"As is the human body, so is the cosmic body. As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind. As is the mircrocosm, so is the macrocosm. As is the atom, so is the universe." The Upanishads
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve." Albert Schweitzer
"God made man because he loves stories." Elie Wiesel
"The marvelous reveals itself in the mundane; in the garden, the park, the vacant lot, the desert. You see it in the sudden appearance of a cluster of fungus on a tree after a week of rain or at home dusting off furniture, revealing the surface underneath. To really see through, you must believe it is possible to do so and then simply do it! Before long, life becomes an experience of constant revelation." June Singer, 'Seeing Through the Visible World'
"As a culture-wide paradigm shift makes its presence felt, people are searching frantically for a New Story to give their lives meaning….the New Story involves our reunion with the natural world, based on the interconnectedness of all living systems."
"In keeping with the Gaia Hypothesis, formulated by English scientist James Lovelock, deep ecologists view the world as a living organism whose many species make up a single breathing entity."
"Meditative insight reveals that this personal self is co-extensive with everything else in creation – the atmosphere we breathe, the trees that oxygenate the atmosphere, and the sun that fuels the Earth's energy processes."
"Instead of understanding the world in parts, we need to think about the whole." Wes Jackson
"In the ultimate depth of being, we find ourselves no longer separate but, rather, part of the unity of the universe. That unity includes the sufferer and the suffering, and the healer and that which heals. Therefore, all acts of healing are ultimately our selves healing our Self." Ram Dass
"The center of human nature is rooted in ten thousand ordinary acts of kindness that define our days." Stephen Jay Gould
"When we extend awareness and identify with other animals, mountains, and rivers, we are realizing the ecological self, the transpersonal mode of being that interconnects us with all of life."
"As human beings we are made to surpass ourselves and are truly ourselves only when transcending ourselves." Huston Smith
"The One and the many, time and eternity, are all One." Reshad Field, Sufi scholar, 'Steps to Freedom'
"Myth is a kind of lensing system for the mind of God. It carries the codings of existence." Jean Houston
"The underlying matrix unites all life forms in an unbroken community of species."
"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
"God is so omnipresent….that God is an angel in an angel, and a stone in a stone, and a straw in a straw." John Donne
"The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in." Harold Goddard
"Empathy increases our sensitivity to other people so that we know their essence. Describing this practice, French writer Honore deBalzac writes, 'Listening to people talking I could enter into their lives, feel their tattered clothes on my back, walk with my feet in their shoes; their desires, their needs, all passed into my soul, or my soul passed into theirs.'"
"According to the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, mythic tales reconnect us to the trnascendent source that undergirds daily life, while disconnection from this realm invites anxiety and soul sickness."
"Works like the Zohar, the 'bible' of Kabbalistic lore, stress over and over that all the various dimensions of existence are intimately interwoven." Edward Hoffman
"No limits are set to the ascent of man, and to each and every one the highest stands open. Here it is only your personal choice that decides." Hasidic saying
"Creative choice is your birthright. Please own it." John Bradshaw
"To transcend mind in Spirit is not to lose mind or destroy mind but merely to include mind in the higher order wholeness of the superconscient." Ken Wilber
"The topic of unselfish love has been placed on the agenda of history and is about to become its main business." Pittrim Sorokin