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1 "The center is the nameless, the most supreme, the oldest, yet is ever-present and continually pours forth its energy – it is self-renewing." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

2 "Every little spark of beauty's burning is but a fragment of the central fire." Sister M. Angelita, 'Lesser Fires' (20th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

3 "There was a muddy centre before we breathed. There was a myth before the myth began….Venerable and articulate and complete." Wallace Stevens, American poet Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

4 "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.)

5 "When we go to the center, we leave behind time and place and separateness. We come to our Source and are in the Being from which we ever flow and in which we ever stand and apart from which we are not." Centering Prayer, Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form (M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.)

6 "Since Deity is as a circle whose centre is everywhere, it follows that a divine centre, a vital and immortal principle, exists within ourselves." The Meaning of Masonry (W. L. Wilmshurst)

7 "He is to be found in the depths of our being, at the center, at the ground of our being, perceived by the searching light of faith or the knowing embrace of love….He is within. And there we are so one with Him that we are communion, union, prayer." Centering Prayer, Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form (M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.)

8 "We never actually get away from the center and circumference where God put us." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

9 "The One is the midpoint of the circle." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

10 "The world we know does not develop haphazardly, but is structurally dominated by a Personal Centre of universal convergence." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

11 “One can reach the center directly from any point of the compass.” C. G. Jung, ‘Approaching the Unconscious’ Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

12 "There is a root or depth in you from whence all these faculties come forth as lines from a centre, or as branches from the body of a tree. The depth is called the centre, the fund, or bottom of the soul. This depth is the unity, the Eternity, I had almost said the infinity of your soul, for it is so infinite that nothing can satisfy it, or give it any rest, but the infinity of God." William Law (1688-1761), English clergyman, 'The Spirit of Prayer' Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

13 "In the centre of the heart dwells the true soul, the breath of God." Paracelsus, 'Liber Azoth' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

14 "The sphere is a whole, and hence it underlies the symbolic significance of all those images which partake of this wholeness, from the idea of the mystic 'Centre' to that of the world and eternity, or , more particularly, of the world-soul. In neo-platonic philosophy, the soul is explicitly related to the shape of the sphere, and the substance of the soul is deposited as quintessence around the concentric spheres of the four Elements. The same is true of the primordial man of Plato's Timaeus….Another important association is that of perfection and felicity. The absence of corners and edges is analogous to the absence of inconveniences, difficulties, and obstacles." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

15 "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)

16 "The symbolism of the center is the formative principle not only of countries, cities, temples, and palaces but also of the humblest human dwelling." The Sacred and the Profane, The Nature of Religion (Mircea Eliade)

17 "The closer one gets to realisation, the clearer becomes the concept that the point at the centre and the periphery are one." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

18 "By birth and growth the spirit-architect expands into this mass of which we consist, spreading outwards from the heart. Thither again it withdraws, winding up the threads of its web, returning by the same path along which it advanced, passed out by the same gate through which it entered. Birth is expansion of the center….death contraction to the center. It is the soul that gathers about it, groups and vivifies the atom-mass." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Italian philosopher and poet, quoted in J. Lewis McIntyre's 'Giordano Bruno', Macmillan, 1903 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

19 "To pray is to move to the center of all life and all love. The closer I come to the hub of life, the closer I come to all that receives its strength and energy from there….What does the hub represent? I think of it as my own heart, the heart of God, and the heart of the world. When I pray, I enter into the depth of my own heart and find there the heart of God, who speaks to me of love. And I recognize, right there, the place where all of my sisters and brothers are in communion with one another." Henri J. M. Nouwen, Catholic author, 'Here and Now' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

20 "God…is the center of all selves." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

21 "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)

22 "The center is the beginning of the Mandala as it is the beginning and origin of all form and of all processes, including the extensions of form into time." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

23 "If man has alienated himself from the source, the center within, then it is the purpose of a Mandala ritual for our time to be used as a primal tool for investigating and opening that center, once again granting the individual an identification with the cosmic forces and their source." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

24 "The vertical axis through the centre of the Yang-Yin constitutes the unvarying mean or, in other words, the mystic 'Centre' where there is no rotation, no restlessness, no impulse, nor any suffering of any kind. It corresponds to the central zone of the Wheel of Transformations in Hindu symbolism, and the centre or the way out of the labyrinth in Egyptian and western symbolism." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

25 "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.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite