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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "We all share the same pool of genes. Each of us has as ancestors Europeans, Africans, Chinese, Arabs, Malays, Latins, Eskimos, and every possible type of human being. Students of genetics are forced to believe in human brotherhood. Each of us is literally kin to humankind; we are all the family of man."

2 "Every capacity and ability destined to evolve in future mankind already lies latent within each of us now. Every potential of the One, of the Divine Mind, is present from the beginning, only awaiting the proper time and setting to emerge into manifestation. We have untold potentialities within."

3 "The noumenal, nonmaterial Source of all remains forever one and undivided, while the interconnections and wholeness perceived in the world reflect this background oneness."

4 "All these principles – unity, time, space, motion, polarity – are enfolded in the One."

5 "Consciousness in the guise of the Divine Mind, the subjective side of nature, is the driving force behind evolution.'

6 "We are indeed complex beings embodying many kinds of universal energy, truly microcosms. There are subtle ranges in our nature which we have at best only glimpsed. Contrasts, opposites, and rich variety lie within us. Yet at the same time each of us is a whole person, not a loosely knit set of vehicles. We integrate many strains within ourselves, and we as Atman, the Self, express through each of them."

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

8 "The Ancient Wisdom depicts man as a microcosm, a miniature of the cosmos, embodying all its principles, energies, functions."

9 "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."

10 "Our work on the path is to deliberately learn to open the personality so that it can resonate to the universal strains within. We need to erase the artificial line that separates us from the inner universal Self."

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

12 "In the midst of the whirling and changing worlds, we are ever rooted in the One, our deepest center of consciousness grounded in that unchanging, eternal background."

13 "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."

14 "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."

15 "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."

16 "In the depths of our consciousness we are one with the Essence which permeates all."

17 "All the planes and principles of nature are already implanted in us. All that is needed for the fulfillment of evolution's long-range goals exists within us already, buried at some unconscious level of our being."

18 "'Tat tvam asi' (Thou art That), which proclaims man's inmost being as one with divine Being…is identical with the Gnostic maxim, 'Thou art I and I am thou.' This insight into man's hidden connection with the Ground of all has appeared in many other philosophies and religions, such as Taoism and Neoplatonism, and is even hinted at in Buddhism."

19 "Though each of us is a unique individual, we make up one humanity, our divisions into nations and groups of nations are less fundamental than our oneness."

20 "The Self or Atman, as the Hindus call it, or the 'spirit' of the Christians…is never cut off from our transcendent roots in the pure Consciousness of the One."

21 "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."

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

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

24 "The forms of nature are exteriorized representations of Divine Thought."

25 "All that exists throughout the cosmos is but the temporary, ephemeral effect of the One Life refracted through the screen of objectivity."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite