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1 "The centre is the indivisible monad of the self, the unity and wholeness of the experiencing subject." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

2 "The inter-personal contains the hopes of higher union on which evolution lives. It is the milieu of the monads' mutual attraction and confluence that sustains their final centre of coalescence." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

3 "Like ripples in a pond, each awareness-moment expands out from its own center, containing in its form-pattern the configuration of all phenomena in the universe, material and immaterial." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

4 "All things proceed from God, who is at once the centre and the circumference from which all existing lines proceed and at which all end up." Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651-1695), Mexican nun, poet and scholar The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

5 "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)

6 "The point signifies unity, the Origin and the Centre. It also represents the principles of manifestation and emanation, and hence in some mandalas the centre is not actually shown but must be imagined….There are two kinds of point to be considered: that which has no magnitude and is symbolic of creative virtue, and that which – as suggested by Raymond Lull in his 'Nova Geometria' – has the smallest conceivable or practicable magnitude and is a symbol of the principle of manifestation." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

7 "Let the OM be heard right at the center of the group, proclaiming God is All." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

8 "Since Deity is as a circle whose centre is everywhere, it follows that a divine centre, a vital and immortal principle, exists within ourselves." The Meaning of Masonry (W. L. Wilmshurst)

9 "In both dreams and religion, the relation of the center to the mandala expresses the relation between the potential and the actual." Michael Flanagin, Ph.D., 'The Mandala in Jungian Psychotherapy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

10 "Every point in the cosmos can be considered its centre." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

11 "What is the work of works for man if not to establish, in and by each one of us, an absolutely original centre in which the universe reflects itself in a unique and inimitable way? And those centres are our very selves and personalities." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

12 "No unit can finally find happiness except by reunion with the whole and the transcendent centre required to move that whole." The Vision of the Past (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

13 "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)

14 "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)

15 "You are to know that your soul is the centre, habitation, and kingdom of God." Rev. Miguel de Molinos (ca. 1640-1697) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

16 "There is a root or depth in you from whence all these faculties come forth as lines from a centre, or as branches from the body of a tree. The depth is called the centre, the fund, or bottom of the soul. This depth is the unity, the Eternity, I had almost said the infinity of your soul, for it is so infinite that nothing can satisfy it, or give it any rest, but the infinity of God." William Law (1688-1761), English clergyman, 'The Spirit of Prayer' Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

17 "Fix your attention on the centre, the room or palace occupied by the King." Interior Castle (Teresa of Avila)

18 "The fire at the center of the tepee, pipe, or of sweat lodge represents Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit within the world. How close this comes to Meister Eckhart's teaching that a 'spark of the soul' burns within every creature and every human that will never be extinguished and that this spark of the soul is the divine presence within us all. All of creation shares in this holiness." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

19 "One: Symbolic of being and of the revelation of the spiritual essence. It is the active principle which, broken into fragments, gives rise to multiplicity, and is to be equated with the mystic Centre, the Irradiating Point and the Supreme Power. It also stands for spiritual unity – the common basis between all beings." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

20 "Many paths lead to the central experience. But the nearer one gets to the centre the easier it is to understand the other paths that lead there." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

21 "The accentuation of the centre is a fundamental idea in alchemy. According to Michael Maier, the centre contains the 'indivisible point', which is simple, indestructible, and eternal." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

22 "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)

23 "The Divine Child of us has knowledge of the center Ground of religion, philosophy, metaphysics and science – already knowing all that needs to be known to make it through time." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

24 "Smaller than the small, I am that centre within you, the needle's eye through which all the threads of the universe are drawn." Paul Murray (b. 1947), Dominican priest and lecturer on mystical theology God, A Companion for Seekers (David Schiller)

25 "Leibniz held with Bruno that each monadic center – whether an atom, a man, or a sun – is a mirror and replica of the entire cosmos, as well as the moving power in evolution." Editors Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite