"This entire movement of evolution simply continues from unity to unity until there is only Unity."
The Atman Project
"It has become increasingly clear in recent years that we live in an interconnected, holistic universe in which all things everywhere are interdependent." Editors
Karma, Rhythmic Return to Harmony
(V. Hanson, R. Stewart & S. Nicholson, editors)
"The parts of the world are all so related and linked to one another, that I believe it impossible to know one without the other and without the whole." Blaise Pascal, 'Pensees'
Man and Spirit, The Speculative Philosophers
(Saxe Commins and Robert N. Linscott, editors)
"'Conspiration'…is the aptitude of different consciousnesses, taken in a group, to unite (by language and countless other, more obscure links) so as to constitute a single All, in which, by way of reflexion, each element is conscious of its aggregation to all the rest."
The Vision of the Past
(Pierre Teilhard deChardin)
"In the painting 'Universal Mind Lattice', which was based on a mystical visionary experience, I was part of one vast luminescent, transparent lattice system of love energy. It was as if the veil of supposed 'reality' had been stripped from the material world to expose the bedrock reality, the scaffolding of spirit. I understood it as the intricate interconnectedness of the one and the many, on a level of awareness that was infinite and eternal. This was the ethical ground of compassion, where all beings and things are known to be part of us." Alex Grey, American visionary artist, 'The Visionary Art of Alex Grey'
Experiencing the Soul
(Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)
"Nature has been forming synergistic systems for billions of years. Holism, the tendency to form whole systems out of separate parts, is the nature of reality." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Discovery of a New Ordering of the Future'
New Thoughts for a New Millennium
(Michael A. Maday, editor)
"When the social body comes together as a whole, it is Spirit that binds the parts, the same Spirit that synthesized the metals and minerals in our Earth, that organizes the cells in our bodies into stupendous communities of trillions of cells." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Discovery of a New Ordering of the Future'
New Thoughts for a New Millennium
(Michael A. Maday, editor)
"Any friendship – between two or between a hundred – entails a new emergent unity, where each of the constituent selves is far more in its functional oneness with the rest than it ever was in its apartness." Gregory Vlastos (b. 1909), Canadian professor of philosophy, 'The Religious Way'
The Choice Is Always Ours
(Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts being, in a sense, their origin and justification."
A Dictionary of Symbols
(J. E. Cirlot)
"Bruno declared that the planet Earth has a soul and maintained that every part of the globe – mineral as well as plant, animal and human – is animated by the same elemental soul matter."
The Case for Reincarnation
"One day while taking a walk I asked the universe a question: What is our story? What is happening on planet Earth? I knew it must be one story, for it was one Earth. With that question, I went into a slight daydreaming type walk. Suddenly, I had an 'out-of-Earth' experience. My mind's eye was lifted into outer space. Floating as the astronauts did, I experienced our planet as a living organism struggling to coordinate itself as a whole. I felt the pollution choking our lungs, the hunger torturing our bodies, the weapons killing ourselves. I felt the pain in the whole system for one frightful instant in time. Then, a miracle seemed to happen. I felt as though I were seeing a few frames ahead in the movie of creation. In this moment of expanded reality, an unbearable pain intensified throughout the whole planetary body, very much like the pain before giving birth to a child. There was a flash of light, an unearthly light, the kind that the mystics see. It came from within us, and from beyond us. We saw the light together. The floodgates of our hearts opened. Love streamed forth. The barriers that separated us dissolved. The air cleared, the waters cleared. Healings abounded. I heard the inner words: 'Our story is a birth. We are one body. What the avatars have come to tell us is true. Go tell the story of our birth, Barbara!'" Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius, the Heroine's Journey'
The Fabric of the Future
(M. J. Ryan, editor)
"Between four and six thousand years ago the ancient peoples in Europe built stone circles and decorated them with interlocking scroll loops. Similar motifs appear all over the world. The psychologist Carl Jung said such images are archetypes or universal structures in the collective unconscious of humankind. Could such a collective wisdom perhaps be expressing its intuitions of the wholeness within nature, the order and simplicity, chance and predictability that lie in the interlocking and unfolding of things?"
(John Briggs and F. David Peat)
"As we become increasingly aware of our global interdependence as a species, we can also deepen awareness of our spiritual connectedness. We cannot live in total isolation. The crosscultural communion of awakened souls may be a key to cocreating a sustainable future and living in harmony with the earth."
Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
(Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)
"The doctrine of the microcosm – the human as the universe in miniature – is a common theme among the esoteric teachings, and among its other qualities, this idea has the virtue of theoretically joining the inner life in all its possible levels to the world of nature and beyond, even up to the Creator." Antoine Faivre
Modern Esoteric Spirituality
(Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)
"The forces set in motion by every act of man or bird, animal, insect, or bacterium move out to affect the lives of many other creatures."
The Web of Life
(John H. Storer)