaic translation One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

12 "We are not simply physical forms, lost in and limited by the material world, but are in essence unlimited, eternal spiritual beings, a part of the oneness of all life." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

13 "Whoever loves something fervently and with all his strength….he will never forget what he so loves, and in all things he will see the Image of the One, and he will see it within him more clearly as his love grows deeper and deeper." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

14 "Only One-mindedness can be without confusion." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

15 "The one Universal Light is ever existent." Chaldean Book of Numbers The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

16 "All around us, as far as the eye can see, the universe holds together, and only one way of considering it is really possible, that is, to take it as a whole, in one piece." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 “The universe is the work of one creator.” Manilius Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

18 "Whether I am on the burning ground or on the mountain top, whether I am silent in the secret place or surrounded by the surging crowds of humanity, it matters not. The lessons of divine indifference, once mastered, release the soul to union with the One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

19 "The One Mind, as Reality, is the Heart which pulsates forever, sending forth purified the blood-streams of existence, and taking them back again; the Great Breath, the Inscrutable Brahman, the Eternally Unveiled Mystery of the Mysteries of Antiquity, the Goal of all Pilgrimages, the End of all Existence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

20 "God's Idea, from which infinite numbers of things follow in infinite ways, can be one only." 'Nature and the Origin of the Mind', Proposition 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

21 "We are all One." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

22 "We have heard repeatedly the term 'One World'. Events seem to be shaping themselves into a creation of a 'one world' consciousness." Rediscovering the Angels (Flower A. Newhouse)

23 "The condensation and differentiation of the One Body as many is the Divine Incarnations among sentient beings." W. Y. Evans-Wentz, introduction Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

24 "Within-ness and without-ness use both infinite, but also one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

25 "As the web issues from the spider, as little sparks proceed from fire, so from the one soul proceed all breathing animals, all worlds, all the gods, and all beings." Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

26 "The Tree of Life is a universal symbol. To some extent it arises from the natural affection people feel for trees, but there is also something else at play. The tree is the most visible and obvious image for the essential unity of all that is. It has a single trunk yet ramifies outward in countless branches and twigs and leaves; it is the living representation of the world, which for all its multiplicity has its one life in God." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

27 "The eternal Existence is proclaimed in the Chhandogyopanishad as 'One only, without a second.'" The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

28 "In keeping with the Gaia Hypothesis, formulated by English scientist James Lovelock, deep ecologists view the world as a living organism whose many species make up a single breathing entity." As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

29 "In the prison One shall come; and the chains which are stronger than iron, the fetters harder than steel, shall dissolve – you shall go free forever." Edward Carpenter, 'Towards Democracy' Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

30 "There is but one divine Will, one divine Life, and one divine Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

31 "One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

32 "In essence, all human beings are identical. We are all part of One; we are One." Erich Fromm, 'The Art of Loving' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

33 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

34 "The world is single and it came into being from the center outwards." Joannes Stobaeus (5th century), Greek anthologist A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

35 "Western alchemy's chief concern was the production of the One: 'one is the stone, one the vessel, one the procedure, and one the medicine." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

36 "The Oneness of the Holy Spirit…is the pneumatic state the creator attains to through the phase of incarnation." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

37 "Our spirit inherently understands that we are all one – with other people and our universe." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

38 "The universe [is] held firm in the One unfolding Presence." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

39 "Oneness is the supreme truth; its full and continuous realization the highest attainment of humanity." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

40 "In many religious and spiritual traditions we find the nonduality of the universe expressed in terms of a single cosmic power, which is both the origin and infinite totality of the universe….the causal force manifests itself without in any way compromising its essential nonduality." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

41 "It is as if the universe is one single organism, motivated by a single power, developing in many ways to gradually become aware of itself through the awareness of the creatures and forces it produces." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

42 "The nature of the One must be grasped and comprehended." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

43 "In the One Mind is the summation of the whole of consciousness, the ineffable at-one-ment of all the One Mind's microcosmic aspects." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

44 "From within, from the very most interior center of existence and consciousness, the fact of oneness evermore proves to be the overriding truth." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

45 "There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha." Huang-Po (800-850), 'The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

46 "All life is one, with a boundless variety of manifestations." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

47 "O hidden life vibrant in every atom; O hidden light shining in every creature; O hidden love embracing all in oneness; May each who feels himself as one with thee, know he is therefore one with every other." Annie Besant Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing (Stephan A. Hoeller)

48 “This One Alone is no mere philosophic abstraction, but a Reality.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

49 "All gestures, words, acts and events are equivalent in value – all are manifestations of the one consciousness which pervades everything." Psychedelic Experience, A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert)

50 "The multitude of beings are but phases of the one great thought made manifest." ch. 58, v. 17 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

51 "Behind all faces there is one face." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

52 "God is one and wise." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 2, p. 310 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

53 "The Big Idea is that We Are All One." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

54 "Actually there is only one single energy, one all-encompassing motivating force which lies at the root of our life's activity." Opening quotation, from a 1564 Preface to the Taoist text 'Can Tong Qi' The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

55 "The spiritual world is one single spirit who stands like unto a light behind the bodily world and who, when any single creature comes into being, shines thorugh it as through a window." Aziz Nasafi, 13th century Islamic Persian mystic, quoted by Erwin Schroedinger in 'The Oneness of Mind' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

56 "In order that you may know that God is one, ask What God is, and you will find Him to be not otherwise than one." Tertullian, 'Against Marcion' (3rd century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

57 "One is the Ineffable, the Unutterable, the eternal source of the fountain, the beginning of the unfolding." The Modern Numerology: A Practical Guide to the Meaning and Influence of Numbers (John King)

58 "Humans are a true mirror-image of God. They project the manifold, but remain one and also know it, or at least can come to know it, because their true nature as pure consciousness is the integrating power of the One." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

59 "Spirit is One, but within that essential unity the points of fire, the divine sparks, can be seen and noted." Esoteric Psychology I (Alice A. Bailey)

60 "There are millions among us who understand we are one. As we create deeper peace among any of us anywhere, the reality of peace becomes more probable everywhere. We can surround the world with a field of peace so powerful that hatred and fear will dissolve in its presence….knowing the truth of our spiritual oneness and embracing it within our hearts is the ultimate answer to all the problems of the world." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

61 "The ordinary way of dividing the world into subject-object terms is illusory. At bottom, the perceiver and the perceived are one." Larry Dossey, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

62 "The world is of one piece, the same spirit which is in the saddle in the globe is also in the atom." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

63 "God or the One Reality is the material cause of all things…the substance of all things is that One." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

64 "In diverse forms a common soul we see." G. Matheson Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

65 "Just as the arms and legs and fingers are quite different entities but also are parts of one body, so all things and events in the universe are aspects of one fundamental Whole." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

66 "The atom is, in many ways, seen to behave as much like a wave as a particle. It can perhaps best be regarded as a poorly defined cloud, dependednt for its particular form on the whole environment, including the observing instrument…Both observer and observed are merging and interpenetrating aspects of one whole reality, which is indivisible." Fritjof Capra, 'The Tao of Physics' The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

67 "We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

68 "Like a seed at rest, the nature-principle within, unfolding outwards, makes its way towards what appears a multiple life." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

69 "Behind our apparent individuality and separateness there is one transcendent unity that is consciousness." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

70 "Between God and man alone there is no difference, no separation, but Oneness." Meister Eckhart Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

71 "Because all things on this Earth are from one source, interspecies communication is not only inherent within us, it is necessary for understanding our own humanity and our own sacred nature." One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

72 “Heraclius said: This magistery proceeds first from one root, which afterwards expands into several things, and returns again to the one.” Morienus, ‘De transmutatione metall’ Collected Works (Carl Jung)

73 "The life of a moment and the life of thousands of years, your life and the lives of all creatures seen and unseen, is one." Leo Tolstoy, 'Esarhaddon, King of Assyria' The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

74 "The One desires to return to unity from multiplicity." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

75 "From this beautiful One beauty comes to be in all beings." Thomas Aquinas One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

76 "A great and eternal fact began dawning over the horizon of my awareness. This: that in reality, there were no separating barriers between one living thing and another. That innately, I and every living thing were needed individual parts, or expressions in the forever functioning of the inseparable oneness of all life. And this is true regardless of all surface appearances and seemings to the contrary." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

77 "There is an indissoluble strength in the connection of things….by virtue of the one cause containing and assembling them into one." Thomas Aquinas, DDN Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

78 "I believe like every Hindu in God and His oneness." Mahatma Gandhi, Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

79 "The One bears all things." 'Akathist to the Mother of God', 6th century Byzantine hymn, edited by Patriarch Sergius, 7th century At the Lighting of the Lamps, Hymns of the Ancient Church (John A. McGucklin, compiler)

80 "You who want knowledge, seek the Oneness within. There you will find the clear mirror already waiting." Hadewijch II, 13th century Beguine Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

81 "Those old Grecians and Egyptians saw in all the phenomena of nature – in all the motions of the starry spheres, and in all the miracles of the world – the shadow of that mysterious One, who, although infinite and indivisible, yet in some manner individualizes himself to every human thought, and localizes himself in every place." A Dictionary of Freemasonry (Robert Macoy)

82 "We are One Organism by our very nature." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

83 "Flow, peak experiences, and what others call mystical experiences are all…characterized by a sense of unity or oneness." The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power (Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.)

84 "Attaining harmony with the Source happens naturally when we are in relationship with it, a relationship characterized by the deepest sense of oneness." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

85 "Heraclitus used the word 'logos' to refer to the underlying organizational principle of the universe – the ultimate whole experience – through which 'all things are one'." Keith Critchlow, 'The Platonic Tradition' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

86 "The One is a sovereign that has nothing over it. It is God and parent, father of all….the One is the invisible spirit." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

87 "That which ever is is one, that which ever was is one, that which is ever being and becoming is also one." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

88 "There is in reality one Mind….This Mind is the life, intelligence, power, and creativity in the entire universe." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

89 "Everything seeks unity. The goal of many religions and mythic ordeals is to return to a lost state of Divine Oneness. But we have no need to return to a state of oneness because unity is axiomatic and we already are integrated in it." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

90 "The person blind to the One is utterly blind to everything; but he who sees in the One contemplates all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

91 "God is one….He sees as a Whole, perceives as a Whole, hears as a Whole." Xenophanes (570-475 bce), Greek philosopher, fragment The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

92 "From one Soul, that of All, spring all the Souls, which spread themselves as if purposely distributed through the world." Stobaeus (ca. 5th century), Greek compiler of ancient fragments, 'Eclogae Physicae et Ethicae' The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

93 "God is one; all God's creation is one; and we are to be at one in our journey of love into God." A Retreat With St. Bonaventure (Leonard J. Bowman)

94 "Each cell divides (by mitotic or amitotic division) and gives birth to another cell similar to itself. First, a single centre; then two. Everything in the subsequent development of life stems from this potent primordial phenomenon." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

95 "Reality is basically an Absolute Oneness." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

96 "God and life are One,…everything in life is part of a unified whole, and our different religions are merely wonderfully divergent paths to the same destination – a destination the soul need not strain to reach, because it is already there: the everlasting embrace of God." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

97 "We should learn to behold the manifold in the One." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

98 "The whole spiritual realm may be described as a kind of Light with the One in repose at its summit, as its King….we are always brought back to God." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

99 "The profound fact of oneness not only on Earth but in all creation is becoming more and more evident as knowledge expands outward, and nowhere are to be found any absolute boundary lines or uncrossable barriers between any kingdoms of life. Not even between life and nonlife, nor between body and mind and spirit." Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

100 "Though the proliferations of living matter are vast and manifold, they never lose their solidarity. A continuous adjustment co-adapts them from without. A profound equilibrium gives them balance within. Taken in its totality, the living substance spread over the earth – from the very first stages of its evolution – traces the lineaments of one single and gigantic organism." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite