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1 "The smallest unit is an integral part of the whole." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

2 "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)

3 "Important to the theologies of many of the religions of the world is the relationship of each individual to other individuals, or the idea of community." Jane I. Smith, 'The Afterlife' Death, Afterlife, and the Soul (Mircea Eliade, editor-in-chief)

4 "All sequences in time must be related to the ultimate timeless Source, the wholeness in which we live and have our being." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

5 "According to Paracelsus, there is a deep connection between the human being and the entire universe that is hidden in the natural foundation of existence." Mystics after Modernism (Rudolf Steiner)

6 "The truth is that interdependence exists at the microcosmic and macrocosmic and psychic levels of existence." One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

7 "What is within your brother contains all of creation, everything created and creating, born and unborn as yet." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

8 "Everything that lives lives not alone, nor for itself." William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, 'The Book of Thel', plate 3, 1.26 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition (Angela Partington, editor)

9 "According to the theosophical perspective, the universe is one – living, intelligent and intelligible, multileveled, and comprised of beings that, together with the universe itself, co-evolve toward a higher life." Anna Freifeld Lemkow, 'Karmic Process in Science and Society' Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony (V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)

10 "Our bodies are the temple that con-temples us with other temples, other bodies of the universe, bodies of stars, of suns, of earth, of winged, finned, four-legged and two-legged brothers and sisters, children all of a living God." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

11 "Deep within us there is a voice which, although quiet, steadily assures us that…there is a unifying Reality." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

12 "Love breaks down every barrier, and fuses diverse groups in union….Love gathers all to itself, and carries all on with itself, welding separated units into a unified homogeneous whole." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

13 "Remain always true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourself united with all those who, from every direction, every culture, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge." Pierre Teilhard deChardin to Jean Houston A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

14 "According to the perennial philosophy, the re-discovery of this infinite and eternal Wholeness is men and women's single greatest need and want." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

15 "Everything is grounded in consciousness of the whole. The whole is always there and awaits our receptivity." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

16 "What we encounter in everyday life are not discrete individuals and solid objects, but integral aspects of a unified energetic field." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

17 "The planetary veins and arteries conveying the tireless energy of the Eternal One from place to place upon the spinning globe of the world, the blue dome of the sky with the golden sun disk to warm and revivify, the silent night with the crystal moon and diadems of stars….all of these are flooded with a sense of unity which pervades all things." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

18 "Mystics teach that there is a universal connection among all things; modern science offers the same message." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

19 "Each portion contains within it the latent potentials of the whole." The 'Unknown' Reality (Jane Roberts)

20 "Beneath the seemingly fractionated nature of existence lies a deeper, powerful idea: that of a unified order." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

21 "We have only to go down to the shore and look out at the great rushing in and falling back of the sea to see that the force of a wave is determined by each particle within its mass, and that all these particles cumulate to provide the thrust of the tidal whole." The Sphinx and The Rainbow: Brain, Mind and Future Vision (David Loye)

22 "Pertinent findings speak of a hitherto unsuspected form and level of coherence in nature. This kind of coherence means a quasi-instantaneously synchronized state, with nonconventional connections between the parts that make up a system, and between the systems and their environment. Such connections seem to obtain over all finite distances and finite times, and they suggest that the 'nonlocality' discovered in the microscopic domain of the quantum may extend into the macroscopic domains of life, mind, and cosmos. Nature, it appears, is made up as a nested hierarchy of nonlocally connected coherent systems." The Connectivity Hypothesis (Ervin Laszlo)

23 "We can no longer hold our loves at home and project our aggressions elsewhere; for on this spaceship Earth there is no 'elsewhere' any more. And no mythology that continues to speak or to teach of 'elsewheres' and 'outsiders' meets the requirement of this hour." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

24 "The human body is no mere collection of cells and organs. It is a creative potential; the cells, organs and systems display their individual character and yet coordinate their activities in harmonious unity." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

25 "Quantum theory reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated building blocks, but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of a unified whole." Ken Wilber, 'The Holographic Paradigm', 1982 The Relevance of Bliss (Nona Coxhead)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite