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1 "Who are you who go about to save them that are lost? Are you saved yourself?.... Be sure, very sure, that each one of these can teach you as much as, probably more than, you can teach them. Have you then sat humbly at their feet, and waited on their lips that they should be the first to speak – and been reverent before these children – whom you so little understand? Have you dropped into the bottomless pit from between yourself and them all hallucination of superiority, all flatulence of knowledge, every shred of abhorrence and loathing? Is it equal, is it free as the wind between you? Could you be happy receiving favors from one of the most despised of these?.....Arise, then, and become a savior." Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), English author, poet, 'Towards Democracy' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

2 "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)

3 "The Real incessantly reawakens us to an impassioned awareness of a wider expansion and an all-embracing unity." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

4 "Building genuine connection and deep community among the peoples of the world is the historical task of our generation." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

5 "When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

6 "The impetus toward community is here and it is not going to leave us. Many of us are feeling a growing restlessness that has to do with dreams of new ways of living….We want clear air and space to be, work, breathe and live. This alongside the sense that we belong together as soul friends." Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

7 "It cannot be stressed strongly enough that our tendency as the Human Race is to move to a consciousness of the relationship between the individual and the collective. This will lead to a greatly expanded awareness of the collective itself." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

8 "Remember that every effort you make in the direction of wholeness and the common good contributes to shifting the overall consciousness of our world." Dr. Barbara L. King, 'Will: The Foundation Faculty of the New Global Order' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

9 "Recognition of world-unity must become an absolutely governing principle in all relationships, between human beings, between man and animals, and all sentient creatures." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

10 "In the operation of any whole organism, every function is essential and valuable. There should be no question of 'superior' or 'inferior'….In an organic democracy every cell and organ – every individual and every healthfully operating group and situation – is equally important, necessary, and to be protected as well as valued." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

11 "Our neighbor is not simply 'the Other.' He or she reveals to us that unifyng link which binds us together." Jay G. Williams, 'How Pleasant It Is…' The American Theosophist (various)

12 "If I meet other people and criticize their weaknesses, I rob myself of higher cognitive power. But if I try to enter deeply and lovingly into another person's good qualities, I gather in that force." How To Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Rudolf Steiner)

13 "We shall be saved by an option that has chosen the whole." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

14 "I am called to seek wholeness inside of myself. Healing begins here, in myself. Wholeness and unity begin inside of myself. If I am growing toward wholeness, then I'll be an agent of wholeness. If our community is an agent of wholeness, then it will be a source of life for the world around it." Jean Vanier, 'From Brokenness to Community' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

15 "When we are mindful, touching deeply the present moment, we can see and listen deeply, and the fruits are always understanding, acceptance, love, and the desire to relieve suffering and bring joy." Living Buddha, Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hanh)

16 "The soul that empathetically identifies with both the pain and the joy of others begins to see that in the inner world we are not separate from each other. Peace and joy, no less than pain and sorrow, are shared, collective experiences. In the inner world it becomes clear that we can choose what we want to cultivate and that help is available." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

17 "During this dawning of our awakening as a species we will see the strangers in us disappear and the lovely oneness of our being open up to let in the light of true love and acceptance of all life and All There Is." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

18 "Ever turn away from the imperfections of your neighbour and centre rather your attention upon your own short-comings in order to correct them and become wise." H. P. Blavatsky Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

19 "It can seem as if the world is falling to pieces….and yet the call keeps coming, a call, I think, which is not so much to power as to community with all those others who are wounded, whose worlds or lives also seem to be falling apart, and yet who are actually – we must believe – giving birth to something new." Veronica Brady, Australian writer The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

20 "The requirement of today is becoming more and more obvious. It is the recognition that the world is so small and so tightly interlocked, that the community, the actual community, is a world community." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

21 "All individuals are continually reinforced and carried on, beyond their average immediate consciousness, by the knowledge, resources, and energy which surround them in the social order." Bernard Bosanquet (1848-1923), British philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

22 "The next step in the development of further evolution is the achievement of higher group consciousness….throughout the world." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

23 "A human being is a part of the whole called the 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty." Albert Einstein Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

24 "Just as drops of water lost within the vast sheets of oceans participate in all sorts of common chemical, thermal or capillary relationships; so, at a higher degree of reality, no living mass (whether it is the whole biosphere or a fraction of it) is conceivable… except as permeated and animated by certain forces of solidarity which bring the paricular forms into balance and control the unifying currents within the All." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

25 "The seven principles that form the basis of Kwanza celebration all center around community. They include the following: self-determination for the community; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; the collective vocation of building the community; and creativity whose purpose is 'to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.'" One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite