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1 "The sacred is the emotional force which connects the part to the whole." William Irwin Thompson, 'The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light' Great Cosmic Mother, Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor)

2 "Each level of the universal hierarchy of beings contains all possible reality, in each case from a different aspect." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

3 "In the coming new cycle the emphasis will be upon group work and activity, upon group initiation and group approach to the Center of Life." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

4 "The 'web of life' is, of course, an ancient idea, which has been used by poets, philosophers, and mystics throughout the ages to convey their sense of the interwovenness and interdependence of all phenomena." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

5 "For He would not have brought on any man what He has brought, if it were not useful for the whole." Marcus Aurelius (121-180) Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

6 "Your Wholeness has as its single goal your awakening to your God-Self." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

7 "Everyone you meet is your mirror." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

8 "The world is not a fortuitous organization of atoms but an intelligent and intelligible organization or system, itself comprised of a myriad subsystems – of wholes within larger, more encompassing wholes, or lives within lives." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

9 "Human, cosmos, and supersensible worlds are all interdependently linked and have unfolded together. In other words, the creation, elaboration, and progression of the solar system, humanity, and the hierarchies were synchronous events. In a sense, each is a different face in a different context of the same thing: the Logos." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

10 "God thinks wholly, God thinks unity, not division, for all – not just a piece – of creation is present to the Creator. And present NOW." WHEE! We, wee All the Way Home (Matthew Fox)

11 "There is overwhelming evidence from the most diverse sources that we are interconnected, that we are all part of one whole, sharing at all levels." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

12 "Scientists – now familiar with field theory, ecological dynamics and the transactional nature of perception – can no longer see man as the independent observer of an alien and rigidly mechanical world of separate objects. The clearly mystical sensation of self-and-universe, or organism-and-environment, as a unified field or process seems to fit the facts." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

13 "Everything in the universe is connected in an interdependent dance." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

14 "There is only one method to keep human monads bound to the task of life: to make the passion for the whole prevail in them over elementary egoism, that is to say practically to increase their consciousness of the general evolution of which they are a part." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

15 "It is very necessary to see life as a Whole." The Finding of the Third Eye (Vera Stanley Alder)

16 "The doctrine of the microcosm – the human as the universe in miniature – is a common theme among the esoteric teachings, and among its other qualities, this idea has the virtue of theoretically joining the inner life in all its possible levels to the world of nature and beyond, even up to the Creator." Antoine Faivre Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

17 "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)

18 "As James Lovelock put it: 'So closely coupled is the evolution of living organisms with the evolution of their environment that together they constitute a single evolutionary process.'" The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

19 "The law of correspondences is the foundation of all symbolism and by virtue of it every thing proceeding essentially from a metaphysical principle, which is the source of its reality, translates and expresses this principle in its own way and according to its own level of existence, so that all things are related and joined together in total, universal harmony which is, in its many guises, a reflection of its own fundamental unity." Rene Guenon A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

20 "Out of all things there comes a unity, and out of a unity all things." Heraclitus Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

21 "Twenty-five hundred years ago it took an exceptional man like Diogenes to exclaim, 'I am not an Athenian or a Greek but a citizen of the world.' Today we must all be struggling to make those words our own. We have come to the point in history when anyone who is only Japanese or American, only Oriental or Occidental, is only half human. The other half that beats with the pulse of all humanity has yet to be born." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

22 "The flavour of unity can be tasted by the mind, can be expressed in action as mutual endeavour. Wherever there is mutual endeavour…there men have caught the flavour of unity." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

23 "As the smallest grain of dust is bound up with our entire solar system, drawn along with it in that undivided movement….so all organized beings, from the humblest to the highest, from the first origins of life to the time in which we are, and in all places as in all times, do but evidence a single impulsion." Henri Bergson (1859-1941), professor at College de France A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

24 "In the process of evolution atoms themselves gravitate towards other and greater central points, becoming in their turn electrons. Thus, every form is but an aggregate of smaller lives." The Consciousness of the Atom (Alice A. Bailey)

25 "This is the truth given age upon age to all men in all lands - the truth at last to be seen of all, in its fullness and purity: Man is to know himself, not only to soar toward, but absolutely attain to heights of being and of beauty hitherto undreamed of, and bringing fairly within his realization a heaven on earth, in true grandeur and happiness." Paul Tyner Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite