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1 "Like the Eastern traditions, it [Sufism] looks beyond appearances to the essential oneness of Being." Kabir Helminski, 'Sufism, A Path to Human Wholeness' The Inner West, An Introduction to the Hidden Wisdom of the West (Jay Kinney, editor)

2 "The 'neshama' [the soul] looks at each potential act and quietly asks, will this act move me closer to or further from the joy of touching the oneness of creation?" The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

3 "All hail to the One Mind that embraces the whole." 'The Seeing of Reality' The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

4 "In reality, there is Mind-only, all inclusive, non-dual, the timeless ground of all temporal phenomena, fusion without confusion, a Reality without duality but not without relations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

5 "What you do for others the Holy One will do for you." ch. 46, v. 17b Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

6 "Consciousness is the ground of being; it is the one and only, the absolute." Amit Goswami The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

7 "Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg delivered an address in 1970 on 'The Meaning of Beauty in the Exact Sciences." In that talk he called mathematics 'the archetype of the beauty of the world', and he invoked the philosopher Plotinus, who said 'Beauty is the translucence, through the material phenomena, of the eternal splendor of the 'One'.'" One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

8 "Growth involves inward transformation and living in accordance with the spirit of the oneness of all being that the truth implies." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

9 "If people can….realize all as one, then people can be companions of heaven." Liu I Ming (b. 1737), Taoist adept The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

10 "Love in all its aspects is the symbol of the Logos as One….Whosoever expresses Love, brings spirit, which is One, into manifestation." Dion Fortune Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

11 "The Lord is Infinite, Immense, and Eternal….the Only One, from whom all things are." Emanuel Swedenborg A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

12 "From this beautiful One beauty comes to be in all beings." Thomas Aquinas, DDN, n. 349 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

13 "God is 'the One without a second' (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 4.5.15)." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

14 "The same elements compose my mind and the world. This situation is the same for every mind and its world, in spite of the unfathomable abundance of cross-references between them. The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'Why Not Talk Physics?' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

15 "The whole spiritual realm may be described as a kind of Light with the One in repose at its summit, as its King….we are always brought back to God." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

16 "That God is one means there's a oneness at the core of all being in whom everything…converges." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

17 "That everything proceeds from the One is a fundamental tenet of alchemy." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

18 "Time and Space are forms of the One incognizable Deity." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

19 "In diverse forms a common soul we see." G. Matheson Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

20 "To apprehend the one in the many constitutes the special character of love." Ernst Troeltsch, 'Christianity and Other Religions' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

21 "We have an eye of contemplation, which sees with higher or spiritual light the ultimate reality of oneness." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

22 "Now, as you are, you are what you seek. You are of the One. Now!" Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

23 "It is now, all at once, one, continuous….Nor is it divisible more here and less there….but it is full of what is." Heraclitus, Fragment 8 Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

24 "The Universe unfolds through the creation of the myriad forms of its expression, yet it always remains essentially One." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

25 "That Being through Which all exist must be one….There is, then, some one Being Which alone exists in the greatest and highest degree of all." St. Anselm, 'Monologium', (11th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite