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1 "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)

2 "Hand in hand, we journey down the river of our lives toward the vast Ocean of Oneness that is our source and our destiny." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

3 "The One is all-pervading and without division." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

4 "Spirit is One, but within that essential unity the points of fire, the divine sparks, can be seen and noted." Esoteric Psychology I (Alice A. Bailey)

5 "If there is only One Thing, and that One Thing Is All That Is, there can be no insufficiency of any kind, because that One Thing is everything, and thus…It is sufficient unto Itself. This is a statement of the nature of God." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

6 "Suffering is the leveler that reminds us of our common mortality, that none of us is exempt from the difficulties of human life. When suffering and despair come together, they provide us with the opportunity to affirm hope, love ourselves, and to say, against all odds, 'And yet I will love, and yet I will hope.' It is then that we learn transcendence; it is then that we know the beauty of oneness, of being part of the network of connectedness." The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By (Carol Pearson, Ph.D.)

7 "One: Symbolic of being and of the revelation of the spiritual essence. It is the active principle which, broken into fragments, gives rise to multiplicity, and is to be equated with the mystic Centre, the Irradiating Point and the Supreme Power. It also stands for spiritual unity – the common basis between all beings." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

8 "The One Mind, as Reality, is the Heart which pulsates forever, sending forth purified the blood-streams of existence, and taking them back again; the Great Breath, the Inscrutable Brahman, the Eternally Unveiled Mystery of the Mysteries of Antiquity, the Goal of all Pilgrimages, the End of all Existence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

9 "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)

10 "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)

11 "There exists just the One Mind….Every grain of matter, every appearance is one with Eternal and Immutable Reality!" Huang Po, founder of the Buddhist Lin Chi sect The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

12 "You must understand the mystery of oneness whereby a thread of contact between each life and its Source serves to connect all who live to one great central switchboard." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

13 "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)

14 "In the holographic universe, each subjective part contains the objective whole, and chronological time is just one aspect of a simultaneous universe. Subjective and objective merge into an experience of cosmic oneness." Great Cosmic Mother, Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor)

15 "Being is an endless cycle within the one absolute eternity, wherein move numberless inner cycles." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

16 "Laws are only the unalterable conditions brought about by the activity, the orientation and the emanated decisive thoughts of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being, just as the activitis, the orientation and the thinking of a human being carry the cells and the atoms of his body along the line of his wishes." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

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

18 "There can only be….One eternal ever present Cause." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

19 "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)

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

21 "The eternal Existence is proclaimed in the Chhandogyopanishad as 'One only, without a second.'" The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

22 "The memory of oceanic Oneness is part of our soul's code. It is buried deep in our awareness; our very brains are programmed to reclaim it." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

23 “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)

24 "The object of the mystic's contemplation is always some aspect of the Infinite Life: of God, the one Reality." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

25 "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)

26 "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)

27 "There is only one Source of That Which Is, and the one Source IS That Which Is." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

28 "The totality of all things goes through one opening; the roots of all affairs come from one gate." Huainanzi Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

29 "The universe is of one piece – it is a 'one only': one humanity, one nature, one universe, one God." Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

30 "The one Life is eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

31 "God is the One and Indivisible." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

32 "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)

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

34 "Matter is one, soul is one, and God is one." 'Corpus Hermeticum' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

35 "The many are but rays of the One, manifested centers of consciousness, channels of the One, each in its own measure." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

36 "All these souls which shift about from place to place throughout the Kosmos are, so to speak, parted off and portioned out from one soul, even the soul of the universe." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

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

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

39 "The divine nature is one and indivisible." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

40 "Our sacred pipe law reminds us of this oneness with all things. Whatever we do to any other being, we do to ourselves." Brooke Medicine Eagle, 'The Lineage of the Sun' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

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

42 "That everything proceeds from the One is a fundamental tenet of alchemy." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

43 "Prophetic words are many in and of themselves, but they are one in their origin." Thomas Aquinas, In Jer 1, p. 579 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

44 "The mystical sense is essentially a feeling for, a presentiment of, the total and final unity of the world, beyond its present sensiby apprehended multiplicity: it is a cosmic sense of 'oneness'." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

45 "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)

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

47 “In the one thing are hidden all parts.” Laurentius Ventura, 16th century Venetian physician Collected Works (Carl Jung)

48 "The One is a sovereign that has nothing over it. It is God and parent, father of all….the One is the invisible spirit." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

49 "The love of the One is actively concerned in awakening each life to its true center." Douglas V. Steere (b. 1901), philosophy teacher and author Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

50 "The Sanskrit word 'Namaste' is often repeated with a little bow, hands in the prayer pose, as a greeting. This is a salute to the God within the other person, and a recognition of the God within yourself. Implicit in the greeting is the idea that when you are in your God-Self, and the other person is in theirs, you are one." Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

51 "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)

52 "There is but one principle of all things." The City of God (St. Augustine)

53 “Heraclius said: This magistery proceeds first from one root, which afterwards expands into several things, and returns again to the one.” Morienus, ‘De transmutatione metall’ Collected Works (Carl Jung)

54 "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)

55 "According to Plotinus the supreme source of the world is the One." Willis Barnstone The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

56 "It is the nature of the Infinite One to multiply Being infinitely and still remain one." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

57 "All principles and their progeny are finally centered and rooted by their summits in the first great all-comprehending one. Thus all beings proceed from, and are comprehended in the first being; all intellects emanate from one first intellect; all souls from one first soul; all natures blossom from one first nature;…all these great monads are comprehended in the first one, from which both they and all their depending series are unfolded into light. Hence, this first one is truly the unity of unities, the monad of monads, the principle of principles, the God of Gods, one and all things, and yet one prior to all." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

58 "If we are enlightened by the contemplation of and knowledge of the One we are enabled to be unified, to achieve a truly divine oneness and it will never happen that we succumb to that fragmentation…which is the source of hostility between equals." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

59 "Men and women of many different periods, races, and religions have felt themselves to have entered in varying degrees into a mystical Union in which they knew the Manifold as the One; and they have attempted to recount what they then realised." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

60 “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)

61 "It is because of The One that we breathe and have our being." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

62 "God, or in other words, a Supreme Being, exists perfectly just and merciful, that is to say, a pattern of the true life….He is one….He is omnipresent." Benedict Spinoza Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

63 "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)

64 "The (quality) of the intuition can be covered by the word, universality, or the sense of universal Oneness." Glamour, A World Problem (Alice A. Bailey)

65 "There is in reality no separation or duality, no I, or Thou, but simply a God in manifestation, Whose nature is Light." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

66 "It is by The One that all beings are beings." Plotinus, 'The Good or The One' The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

67 "The experiences that come from shamanism tend to foster a great respect for the universe, based on a feeling of oneness with all forms of life." Michael Harner, interview with Gary Doore Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

68 "There is NOTHING ELSE. Nothing other than this singular totality. Everything, everything with no exception, is a manifestation of an eternal unity, a transcending ubiquitous consciousness, which many label as God. When you touch that unity, you perceive and also experience the wonder within which you and all the rest of creation are embedded." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

69 "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)

70 "In reality, there is but one spirit." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

71 "Heraclitus used the word 'logos' to refer to the underlying organizational principle of the universe – the ultimate whole experience – through which 'all things are one'." Keith Critchlow, 'The Platonic Tradition' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

72 "Hearken ye with attentive mind. There was and ever is one thing alone, even Mind, and beside the unity of this one thing, there was nothing else in being. This mind, ever existing in itself, ever encompasses all things with its own light and spirit….There is no god, nor angel, nor daemon, nor any other being, that is outside of Him; for He is Lord and Father of all, and all things are in Him and subject to Him." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

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

74 "Survival in our world today means that we must have instant perception of oneness – of love – of compassion with everyone and understanding of everything around us." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

75 "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)

76 "Thou art I, I am Thou….Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!" Paramahansa Yogananda, 'Samadhi' Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

77 “Everything is One.” The Book of Comarius Arcana Mundi (Georg Luck)

78 "So seamlessly does the world, sacred and profane, arise in one piece that I can find no boundary – anywhere in the entire universe." Ken Wilber, Foreword Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul (Caroline Myss)

79 “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)

80 "God is absolutely One – in fact, Oneness." Mysticism and Ecumenism (Robley Edward Whitson)

81 "The multitude of beings are but phases of the one great thought made manifest." ch. 58, v. 17 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

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

83 "Creator uncreated, sole one, unique one, who traverses eternity…with millions under his care; Your splendor is like heaven's splendor." Suti and Hor (15th to 14th centuries bce), architects to Amenhotep III, 'First Hymn to the Sun God' Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

84 "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)

85 "The one Godhead, secret in all beings, all-pervading, the inner Self of all, presiding over all action, witness, conscious knower and absolute….the One in control over the many,… fashions one seed in many ways." Swetaswatara Upanishad A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

86 "The universe in its entirety must be regarded as one gigantic process, a process of becoming, of attaining new levels of existence and organisation." Julian Huxley The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

87 "Like a seed at rest, the nature-principle within, unfolding outwards, makes its way towards what appears a multiple life." Plotinus (205-270), 'Enneads' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

88 "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)

89 "The Law for the birth, growth, and decay of everything in Cosmos, from the sun to the glow-worm in the grass, is One." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

90 "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)

91 "Just as the varied organs of the human body are inter-related by the nervous system, so within the body of the planet are the various kingdoms in nature and the multiplicity of forms. Back of the objective universe is the subtler sensitive body – one organism, not many, one sentient, responsive, connected form." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

92 "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)

93 "The universe is a dance of energy, a uni-verse, a single song of ever-changing rhythms and harmonies." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

94 "The Beautiful is an eternal flow; it is the One in motion." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

95 "In the manifold unity of universal life, the innumerable individualities distinguished by their variations, are, nevertheless, united in such a manner that the whole is one, and everything proceeds from Unity." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

96 "If they could rid themselves of these discriminations and keep their minds pure with the light of wisdom, then they would see only one world in which everything is meaningful." Buddha Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

97 "The mighty One rules all things….and ordains the eternal laws that govern the world." Nordic Scrolls of Wisdom The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

98 "The consciousness of this inner unity, the recognition of the One Self dwelling equally in all, is the one sure foundation of Brotherhood." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

99 "Think your way towards the principle of Oneness as far as you possibly can." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite