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1 "Perfect is the Law, evolving all things toward adjustment; for each is a facet of the whole." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

2 "Our own individual actions are extremely important because we are all part of this larger matrix, a global web. Our own acts of love build energy that we can all draw upon. Even a little bit of love on our part can create an important foundation for future generations to build upon." James and Salle Merrill Redfield, 'Listening for Love' Handbook for the Heart, Original Writings on Love (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield, editors)

3 "Seen from space, Earth has no national borders, no military zones, no visible fences. Quite the opposite. You can see how storm systems swirling above a continent may well affect the grain yield half a world away. The entire atmosphere of the planet – all the air we breathe, all the sky we fly through, even the ozone layer – is visible as the thinnest rind. The picture eloquently reminds one that Earth is a single organism." Diane Ackerman, 'The Rarest of the Rare' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

4 "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)

5 "Classical science has always viewed the state of a system as a whole as merely the result of interaction of its parts. However, the quantum potential stood this view on its ear and indicated that the behavior of parts is actually organized by the whole." Michael Talbot, 'The Holographic Universe', Harper Collins 1991, p. 41 The Alchemy of Healing (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

6 "We cannot possibly see the whole of what we are, if we persist in seeing the parts of our nature and nature's parts as disassociated entities. Defining things without considering their relationships with other things is a fatal flaw in descriptive analysis." Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

7 "A superficial reading of nature finds differentiation; disparate entities: stars and stones and bottled water and even life and death. At a deeper level that same nature reveals unity." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

8 "Wherever we see life, from bacteria to large-scale ecosystems, we observe networks with components that interact with one another in such a way that the entire network regulates and organizes itself." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

9 "What is (the earth) most like?.....It is most like a single cell." Lewis Thomas (b. 1913), 'The Lives of a Cell' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

10 "What is essentially involved in both love and religion is the repairing of unities broken by experience and beyond that the retrieval of a Unity both all-encompassing and sempiternal." Origins of the Sacred (Dudley Young)

11 "The divine will is the wholeness, the good and the true in all things. Like God, the universal Being, it is manifest in everything." Jean-Pierre deCaussade (1675-1751), French priest and author Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

12 "Each and all should develop the realisation that they are organic parts of one corporate whole and that they must contribute to that whole all they have and are. This concept is already present in the hearts of countless thousands and carries with it great responsibility. These realisations, when intelligently developed and wisely handled, will lead to right human relations." The Externalization of the Hierarchy (Alice A. Bailey)

13 "All happenings form a unity and are spun together." Plotinus, II.3.15 The Soul's Code (James Hillman)

14 “The unity of all things, their unity within diversity, had been postulated by the [Greek] Eleatic School in the sixth century b.c.” Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

15 "The millennia-old Kabala reads 'And God saw everything that was made and behold it was a unified order." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

16 "We shall be saved by an option that has chosen the whole." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 "Your psyche is spherical, whole and complete. When you are approaching an experience of that wholeness, you begin to notice circles and spheres. The sun and moon are magnificent spherical mandalas, and isn't it a wonderful gift that both by day and by night, the heavens present the symbol of your wholeness to you?....The sphere contains the center point of your cohesive power. It can be used as an imaging device to aid in your movement toward wholeness." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

18 "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)

19 "We carry within us an intimation of a whole Self…that draws us toward a richer, fuller life." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

20 "In every form of life an organizing, self-regulating process resides, an inborn purpose to be a whole in a whole….This organic impulse, which in plant and animal is an unconscious instinct, becomes in man an urge to complete the mystery of Being in the harmony of Knowing." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

21 "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)

22 "Any who have entered higher states of 'Oneness' or the scientist who sees the universe as a holo-movement are right, nature is not separate or segmented in any way: it is a seamless and continuous whole." Unknown Man (Yatri)

23 "When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. That makes a change….From where you see it, the thing is a whole, and it's so beautiful." Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

24 "That comprehensive Unity which is the final goal is inextricably involved with the Many." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

25 "Wherever we scratch the phenomenal surface deeply enough, we strike the living water of unity." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite