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1 "Link yourself through the heart and through your inner eye of perception to all men and women of goodwill all over the world. Affirm your unity with them." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

2 "Eros is the same Spirit-in-action that originally threw itself outward to create a vast morphogenetic field of wondrous possibilities (known as the Great Nest). Out of itself, as matter, it began; out of itself, as life, it continued; out of itself, as mind, it began to awaken. The same Spirit-in-action differentiated itself into modes of the good and the true and the beautiful, as it continued its evolutionary play. And it is now the same Spirit-in-action, starting to become collectively conscious of itself, that has initiated an era of integral embrace – global village to communications internet to integral theories to network society." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

3 "There is a fundamental structure of interrelatedness and interdependability inherent in all living things, at microscopic levels of existence and in human society….The origin and goal of community, therefore, is the Mind of God, which is coming to Itself in time." Walter E. Fluker One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

4 "As Cicero conceived it, every society should resemble a symphonic concert, in which the different notes of the instruments and voices blend into a final harmony." Editors The City of God (St. Augustine)

5 "Every man is your neighbor. In being king, beggar, scholar, rich man, poor man, male, female, etc., we do not resemble each other – therein we are all different. But in being a neighbour we are all unconditionally like each other." Works of Love (Soren Kierkegaard)

6 "In the ultimate depth of being, we find ourselves no longer separate but, rather, part of the unity of the universe. That unity includes the sufferer and the suffering, and the healer and that which heals. Therefore, all acts of healing are ultimately our selves healing our Self." Ram Dass As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

7 "Wholeness, according to the perennial psychology, is WHAT is real and ALL that is real. A radically separate, isolated and bounded entity does not exist anywhere. There are no seams in the world, in things, in people or in God." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

8 "Humanity will pursue and bring about its own rebirth by uniting in caring, understanding, and tolerance of individual differences." The Case for Reincarnation (Joe Fisher)

9 "We are parts of a whole, and the whole must draw us as soon as we open our doors: this is grace working upon and within us." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

10 "Behind the surface separation and supporting the seemingly disparate things is a unity more basic, more real, closer to us than our sense impressions,…mystics agree with physicists that this unitary realm is primary, that the divisions ultimately rest on a unitary background." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

11 "Every time we hold our tongue instead of returning the sharp retort, show patience for another's faults, show a little more love and kindness; we are helping to stockpile more of these peace-bringing qualities in the world." Constance Foster Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

12 "At some level, however unconscious,…you are not separate from other human beings but share something vital with them… your neighbor as yourself because essentially your neighbor IS yourself." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

13 "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)

14 "With the end of the purely rational and dualistic understanding of the world, of Newtonian physics and its logical categories and divisions, we are now beginning to speak in the terms of inter-connectedness, of the web of creation, of the network which brings all things together into a shared unity." Beasts and Saints (Helen Waddell)

15 "One's neighbour is all men, unconditionally every human being." Works of Love (Soren Kierkegaard)

16 "The world is one world. Humanity is one unit in the evolutionary process." The Externalization of the Hierarchy (Alice A. Bailey)

17 "Once we accept that everything exists in relationship to everything else, we learn to be respectful." Stone Age Wisdom, The Healing Principles of Shamanism (Tom Crockett)

18 "The first essential is that the human units shall draw closer together, not merely under the pressure of external forces, or solely by the performance of material acts, but directly, centre to centre, through internal attraction. Not through coercion, or enslavement to a common task, but through unanimity in a common spirit. The construction of molecules ensues through atomic affinity. Similarly, on a higher level, it is through sympathy, and this alone, that the human elements in a personalized universe may hope to rise to the level of a higher synthesis." Let Me Explain (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

19 "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)

20 "As the Sufi sage Hazrat Inayat Khan said, 'The essence of spirituality and mysticism is readiness to serve the person next to us.'" Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

21 "We must reorder all our perceptive faculties so as to emphasize the wholeness rather than the otherness. Before we can love our neighbor as our self, we must SEE our neighbor as our self." Beatrice Bruteau, 'The Unknown Goddess' The Goddess Re-Awakening: The Feminine Principle Today (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

22 "The atom, the molecule, the cell, the body, the community, the planet, the solar system – all are in intimate and necessary relation to each other….The greater could not exist without the smaller, nor the smaller without the larger system that shapes it." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

23 "People will join together in clusters in their communities, towns, and villages, connecting up with other groups around the world via a network created by the lot of them and facilitated by today's communication technologies." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

24 "All of us living beings belong together, in as much as we are all in reality sides or aspects of one single being, which may perhaps in western terminology be called God while in the Upanishads its name is Brahman." Erwin Schrodinger, 'My View of the World' Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

25 "When the social body comes together as a whole, it is Spirit that binds the parts, the same Spirit that synthesized the metals and minerals in our Earth, that organizes the cells in our bodies into stupendous communities of trillions of cells." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Discovery of a New Ordering of the Future' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite