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1 "Whenever we encounter living systems – organisms, parts of organisms, or communities of organisms – we can observe that their components are arranged in network fashion. Whenever we look at life, we look at networks." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

2 "The human body develops from a single undifferentiated source, the fertilized egg, by a complex sequence of divisions resulting in a large number and variety of highly specialized and diversified cells. In its final form, it has a hierarchical arrangement, where each part is also an integrated whole. …..The information about the entire body is contained in each of its parts in a way that makes the comparison with the cosmic creative process very appropriate." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

3 "In the thick of our views exists a common pattern of perception….the pattern is a weave of united processes. We now need to see this 'weave' in the human nervous system and the cosmos's system alike. The wider and sharper our vision becomes – and the more flexible our definitions of these systems become – the more the conceptual boundaries between the beholder (brain) and the beheld (universe) will overlap." Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

4 "Prayer is a pure act of the will, seeking an integral understanding of and union with the Whole, the One." Gerald Heard (1889-197), English author and philosopher, 'A Preface to Prayer' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

5 "Each part of the universe contains enough information to reconstitute the whole. The form and structure of the entire world is enfolded within each part." Larry Dossey, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

6 "The current of life is composed of parts and experiences which bear an inner relation to each other." Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911) A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

7 "You are not separate from other beings or the environment. This understanding cannot be merely intellectual. It must be experiential, the insight gained by deep touching and deep looking in a daily life of prayer, contemplation, and meditation." Living Buddha, Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hanh)

8 "Light and energy and matter all over the universe are composed of moving interference patterns which literally bear the mark of all the other waves of light and energy and matter they've been in contact with, directly or indirectly. In other words, each part or instance of energy and matter encodes an image of the whole." Turbulent Mirror (John Briggs and F. David Peat)

9 "As groups are interdependent in a society and nations are interdependent in the world, each individual is in some ways linked with all others, and we all share in the outcome of world events." Shirley Nicholson, 'Karma as Organic Process' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

10 "In the religious as well as psychological sense, the path of holiness is movement toward wholeness, individual and collective." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

11 "We are beginning to truly understand and appreciate that we are all connected, that we are all part of a whole. New physics teaches us what mystics have known for millennia: that ultimately everything is connected in a unified field and that the natural drift of the universe is toward wholeness. In Hinduism, we find the story of Indra's net. Indra, the god of the firmament, has a huge net. Everything in creation hangs on this net as jewels. If one jewel shakes, the entire net and all the jewels shake. We are learning as never before that what we think, what we believe, and what we do shake the entire net of creation." Rosemary Ellen Guiley, 'The Fire of Faith' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

12 "The Whole God and the universe is a perfect unity." 'Sefer Yetzirah', Kabbalist text Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

13 "The world soul…contains within itself and unites with itself all particular living entities." Vladimir Solovyov (1853-1900), Russian mystical philosopher Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

14 "[This Universe is] a majestic organism, complete within itself, the minutest part related to the whole, a marvellous artistry shown not only in the stateliest parts but in those of such littleness you would not have thought Providence would bother about them; and the wonder of the efficiency in each separate animal form, the exquisite design of fruits and leaves, the abundance and the delicacy and the diversity of flowers: all this issues not once, then ending, but is ceaselessly renewed as the Transcendent Life moves over our earth." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

15 "Indeed, in an evolutionary world where everything is related to everything else, it is not hard to imagine a God who, in Himself, IS relationship." The Book of Miracles (Kenneth L. Woodward)

16 "Nothing can exist alone and isolated, but everything partakes in the being of all things. The Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh calls this connection among all things 'interbeing'." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

17 "When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. That makes a change….From where you see it, the thing is a whole, and it's so beautiful." Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

18 "When Buddhist scholars look at quantum mechanics, they tend to go, 'Aha, aha, this is what we've been saying all the time. Phenomena are all interdependent.' What looked to be isolated phenomena at an energetic level aren't isolated at all. Everything's related to everything else." Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

19 "There is an absolute truth. It's the unity underlying all existence, the singular wisdom from which we are constructed. Your soul knows it. Listen carefully." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

20 "Cosmos is much more than just the universe. It includes the idea of beauty, order or goodness, and structural perfection which we might call truth. All of these are held together by the prior principle of unity, which, manifesting as Cosmos – one mass of Life and Consciousness as the 'Corpus Hermeticum' will say – becomes a teaching of the harmony, sympathy and kinship of all things." Christopher Bamford, Introduction Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

21 "We are in the deepest sense the victims and the instruments of cosmogonic 'love.' I put the word in quotation marks to indicate that I do not use it in its connotations of desiring, preferring, favoring, wishing, and similar feelings, but as something superior to the individual, a unified and undivided whole." Memories, Dreams, Reflections (Carl Jung (edited by Aniela Jaffe))

22 "All is contained in All. And All is One." The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

23 "Earth's multitude of human and sub-human creatures, each of them like a single cell, collectively constitute the body of one multicellular organism, mentally illuminated by the One Cosmic Mind. We are, as St. Paul perceived, all members of One Body; or, as the Mahayana [Buddhism] likewise teaches, other and self are identical." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

24 "The energy by which the body is pervaded is the same as that which illuminates the world and maintains alive all beings." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite