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1 "God is the infinite and eternal substance of all finite existences, an absolute and unchanging ONE underlying the finite modes in which it variably manifests itself." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

2 "At the heart of everything is the supreme initiative of the One who acts, the One who is always there." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

3 "The 'I' is ultimately the same in all of us. We are collectively one great being….This is why we are to 'love thy neighbor as thyself' – our neighbors are literally ourselves." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

4 “There is but one single thing, one medicine.” ‘Abraham le Juif’, from the Paris codex (Fr. 14765) Collected Works (Carl Jung)

5 "The 'prima materia', the alchemists declared, can be found everywhere. It was considered the essence of all substances, 'the underlying something that always remains identical and one.' (Aristotle, 'On Generation and Corruption', Bk 1)" The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

6 "The beginning of our manifested universe did indeed come from One Source; in this, both physicist and metaphysicist agree." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

7 "The movements are diverse and many, and the bodies differ one from another, but there is one ordered system which extends through all." Libellus XI:9 Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

8 "All the sounds of nature blend themselves into one tone." The Astral Body (Arthur E. Powell)

9 "The creative agent referred to by various names in the world's cosmogonies is the active expression of that eternal, incomprehensible One Alone." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

10 "There is only One Person. That Person is not separate from any thing or any one….that Person is also the Identity of every human individual…and of all species of experiential existence." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

11 "Ultimate ONENESS is a characteristic of the Rig Vedic vision." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

12 "The divinity is One reality which, because of our manner of seeing it, appears in different hypostases which are perfect in themselves." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

13 "The ultimate fullness of all dimensions….is Supreme Oneness." The Eye Aware: Zen Lessons for Christians (Jeroen Witkam)

14 "Live this message of the nonseparation, of the Unity of Life and the Oneness of All Things. Live it in a practical way, not merely in a conceptual way. Allow it to seep into your being at the deepest level, and become a part of your subconscious and immediate response to every life encounter." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

15 "All…had its origin in one germinating wholeness of being." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

16 "The ultimate truth of the Divine is Oneness." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

17 "Behind the manifested universe stands the formless One." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

18 “You will find nothing in the world which is not in the One….Everything owes to the One its individual existence and the process whereby it is perfected and preserved.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

19 "Although the Supersoul appears to be divided, He is never divided. He is situated as one." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 13, v. 17 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

20 "We may know – not as a mere static dictum but as a winged intuition, carrying an infinitude of significance both for mind and heart – that the One IS the Manifold, and the Manifold IS the One." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

21 "We are a family. White Buffalo Woman reminds us that we are more than family, we are one with each other. 'Whatever you do to any other thing or being in the circle of life', she exhorts us, 'you do to yourself, for you are One.'" Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

22 “The One is the underlying reality beneath the infinite variations.” Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

23 "The forward roll of the cosmogonic round precipitates the One into the many." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

24 "One of the main necessities…at this time is to endeavour to think in terms of the one Reality." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

25 "The person who sees in the One perceives through the One both himself and all men and all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

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