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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "'Tat tvam asi' (Thou art That), which proclaims man's inmost being as one with divine Being…is identical with the Gnostic maxim, 'Thou art I and I am thou.' This insight into man's hidden connection with the Ground of all has appeared in many other philosophies and religions, such as Taoism and Neoplatonism, and is even hinted at in Buddhism."

2 "Mankind is unfinished, and both the individual and the human species as a whole are unfolding new powers, new ways of perceiving, new mental and spiritual potentialities."

3 "Organisms are self-forming and also goal directed, not random. F. L. Kunz held that such self-ordering forms operate according to a principle of order, of dynamic geometry: 'The self-proportioned geometry of the living orders is the diversified expression of a consistent, universal principle.' ('Order in the Universe')."

4 "The Divine Mind reveals its own nature in the human abilities to conceptualize, to see relationships and patterns in diversity, to produce pattern and design in art, mathematics, science, and to organize experience into meaningful, interrelated wholes."

5 "At every level – from the atom and its parts through the myriad forms of life to the farthest stars and galaxies – all is permeated by one Life."

6 "We glimpse the direction of human growth in such forerunners of the mainstream of mankind as Plato, Einstein, Leonardo, Jesus, Buddha. Geniuses in all fields throughout history not only leave us the heritage of their creative insights. They also reveal the possibilities of the human mind, possibilities all of us will one day unfold."

7 "Consciousness in the guise of the Divine Mind, the subjective side of nature, is the driving force behind evolution.'

8 "We spring from the divine Ground which gives rise to all."

9 "Evolution moves forward to produce ever more sensitive forms, through which greater degrees of consciousness and ever higher reaches of the Divine Mind can manifest."

10 "We can know the oneness behind all life, for such knowledge lies within us already, waiting to be actualized."

11 "As philosophy professor Renee Weber recognizes, there is a single tradition, one universal core of knowledge underlying its many expressions, which are 'bound by a common intentionality, an integral vision of man and world.'"

12 "The spiritual will is the One itself turned toward the manifest world, so to speak. In us it is the very sense of self, of being an individual, yet at the same time being one with the All."

13 "In the midst of the whirling and changing worlds, we are ever rooted in the One, our deepest center of consciousness grounded in that unchanging, eternal background."

14 "The Divine Mind is found everywhere in nature."

15 "The universe…is a unified system, a mighty organism in which the inmost nucleus and pervading Spirit and Self is the one abiding Being." J. C. Chatterji

16 "The forms of nature are exteriorized representations of Divine Thought."

17 "All the principles that govern the universe and its workings are forcefully present in us. We have cosmic connections. We embody universals."

18 "All these principles – unity, time, space, motion, polarity – are enfolded in the One."

19 "There is overwhelming evidence from the most diverse sources that we are interconnected, that we are all part of one whole, sharing at all levels."

20 "The noumenal, nonmaterial Source of all remains forever one and undivided, while the interconnections and wholeness perceived in the world reflect this background oneness."

21 "We are part of the One, never apart from the One Life."

22 "Our being is enmeshed in endless ways with others and with our environment."

23 "The archetypes serve as blueprints to guide the growing forms. They are like the perfect song on a conceptual level which individual singers bring into being in their unique way."

24 "We can try to universalize our attitudes towards others, experience each as an expression of the One Life at a particular level of unfoldment, and begin to actualize universal love and compassion. As we work consciously to develop our mental and spiritual capacities, we move in the direction of the whole cosmic evolutionary process."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite