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1 "The Vegetative [Living] Universe opens like a flower from the earth's center in which is Eternity." William Blake Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

2 "Deep within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul, a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice, to which we may continuously return." Thomas Kelly (1893-1941), American teacher of philosophy Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

3 "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)

4 "Goodwill abides at the centre. This centre... is everywhere, and is hence, in a certain sense, to be found in all." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

5 "One aspect of the soul is always joined with the center of creation, and this is our eternal link with truth." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

6 "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)

7 "Actually there is no merging with the Center. We are always merged with the Center. It is rather an understanding of this eternal union now, and not a manufacture of it tomorrow." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

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

9 "Do all things as from a centre from which they are seen as one, as indeed they truly are. Thus will you give a new meaning to life. Above all things else this is the need of humanity." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

10 "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)

11 "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)

12 "Deity is the central and immortal germ of all that exists in the universe." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

13 "The person who successfully probes his own inner nature and existence back to its Centre and Core, finds one single source of all men, all beings, all existence. Unity then emerges as the supreme verity, the everlasting truth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

14 "The center principle manifests itself through man in the same ways as it does through a flower or a star; in it we may discover our cosmic commonality – our cosmic community." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

15 "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)

16 "There dwells in the heart of every creature the Master who by his magic power causes all things and creatures to revolve mounted upon the universal wheel of time. Take sanctuary with him with all thy soul." Krishna, 'The Bhagavad Gita' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

17 "The circle with the point in the centre is symbolic of the perfected man. He is rounded out; he is inclusive both vertically (soul contact) and horizontally (human relationship)." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

18 "Look at the spokes of a bicycle wheel. At the rim, each spoke is separated from all the others. At the hub, each spoke is one with all the others. Each of us is like one of those spokes, connected with all the others at the center, at our spiritual hub." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

19 "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)

20 "That consciousness, wide as the sea, with 'its centre everywhere and its circumference nowhere', is a great and glorious FACT." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

21 "Everywhere are to be found centres of force, and the idea can be extended from such a force centre as a chemical atom, on and up through varying grades and groups of such intelligent centres, to humanity, and thence to the Life which is manifesting through the system. Thus is demonstrated a marvellous and synthesised Whole." The Consciousness of the Atom (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "At the secret centre of individual human life exists a vital, immortal principle, the spirit and the spiritual will of man. This is the faculty, by using which we can never err. It is a point within the circle of our own nature." The Meaning of Masonry (W. L. Wilmshurst)

23 "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)

24 "The life of the Logos abiding in each form is its central, controlling, and directing energy." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

25 "One: Symbolic of being and of the revelation of the spiritual essence. It is the active principle which, broken into fragments, gives rise to multiplicity, and is to be equated with the mystic Centre, the Irradiating Point and the Supreme Power. It also stands for spiritual unity – the common basis between all beings." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite