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1 "The multiplicity of things and events around us are simply expressions of one and the same ultimate reality, which rises above all ideas and images and is more than its manifestations." Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

2 "The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, the Kalika Purana, the Eddas, the Babylonian 'Epic of Creation', Ovid, the Memphite theogony, Vedantic philosophy, Kant, Goethe, through varieties of metaphor, have stated and stated again a single thought – and what would appear to be an easy thought to state, namely: the One, by some sleight of hand or trick of the eye, has become the Manifold." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

3 "We are all One, in God." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

4 "The universe and the expressions of all natures within same are the manifestations of that one force, one power, one spirit, one energy known as Universal Force, Creative Energy, or God." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

5 "A succinct definition of Hinduism might read, 'The Universe is profoundly One.'" The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

6 "One is the One and All." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

7 "All the breathing, the pulses, the rhythms and movements of the natural world on earth or in astronomical spaces are variations of the one universal pulse, which gives rise to them." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

8 "For what, pray, can be added to the One, what is lacking to it, or on what can it be supported? For in truth nothing exists beside that One." Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist Collected Works (Carl Jung)

9 "The Upanishads say: 'An ocean One the seer becomes, without duality. This is the highest path, the highest prize, the highest world, the highest bliss.'" Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

10 "In the midst of the whirling and changing worlds, we are ever rooted in the One, our deepest center of consciousness grounded in that unchanging, eternal background." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

11 "Consciousness solidifies into matter at one extreme and is boundless suchness at the other, in which there is no 'other', but only the One Itself itself." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

12 "All is the play of the unitive life force in its various manifestations." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

13 "Plurality is the consummation of unity manifested." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

14 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

15 "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)

16 "The flowers emitted a joyous glow of the One White Light, within which were all the colors of all the rainbows, in all the universes of the One." Stanley Byron Roberts, 'Our Father' Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

17 "I have put duality away. I have seen that the two worlds are one: one I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call. He is the first, he is the last. He is the outward, he is the inward." Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

18 "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)

19 "It's all one single water from the ocean of God's holy love." Ecstatic Journey, The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience (Sophy Burnham)

20 "Jewish Wisdom literature taught that the 'spirit of the Lord fills the whole universe' (Wis. 1:7). Jewish cosmology teaches that the universe is one and that we are part of it and can know our place in it." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

21 "We are vessels containing the Holy One." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

22 "A river passes through many countries and each claims it for its own. But there is only one river." Sheikh Ragip Frager, 'Love is the Wine: Talks of a Sufi Master' The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

23 "The One, transcendent to all differentiation and form, is the source of all." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

24 "Hail to thee, mighty Lord, all-potent Vishnu! Soul of the universe, unchangeable, holy, eternal, always one in nature." Vishnu Purana The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

25 "True consciousness…embraces all divisions in its own unity. For it is based in an unconditioned Knower who reconciles the Field of Knowing with Himself, since there is nothing which is not a form of His Consciousness." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite