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1 "We can only grow as people by living in relationships, by in-depth communication, and by orientating ourselves towards justice and charity. Through this attitude we learn to live in 'correct proportions'." Catharina J. M. Halkes, Dutch Feminist theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

2 "Humanity is ripening towards a time of unilateral cooperation." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

3 "Seek those new attitudes and those new creative approaches which will result not alone in the building of the individual, but also in the fusion of the many 'radiant strands' which will produce those 'connecting cables', speaking symbolically, which will relate the planetary centres and present the medium along which can pass the fiery will and the predetermined purpose of Deity. This will bring about the reconstruction of the manifested worlds, and in this task each and every one of you can have his share." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

4 "The whole infinity of discrete and independent souls is yet fused into a vast Whole…within the immensity of the World Soul." Dorothea Waley Singer, 'Giordano Bruno, His Life and Thought' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

5 "Each of us is called from within to stabilize ourselves as cocreative humans, humans capable of accessing the eternal aspect of God and simultaneously awakening to the evolving aspect – humans expressing our God-given creative essence as Spirit-in-action in the world." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Discovery of a New Ordering of the Future' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

6 "The core of my being is also the core of your being, and the core of all beings." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

7 "The vision of an emergent planetary culture involves the broadening and deepening of our individual and collective perspectives and assumptions so that we embrace ourselves as a species, as humankind, rather than as separate factions." David Spangler, 'Revelations: The Birth of A New Age' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

8 "We all share the same pool of genes. Each of us has as ancestors Europeans, Africans, Chinese, Arabs, Malays, Latins, Eskimos, and every possible type of human being. Students of genetics are forced to believe in human brotherhood. Each of us is literally kin to humankind; we are all the family of man." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

9 "We desperately need a unifying world view to help heal the world's endless fractures. What problems could not be solved by first considering the good of the whole, of the lives of all those on our planet, rather than special interests!" Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

10 "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)

11 "In order to endure, society must be built upon a solid foundation of Brotherhood." Reincarnation: A Hope of the World (Irving S. Cooper)

12 "We are embedded in communities, circles within circles of communities, both small and large, focused and abstract. Holding up the ideal of unity, we strive to break down the walls which separate us from others – not only other nations and peoples, but other species and the natural world." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

13 "Any friendship – between two or between a hundred – entails a new emergent unity, where each of the constituent selves is far more in its functional oneness with the rest than it ever was in its apartness." Gregory Vlastos (b. 1909), Canadian professor of philosophy, 'The Religious Way' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

14 "The most basic of all works of love [is] the work of human communication, of caring and nurturance, of tending the personal bonds of community." Beverly Wildung Harrison, American social ethicist The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

15 "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)

16 "God does not give us graces or talents or virtues for ourselves alone. We are members one of another and everything that is given to one member is given for the whole body." Seeds of Contemplatiion (Thomas Merton)

17 "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)

18 "By revisioning, and therefore changing our consciousness, all of our personal and global relationships can be brought into harmony. The greatest challenge facing each of us is to take personal responsibility for living in harmony with all life forms and understanding the delicate web of connections between all life and the Earth." Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

19 "The forces of the world are always interdependent, and by acting together produce something new and essential." Lectures on the I Ching: Constancy and Change (Richard Wilhelm)

20 "The moving finger of God in human history points ever in the same direction. There must be community." Howard Thurman Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

21 "The many aspects of human unfoldment and differentiation produce one noble whole, and all the parts of this whole are interdependent." The Externalization of the Hierarchy (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "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)

23 “To live rightly in any community, we have to let go of the idea that our will is always supreme. We need to be attentive to the needs and insights of others, and be willing at times to sacrifice our personal preferences for the sake of the common good.” Bernard of Clairvaux, Essential Writings (Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.)

24 "When any community is devoted to the vitality of the Center of and beyond each individual, there will be no danger of damaging consensus, for the particular 'color' of the Center as it expresses itself through each personality will contribute richness to the whole. This will bring relatedness and cooperation." Elizabeth Boyden Howes, Jungian analyst, written for this anthology The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

25 "Perception of inconsistencies, of oppositions and of flat contradictions…these seem to be products of partial cognition, and fade away with cognition of the whole." Toward A Psychology of Being (Abraham Maslow)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite