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1 "The center of a spiral labyrinth may be likened to the maw of a dragon/serpent/crocodile in which the spirit/soul is devoured. But the way back is through the center; thus to be devoured is to be reborn,…a labyrinth is a form of Recycling Center." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

2 "Joy is the still point at the center of the dance." Finding Deep Joy (Robert Ellwood)

3 "The symbology of philosophers, founders of religions and poets is wholly idealist and cosmic in direction, embracing all objects, seeking after the infinite and pointing to the mysteries of the mystical 'centre.'" A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

4 "The individual who reaches out from the seemingly separated center of being can, if he will, contact the cosmic center of life. From there he may reach out to the periphery of all reality as easily as the miracle of the radiant, expanding mind of God penetrates the universe with light." Understanding Yourself: A Spiritual Approach to Self-Discovery and Soul-Awareness (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

5 "God is immanent in every atom, all-pervading, all-sustaining, all-evolving; He is its source and its end, its cause and its object, its centre and circumference; it is built on Him as its sure foundation, it breathes in Him as its encircling space; He is in everything and everything in Him." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

6 "The point is identical with the scintilla, the 'little soul-spark' of Meister Eckhart. We find it already in the teachings of Saturninus. Similarly Heraclitus is said to have conceived the soul as a 'spark of stellar essence.' Hippolytus says that in the doctrine of the Sethians the darkness 'held the brightness and the spark of light in thrall', and that this 'smallest of sparks' was finely mingled in the dark waters below….Alchemy, too, has its doctrine of the scintilla. It is the fiery centre of the earth, where the four elements 'project their seed in ceaseless movement'….In the centre dwells the Archaeus, the servant of nature, whom Paracelsus also calls Vulcan, identifying him with the Adech, the 'great man.'" Collected Works (Carl Jung)

7 "The pair of opposites is always there until one can find the center. Then in the center one can move and then go freely." Jean Erdman, Joseph Campbell's wife The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

8 "Healing comes from the mystery at the center." Spiritual Pilgrims, Carl Jung & Teresa of Avila (John Welch, O. Carm.)

9 "We are the countless centres of one and the same sphere." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

10 "The closer one gets to realisation, the clearer becomes the concept that the point at the centre and the periphery are one." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

11 "The circle with the point in the centre is symbolic of the perfected man. He is rounded out; he is inclusive both vertically (soul contact) and horizontally (human relationship)." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "In all symbols expressive of the mystic Centre, the intention is to reveal to Man the meaning of the primordial 'paradisal state' and to teach him to identify himself with the supreme principle of the universe. This centre is in effect Aristotle's 'unmoved mover'…Hindu doctrine declares that God resides in the centre, at that point where the radii of a wheel meet at its axis. In diagrams of the cosmos, the central space is always reserved for the Creator…Among the Chinese, the infinite being is frequently symbolized as a point of light with concentric circles spreading outwards from it." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

13 "A universe comes to birth from its center; it spreads out from a central point that is, as it were, its navel. It is in this way that, according to the Rig Veda (X, 149), the universe was born and developed from a core, a central point." The Sacred and the Profane, The Nature of Religion (Mircea Eliade)

14 "The entire universe is a great theater of mirrors, a set of hieroglyphs to decipher; everything is a sign, everything harbors and manifests mystery. The principles of contradiction, of excluded middle, and of linear causality are supplanted by those of resolution, of included middle, and of synchronicity." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

15 "The center of one's being coincides with the center of all things." Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

16 "Mandalas have been used by many cultures to represent the creation of the universe. Carl Jung has theorized that mandalas represent centering, the unification of parts of the psyche." Seeing With the Mind's Eye (Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels)

17 "The energy of the central point is manifested in the almost iresistible compulsion and urge to become what one is, just as every organism is driven to assume the form that is characteristic of its nature, no matter what the circumstances." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

18 "Black Elk's word, 'The center is everywhere', is matched by a statement from a hermetic, early medieval text, 'The Book of the Twenty-four Philosophers': 'God is an infinite sphere, whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

19 "Hindu doctrine declares that God resides in the centre, at that point where the radii of a wheel meet at its axis. In diagrams of the cosmos, the central space is always reserved for the Creator." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

20 "Look at the spokes of a bicycle wheel. At the rim, each spoke is separated from all the others. At the hub, each spoke is one with all the others. Each of us is like one of those spokes, connected with all the others at the center, at our spiritual hub." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

21 "The centre of grace is everywhere and the circumference nowhere." Lamps of Western Mysticism (Arthur Edward Waite)

22 "Could men see clearly – as the seers have always seen – experience would be apprehended as an organic whole, continually proceeding from and returning to the one source – the center of being." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

23 "Though the principle of the center is One, the patterns, the swirls and eddies of form and process which are generated by and through the center are infinite; and though infinite in number, the centers are essentially one, for each is the same irreducible point, the primary syllable, the word, the Logos, through which all is uttered." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

24 "May the time come when people, having been awakened to a sense of the close bond linking all the movements of this owrld in the single, all-embracing work of the Incarnation, shall be unable to give themselves to any one of their tasks without illuminating it with the clear vision that their work – however elementary it may be – is received and put to good use by a Centre of the universe." The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

25 "The absolute, the intelligible, lies at the centre, in the direction in which everything is heightened to the point of being but one." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite