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1 "Aboriginal tradition…is a system of knowledge that regards man and nature as one corporate whole, sacred and eternal. In Confucian terms, its goal is 'to unite hearts and establish order.'" The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

2 "There are NO radically separate entities anywhere – the boundary between subject and object is ultimately illusory." The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

3 "Every moment…is Indra's cosmic net, laced with jewels at every juncture. Each jewel reflects the others, together with all the reflections IN the others." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

4 "We obviously have close ties to partners, family, and friends, but we are also part of layers and layers of communities." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

5 "The world is a reflection of humanity's collective consciousness, and each of us has access to the collective through the auspices of our own mind." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

6 "No unit can finally find happiness except by reunion with the whole and the transcendent centre required to move that whole." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

7 "Even the simplest transaction – buying food at the grocery store, for example – is an intricate marvel of codependence. We are all interconnected." Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

8 "As all things can be reflected in water, so the whole universe is mirrored in the lake of the Cosmic Mind." Mahasaya, Indian spiritual teacher Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

9 "Deep ecology does not separate humans – or anything else – from the natural environment. It sees the world not as a collection of isolated objects, but as a network of phenomena that are fundamentally interconnected and interdependent." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

10 "Living things show a fluid architecture in which the functioning of each part exactly fits the needs of the whole. All levels, from atoms to cells to tissues and organs, are interdependent and coordinated, as vital processes working together." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

11 "We must take our rightful place in nature – not as its self-centered and profligate 'master' with the divine right of kings to exploit and despoil, but as one species living in harmony with the whole." R. D. Laing As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

12 "Asleep, we turn our attention to the reality of our interconnectedness as members of a single species. In this sense we may regard dreaming as concerned with the issue of species-connectedness." Montague Ullman, psychoanalyst Our Dreaming Mind (Robert L. Van deCastle, Ph.D.)

13 "The Way of the individual is the microcosmic reiteration of the Way of the All and of each." The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

14 "All leads back to the idea of unity, and of the Oneness of all manifestation." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

15 "The conviction that there is a Unitary Whole revealing itself to us as a Manifold….is something deep-seated in the human mind, which has come to the surface recurrently among people of the most various races and schools of thought." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

16 "That we are all members one of another is certain in the experience of the true self. For my identity, though unique, achieves reality only in relationship to the whole body of mankind. Thus the soul is, unlike the outer personality that encloses it in form, never circumscribed or alone. It is in psychic communion with all other souls and in spiritual communion with God." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

17 "This deep connection between the individual human organism and the cosmos suggested by various esoteric traditions has been expressed in the famous statements 'As above, so below' or 'As without, so within'. The observations from modern consciousness research have shed new light on this ancient mystical concept….Transpersonal psychology has discovered that in holotropic ['tending toward wholeness'] states it is possible to identify experientially with just about any aspect of physical reality, past and present, as well as various aspects of other dimensions of existence. It has confirmed that the entire cosmos is in a mysterious way encoded in the psyche of each of us and becomes accessible in deep systematic self-exploration." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

18 "When you see things in your world – a part of nature, another aspect of life – that appear separate from you, just look at them deeply. Look INTO them. Do this for a long moment and you will capture their essence. And then you'll meet you, waiting there." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

19 "When Buddhist scholars look at quantum mechanics, they tend to go, 'Aha, aha, this is what we've been saying all the time. Phenomena are all interdependent.' What looked to be isolated phenomena at an energetic level aren't isolated at all. Everything's related to everything else." Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. Angels: The Mysterious Messengers (Rex Hauck, editor)

20 "The Ancient Wisdom has always held that each of us, like everything else in nature, is fundamentally one with the All, immersed in that undivided, numinous unity from which all creation springs." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

21 "We are all a part of All There Is and there is no real separation." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

22 "In the entire realm of becoming…there is a spiritual Consciousness, Which reveals Its being and Its power through a million points of light." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

23 "All parts of the world communicate with one another and form one whole." Agrippa Von Nettesheim Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

24 "All That Is is alive within the least of Itself….It endows all of Its creations with Its own abilities that then act as inspiration, impetus, guiding lines and principles, by which these parts then seek to further create themselves." Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (Jane Roberts)

25 "Each particle of consciousness is dependent upon every other. The strength of one adds to the strength of all. The weakness of one weakens the whole. The energy of one recreates the whole. The striving of one increases the potentiality of everything that is." The 'Unknown' Reality (Jane Roberts)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite