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1 "In physics, in biology, in aesthetics, this same Unitary Principle obtains; it is as though the tensions and pressures of conflicting forms in unstable irresolution ultimately find, by their own inner urgencies, and nature's purposive design, a mergent stability, a higher function in the mounting architecture….there seems to be a goal that is as inherently magnetic to all protoplasm and organism as to man himself." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

2 "The ordered system in which each and all by the supreme Artist's skill are wrought together into a single whole yields a divinely musical harmony, sweet and true." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

3 "Every thing simultaneously includes all (other things) in perfect completion, without the slightest deficiency or omission, at all times. To see one object is, therefore, to see all objects, and vice versa. This is to say a tiny individual particle within the minute cosmos of an atom actually contains the infinite objects and principles in the infinite universes of the future and of the remote past in the perfect completeness without omission." Chang, 'Buddhist Teaching of Totality' Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

4 "The world possesses a soul holding it together, and this soul is designated God, primordially and ever living and the source of all life." Cornutis, 'Compendium of Greek Theology' The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

5 "Water flows to unite with water, because all parts of it are subject to the same laws. So too should human society hold together through a community of interests that allows each individual to feel himself a member of a whole." I Ching or The Book of Changes (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

6 "The Savior replied, 'Every nature, every modeled form, every creature, exists in and with each other….Anyone with two ears able to hear should listen!" The Gospel of Mary, 2:2-5 The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle (Karen L. King)

7 "Just as there is an underlying unity behind all natural entities and processes, all having arisen from common subtle matter obeying the same laws, there is an underlying unity behind all the knowing selves or consciousness." Ravi Ravindra, 'Science and the Mystery of Silence' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

8 "Earth, plant, animal and man are all interdependent." Healing Through Colour (Theo Gimbel)

9 "Creation is the extension of God. Creation is God encountered in time and space. Creation is the infinite in the garb of the finite. To attend to creation is to attend to God. To attend to the moment is to attend to eternity. To attend to the part is to attend to the whole." 'Pirke Avot', 6:2 (Rabbinic sayings, ca. 250-275), The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

10 "Primitive man was not disposed to separate his own soul from the world-soul. Soul is soul, invisible power that moves in the wind, so how can it be chopped up and compartmentalized?" Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

11 "All of us are individual spirits created to evolve into a common union." Anonymous The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

12 "Try to see this world and the personalities of men as vehicles for the Divine Presence and the Divine Life, remembering also: All are but parts of one stupendous whole." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

13 "Everything is linked with everything else; so divine essence is below as well as above, in heaven and on earth. There is nothing else." Moses deLeon (d. 1305), Spanish Jewish mystic The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

14 "The individual Self is a portion, or excerpt, or representative, of something universally present in all living creatures, and, therefore, a correspondingly graduated kind of psychological process, which is born anew in every creature." 'Psychological Types Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

15 "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)

16 "The natural contours of your psyche are quite aware of the inner sweep and flow of your life, and its relationship with every other creature alive. Intuitively, each person is born with the knowledge that he or she is not only worthwhile, but fits into the context of the universe in the most precise and beautiful of fashions." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

17 "The first of the factors revealing the divine nature and the first of the great psychological aspects of God is the tendency to synthesis." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

18 "The law of the Supermind is unity fulfilled in diversity." Aurobindo (1872-1950), Hindu mystical philosopher The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

19 "Human and Cosmos are not only reciprocally related but, even though the apparent forms differ, [are] mirror images of each other." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

20 "Cosmic Consciousness involves an attention-widening so that the whole cosmos is perceived as a unity, and one's place in this whole is simultaneously perceived." Religions, Values, and Peak-Experiences (Abraham Maslow)

21 "Every gesture embodies the whole self, including the history of that self." Elizabeth Swados, musician, writer Genesis: A Living Conversation (Bill Moyers)

22 "There is a mystical truth in the saying about the 'web of interrelatedness': When a leaf falls to the earth, the universe is shaken. Just so, when one writes a single word, the universe is shaken." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

23 "Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things." Thomas Merton The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

24 "As I see it, what really matters are not fascinating details to be memorized by the curious mind, but the gaining of a whole view of cosmic, planetary, and human evolution. It is to be able to 'see' or even feel this evolution, with its interconnecting cycles and subcycles, microcosmic as well as macrocosmic." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

25 "In the wilderness, I sense the wholeness hidden in all things. It is in the taste of wild berries, the scent of sunbaked pine, the sight of the Northern Lights, the sound of water lapping the shore, signs of a bedrock integrity that is eternal and beyond all doubt." A Hidden Wholeness, The Journey Toward An Undivided Life (Parker J. Palmer)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite