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1 "A great and eternal fact began dawning over the horizon of my awareness. This: that in reality, there were no separating barriers between one living thing and another. That innately, I and every living thing were needed individual parts, or expressions in the forever functioning of the inseparable oneness of all life. And this is true regardless of all surface appearances and seemings to the contrary." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

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

3 "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)

4 "There can be no more than one infinity, a place where all things, the great, the small, the external and the internal meet." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

5 "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)

6 "All are one. Minerals, plants, animals, men, supermen, angels, archangels, worlds, suns, stars and galaxies – all are one, inseparably united……This is the sublime truth, the Master fact – all are one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

7 "One is the One and All." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

8 "Our unity with the world-being is the consciousness of a Self which at one and the same time cosmicises in the world and individualizes through the individual, and both in that world-being and in this individual being and in all individual beings it is aware of the same Self manifesting and experiencing its various manifestations." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

9 "The soul feels the presence of the unseen One, in the profound depths of its being, with a vivid distinctness and a holy reverence, such as no words can describe." Rev. Samuel D. Robbins (1812-1884) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

10 "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)

11 "The Commandments…constitute One indivisible logos." S. Y. Agnon, compiler Present at Sinai, The Giving of the Law (S. Y. Agnon, compiler)

12 "Everything has grown from this One, and through this One. It is the Uroboros, the serpent that fertilizes and gives birth to itself." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

13 "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)

14 "A gardener or farmer plants his seeds underground and, in due course, the new plants appear and complete their cycle of growth, which is generally consummated in the production of more seeds. The One Life, the One Law and the One Energy, to which the name 'God' has been given, would seem similarly to provide for the innermost selves of humanity the conditions necessary for the germination and development of their limitless, but at first seed-like deific powers. These conditions have some analogy with those provided for the seed of a plant when it is planted in the soil." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

15 "St. Clement said, 'He who knows his Self knows God.' There is only one Witness in each of us, one Spirit looking out through different eyes, talking with different voices, walking with different legs. But the mystics say it's the same Witness, one and the same. There's only one God, one Self, one Witness, all capitals." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

16 "Here is the secret. Disunity does not exist. This insight can change your entire experience of life. This insight translates into a simple statement that, if lived as your day-to-day reality, would turn your world upside down: We Are All One." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

17 "In order to experience and understand oneness one can look within and find the core of one's own being and find that core to be the common reality which we all share." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

18 "In the beginningless beginning there is timeless, spaceless, dimensionless, all-pervading eternal and infinite 'Oneness'". Unknown Man (Yatri)

19 "The One Light illumines all creation." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

20 "They call him Indra, Mitra, Varuna and Agni….To what is One, the poets give many a name." Rig Veda I. 164. 46 The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

21 "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)

22 "Consciousness is one, yet produces the varied forms of the many." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

23 "The highest and real truth of existence is the one Spirit, and it is the power of being of this Spirit which manifests itself in all that we experience as universe. This universal Nature is not a lifeless, inert or unconscious mechanism, but informed in all its movements by the universal Spirit." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

24 "God is in an absolute sense one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

25 “The Divine One, which is the All of Us, is creating in every moment.” Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

26 "Revelation concerns Oneness and nothing else. The practical nature of this truth is only recognized when the disciple attempts to do two things: to realise it individually, and to bring the nature of planetary unity and of non-separateness to the minds and into the lives of men everywhere." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

27 "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)

28 "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)

29 "Essentially, our greatest hope has already been realized. Heaven is here and now, in our capacity to realize our oneness." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

30 "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)

31 "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)

32 "There is one Being Which is supremely good, and supremely great." St. Anselm, 'Monologium' (11th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

33 "Realisation of the unity of life solves problems of human relations, personal, national and international. All are one, and realisation of this fact by a sufficient number of people will bring world peace." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

34 "All these nearly countless separately conscious souls are illusions, reflections of one soul with singular consciousness lasting throughout the span of time that our universe persists." The Spiritual Universe (Fred Alan Wolf, Ph. D.)

35 "If people can….realize all as one, then people can be companions of heaven." Liu I Ming (b. 1737), Taoist adept The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

36 "The One is, in truth, beyond all statement: whatever you say would limit It. The All-transcending has no name….But if we do not grasp It by knowledge, that does not mean that we do not seize It at all." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

37 "This is the Light! It is one, and all who see it and love it are one!" Confessions (St. Augustine)

38 "The Spirit of eternity is One." ch. 163, v. 31a Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

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

40 "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)

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

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

43 "We are, in fact, all part of one thing, all different materializations of the one life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

44 "That which is One projects 'otherness' as a mirror of Self-knowing." The Cosmic Womb, An Interpretation of Man's Relationship to the Infinite (Arthur W. Osborn)

45 "All nature is the outcome and the reflection of the One, which is its ground, and lies embedded in that Oneness from which it can never be really separate." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

46 "In the ultimate depths, everything good and true that people have ever known, thought, or lived comes from the one source of light. Our vocation is to make the way free for it." Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935), German founder of Christian communal movement in America The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

47 "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)

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

49 "There are vast ranges of consciousness all stemming from the One, the One who is this consciousness in all of us and whose plan it is that all parts of life become more aware of each other and more united in the great forward movement which is life, all life, becoming greater consciousness." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

50 "Brahman, though one, is all things, as a single flame takes many different shapes." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

51 "The whole spiritual realm may be described as a kind of Light with the One in repose at its summit, as its King….we are always brought back to God." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

52 "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)

53 "One composed of many." Virgil (70-19 bce), 'Minor Poems, Moretum', I.104 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

54 "The One is majestic and has an immeasurable purity. The One is a realm that gives a realm, life that gives life, a blessed One that gives blessedness, knowledge that gives knowledge, a good One that gives goodness, mercy that gives mercy and redemption, grace that gives grace." The Secret Book of John The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

55 "Long ago, in the Rg-Veda, we find the idea of Purusa (the one great person), the Supreme Reality, which is both transcendent and immanent." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

56 "The Transcendental Personality is One, upon Whom all experiences depend, and in Whom all phenomena rise and fall spontaneously." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

57 "The Weaver of Oneness wants us to be united with each other – neighbors with neighbors, communities with communities, religions with religions, nations with nations." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

58 "One thing enters into every regimen and is found everywhere, being a stone and also not a stone; common and precious; hidden and concealed, yet known by everyone; of one name and many names….Without it nature never operates anything. Its name is one, yet we have called it by many names on account of the excellence of its nature." Turba Philosophorum Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

59 "Those old Grecians and Egyptians saw in all the phenomena of nature – in all the motions of the starry spheres, and in all the miracles of the world – the shadow of that mysterious One, who, although infinite and indivisible, yet in some manner individualizes himself to every human thought, and localizes himself in every place." A Dictionary of Freemasonry (Robert Macoy)

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

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

62 "I saw all forms gathered within the Form of God. Thus one great Form appeared." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

63 "The Self is one, however varying may be the forms in which it manifests itself." The Mental Body (Arthur E. Powell)

64 "There is but one Spirit pervading space. Life and Form, its positive and negative poles, are one." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

65 "Apparent division can never erect itself into a real separateness; there is supporting and overriding it an indivisible unity which division itself cannot divide." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

66 "There may be thousands or billions of perceptions, but they are still One." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

67 "You must know that divinity is undivided." Symeon the Younger (949-1022), mystic of the Eastern Church The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

68 "In truth, all reality is one." Theosophy (Rudolf Steiner)

69 "All activities emanate from the One." Edgar Cayce Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

70 "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)

71 "The world of separate things is the reflection of the One; the One is the reflection of the myriad separate things of the world." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

72 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality' Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

73 "When the Biblical words are used: 'In Him we live and move and have our being,' we have the statement of a fundamental law in nature…the One Life animates every form on the outer objective plane." Telepathy (Alice A. Bailey)

74 "Without you there would be a lack in God….for what God wills is whole, and part of Him because His Will is one." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

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

76 "You who want knowledge, seek the Oneness within. There you will find the clear mirror already waiting." Hadewijch II, 13th century Beguine Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

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

78 "We are equally and essentially…expressions of the Monad, the One." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

79 "Life is One." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

80 "I am thee, thou art me, we are One. I love me, love thee, love the One." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

81 "A Greater Mind contains many smaller minds. As I write this I am reminded of the words of the visionary Black Elk as he prayed on the summit of Mt. Harney: '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 shape of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together as one being.'" Joan Halifax, 'Shamanism, Mind, and No-Self' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

82 "Everything seeks unity. The goal of many religions and mythic ordeals is to return to a lost state of Divine Oneness. But we have no need to return to a state of oneness because unity is axiomatic and we already are integrated in it." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

83 "Adonai, Allah, Brahman, Elohim, God, Jehovah, Krishna, and Yahweh are among the many names humans have given to The One Thing That Is….The One Thing That Is is all that exists. There is nothing that is not part of The One Thing That Is." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

84 "In the Orient the guiding ideal is that each should realize that he himself and all others are of the one substance of that universal Being of beings which is, in fact, the same Self in all." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

85 "Matter is One, or as the alchemists used to say: 'One is All'." The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

86 "Ultimately, to be sure, there is only one Monad (a term from Greek that means 'unity'). But as that Monad is reflected in evolved matter and the developed kingdoms of life, it is continually refracted, so that it seems to itself to become increasingly limited and fragmented. Thus the One apparently divides into the many." John Algeo, 'Dark Angels' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

87 "All creatures…issue from the one life-reservoir and are sustained on their various planes, whether heavenly or earthbound, by the one life-energy." Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization (Heinrich Zimmer, edited by Joseph Campbell)

88 "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)

89 "First of all, believe that God is one, who created and completed all things." 'The Shepherd of Hermas', anonymous Christian writing, ca. 125 AD The Apostolic Fathers (Jack Sparks, editor)

90 “There is in fact one substance in which everything is contained.” ‘VIII Exercitatio in Turbam’ Collected Works (Carl Jung)

91 "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)

92 "Life is one; happy they who see its presence, and make themselves the channels of its living force." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

93 "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.)

94 "The One entered into the many, and became the Self of each. The beings of all things are the One, and that One is the subtle essence of all that exists." Chandogya Upanishad Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

95 "There is but one Life permeating all forms." Esoteric Healing (Alice A. Bailey)

96 "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)

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

98 "All things are One Thing, and there is nothing else. 'We Are All One' is more than a beautiful slogan. It is a precise description of the nature of Ultimate Reality." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

99 "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)

100 "The sum of all individual minds is the one Universal Mind, so that in the last analysis, gods, men, and worlds are each fragments of the whole." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite