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1 "One can no more know oneself or the oneness of all things without knowing the anguish of myriads who are part of that web of life, and responding to their anguish as though to one's own, than one could act in a play and ignore all the other actors in their parts." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

2 "The multiple faces of God that are celebrated by many of the world's religions express the sense that in the One, there are the many, while through the many is to be found the One." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

3 "Your real being is everything you are now looking at….you are literally one with all manifestation, one with the universe." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

4 "The Wisdom Tradition holds that there is but one inexhaustible source of reality from which all things come and apart from which nothing is." John Algeo, 'Dark Angels' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

5 "The impact of one encounter has the power to bring us to holy relationship with everyone in the world, because Life is One and Love, indivisible." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

6 "With the emergence of the realizations of oneness, the depth of our growth in enlightenment becomes ever richer and deeper." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

7 "We have to come to a point when we truly feel the oneness, the unity in all the aspects of our lives." Sun Bear (Native American elder), 'The Shaman and The Medicine Wheel' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

8 "I was passionate, filled with longing, I searched far and wide. But the day that the Truthful One found me, I was at home." Lal Ded, 14th century Kashmiri poet Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

9 "The holy omnipresence of the Divine One [is] in all things." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

10 "Nothing is real but the one Life that we seek for and love unconsciously under its many veils." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

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

12 "How truly the Lord is one." Edgar Cayce A Million Years to the Promised Land (Robert W. Krajenke)

13 "Here are four words to memorize: We are all One. Model that when you make your next choices and decisions." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

14 "We are that single, sole light which came into being." The Paraphrase of Shem (Gnostic text, ca. 1st century bce), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

15 "The One desires to return to unity from multiplicity." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

16 “I rejoice that I love the One Who loves me, and I pray that I may love Him without measure and without ceasing.” Mechthild of Magdeburg Meditations from Mechthild of Magdeburg (Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., editor)

17 "In truth all souls have a continuous relation to the ONE world-soul, as has the sunlight to the sun." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

18 “All life within all forms is One Life.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

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

20 "The universe is the combination of a thousand elements, and yet the expression of a single spirit." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

21 "God is one and wise." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 2, p. 310 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

22 "In the One Reality there is only One Healer, One Teacher, to whom we all have free and instant access." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

23 "We now know beyond doubt that large and widely scattered numbers of otherwise sane and sober people have had experiences of 'cosmic consciousness' in which the sense of life becomes perfectly clear. The antagonisms of good and evil, life and death, being and nothing, self and other are felt as the poles or undulations of a single, eternal and harmonious energy –exuding a sense of joy and love." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

24 "All is one in that ultimate reality which is God." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

25 "This is one great use for memory, to recall the oneness of life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

26 "In the language of alchemy – 'there is but one vessel and but one matter.'" A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Arthur Edward Waite)

27 "One Teacher is in all minds and He teaches the same lesson to all." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

28 "Both yin and yang have their common origin in an undivided One." The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

29 “Everything, and every part of everything, participates in the One.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

30 "Behind our apparent individuality and separateness there is one transcendent unity that is consciousness." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

31 "Whether we read the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, or the New Testament, we find ourselves in exactly the same atmosphere as regards the meaning and nature of the spiritual life: it is that which knows the oneness." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

32 "How beautiful indeed are the Thoughts of God who live in His Light!....Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

33 “Nightmares will begin to give way to day, as the sunshine of wisdom revealing Oneness dawns upon the human mind.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

34 "Beloved ones, you are the Children of the Sun, you are the Children of the One." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

35 "You can lose sight of oneness, but can not make sacrifice of its reality." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

36 “According to Plato, the One is the term most suitable for defining the Absolute.” The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

37 "Granted that there are countless individuals, at last is everything one, and the recognition of this unity forms the goal and end of all philosophy and natural research." Giordano Bruno, 'De la Causa', Dialogue 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

38 "The Way of One – there is none other." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

39 "In the self the one is also the many, and the many are all comprised in the one." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

40 "Each and every one believes it is their personal local 'I' that is doing something, but in the larger scheme, all these different local minds are actualy co-arising and co-creating each other, through the intent of the nonlocal mind. The trees must breathe so I can breathe. The rivers must flow so that my blood can circulate. In the end, there's only one exuberant, abundant, eternal, rhythmic, inseparable 'I'." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

41 "The homogeneous is the cause of the heterogeneous, unity produces diversity, the One is responsible for the many." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

42 "God is one, that is to say, in nature there is but one substance." Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

43 "The one and only has many faces." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

44 "According to the Indian view, our separateness from each other in space and time here on earth – our multitude – is but a secondary, deluding aspect of the truth, which is that in essence we are of one being, one ground." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

45 "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)

46 "One does not create oneness. One experiences it. Knows it. It already exists." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

47 "The Microcosmic Mind is inseparable from the Macrocosmic Mind, both alike being of the One Essence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

48 "That which ever is is one, that which ever was is one, that which is ever being and becoming is also one." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

49 "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)

50 "There is a Secret One inside us; the planets in all the galaxies pass through his hands like beads." Kabir The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

51 "When we are drawn to the sweetness, beauty, and goodness of creatures, how boldly we ought to be borne away to the One in whom all these little streams commingle and course!" Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', ch. 2, n. 4 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

52 "All manifested divine Power, Life and Consciousness, and so all human Spirits, radiate from the One Source." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

53 "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)

54 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

55 "The universe turns as one (which is the root meaning of the word 'universe') and we all live in one element." Virginia Hanson, 'The Other Face of Karma' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

56 "The combined resources of all of humanity – which would be made available to all of humanity if humanity saw itself as One – are more than sufficient to end human lack and suffering." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

57 "All heavenly lights may appear as separate yet emanate from the One Source and are one unified light." Zohar Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

58 "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)

59 "The One Reality creates the diversity of the natural world without compromising its own unity." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

60 "There's only oneness." Karunamayi, Hindu spiritual mother Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

61 “With the One, all diversity is unity.” Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

62 "Being is by its nature a dynamic tendency toward the Absolute…..all creation begins and ends with, goes forth and returns to, the supreme One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

63 "One god, the greatest among gods and men, neither in form like unto mortals nor in thought. He sees all over, thinks all over, and hears all over…without toil he sways all things by the thought of his mind." Xenophanes, Greek philosopher, circa 565bc, Fragments 23, 24, 25 Nature and the Greeks and Science and Humanism (Erwin Schrodinger)

64 "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)

65 "Basically, everything is one. There is no way in which you draw a line between things. What we normally do is to make these subdivisions, but they're not real." Barbara McClintock, geneticist Turbulent Mirror (John Briggs and F. David Peat)

66 "One Force in every place, though manifold. I am the Sacrifice. I am the Prayer. I am the Funeral Cake set for the dead. I am the healing herb. I am the ghee, the Mantra, and the flame, and that which burns. I am, of all this boundless Universe, the Father, Mother, Ancestor and Guard." Bhagavad Gita, Book 9 Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

67 "The One Life is THAT which is everywhere without limit, ever-existing without beginning or end, and – though words inevitably fail – ever-inclusive, implying that there is nowhere and no time at whch it does not exist." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

68 "Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament which the Great First Cause endued with animality….and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end? Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather of Charles Darwin, 'Zoonomia' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

69 "Love, Wisdom and Power are in reality the One indivisible/undivided Whole which can never be divided or divisive – their atoms chanting as they chart the spheres: 'We are One, We are One, We Are One….'" Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

70 "Pythagoras appears to have taught the unity of God, whom he regarded as one omnipresent Spirit from whom our spirits emanated." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

71 "We cannot get away from one ultimate enveloping cause, present in all causes and constituting their essential nature." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

72 "The followers of Pythagoras and Empedocles, and most of the Italian philosophers, say that there is a certain community uniting us not only with each other and with the gods, but even with creation. There is in fact one breath pervading the whole cosmos like a soul and uniting us with them." Sextus Empiricus, 'Advanced Mathematics' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

73 "Know each thing separately, yet all things as one." W. Y. Evans-Wentz, introduction Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

74 "According to an old Eastern book, 'the man who sees the One Self in everything, and all things in the Self, he sees, verily, he sees.' All else is blindness. The sense of separation, while necessary for evolution, is fundamentally a mistake. The separateness is only like the branch that grows out of a trunk, the unity of the life of the tree passes into every branch and makes them all a oneness." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

75 "Creation is precisely the manifestation in multitudinous form of the single superessential Nature." Richard McKeon, introduction to John Scotus Eriugena Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

76 "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)

77 "This sensation of being one with the universe is much more common than one might initially suspect, for it is the very foundation of all other sensations." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

78 "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)

79 "All gestures, words, acts and events are equivalent in value – all are manifestations of the one consciousness which pervades everything." Psychedelic Experience, A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Richard Alpert)

80 "As the one fire has entered the world and become corresponding in form to every form, so the one interior Self of all things corresponds in form to every form, and yet is beyond." Katha Upanishad, 5.9 The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

81 "The universal God is one, yet he is more than one; all things are God; all things are one. By the sweet breaths of God all life is bound in one; so if you touch a fiber of a living thing you send a thrill from center to the outer bounds of life." ch. 28, vs.4-5, Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

82 "All that lives and breathes evolves from the emanations of the One." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

83 “Meister Eckhart says:….’One with the One, One from the One, and in the One itself the One, eternally!’” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

84 "There can be only One witness, One perceiver, and that is the one God hidden in all creatures." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

85 "The One Life has been described as a conscious, hypersensitive, electric, creative energy. All effects, pleasurable or painful, produced upon one living creature are communicated by this electric, telegraphic Life-force, elan vital, throughout the whole of manifested life." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

86 "There is only the One Divinity and ALL else is an expression of Its Life, Love, Intelligence, and Body." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

87 "Brahman is all, the One without a second." A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Ramakrishna (Andrew Harvey)

88 "What, then is The One? It is what makes all things possible. Without it nothing would exist." Plotinus, 'Contemplation' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

89 "It is seen that all forms are of one substance and all life of one force, and these are co-existent in the nature of the Supreme One." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

90 "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)

91 "Considered in its physical, concrete reality, the stuff of the universe cannot divide itself but, as a kind of gigantic 'atom', it forms in its totality…the only real indivisible." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

92 “That from which all beings arise and in which they have their origin is the Great One.” Lu Bu Ve, ‘The Spring and Autumn’ The Secret Power of Music (David Tame)

93 "Life immanent and life transcendent, the Temporal and the Eternal order, are the complementary expressions of a Reality which is one." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

94 "Fundamentally all is one, all beings are one." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

95 "I saw life moving as one. The earth, the stars, the sun all lived as scintillating replicas of an even more magnificent wholeness." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

96 "In the context of wholeness, the opposites appear as no more than phases in an endless cycling process, for each turns incessantly into its opposite, exchanging places with it. Life…bends back upon itself to come, full circle, to the realization that all is one and all is well." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

97 "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)

98 "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)

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

100 "This whole essence is but one thing only, like the mind of a man. Even as he is in soul and body, so also is this whole essence." Jacob Boehme Collected Works (Carl Jung)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite