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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "Like the learning curve plotted when a new skill is being mastered, there are steps up, falling back, leveling off, new steps forward, but the general direction is always upward. As 'Light on the Path' says, 'The soul of man is immortal and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.'"

2 "We all influence one another, and we are vulnerable to nationwide and worldwide emotional influences such as anxiety and fear at times of crisis. Our best defense is, through practice, to learn to radiate positive feelings like love, good will, and joy. Doing so not only protects us from disturbances in the surrounding field, but also contributes to helping others through the field."

3 "We are part of the One, never apart from the One Life."

4 "At every level – from the atom and its parts through the myriad forms of life to the farthest stars and galaxies – all is permeated by one Life."

5 "All nature is the outcome and the reflection of the One, which is its ground, and lies embedded in that Oneness from which it can never be really separate."

6 "It seems the Divine Mind uses forms as a painter uses his canvas – to embody the rich imaginative potential of mind."

7 "Our world of diversity, the many, emerges from the numinous Source of all, the One."

8 "Our being is enmeshed in endless ways with others and with our environment."

9 "The whole of the divine potentiality is inherent everywhere, through evolution it slowly unfolds. The exquisite order of Divine Mind and its archetypes continually presses downward and outward to reveal itself more fully in ever more complex forms."

10 "The Divine Mind is found everywhere in nature."

11 "All the principles that govern the universe and its workings are forcefully present in us. We have cosmic connections. We embody universals."

12 "The Divine Mind is intrinsic in nature, an innate part of natural processes, giving coherence and intelligent inner direction to natural forms."

13 "The One Life permeates, supports, and gives life to everything that arises from it. The One Form of Existence manifests IN matter."

14 "We spring from the divine Ground which gives rise to all."

15 "The spiritual will is the One itself turned toward the manifest world, so to speak. In us it is the very sense of self, of being an individual, yet at the same time being one with the All."

16 "Unity runs through our entire being. We are composed of wholes within wholes, from atoms to organ systems. Each of us is a whole, all the complex strains of our nature converging into a unitary being."

17 "The whole of human evolution has been expressed as moving from unconscious perfection to conscious imperfection to conscious perfection, or as T. S. Eliot so beautifully put it: 'We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all of our exploring will be to arrive where we started, and know the place for the first time.'"

18 "Matter in all its states is the vehicle which responds to the creative impulses of the Divine Mind."

19 "Everywhere there is unity in multiplicity. Our bodies are an example of the interplay of a variety of specialized organ systems and processes working together as a whole. The larger world, too, is a single living system."

20 "Plant physiologist Rupert Sheldrake…hypothesizes a field by means of which communication can occur within a species over distance and even at future times. This transmission process is thought to occur according to the principle of resonance, as when a note struck on a piano evokes response from octaves above and below itself."

21 "Mankind is unfinished, and both the individual and the human species as a whole are unfolding new powers, new ways of perceiving, new mental and spiritual potentialities."

22 "Behind the surface separation and supporting the seemingly disparate things is a unity more basic, more real, closer to us than our sense impressions,…mystics agree with physicists that this unitary realm is primary, that the divisions ultimately rest on a unitary background."

23 "Nothing can come into being that did not pre-exist in the inner world as ideal plan."

24 "Nature and its numberless cycles might be compared to a great symphony with each cycle having its unique place in the ongoing rhythm of the whole."

25 "Each level of wholes is comprised of smaller wholes and at the same time serves as a part of larger wholes. Nature shows us nothing but wholes that are part of greater wholes."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite