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1 "The end of Western Mysticism was the return of the many into the One." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

2 "If we are enlightened by the contemplation of and knowledge of the One we are enabled to be unified, to achieve a truly divine oneness and it will never happen that we succumb to that fragmentation…which is the source of hostility between equals." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

3 "Now, as you are, you are what you seek. You are of the One. Now!" Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

4 "The principles of the successive phases of Spirit are themselves only steps in the development of one universal Spirit." G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

5 "Actually there is only one single energy, one all-encompassing motivating force which lies at the root of our life's activity." Opening quotation, from a 1564 Preface to the Taoist text 'Can Tong Qi' The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

6 "The One is the perfect chord of Being, of infinite melodious concords, all turned to a single note, in which Life and Wisdom and Bliss are blended into one keynote of Existence." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

7 "In the persistent advance of consciousness towards always more spontaneous and finally reflective forms, we have an objective element, allowing us to follow, through and beneath all complications of detail, the continually ascending advance of a single fundamental greatness." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

8 "Matter and spirit, as we know them in our universe, are not two separate substances, set side by side and differing in nature. They are two distinct aspects of one single cosmic stuff and there is between them no conflict to baffle our intelligence." Pierre Leroy, S.J., foreword The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

9 "The One to be praised, the Father-Mother, the One rich in mercy, takes form in its seed." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

10 "We all are one and even if those specific words are not taught to us, we develop an inner sense of their spiritual truth." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

11 "That there is a God and that God is one is the universal principle." The Spiritual Life/The Word of God (Emanuel Swedenborg)

12 “The universe is the work of one creator.” Manilius Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

13 "There is but one Divine Essence." A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

14 "All life is one, with a boundless variety of manifestations." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

15 "As the web issues from the spider, as little sparks proceed from fire, so from the one soul proceed all breathing animals, all worlds, all the gods, and all beings." Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

16 "There is one infinite Intelligence moving through all life." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

17 "Because all things on this Earth are from one source, interspecies communication is not only inherent within us, it is necessary for understanding our own humanity and our own sacred nature." One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

18 "The many are One." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

19 "The chaos, the wars and the threat of wars, the ruin and the disease in the world are, I suggest, the direct result of humanity's denial in motive and conduct of the truth that Life is One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

20 "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)

21 "The whole totality of beings is somehow one and many." Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

22 The One remains, the many change and pass." Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Adonais' Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

23 "One Nature, perfect and pervading, circulates in all natures. One reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities." Larry Dossy, M.D., 'Ancient Messages in Modern Science' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

24 "The unfolding through time of all things from one is the simple message, finally, of every one of the creation myths reproduced in the pages of these volumes ['Historical Atlas of World Mythology'] – including that of our contemporary biological view." Historical Atlas of World Mythology, vol. 1, The Way of the Animal Powers (Joseph Campbell)

25 "As we know from the workings of our own minds,…all beings yearn for unity; they long to return to the One…this is not an ascent to an external reality but an interior descent into the depths of the mind." A History of God, The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Karen Armstrong)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite