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1 "Together with minerals, plants and animals, we make up the body and consciousness of a single living organism – Earth. We move within this body, intricately related to and dependent upon every other part of it." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

2 "In Plato's world heaven and earth, the elements, the soul and the spirit, the divine and the terrestrial are interrelated and partake of one another." The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

3 "We have a Universe outside (macro) and a Universe inside (micro) set of systems interbonded to produce all physical matter. Our thoughts, our experiences, the book, the table – all are systems." Intuition (R. Buckminster Fuller)

4 "All things form at one and the same time an organic whole and a precise order." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

5 "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)

6 "It is not a question of either-or but of all-in-one….of wholeness, wholeheartedness and unity….which finds the same ground of love in everything." Thomas Merton, 'Contemplation In A World of Action' Merton's Palace of Nowhere (James Finley)

7 "The holographic notion resurfacing today, pars pro toto (the part contains the whole), was well accepted in ancient prephilosophic times." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

8 "Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos. The one is made of the many." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

9 "The events and stories of our individual lives can be seen as small but potent fractals of the great fractal, which is the infinite mirroring of the soul of the world. What are fractals? Fractals are repetitions of the same general patterns, even the same details, at both ascending and descending scales. They tell us that the universe and all that it contains is made up of folded realities within self-similar worlds." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

10 "This vast congeries of volitions, interests, and activities, constitutes the instruments and means of the world-spirit for attaining its object; bringing it to consciousness, and realizing it. And this aim is none other than finding itself – coming to itself – and contemplating itself in concrete actuality." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

11 "Whether we call him Person, or Sacerdotium, or Magna Matter, or by any other grammatically masculine, feminine or neuter names, 'That' of which our powers are measures is a syzygy of conjoint principles, without composition or duality. These conjoint principles…become contraries only when we descend from the silent level of the Non-duality to speak in terms of subject and object and to recognize the many separate and individual existences that the All or Universe presents to our physical organs of perception. And since this finite totality can only be logically and not really divided from its infinite source, 'That One' can also be called an 'Integral Multiplicity' and 'Omniform Light.'" Ananda Coomaraswamy, 'Hinduism and Buddhism' Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

12 "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)

13 "Time is the structuring power which divides the universal world process into wholes within wholes within wholes." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

14 "Without a belief in, and the radical cultivation of, mystical consciousness and the insights into the interconnectedness of all reality in sacred joy and sacred love that it alone can bring, we will not be able to develop the necessary awareness to help us solve the terrible problems that threaten our lives and the very life of the planet." The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

15 "Wherever we scratch the phenomenal surface deeply enough, we strike the living water of unity." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

16 "The flavour of unity can be tasted by the mind, can be expressed in action as mutual endeavour. Wherever there is mutual endeavour…there men have caught the flavour of unity." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

17 "They who are long gone are in us, as predisposition, as a charge upon our destiny, as blood that stirs, and as gesture that rises up out of the depths of time." Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German poet, 'Letters to a Young Poet' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

18 "Each person is unique and important to the Whole we call God." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

19 "Working with every conceivable kind of insect and animal from the protozoa upward, biologists have discovered a world of wondrously vast and orderly linkages and feedback loops between our environment and all organisms." The Sphinx and The Rainbow: Brain, Mind and Future Vision (David Loye)

20 "The power of reaching outward and becoming a part altogether conscious of a whole in a marvelously spiritual manner is the gift of God to all." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

21 "Back of objective nature, the sum total of all forms in all the kingdoms of nature, is found the subjective reality which is essentially a unified whole or unity, producing the diversified many." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "The virtue of the universe is wholeness. It regards all things as equal." Tao Te Ching Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

23 "Within one's own mind is Mind Itself, the native resting-place of everything that is." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

24 "Everything in the universe is connected in an interdependent dance." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

25 "The insight of interbeing…can be obtained when you contemplate phenomena – a magnolia, a squirrel, or a cloud." Living Buddha, Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hanh)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite