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1 "In many religious and spiritual traditions we find the nonduality of the universe expressed in terms of a single cosmic power, which is both the origin and infinite totality of the universe….the causal force manifests itself without in any way compromising its essential nonduality." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

2 "Heaven, Earth, and I were produced together, and all things and I are one." Chuang Tzu (c. 300 bc), Chinese philosopher, from 'The Texts of Taoism', James Legge, translator, Dover 1962 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

3 "If there is only One Thing, and that One Thing Is All That Is, there can be no insufficiency of any kind, because that One Thing is everything, and thus…It is sufficient unto Itself. This is a statement of the nature of God." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

4 "The pure soul is like a lens from which all irrelevancies and excrescences, all the beams and motes of egotism and prejudice have been removed; so that it may reflect a clear image of the one Transcendent." Evelyn Underhill, 'Practical Mysticism' Divine Light and Love (Peter Roche deCoppens)

5 "Brahman IS the world, and nondual mysticism takes its start with just that realization of One Taste." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

6 "The One Self is the Self of all that lives." Reincarnation (Annie Besant)

7 "We are, in fact, all part of one thing, all different materializations of the one life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

8 "All of Life comes from the One Life. There is thus an essential affinity between all forms of that Life." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

9 "The great doctors of the Catholic Church always posit the unfathomable Deity, incomprehensible, infinite, and therefore necessarily but One and partless." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

10 "The one eternal soul with one eternal consciousness is a fundamental reality." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

11 “Wisdom is the One who renews and makes perfect.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

12 "Relativity and quantum theory agree in that both imply the need to look upon the world as an undivided whole in which all the parts of the universe merge and unite in one totality." David Bohm, 'Wholeness and the Implicate Order' Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

13 "Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this oneness, and nothing else within." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

14 "Accept that you are a child of God. Sing your own song with gusto. Fulfill your mission as a copartner with the Holy One in the unfolding drama of the universe." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

15 "What is is One." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

16 "A genuine, unconditional, and universal love stems from the personal experience of being at one with the rest of humanity and the rest of creation. It is this experience that is needed before the vision of an ideal society can be fulfilled." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

17 "O Brahman, You are One….Having taken form, You face in all directions. You are the deep blue butterfly. You are the parrot, green with red eyes. You are the father of lightning. You are the seasons and the seas. Unborn, you are everywhere, and all that is, is born from You." Shvetashvatara Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

18 "There is but One Universal Element, which is infinite, unborn, and undying, and all the rest – as in the world of phenomena – are but so many various differentiated aspects and transformations of that One, from cosmical down to microcosmical effects, from super-human to human and sub-human beings, the totality, in short, of objective existence." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

19 "Without you there would be a lack in God….for what God wills is whole, and part of Him because His Will is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

20 "The One Mind, the cosmic focus of consciousness, is all-in-all; there is nothing other than it, no thought other than its thought, no object or universe independent of it." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

21 "The One will never fail." ch. 178, v. 7b Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

22 "Though the proliferations of living matter are vast and manifold, they never lose their solidarity. A continuous adjustment co-adapts them from without. A profound equilibrium gives them balance within. Taken in its totality, the living substance spread over the earth – from the very first stages of its evolution – traces the lineaments of one single and gigantic organism." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

23 “And behold it is One thing, One root, One essence with nothing extraneous added.” Nicolaus Melchior, chaplain at King Louis II’s court, 1490-1516 Collected Works (Carl Jung)

24 "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)

25 "When the awareness of the mind transcends the isolation of the personal self, it establishes an intimate relationship with the other, so that it is no longer merely a subject-object communication. This communication is one in which perceiver and perceived, thinker and thought, subject and object are united into a single all-pervading reality in which duality, or separation, is lost." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite