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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "We can know the oneness behind all life, for such knowledge lies within us already, waiting to be actualized."

2 "The coordination of wholes visible everywhere in nature – the intricate web of connections – is the outworking in the world of the basic unity from which it arises."

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

4 "Because we can choose our inner feelings and thoughts, we have the possibility of self-control and self-direction. This gives us some control over our environment and our world. Our evolution is now self-induced, through our own decisions and efforts. Although the full development of self-consciousness and choice is not yet apparent, we are capable to some extent of choosing what we wish to express and be and what our world will be."

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

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

7 "The geometry of the archetypes and the Universal Mind are evident in the principles of symmetry which pervade nature and art. Symmetry shows us a glimpse of the ideal beauty which is reflected in nature, infusing it with order. Symmetry is universal; it can be found everywhere as the broad principle of balance and harmony."

8 "There is a harmonious structure in the universe itself, as displayed by its parts, a wholeness revealed in relationships. Interactions, interdependence, coherence characterize the world of nature, in which separate beings and parts mesh together into meaningful patterns and wholes, as in the functions of the organs of the body."

9 "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."

10 "The archetypes serve as blueprints to guide the growing forms. They are like the perfect song on a conceptual level which individual singers bring into being in their unique way."

11 "A single fundamental rhythm beats below and gives rise to the many diverse rhythms in the world."

12 "We desperately need a unifying world view to help heal the world's endless fractures. What problems could not be solved by first considering the good of the whole, of the lives of all those on our planet, rather than special interests!"

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

14 "Indeed, as proclaimed by all great religious convictions, a unity characterizes this emergent mind and the basic order of the universe." Karl Pribram, 'What The Fuss Is All About'

15 "We are connected with the universe at every level, and therefore we have a far richer potential than we have begun to express."

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

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

18 "The transcendent Source continually sustains and supports all being, as it holds all parts together in dynamic relationship with the whole."

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

20 "Platonic and Pythagorean theory, which posits a mathematical basis for the physical world, offers clues as to the outworkings of the archetypes and the Divine Mind."

21 "The Divine Mind underlies our being. We are at all times linked to Universal Mind, an ever-present, lawful background, which supports us and gives us life from within."

22 "Although he is not yet finished, man clearly indicates the direction of evolution toward unfoldment of higher and higher reaches of consciousness and mind."

23 "Seers, initiates, wise ones through the ages have demonstrated the heights that the human potential can reach. Looking at the lives of the Christ, the Buddha, Plato, or Lao-tzu, we can glimpse the possibilities of human development."

24 "The universe…is a unified system, a mighty organism in which the inmost nucleus and pervading Spirit and Self is the one abiding Being." J. C. Chatterji

25 "As philosophy professor Renee Weber recognizes, there is a single tradition, one universal core of knowledge underlying its many expressions, which are 'bound by a common intentionality, an integral vision of man and world.'"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite