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1 "We must learn about Wisdom from all things. As scripture says, 'Wisdom has made and continues always to adapt everything (Ps. 104:24). It is the cause of the unbreakable accomodation and order of all things and it is forever linking the goals of one set of things with the sources of another and in this fashion it makes a thing of beauty of the unity and the harmony of the whole." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

2 "Perfect is the Law, evolving all things toward adjustment; for each is a facet of the whole." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

3 "Modern scientists have concluded that all phenomena are interrelated in complex networks of energy transformation. Teilhard deChardin's concept of the noosphere, a network of thought ecompassing the planet, is one such idea. The notion of networks of individuals who share a common interest and provide information and support to one another has enormous potential for furthering individual and social transformation." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

4 "The web of life connects us all." God and The Evolving Universe: The Next Step in Personal Evolution (James Redfield, Michael Murphy and Sylvia Timbers)

5 "Considered in its universality, Intelligence contains all entities as the genus contains all species, as the whole contains all parts." Plotinus The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

6 "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)

7 "A human being is a part of the whole called the 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty." Albert Einstein Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

8 "Go to the center and know the Whole. Follow this path." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

9 "Every self has the quality of belonging to the 'self of all selves,' and the self of all selves consists of individual selves." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

10 "Classical science has always viewed the state of a system as a whole as merely the result of interaction of its parts. However, the quantum potential stood this view on its ear and indicated that the behavior of parts is actually organized by the whole." Michael Talbot, 'The Holographic Universe', Harper Collins 1991, p. 41 The Alchemy of Healing (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

11 "The current Holy Grail of physicists teaches one clear lesson: What superficially appears as diversity is, upon deeper scrutiny, unity." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

12 "Heraclitus said, 'All things are full of souls and spirits'; Thales, that the 'soul is intermingled' with matter; Anaximenes, that we must revere the breath for it connects us to the respiration of the cosmos; Anaximander, that the earth is constantly creative and that its many life forms are always in relationship." A Passion for This Earth, Exploring a New Partnership of Man, Woman & Nature (Valerie Andrews)

13 "The world can no longer be an agglomeration of juxtaposed objects: we must recognise it as one great whole, welded together and evolving organically." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

14 "Nothing can exist alone and isolated, but everything partakes in the being of all things. The Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh calls this connection among all things 'interbeing'." The Seven Human Powers: Luminous Shadows of the Self (Shirley J. Nicholson)

15 "The whole system of occult or esoteric revelation is based on this wonderful doctrine of interdependence, of a planned and arranged conscious linking, and of the transmission of energy from one aspect of divine manifestation to another; everywhere and through everything is circulation, transmission, and modes of passing energy from one form to another form." Esoteric Healing (Alice A. Bailey)

16 "Each one of us has an infinite meaning and is part of the greater whole, the Infinite Reality, the Divine itself." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

17 "Every one of the higher, as of the lower worlds, is interblended with our own objective world; millions of things and beings are, in point of localization, around us and IN us, as we are around, with, and in them; it is no metaphysical figure of speech, but a sober fact in Nature, however incomprehensible to our senses." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

18 "Seeing whole provides us with many insights. It even enables us to suspect that we endure, that our life is not a span of time bounded by a beginning and an end." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

19 "The planet is composed of literally infinite hordes of consciousnesses – each experiencing its own reality while adding to the overall cooperative venture." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

20 "We each have an opportunity right now to contribute to the evolution of ourselves, our species, and the planet as a whole. Everyone is needed. Everyone's genius fits into some evolving need of the whole system." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius: The Heroine's Journey' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

21 "Whenever man experiences what he calls the beautiful, he enjoys a sense of growth in the direction of integration. It gives him an insight into the quality of wholeness or relatedness that underlies the apparently separate parts and incidents of being." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

22 "God is an energy field of alive, conscious awareness, pulsating and singing with life force through your Wholeness – and your body is part of that Wholeness." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

23 "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)

24 "Biological forms and functions are not simply determined by a genetic blueprint but are emergent properties of the entire epigenetic network." The Hidden Connections (Fritjof Capra)

25 "Every thing in nature is connected: one state pushes forward and prepares another." Johann G. Herder (1744-1803) A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite