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1 "The Whole God and the universe is a perfect unity." 'Sefer Yetzirah', Kabbalist text Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

2 "If enough of us can perceive the new view of wholeness emerging in our times and absorb it into our consciousness so that it permeates our world view, and hence our attitudes and actions, our new vision cannot help but reflect in world attitudes and conditions. As we ourselves become whole and live as intrinsic parts of the Whole, we can begin to re-establish wholeness in our tragically fragmented and divided world." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

3 "Things are more integrated, unified, whole than they seem to us." Huston Smith Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

4 "In truth, every single person IS the whole universe. You are the infinite, seen from a specific, localized point of view." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

5 "A greater being, it seems, is seeking to emerge in us, a being that knows at once that it is fundamentally connected with the great field of creation around us. This is not merely an intellectual idea but a direct realization. It carries a greater sense of certainty than our biological identity." God and The Evolving Universe: The Next Step in Personal Evolution (James Redfield, Michael Murphy and Sylvia Timbers)

6 "Wholeness comes first, multiplicity later; the many derive from the one." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

7 "By the Lord of the universe all things are ordered both generally and particularly with a view to the safety of the whole." Clement of Alexandria, 'On Spiritual Perfection' Alexandrian Christianity (John E. L. Oulton, editor)

8 "There is no proportionate part, nor part at all which differs from the whole." Giordano Bruno, 'De la Causa', Dialogue 5 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

9 "Nothing in the world is single; All things by a law divine in each other's being mingle." Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Love's Philosophy' A Book of Angels (Sophy Burnham)

10 "There is no fundamental separation or duality between you and your world." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

11 "The most important of the fundamental instincts [is] the religious instinct for wholeness." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

12 "We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

13 "Theosophy views the Universe an an intelligent whole, hence every motion in the Universe is an action of that whole." The Ocean of Theosophy (William Q. Judge)

14 "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)

15 "The Divinity within all life innately relates each of us to every other living thing, and every other living thing to us, in true kinship." Kinship With All Life (J. Allen Boone)

16 "At the psychololgical root of all mysticism there lies…magnetic power which urges each conscious element to become united with the surrounding whole." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 "You are part of the one collective soul of all species on the planet." Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

18 "In relating the things of the earth to the celestial, and those of heaven to the inferior, the Chaldeans have shown in the mutual affections between these parts of the universe (which are separated in space but not in essence) the harmony that unites them in a sort of musical accord." Philo Judaeus The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

19 "Particular events take place…because of an organic linking of the whole of cosmic experience, a linkage which is such that all events in the Cosmos are bound together in one harmonious correlation." Prem and Ashish, 'Man, the Measure of All Things' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

20 "In the last analysis every life is the realization of a whole, that is, of a self." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

21 "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)

22 "In the realm of life, as in that of matter, the fundamental unity of the universe and the inexorable inter-relationship of the cosmic elements, which will only allow any new being to enter our experience in the context of all the present and past states of the world, appear to be ideas now definitely accepted by the human mind. We shall never abandon them again, but explore them, on the contrary, to increasing depth because we have been both drawn and driven to them by the full force of human thought for many centuries; and also because, once they are accepted, reality is found to grow clearer and more orderly so far as the eye can see." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

23 "Could it be that the human heart and the world's heart are one in their self-surpassing? We believe that they are. As we grow in love and strength, we become vehicles for the world's growth." The Life We Are Given, A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul (George Leonard and Michael Murphy)

24 "Unity embraces the multiplicity of all beings." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

25 "There are no walls between you and God, no distance, no separation. Looking out through meditative eyes, you see there is no distance, no separation, from others or from the earth that sustains us all." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite