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1 "The entire universe exists in a continual outflow from the One into created multiplicity, which is then drawn back to the One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

2 "The One sits on the driver's seat." Adin Steinsalz Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

3 "We can know the oneness behind all life, for such knowledge lies within us already, waiting to be actualized." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

4 "There is only One Body. One Being. Always remember that." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

5 "Our world of diversity, the many, emerges from the numinous Source of all, the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

6 "In the realm of Being, the trace of The One establishes reality: existence is a trace of The One." Plotinus The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

7 "The creative agent referred to by various names in the world's cosmogonies is the active expression of that eternal, incomprehensible One Alone." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

8 "There is one supernal soul which is the soul of all souls." The Zohar, The Book of Radiance The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

9 "The Microcosmic Mind is inseparable from the Macrocosmic Mind, both alike being of the One Essence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

10 "There is much to be gained by the study of mystic symbolism, in which we find everywhere a disguised humanity. It is a catholic [universal] illustration of the truth that there is but one vase and one matter." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

11 "As we know from the workings of our own minds,…all beings yearn for unity; they long to return to the One…this is not an ascent to an external reality but an interior descent into the depths of the mind." A History of God, The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Karen Armstrong)

12 "The living heart of all religion is experienced oneness with the Divine and its expression by means of wisely directed, loving service." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

13 "In its highest unity, all that moves us in feeling is one….our being and living is a being and living in and through God." Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), German theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

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

15 "The physical universe is a manifestation of one eternal reality." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

16 "God is one, his glory multiplying in many forms." Raimundo Panikkar, 'The Vedic Experience' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

17 “Nightmares will begin to give way to day, as the sunshine of wisdom revealing Oneness dawns upon the human mind.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

18 "There is but one God whose name is true. He is the creator, immortal, unborn, self-existent." Sikh teaching Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

19 "There is a Secret One inside us; the planets in all the galaxies pass through his hands like beads." Kabir The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

20 "Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many." Shankara The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

21 "The One loves us." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

22 "I have put duality away. I have seen that the two worlds are one: one I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call. He is the first, he is the last. He is the outward, he is the inward." Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

23 "There is a raying out of all orders of existence, an external emanation from the ineffable One." Plotinus Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

24 "The highest and real truth of existence is the one Spirit, and it is the power of being of this Spirit which manifests itself in all that we experience as universe. This universal Nature is not a lifeless, inert or unconscious mechanism, but informed in all its movements by the universal Spirit." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite