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1 "The early Christian mystics referred to the quest for wholeness as the way of 'oneing'. Oneing is active everywhere: in art, poetry, the human body and psyche, the eternal wisdom in a great many of the world's traditional cosmologies….and above all in Nature." The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

2 "Long ago, in the Rg-Veda, we find the idea of Purusa (the one great person), the Supreme Reality, which is both transcendent and immanent." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

3 "We have heard repeatedly the term 'One World'. Events seem to be shaping themselves into a creation of a 'one world' consciousness." Rediscovering the Angels (Flower A. Newhouse)

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 "Remember the basic truth, you are all connected through the deep reaches of the One Mind." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

6 "Life being one,…our duty to our fellows is to understand them as extensions, other aspects, of ourselves – fellow facets of the same Reality." Christmas Humphreys, 'Buddhism' The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

7 "The Arabic word 'islam' means 'submission', or to be more precise 'the surrender of one's whole being, to the Divine Unity, to the Oneness that is God." The Essence of Sufism (John Baldock)

8 "God is giving herself, wholly and completely, in and as the incomprehensible stature of a single breath." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

9 "The person blind to the One is utterly blind to everything; but he who sees in the One contemplates all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

10 "The Lord is One. All that exists, good and evil, justice and injustice, has its source in this fathomless and unutterable unity. All the powers of heaven and hell arise out of the One and serve it, each in its own way. We may not be able to understand how or why this should be, but so it is." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

11 "One Life nourishes, sustains and unites all parts and all beings." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

12 "All hail to the One Mind that embraces the whole." 'The Seeing of Reality' The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

13 "The overall number of inner selves is but one." Ken Wilber, Foreword Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

14 "All that exists throughout the cosmos is but the temporary, ephemeral effect of the One Life refracted through the screen of objectivity." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

15 "For an increasing number of people, the Inner Voice grows stronger, more insistent, calling: 'One life in all'." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

16 "We share the one limitless energy that is within all life forms and actions. When we accept and acknowledge the beauty and perfection of each form this energy takes, we experience oneness." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

17 "In the Mind's Eye I see the Infinite Sphere and Its Self-Awareness, two that are One." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

18 "It's One! The ground I was standing on, the leaf I was touching, the cloud in the sky, God that I was breathing, my own very self – were utterly, completely, ungraspably one!" Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

19 "When the Biblical words are used: 'In Him we live and move and have our being,' we have the statement of a fundamental law in nature…the One Life animates every form on the outer objective plane." Telepathy (Alice A. Bailey)

20 "One thing enters into every regimen and is found everywhere, being a stone and also not a stone; common and precious; hidden and concealed, yet known by everyone; of one name and many names….Without it nature never operates anything. Its name is one, yet we have called it by many names on account of the excellence of its nature." Turba Philosophorum Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

21 "There is one Rudra only, they do not allow a second, who rules all the worlds by his powers. Behind all creatures he stands, the Protector; having created them, he gathers all beings together at the end of time." Shvetashvatara Upanishad Collected Works (Carl Jung)

22 "By the mind this truth must be seen: there are not many, but only One." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

23 "Aligned with the One are those whose lives radiate from a core of love; they shall see love everywhere." Neil Douglas-Klotz, 'Prayers of the Cosmos' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

24 "There is one being – God – whose essence is identical with His existence. Thus, all other beings are like God in that they exist." Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

25 "As one fellow put it, 'One soul is big enough for all of us. In fact, that is the One to which so many belief systems separately refer.'" Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite