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1 "Dionysius the Areopagite speaks of the One as containing all things 'in Its all-embracing Unity…combining even opposites under the form of oneness.'" The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

2 "Albert Einstein once remarked that the illusion that we are separate is an optical delusion of consciousness. Indeed, in holy moments we are aware that there is only One Mind in the universe, a Mind present in every thing and every one." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

3 "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)

4 "The One is the source of every blessing." Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

5 "Walk on the side of Oneness and bring a new dawning to all the worlds." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

6 "We are not simply physical forms, lost in and limited by the material world, but are in essence unlimited, eternal spiritual beings, a part of the oneness of all life." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

7 "The Tree of Life is a universal symbol. To some extent it arises from the natural affection people feel for trees, but there is also something else at play. The tree is the most visible and obvious image for the essential unity of all that is. It has a single trunk yet ramifies outward in countless branches and twigs and leaves; it is the living representation of the world, which for all its multiplicity has its one life in God." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

8 "I saw the One I love, with eyes that learned to see. I saw within my soul that He was waiting there." Mechtild of Magdeburg (ca. 1207-1294), German mystic The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

9 "Only one in all the infinite universe! The All-loving, the Perfect One!" C. M. C., anonymous author Cosmic Consciousness (Richard M Bucke)

10 "The central teaching of Unity (School of Christianity) is this: There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe – God, the Good and Omnipotent." James Dillet Freeman, 'Imagination: The Wondrous Power of Conception' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

11 "Everything belongs to one world." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

12 "There is really only One of us, and I am a part of that One, and so, what I cause another to experience, I experience, and what I cause myself to experience, another experiences." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

13 "Humans, as well as all other parts of the universe, live and move and have their being in the One." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

14 "Life is ever brighter, flowing, creative, blooming, waxing and waning, eternally one." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

15 "And what if all of animated nature be but organic harps diversely framed, that tremble into thought, as over them sweeps plastc and vast, one intellectual breeze, at once the Soul of each, and God of All?" Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

16 "Infinite, all-pervading and all-embracing Consciousness is both One and Many, Only and All, Source and Suchness, Cause and Condition, such that all things are only a gesture of this One, and all forms a play upon it. As Infinity, it demands wonder; as God, it demands worship; as Truth, it demands wisdom; and as one's true Self it demands identity." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

17 "All things and all living beings have originated from one common source." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

18 "We would shout it in words of fire that oneness is." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

19 "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)

20 "In the One Mind is the summation of the whole of consciousness, the ineffable at-one-ment of all the One Mind's microcosmic aspects." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

21 "The radiance which emanates from the One Mind, by emanating from one's own mind, emancipates the mind." 'The Seeing of Reality' The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

22 "The fact of universal relatedness has been curiously anticipated by philosophers for millenniums. Anaximander of Miletos in ancient Greece, for one, is said to have taught that 'the primary substance of the world is infinite, eternal and all encompassing.' Two thousand years later Bruno went further in writing that 'all reality is one in substance, one in cause, one in origin…and every particle of reality is composed inseparably of the physical and the psychic. The object of philosophy, therefore,…is to rise to that highest knowledge of the universal unity which is the intellectual equivalent of the love of God.'" Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

23 "One radiant energy pervades and gives rise to all life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

24 "That God is one means there's a oneness at the core of all being in whom everything…converges." Rabbi Lawrence Kushner Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

25 "All that is is holy and all that is is related, for all being in our universe began as one being just before the fireball erupted." A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity (Matthew Fox)

26 "This is the real message of the Bhagavad Gita: in short, temporal life and spiritual values stand in a relation of harmony – one divine life, as the Gita tells us." Swami Prabhavananda (b. 1893), monk of Ramakrishna Mission, 'Vedic Religion and Philosophy' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

27 "The condensation and differentiation of the One Body as many is the Divine Incarnations among sentient beings." W. Y. Evans-Wentz, introduction Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

28 "Who is the Creator? The One God." Rabbi Bachya ibn Paquda Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

29 "The Lord is Infinite, Immense, and Eternal….the Only One, from whom all things are." Emanuel Swedenborg A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

30 "At the root of all mystic experience is the knowledge which comes from the first touch of the sacred upon a person, that there is but one source for all things." One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality (Stephen Harrod Buhner)

31 "This oneness IS and always has been." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

32 "The beginning of all things is one and the end of all things is one, and the end and the beginning are the same." Hippocrates The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

33 "I breathe in strength as I stand today....Witnessing the Oneness – on my way to meet You face to face." St. Patrick Living Christianity (Martin Palmer)

34 "You are the one God, hidden in all. You are everywhere, the inner Self of all, the seer of deeds, dwelling in all, the uninvolved witness, knowing all, pure Consciousness." Shvetashvatara Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

35 "Humans are a true mirror-image of God. They project the manifold, but remain one and also know it, or at least can come to know it, because their true nature as pure consciousness is the integrating power of the One." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

36 "By realizing the interwoven complexity of existence, we experience the oneness both by revelation and by reason." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

37 "We all move as one, and let us priase life that it is so." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

38 "The message of all spirituality is that, in some mysterious way, we are all one – therefore the joy and the sorrow of any one of us is the joy and the sorrow of all of us." The Spirituality of Imperfection: Modern Wisdom from Classic Stories (Ernest Kurtz & Katherine Ketcham)

39 "Flow, peak experiences, and what others call mystical experiences are all…characterized by a sense of unity or oneness." The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power (Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D.)

40 "That which in modern phraseology is referred to as Spirit and Matter, is ONE in eternity as the perpetual cause, and it is…all that is, was, or will be, all that the imagination of man is capable of conceiving." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

41 "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)

42 "The spiritual world is one single spirit who stands like unto a light behind the bodily world and who, when any single creature comes into being, shines thorugh it as through a window." Aziz Nasafi, 13th century Islamic Persian mystic, quoted by Erwin Schroedinger in 'The Oneness of Mind' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

43 "Time and again the alchemists reiterate that the opus [spiritual work] proceeds from the one and leads back to the one." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

44 "There is only One of which all else is composed." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

45 "As a homogeneous whole, the Universe symbolizes the undivided One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

46 "God is One and Alone and no other exists with him. God is the One, the One who has made everything." Sir E. A. W. Budge, 'From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt' The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

47 "In order that you may know that God is one, ask What God is, and you will find Him to be not otherwise than one." Tertullian, 'Against Marcion' (3rd century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

48 "In very truth, recognition and ratification in conduct of the fact of the oneness of all life is the panacea." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

49 "Although our bodies and minds may be on different trips, on the consciousness level all of us are alike in our humanness. We are one." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

50 "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)

51 "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)

52 "God and His creation are not separate. The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

53 "In one, all things are harmonized." Cleanthes (d. 232 bce) In Silence: Why We Pray (Donald Spoto, Ph.D.)

54 "The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

55 "Guided by One Mind, our lesser minds unite." One Thousand Inspirational Things (Audrey Stone Morris, Compiler)

56 "John Wheeler has proposed a conception of the universe that he has called 'observer-participancy', or a closed-loop participatory universe in which – as quantum physics would have it – nothing that is observed is unaffected by the observer. In other words, the Creator and the Created are One." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

57 "The same elements compose my mind and the world. This situation is the same for every mind and its world, in spite of the unfathomable abundance of cross-references between them. The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one." Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), 'Why Not Talk Physics?' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

58 "The One Existence has brought the phenomenal world into being." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

59 "In essence we are all one." The Path of Transformation, How Healing Ourselves Can Change The World (Shakti Gawain)

60 "There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha." Huang-Po (800-850), 'The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

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

62 "An infinite multiplicity is a power of the infinite Oneness." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

63 "The One appears to us in the wake of the Multiple, dominating the Multiple, since its essential and formal act is to unite." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

64 "In fact, subjectivity and objectivity are not independent realities, they depend upon each other; they are the Being, through consciousness, looking at itself as subject on the object and the same Being offering itself to its own consciousness as object to the subject." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

65 "I bow to the abounding unbounding Eternal One, precipitator of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence and the abundant life." Quietly Comes the Buddha: Awakening Your Inner Buddha Nature (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

66 “The Transcendent One predefined and brought into being everything that is.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

67 "Unity is, a unity that encompasses and binds together all existence. The universe is an expression of this oneness." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

68 "Multiplicity ascends, attracted and engulfed by something which is 'already One'. This is the secret and guarantee of the irreversibility of life." Let Me Explain (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

69 "All that God does is one." Meister Eckhart Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

70 "We are part of the One, never apart from the One Life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

71 "According to Jewish tradition, the whole of mankind was contained in Adam from the beginning, which meant the soul of everybody who would ever be born. The soul of Adam, therefore, was like the wick of a lamp composed of innumerable strands. In this symbol the idea of a total oneness of all human existence, beyond all individual units, is clearly expressed." Marie Louise vonFranz Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

72 "In Lurianic Kabbalah, there is only one primordial soul in the world….From this one soul, sparks were disseminated throughout the universe." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

73 "There is but one life, without beginning and without ending." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

74 "The one attracts the one, and the one rules the one…It is the whole in all things. And it has life and spirit." Zosimos, 3rd century Alchemist, 'Alch. Grecs', III, ix Collected Works (Carl Jung)

75 "Everything is multiplicity within unity….In the image of God who created them, all beings are at once one and many from the galaxy to the electron." Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, 'Abide in Love' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

76 "As a spider throws out and retracts its web, as herbs spring up in the ground….so is the Universe derived from the undecaying One." Mandukya Upanishad The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

77 "The eternal Oneness underlies and permeates all impermanent phenomena." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

78 "In the realm of the Clear Light (described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead), the mentality of a person in the ego-transcendent state enjoys a condition of balance, of perfect equilibrium, and of oneness." Psychedelic Experience, A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert)

79 "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)

80 "We move toward that consciousness of our shared destiny in One World." Joy Mills, foreword The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

81 "The many contains the unity of the one without losing the possibilities of the many." A Blue Fire (James Hillman)

82 "All we do in the way of selfless compassion and service will bring as its logical consequence enhanced experience of the basic Oneness through enhanced awareness….Here is at work the paradoxical but crucial truth inculcated by all spiritual masters, that he who gives up his life for the sake of higher things will find it, and find it a hundredfold." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

83 "As we realize our basic oneness with all life, we appreciate our differences more." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

84 "The One Mind is the unique root of energy, the potentiality of potentialities, the sole dynamo of universal power, the initiator of vibrations, the unknown source, the womb whence there come into being the cosmic rays and matter in all its electronic aspects, as light, heat, magnetism, electricity, radio-activity, or as organic and inorganic substances in all their manifold guises, visible and invisible, throughout the realm of nature." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

85 "I have no longing except for the One." Rumi Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

86 "Reality [is] one constantly explosive dance of divine energy, love, and bliss, interconnected in all of its events and particulars." The Essential Gay Mystics (Andrew Harvey, Editor)

87 "Although You are one, You are spread throughout the sky and the planets and in all space between, O great one." Bhagavad Gita, ch. 11, v. 20 Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

88 "The One is none other than the All, the All none other than the One. Take your stand on this, and the rest will follow of its own accord." Seng Ts'an, 'Trust in the Heart' The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

89 "All is fused into one great work of art, all forms part of one living whole." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

90 "One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

91 "The Oneness of the Holy Spirit…is the pneumatic state the creator attains to through the phase of incarnation." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

92 "The One gives life to the whole Kosmos." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

93 "The Universe…is spread apart from a center of oneness to a diversity of light, color, tone and density." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

94 "An ultimate existence pervades all the boundaries of the universe, and all people and all things are of one essence." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

95 "The One is the immeasurable light, pure, holy, immaculate." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

96 "All are bound together as the variously functioning organs of a single mighty organism." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

97 "The One…will again reassert his soverign claim, and gather all the fragmented and estranged shreds of being into the reconciled opposites of the one Word." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

98 "There is only the one infinite Self." S. Abhayananda On The Love of God (Thomas a' Kempis, edited by S. Abhayananda)

99 "This belief that our world is one indivisible thing is held by modern scientists today, and they come very near to proving it also – at least nothing ever happens to create a doubt of its truth….the world of our experience is in some way one." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

100 "Eternal oneness with God IS the very reality of ourselves and of everyone and everything around us." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite