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1 "There is a great fact known to us more certainly than the existence of matter: it is the unity of consciousness." Josephus Flavius Cook (1838-1901), American lecturer A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

2 "Until we are everything that we in our ignorance believe surrounds us, there is no complete consciousness. We may study the star intellectually, but we have never attained consciousness until we are the star, the stone, the heavens, and the earth. When our consciousness is perfect we extend from the heights of height to the depths of depth; we permeate the whole nature of existence; we are in everything, we are through everything, we are the whole nature of everything." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

3 "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)

4 "If we attentively consider the constant regularity, order, and concatenation of natural things, the surprising magnificence, beauty, and perfection of the larger, and the exquisite contrivance of the smaller parts of the creation, together with the exact harmony and correspondence of the whole,….I say if we consider all these things, and at the same time attend to the meaning and import of the attributes, one, eternal, infinitely wise, good, and perfect, we shall clearly perceive that they belong to the Spirit who 'works all in all', and 'by whom all things consist.'" George Berkeley (1685-1745), 'The Principles of Human Knowledge' The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

5 "Nothing is excluded from the circle of wholeness." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

6 "Everything is multiplicity within unity….In the image of God who created them, all beings are at once one and many from the galaxy to the electron." Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, 'Abide in Love' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

7 "Each one of us is dependent on others and nature to be. Everything is interdependent….we are intrinsically and fundamentally related to everyone and everything else." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

8 "The universe is likened to a net of glittering gems, wherein each jewel contains the reflections of all other jewels, and its reflection in turn exists in all the other gems: 'one in all, all in one,' or 'unity in diversity, diversity in unity.'" Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

9 "Your Self is simultaneously localized in your body and pervading the entire universe." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

10 "Human beings are woven into the entire cosmic network. Hence we may speak of a kind of functional integrity or unity in the universe, by which everything that is is linked to everything else that is." The Hidden Jesus: A New Life (Donald Spoto, Ph. D.)

11 "The Logos connects everything in the interdependent web of being." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

12 "The Earth in its total being is a vast, living, thinking organism in which ALL kingdoms of life perform interrelated and interdependent functions." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

13 "This planet of ours is a vital living thing. Mother Earth is literally a living, conscious being, a great living organism." Walter Ernest Butler (1898-1978) Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

14 "The shape of the world exists everlastingly in the knowledge of the true Love which is God: constantly circling, wonderful for human nature, and such that it is not consumed by age and cannot be increased by anything new….in its workings the Godhead is like a wheel, a whole." Hildegard of Bingen, Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

15 "Anyone who finds in infinite nature nothing but one whole, one complete poem, in whose every word, every syllable, the harmony of the whole rings out…has won the highest prize of all." J. W. Ritter, 'Fragmente aus dem Nachlasse eines jungen Physikers', 2:205 Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

16 "All such parts (of living organisms), right down to the level of single electrons, must be looked upon as potentially, if not intrinsically, alive and almost inevitably serving in their respective ranks as vital units of the sublimely hierarchical structure of the living body-mind." Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

17 "One of the great Alchemical axioms is, 'Within everything is the seed of everything.'" The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

18 "Individual purpose must be identified with group purpose which is as much of the purpose of the Whole or the One Life as the little life can grasp at any given point in time and space." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

19 "And what is this holomovement? [David] Bohm describes it as an 'unbroken and undivided totality.'" The Sphinx and The Rainbow: Brain, Mind and Future Vision (David Loye)

20 "We are each connected and in sacred relationship to every other seed of life. We are swimming in the same pool of consciousness." Stone Age Wisdom, The Healing Principles of Shamanism (Tom Crockett)

21 "The formulae of a science remain dead unless there is someone…to read them as tokens, not only of practical information, but also of life's mystery: our biological schedule of the evolution of all living things, for example, to be viewed (as the atom is now being viewed) as denoting some kind of dynamic web of inseparable energy patterns, in which all of us, whether knowingly or unknowingly, are included." Historical Atlas of World Mythology, vol. 1, The Way of the Animal Powers (Joseph Campbell)

22 "If we see the opposites in ourselves, we are less likely to judge and blame others. If we have identified too closely with the light, have too idealized an image of ourselves, then our shadow will surely come up and hit us on the backside. The same is true if we have identified with our negative side; we could be struck from behind by our goodness. Either position is a denial of our wholeness." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

23 "The world can no longer be an agglomeration of juxtaposed objects: we must recognise it as one great whole, welded together and evolving organically." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

24 "We are all, in every particle of our being, precipitations of consciousness; we are, likewise, the animals and plants, metals drawing to a magnet and waters tiding to the moon. Today the planet is the only proper 'in group'." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite