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1 "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.)

2 "All the breathing, the pulses, the rhythms and movements of the natural world on earth or in astronomical spaces are variations of the one universal pulse, which gives rise to them." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

3 "The deepest we can reach into our exploration of the unconscious mind is the layer where man is no longer a distinct individual, but where his mind widens out and merges into the mind of mankind – where we are all one." C. G. Jung, 'The Symbolic Life' Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture (Christina Baldwin)

4 "Beneath all differences there lies concealed the unalterable fact of oneness." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

5 “God is one and he dispenses his oneness to every part of the universe as well as to its totality, to the single as well as to the multiple. He is one in an unchanging and transcendent way.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

6 "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)

7 "The true Self of all selves is the Subject of all conditions, and all conditions together are literally the Body of that One." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

8 "He who lives in harmony and friendship of brotherly love, naturally and not artificially, completely and not partially, this person is truly…the universal one and perfect love." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

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

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

11 "Between the two (objective/subjective) is ONE, greater than either separately, and the Source of both." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

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

13 "A river passes through many countries and each claims it for its own. But there is only one river." Sheikh Ragip Frager, 'Love is the Wine: Talks of a Sufi Master' The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

14 "There is but one reality, like a brimming ocean, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

15 "The multiple rises, attracted and incorporated by the 'Already One.'" Building the Earth (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

16 "The universe and the expressions of all natures within same are the manifestations of that one force, one power, one spirit, one energy known as Universal Force, Creative Energy, or God." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

17 “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)

18 "By tranquillity is meant Oneness and Oneness gives birth to the highest Samadhi [Enlightenment] which is gained by entering into the realm of Noble Wisdom that is realizable only within one's inmost consciousness." Lankavatara Sutra The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

19 "We, and all living beings, are grafted upon one and the same Reality as tangible as our own substance." The Soul of the World (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

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

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

22 "The Earth is our planetary home and our global village. An entire generation of men and women of goodwill made sure that through their political, artistic, and spiritual activities, the idea of the One Humanity was clearly sounding during this period of the late 1960's and early 1970's. One of the greatest contributions that the generation of the 'flower children' made was to bring to the forefront of human affairs this sense of a world community. The 'We are all One' frame of reference…has indeed synthesized its way into the collective human orientation." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

23 "All beings come forth from the One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

24 "The entire universe exists in a continual outflow from the One into created multiplicity, which is then drawn back to the One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

25 "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.)

26 "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)

27 "The One and the many, time and eternity, are all One." Reshad Field, Sufi scholar, 'Steps to Freedom' As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

28 "God, the all-pervading oneness of spirit, is seen in essence as love." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

29 "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)

30 "The one who is wise takes his stand upon the beautiful orderliness of the world. He moves in accordance with the one constitution of all things." Lao-Tse Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

31 "Though the principle of the center is One, the patterns, the swirls and eddies of form and process which are generated by and through the center are infinite; and though infinite in number, the centers are essentially one, for each is the same irreducible point, the primary syllable, the word, the Logos, through which all is uttered." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

32 "When you see the one who exists eternally, that is the great vision." The Dialogue of the Savior The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

33 "There is one God who created and framed all things…into a being." The Second Book of Hermas, Command I, v. 1 The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden (various)

34 "I am One that transorms into Two…I am Two that transforms into Four…I am Four that transforms into Eight…After this I am One again." Egyptian (Hermopolitan) creation myth A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

35 "Within the speck God can be seen. Within the man God can reign. Within Brahma both are found; yet all is one." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

36 "The One loves All." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

37 "One great Consciousness includes the whole." The Hidden Side of Things (C. W. Leadbeater)

38 "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)

39 "If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

40 "The function of Love is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

41 "Herein lies the ultimate truth of existence, the God-ing and creation-ing as one process everlasting." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

42 "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)

43 "All lines gather into One. Let the soul realize the One in Many." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

44 "There must be knowledge and recognition of the One on whom all worlds are built, the Self eternal and unchanging that throws out universes, as a spider throws out webs, and draws them in again (Mundakopanishad, i. I. 7). One must recognize the one Existence which is at the root of all, supreme...the One without a second." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

45 "My life is offered in service to the One." Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

46 "Ra, the Sun of Nature, is not in you: you are One. God did not create you in opposition to Himself. He emanated you with his Breath. He is not in you, because He is the source, and you the flux which comes from it; you are One." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

47 "The relationship between the One and the many, the macrocosm and the microcosm, becomes increasingly self-evident – another gift from the cosmos!" Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

48 "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)

49 "Behind all faces there is one face." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

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

51 "There are millions among us who understand we are one. As we create deeper peace among any of us anywhere, the reality of peace becomes more probable everywhere. We can surround the world with a field of peace so powerful that hatred and fear will dissolve in its presence….knowing the truth of our spiritual oneness and embracing it within our hearts is the ultimate answer to all the problems of the world." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

52 "Only through awakening to the oneness of one's true Self with the Eternal, does liberation come." Sankaracharya, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

53 "Attaining harmony with the Source happens naturally when we are in relationship with it, a relationship characterized by the deepest sense of oneness." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

54 "There is no end to God's gifts to his creation. In all this we are one, without separation. Let us extend that oneness to all levels, and let us do it here and now." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

55 "All are essentially unified in a divine oneness." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

56 "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)

57 "In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna suddenly sees the form of God, wherein all forms constitute the One Form." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

58 "Just as the arms and legs and fingers are quite different entities but also are parts of one body, so all things and events in the universe are aspects of one fundamental Whole." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

59 "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)

60 "There is within us One who knows the truth." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

61 "There is but one reality. It is all-inclusive." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

62 "From within, from the very most interior center of existence and consciousness, the fact of oneness evermore proves to be the overriding truth." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

63 "We are One Organism by our very nature." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

64 "Accept Oneness and rejoice. Bring Oneness and communion with all things into all of your life. Grow. It is a natural growth at this time." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

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

66 “Only One exists.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

67 "From the lowliest insect to the most perfect sage, there breathes the same Universal Spirit, which assumes innumerable forms." B. K. S. Iyengar, 'Light on Yoga' One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from World Faiths (Matthew Fox)

68 "'All things,' says the Kabala, 'are derived from one great Principle, and this principle is the unknown and invisible God.'" Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

69 “The ‘I Ching’ is based on the hypothesis of the Oneness of man and the surrounding cosmos.” Jolande Jacobi, ‘Symbols in an Individual Analysis’ Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

70 "The One Cosmic Life-Consciousness, binding everything together, and permeating everything, flows through all." Lina Psaltis, introduction Dynamics of the Psychic World (Helena P. Blavatsky)

71 "Every single creature leads to the knowledge of the first and highest One, which is infinite in every perfection." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Peter Lombard's Book of Sentences', III Sent. 1.3, ad 3 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

72 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'" Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

73 "God is the oneness of the beginning and the end." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

74 "I say to you, there is not God AND man. But there is God-Man or Man-God. There is the One. However multiplied, however divided, it is forever One." Mikhail Naimy (1889-1988), mystic and author, 'The Book of Mirdad – A Lighthouse and a Haven' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

75 "All life is one, and all living things brothers and sisters." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

76 "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)

77 "He is boundless the Vedas proclaim. He is in eighteen hundred worlds the Muslim texts say. The Reality behind forms is one and the same." Guru Nanak (1469-1539), Indian disciple of Kabir, 'Hymns of Guru Nanak' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

78 "All around you, in every bit of matter, is what has come from, is, and leads to the only One, and within you is the consciousness that can know and express this." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

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

80 "The Universe unfolds through the creation of the myriad forms of its expression, yet it always remains essentially One." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

81 "The only One breathed breathless by itself. Other than It there nothing since has been." The Hymn of Prajapati in the Rig Vega Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

82 "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)

83 "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.)

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

85 "Let the energies that have been trained to focus on duality be raised to the plane of oneness." The Human Aura (Kuthumi and Djwal Kul)

86 "All of Life comes from the One Life. There is thus an essential affinity between all forms of that Life." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

87 "Spirit is one…Let the temples of individual lives, the temples of the world, and the varying religions of the world learn to understand this cardinal truth that they may cease in their warrings and begin to express universal compassion." Saint Germain's Prophecy for the New Millennium (Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

88 "Train yourselves to see in everything an expression of the One." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

89 "'I' and 'that other' ARE one. Our sense and experience of separateness is of a secondary order, a mere effect of the way in which lightworld consciousness experiences objects within a conditioning frame of space and time. More deeply, more truly, we are of one life." Historical Atlas of World Mythology, vol. 1, The Way of the Animal Powers (Joseph Campbell)

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

91 "All the principles of human reason unite and as it were concentre in the idea that God is one." A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

92 "Broader awareness comes by recognizing our oneness with all aspects of life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

93 "Interrelatedness, seeing the oneness of all things and their interconnections, is the essence of compassion." Wrestling with the Prophets, Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life (Matthew Fox)

94 "There is but one Life, boundless and inexhaustible, which is the very essence of all." The Brotherhood of Angels & of Men (Geoffrey Hodson)

95 "To divide or multiply consciousness is something meaningless. In all the world, there is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the spatio-temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false conception." Erwin Schrodinger, 'My View of the World' The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

96 "Blessed are the consistent in heart; they shall contemplate the One." Neil Douglas-Klotz, 'Prayers of the Cosmos' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

97 "There is ultimately one single physical reality developing in the cosmos, one single monad." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

98 "The successive phases of Spirit that animate the Nations…are themselves only steps in the development of the one Universal Spirit, which through them elevates and completes itself to a self-comprehending totality." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

99 "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)

100 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite