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1 "Every self has the quality of belonging to the 'self of all selves,' and the self of all selves consists of individual selves." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

2 "In the creative process the various units of consciousness are autonomous individuals in their own right, as well as parts of larger wholes and ultimately of the entire cosmic fabric." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

3 "Wholeness, according to the perennial psychology, is WHAT is real and ALL that is real. A radically separate, isolated and bounded entity does not exist anywhere. There are no seams in the world, in things, in people or in God." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

4 “For this age we must have a doctrine of synthesis, a code actuated and dominated by the spirit of unification.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

5 "Modern scientists have concluded that all phenomena are interrelated in complex networks of energy transformation. Teilhard deChardin's concept of the noosphere, a network of thought ecompassing the planet, is one such idea. The notion of networks of individuals who share a common interest and provide information and support to one another has enormous potential for furthering individual and social transformation." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

6 "The complexity and the diversity are illusions produced by our limitations; the simplicity and the unity are real." The Hidden Side of Things (C. W. Leadbeater)

7 "Regard Heaven as your father, Earth as your mother, and all things as your brothers and sisters." Shinto teaching Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

8 "However narrowly the 'heart' of an atom may be circumscribed, its realm is co-extensive, at least potentially, with that of every other atom." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

9 "Joyous unity of being is already there on a deeper level." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

10 "We do not 'come into' this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean 'waves', the universe 'peoples'. Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe." Alan Watts (1915-1973), 'The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

11 "It is true that nature is alive, a superbly intricate web of relationships;….Nature appears to be a gigantic living organism, endowed with a will of its own and a complete, well-developed nervous system." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

12 "Reality [is] one constantly explosive dance of divine energy, love, and bliss, interconnected in all of its events and particulars." The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

13 "Feeling the impulse toward wholeness, man applies it to all that he does. It motivates his thoughts, permeates his activities, and resides in all that he constructs. In his dwellings, as in those of most of the 'primitive', pre-industrial world, there is a place, an altar, a fire, a stone that is the center, not only of the house or dwelling, but also of the entire cosmos…. We are dealing with what is essentially a SACRED principle, or a sacred state of consciousness in which all beings and all things are realized equally as emanations of One Divine Whole." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

14 "The world Soul-Spirit animates all bodies." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

15 "This vast congeries of volitions, interests, and activities, constitutes the instruments and means of the world-spirit for attaining its object; bringing it to consciousness, and realizing it. And this aim is none other than finding itself – coming to itself – and contemplating itself in concrete actuality." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

16 "We are to recognize in this whole universe a reflection magnified of our own most inward nature; so that we are indeed its ears, its eyes, its thinking, and its speech – or, in theological terms, God's ears, God's eyes, God's thinking, and God's Word." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

17 "We are a part of All There Is – earth, wind, fire, all physical creations (trees, rocks, mountains, the fish in the sea, the birds flying free, the colors of the sunrise and sunset, the evening star, the waterfall, the air we breathe, even our bodies throughout all their cycles and ages) all emotions and experiences, all particles of existence, all beings everywhere, all dimensions, all thought, all creation, all imagination, God – All There Is." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

18 "Like a huge fire that is fed by what should normally extinguish it, or like a mighty torrent which is swelled by the very obstacles placed to stem it, so the tension engendered by the encounter between man and God dissolves, bears along and volatilises created things and makes them all, equally, serve the cause of union." The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

19 "As we become increasingly aware of our global interdependence as a species, we can also deepen awareness of our spiritual connectedness. We cannot live in total isolation. The crosscultural communion of awakened souls may be a key to cocreating a sustainable future and living in harmony with the earth." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

20 "Nature's wholeness and our intrinsic interconnectedness are primary. Let us pay attention to these vital areas of awareness and commit ourselves to them." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

21 "The cell of life which you are as a microcosmic world can blend with and become the cell of God that is the Macrocosmic Egg. Think on this awhile." The Human Aura (Kuthumi and Djwal Kul)

22 "We have only to go down to the shore and look out at the great rushing in and falling back of the sea to see that the force of a wave is determined by each particle within its mass, and that all these particles cumulate to provide the thrust of the tidal whole." The Sphinx and The Rainbow: Brain, Mind and Future Vision (David Loye)

23 "Buddha proclaimed the unity of all living things." Alan W. Watts (1915-1973), American philosopher and author, 'The Spirit of Zen' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

24 "Our presence here (in space), outside the domain of the home planet, was not rooted in an accident of nature or in the capricious political whim of a technological civilization. It was rather an extension of the same universal process that evolved our molecules. And what I felt was an extraordinary personal connectedness with it. I experienced what has been described as an ecstasy of unity. I not only SAW the connectedness, I FELT it and experienced it sentiently. I was overwhelmed with the sensation of physically and mentally extending out into the cosmos." The Way of the Explorer, An Apollo Astronaut's Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds (Dr. Edgar Mitchell, with Dwight Williams)

25 "For millenia, each picture or model of the microcosm and macrocosm has rendered a different aspect of our connection with particulate matter and celestial systems….They speak of our cosmic connection in poetic verse, as in the prophetic Indian Vedic scriptures….Theoretical studies in modern cosmology sing of this connection in verses of mathematical equations, interlacing insights from astrophysics and astronomical observations." Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite