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1 “The world-soul pervades all things.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

2 "The evolution of the cosmos is a creative play of consciousness for the purpose of revealing itself to itself in manifestation." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

3 "A spiritual evolution, an evolution of consciousness in Matter in a constant developing self-formation till the form can reveal the indwelling Spirit, is…the key-note, the central significant motive of the terrestrial existence." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

4 "The earth is mother of all." Ugandan proverb The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

5 "God is the Master of all and He is the sum total of omniscience, being (as is easily seen) the sum total of all states of consciousness. He is the soul of all things, and the soul of the atom of matter as well as the souls of men are a part of His infinite realisation." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

6 "Increasing numbers of us have heard the Gaian voice and seen in our experience ways of being together that celebrate and affirm life. More and more we are in conversations where we speak of the great forces of life – love, purpose, soul, spirit, freedom, courage, integrity, meaning. The new story is being born in these conversations. We are learning to give voice to a different and fuller sense of who we are." Margaret J. Wheatley, 'Reclaiming Gaia, Reclaiming Life' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

7 "Who else calls us back from the death of every error except that Life which cannot die, that wisdom which needs no light itself but enlightens every mind that needs it, by which the whole world is ruled, down even to the quivering leaves on the trees." Confessions (St. Augustine)

8 "One who sees the Supersoul in every living being and equal everywhere does not degrade himself by his mind. Thus he approaches the transcendental destination." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 13, v. 29 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

9 “According to Basilius Valentinus, the earth is inhabited by a spirit that is its life and soul. All created things, minerals included, draw their strength from the earth-spirit. This spirit is life…and it gives nourishment to all the living things it shelters in its womb.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

10 “The world-soul is a natural force which is responsible for all the phenomena of life and the psyche.” Guillaume de Conches (1080-1154), Platonist who taught in Paris Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

11 "The one Master is found within; it is the soul….This one Master is a corporate part of the Whole, of the All-Soul." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "The Light Supernal, that central Life or Energy, holds hid within Itself the purpose and plan towards which all Being tends." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

13 "Nature herself can be felt as a power presiding over the molding of her budding and growing creatures, suiting their physical structure to the lives they have to live, and endowing them with strength and soul proportionate to the tasks she intends them to perform." Introduction to 'On Man In The Universe' by Aristotle, Wm. J. Black 1971, p. xxv On Man In The Universe (Aristotle, edited w/ intro by Louise Ropes Loomis)

14 "Man can rise to the consciousness of the World Soul – thereby becoming in actuality what he already is potentially." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

15 "Sometimes, when I have scrutinized the world very closely I have thought that I could see it enveloped in an atmosphere – still very tenuous but already individualized – of mutual good will and of truths accepted in common and retained as a permanent heritage. I have seen a shadow floating, as though it were the wraith of a universal soul seeking to be born…" Let Me Explain (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

16 "Deep, deep in the human mind there is that burning blazing light of the world consciousness." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

17 "This earthen womb knows unerringly the worth of each of her children." Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), 'Report to Greco' The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

18 "The soul in humanity is an integral part of the Oversoul." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

19 "Contemplation of a single flower may lead the seeker through. A plant displaying Nature's symmetry, a tree, a mountain range, a single peak, flowing river, a thundering cascade – each and all of these will serve the contemplative soul as entrance to the realm of the Real wherein Nature's Self abides." Geoffrey Hodson, 'The Greater Gods' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

20 "There are vast ranges of consciousness all stemming from the One, the One who is this consciousness in all of us and whose plan it is that all parts of life become more aware of each other and more united in the great forward movement which is life, all life, becoming greater consciousness." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

21 "The Will of God and His laws can be discovered in the characters of the great Book of Nature." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

22 "Beings develop. God reveals Himself in their development. The process of evolution is the resurrection of God from the tomb." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

23 “Since the generated world is a collective whole, if we apply the ears of our intellect to the world we shall, perhaps, hear it thus addressing us: ‘There is no doubt but I was composed from all animals, entirely sufficient to myself, and destitute of nothing;…All things are contained in my ample bosom.” Plotinus, ‘On Providence’ Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

24 "It will not be long before no structure of truth or goodness can be built up without a central position being reserved for that soul [the soul of the world], for its influence and its universal mediation." The Soul of the World (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

25 "Through or behind the personal experience operates also a transpersonal guidance factor bent upon shaping a new significance and relation to self, other, and world. A new structuring of communality and consciousness is under way." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite