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1 "The whole environment participates in the nature of each of its occasions." Adventures of Ideas (Alfred North Whitehead)

2 "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)

3 "They [the Mesopotamians] saw a unity in nature and harmony in the universe which bound together all objects and all events." The Roots of Consciousness (Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.)

4 "The inner Child in you connects you to the inner Child within everyone else." Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

5 "The perfection of any one thing considered in isolation is an imperfection, for one thing is merely one part of the entire integrity of the universe arising from the assembling together of many singular perfections." Thomas Aquinas, DV, q. 2, a. 2 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

6 "Reality is a self-differentiated whole. The ground of the wholeness is God, who manifests himself at various levels, each of which forms a relative wholeness and reacts with the others." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

7 "Every speck and atom are in harmony with their fellow atoms, and these with the whole." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

8 "The artist achieves by intuition, feeling, and perception of form what the scientist aims at by logic and exploration. In science, as in art, the essential drive is toward seeing whole." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

9 "The ancients lived in a world in which the primitive association of man's life with the earth and plant and animal life was axiomatic, in which…the Universe itself was a rational living being, in which man by his good deeds might be elevated to a..stage on the path to divinization. This comprehensive cosmic consciousness made what Emerson calls 'the linked purpose of the whole' the object both of speculative and religious thought, which derived from this universal kinship the postulate that like is apprehended by like in a harmony in which Plato said that God Himself 'geometrizes'. The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

10 "In broadest outline we see the universe evolving life and life evolving to continually extended awareness. We see our individuality as a phase – perhaps a hairpin bend in the zig-zag spiral of ascent – and we see that our task in cooperating with the purpose of life and the universe is so to act and to think that we become increasingly aware of our extra-individuality – that is, the common life which unites us with our fellow creatures with all life and the universe." Gerald Heard (1889-1972), English philosopher and author, 'The Third Morality' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

11 "The relation of each to all, through God, is real, objective, existential. It is an eternal relationship which is shared in by every stick and stone and bird and beast and saint and sinner of the universe." Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941), American philosopher, 'A Testament of Devotion' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

12 "We see that we depend on that which is most Perfect, so that we are a part of the Whole – that is to say, of Him – and contribute that which is ours to the accomplishment of so many admirably arranged and perfect works dependent on Him." Benedict Spinoza, 'Short Treatise' Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

13 "A holon is a whole that is part of other wholes. For example, a whole atom is part of a whole molecule, a whole molecule is part of a whole cell, a whole cell is part of a whole organism, and so on….The universe is fundamentally composed of holons, wholes that are parts of other wholes." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

14 "Indeed, an outstanding property of all life is the tendency to form multileveled structures of systems within systems. Each of these forms a whole with respect to its parts while at the same time being a part of a larger whole." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

15 "In the living psychic structure, nothing takes place in a merely mechanical fashion; everything fits into the economy of the whole, relates to the whole. That is to say, it is all purposeful and has meaning." Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))

16 "If you look deeply, you will see that the whole cosmos has come together in order to help the flower to manifest. If you look deeply into a piece of carrot that you eat at lunch, you will see that the whole cosmos has come together in order to help manifest that piece of carrot." No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life (Thich Nhat Hanh)

17 "The harmonious cooperation of all beings arose, not from the orders of a superior authority external to themselves, but from the fact that they were all parts in a hierarchy of wholes forming a cosmic pattern, and what they obeyed were the internal dictates of their own natures. Modern science and the philosophy of organism, with its integrative levels, have come back to this wisdom, fortified by new understanding of cosmic, biological, and social evolution." Joseph Needham, 'Science and Civilization in China' Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

18 "All living beings are members of ecological communities bound together in a network of interdependencies." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

19 "Prayer is not an attempt to get God to come to our rescue; rather, it is a refocusing of our consciousness from the appearance of lack and limitation to the reality of wholeness." Eric Butterworth, Unity minister and radio broadcaster, 'The Age of Wisdom' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

20 "Everything in the universe, from fox terriers to tree bark to somebody's red hat to the mind of God is related to everything else." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

21 "I saw that each life form is connected to the others as in a web." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

22 "Each particle of consciousness is dependent upon every other. The strength of one adds to the strength of all. The weakness of one weakens the whole. The energy of one recreates the whole. The striving of one increases the potentiality of everything that is." The 'Unknown' Reality (Jane Roberts)

23 "You are interrelated to everyone and everything…your every act is linked with the whole of humankind and the whole cosmos." Living Buddha, Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hanh)

24 "We are inescapably all members of one another." Rose Terlin, contemporary American editor and writer, 'Christian Faith and Social Action' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

25 "Hinduism, Buddhism, yoga philosophy, alchemy, and other Western forms of esoteric knowledge, along with shamanism, hold in common a mystical and holistic view in which all things are interconnected and all inhere in a numinous background Source." Shirley Nicholson Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite