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1 "Without you there would be a lack in God….for what God wills is whole, and part of Him because His Will is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

2 "Relation is the essence of everything that is." Meister Eckhart Saints and Madmen: Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion (Russell Shorto)

3 "Everything is an outpouring of the infinite that is spiritual in essence, so everything reflects that spirit." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

4 "We each have an opportunity right now to contribute to the evolution of ourselves, our species, and the planet as a whole. Everyone is needed. Everyone's genius fits into some evolving need of the whole system." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius: The Heroine's Journey' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

5 "Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos. The one is made of the many." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

6 "The cosmos is ensouled….It is in The Soul, which bears it up, and shares in it wholly." Plotinus, 'The Soul' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

7 "The universal principle is found even in the smallest particle, which therefore corresponds to the whole." 'Synchronicity: An Acausal Principle' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

8 "Knowledge depends principally on a mental act of unity. The advance of knowledge is the discovery of unity." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

9 "Health is harmony with the world view. Health is an intuitive perception of the universe and all its inhabitants as being of one fabric." Jeanne Achterberg, 'The Shaman: Master Healer in the Imaginary Realm' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

10 "The ancients…handed down the tradition, that whatever things are said to be, are composed of one and many…this unity we shall find in everything." Plato, 'Philebus' Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

11 "The smallest unit is an integral part of the whole." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "Each one of us has an infinite meaning and is part of the greater whole, the Infinite Reality, the Divine itself." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

13 "At the most basic level, all are joined. There is no part that is not unified with the Whole." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

14 "We are part of an interconnected web of exchanges." Stone Age Wisdom, The Healing Principles of Shamanism (Tom Crockett)

15 "We cannot possibly see the whole of what we are, if we persist in seeing the parts of our nature and nature's parts as disassociated entities. Defining things without considering their relationships with other things is a fatal flaw in descriptive analysis." Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

16 "Underlying both personal impulses to growth and all creative cultural enterprises is the fundamental impulse that seeks unitive consciousness." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

17 "Light everywhere meets with light; since everything contains all things in itself and again sees all things in another. So that all things are everywhere and all is all. Each thing likewise is everything." Plotinus, quoted in G. R. S. Mead's introduction to Taylor's 'Plotinus' The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

18 "When our minds are stilled, the sense of the Infinite invades us; and not only are we embraced by It but paradoxically we find no distinction between It and all creatures. Unity is indivisible." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

19 "The world can no longer be an agglomeration of juxtaposed objects: we must recognise it as one great whole, welded together and evolving organically." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

20 "God has wisely joined us all together as the parts of a body so that we cannot say to another, 'I have no need of you.'" John Wesley (1703-1791), English spiritual leader Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

21 "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)

22 "Wholeness comes first, multiplicity later; the many derive from the one." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

23 "Human nature…participates in the wholeness and goodness of the original creation." Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (Elaine Pagels)

24 "Each man's spirit (though included in diverse bodies) is made all one by the immediate, and first emanation or Universal beam of Unity; and Union in Nature can no more be severed or disjoined, than the bright stream which issues from the center of the Sun." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

25 "All leads back to the idea of unity, and of the Oneness of all manifestation." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite