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1 "The absolute, the intelligible, lies at the centre, in the direction in which everything is heightened to the point of being but one." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

2 "At the center of all is a sacred thing that is alive and aware. It is the source of all things." One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

3 "The energy of the central point is manifested in the almost iresistible compulsion and urge to become what one is, just as every organism is driven to assume the form that is characteristic of its nature, no matter what the circumstances." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

4 "The exchange of love between the contemplative person and the sacred center of all things keeps one on the path." One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

5 "We will see how we are a tribe and a company, in circle after circle rippling out and intersecting. We will see how we are all entering each other – as gifts to each other, mirroring and completing each other: and how we are all unique angles on the centre." Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

6 "The True Teacher is inside yourself at your very center." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

7 "The world is…a single sphere with countless centres from which it can be observed and from which action can emanate." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

8 "All religious traditions assume that there is a sacred center to all things. The name differs from religious form to religious form, but it is clear that there is an inherent tendency for human beings to encounter this sacred center." One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

9 "The Ultimate Reality is at once Absolute and Infinite….It can only be known through the sun of the Divine Self residing at the center of the human soul." Seyyed Hossein, Islamic scholar, 'Knowledge and the Sacred' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

10 "You might think of the mandala as reflecting back to us the harmony and beauty of our nonmaterial reality." Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

11 "There is always a centre – such as the sun with the planets, or the cell with its nucleus; that is, a point of power which gives life and energy to the whole of the structure." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

12 "The center of unity is not material nor visible. It is an internal principle which dwells in all its parts, and binds them altogether in one harmonious whole." A Dictionary of Freemasonry (Robert Macoy)

13 "When we are acting from a centered place – the open heart – we can access our own inner wisdom and open to divine healing energy as well." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

14 "Let the OM be heard right at the center of the group, proclaiming God is All." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

15 "Through finding himself and understanding his own nature, man arrives at that centre within himself which is one with all that is." From Intellect to Intuition (Alice A. Bailey)

16 "So long as man shall exist, perfection will continue to appear as the circle, sphere, and the round; and the Primal Deity who is sufficient unto himself, and the self who has gone beyond the opposites, will reappear in the image of the round, the mandala." Erich Neumann, 'The Origins and History of Consciousness' Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

17 "The Divine Life and Will is the centre of the whole universe." The Meaning of Masonry (W. L. Wilmshurst)

18 "All of Chinese thinking – Confucianism, Taoism, as well as Buddhism – contains the idea that in the course of life, man will shape harmoniously those psychic and physical predispositions that he received as capital assets by unifying them and giving them form from within a center." Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change (Richard Wilhelm)

19 "We know the energy that causes water to circulate: it is the sun and her unlimited and divine energy. Perhaps we ought to assume the existence of a similar energy for spiritual realms – a sort of central sun." Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change (Richard Wilhelm)

20 "There is a saying in China that the nature of man is found there, in the center, where emotions are not yet manifest. In this center is the potentiality of everything to come." Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change (Richard Wilhelm)

21 "A great many ritual acts have the sole purpose of finding out the spiritual 'Centre' of a locality, which then becomes the site, either in itself or by virtue of the temple built upon it, an 'image of the world'." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

22 "Just as the self of the human being is the centerpoint of the plurality of manifestations of his life of soul, so is the ONE God, transcending the self, the centerpoint of the world." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

23 "We are the countless centres of one and the same sphere." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

24 "When each man, by virtue of a conception of the world that demands only a minimum of metaphysics, and that is supported, moreover, by the greatest number of arguments from experience, will admit that his true being is not limited to the narrow boundaries of his limbs and his historical existence but that he forms part, body and soul, of the process that drives the universe, then he will understand that, in order to remain faithful to himself he must devote himself to the task demanded of him by life as to a personal and sacred duty. Then he will regain belief in the world, in a world whose totality cannot perish, and also faith in a supreme centre of personalization, concentration and cohesion, the only point at which the salvation of the universe can be conceived to take place." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

25 "Laurette Sejourne speaks of the Law of the Center which 'prevents the splitting asunder of opposing forces.' Cycles, whether pertaining to life and death, space and time, visible and invisible forces, are held together in concentric patterns. Understanding the Law of the Center as a basic principle of nature, men have been able to construct vast systems, and to perceive various levels of order throughout the universe." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite