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1 "The self and the not-self are centred in a Reality which makes them one. They are one in..the primordial Spirit of Which the whole universe is the Self-expression." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

2 "The multitude of beings are but phases of the one great thought made manifest." ch. 58, v. 17 Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

3 "God is One and Alone and no other exists with him. God is the One, the One who has made everything." Sir E. A. W. Budge, 'From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt' The Garden of the Golden Flower, The Journey to Spiritual Fulfilment (Longfield Beatty)

4 "Within-ness and without-ness use both infinite, but also one." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

5 "A gardener or farmer plants his seeds underground and, in due course, the new plants appear and complete their cycle of growth, which is generally consummated in the production of more seeds. The One Life, the One Law and the One Energy, to which the name 'God' has been given, would seem similarly to provide for the innermost selves of humanity the conditions necessary for the germination and development of their limitless, but at first seed-like deific powers. These conditions have some analogy with those provided for the seed of a plant when it is planted in the soil." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

6 "All beings come forth from the One." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

7 "The profound fact of oneness not only on Earth but in all creation is becoming more and more evident as knowledge expands outward, and nowhere are to be found any absolute boundary lines or uncrossable barriers between any kingdoms of life. Not even between life and nonlife, nor between body and mind and spirit." Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

8 "Wholeness comes first, multiplicity later; the many derive from the one." Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief (Huston Smith)

9 "The Divine Reality – the Source of Being, Allah, the Brahman, the Tao, the One, the Ground of Being – has a limitless number of qualities; each one of these is itself infinite, but each also expresses the one nature." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

10 "In very truth, recognition and ratification in conduct of the fact of the oneness of all life is the panacea." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

11 "I saw all forms gathered within the Form of God. Thus one great Form appeared." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "One spirit works not only through the moving of the whole universe, but also through the flying of a mosquito, or the waving of a fan." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

13 "God and His creation are not separate. The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

14 "All that is is holy and all that is is related, for all being in our universe began as one being just before the fireball erupted." A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity (Matthew Fox)

15 "We are one under the One." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

16 "The successive phases of Spirit that animate the Nations…are themselves only steps in the development of the one Universal Spirit, which through them elevates and completes itself to a self-comprehending totality." Georg Hegel (1770-1831), The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

17 "All matter, originating as it does from its One Source, is essentially divine." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

18 "All these souls which shift about from place to place throughout the Kosmos are, so to speak, parted off and portioned out from one soul, even the soul of the universe." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

19 "The object of the mystic's contemplation is always some aspect of the Infinite Life: of God, the one Reality." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

20 "Just as the varied organs of the human body are inter-related by the nervous system, so within the body of the planet are the various kingdoms in nature and the multiplicity of forms. Back of the objective universe is the subtler sensitive body – one organism, not many, one sentient, responsive, connected form." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

21 "When the intellect is rich in the knowledge of the One, the senses will be completely under control." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Second Century' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

22 "Whoever loves something fervently and with all his strength….he will never forget what he so loves, and in all things he will see the Image of the One, and he will see it within him more clearly as his love grows deeper and deeper." Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

23 "Latent spiritual intelligence is our human birthright, waiting to be uncovered. It is the one tool that is indispensable if we are to solve our manifold problems. The fruit of this intelligence is the realization that we are one Self." Translators The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

24 "All to me are one." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

25 "The Spirit is the One who 'makes all things new.'" The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

26 "The One recreates the entire world anew each second." Eliezer Shore, 'The Heart of Ritual' Parabola, the Magazine of Myth and Tradition (various)

27 “The One and Undivided is the very foundation of manifested existence.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

28 "One composed of many." Virgil (70-19 bce), 'Minor Poems, Moretum', I.104 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition (John Bartlett)

29 "You are a One who contains the Many." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

30 "All great spiritual beings are just the pure emanation of that one soul we all share, the one we call the One." Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

31 "The principles of the successive phases of Spirit are themselves only steps in the development of one universal Spirit." G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

32 "They who see but One in all the changing manifoldness of this universe, unto them belongs eternal truth: unto none else, unto none else." Katha Upanishad The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

33 "The whole cosmos and all its forms are…creations of divine mind, outstreamings of one heart-fire." Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

34 "The Spirit is a Unity….It is the God of Truth, the Father of All, the Holy Spirit, the invisible one, the one who is over the All." The Secret Book of John (1st century Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

35 "The world is of one piece, the same spirit which is in the saddle in the globe is also in the atom." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

36 “God far transcends all intellectual conceptions of dividedness. On the contrary, THAT is, above all, One and One Alone.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

37 "Man and cosmos hold a dialogue in which the One grows in one, and one evolves in the One." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

38 "There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust contraries and to produce final harmony." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

39 "All that God does is one." Meister Eckhart Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

40 “The One may be called the underlying element of all things.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

41 "The [Buddhist] Doctrine of Mutual Arising..implies that no one – nobody and no thing – is to blame for anything that ever occurs, because all is mutually arising….You and your enemies; you and your friends: all parts of the one thing, one wreath: 'thing and thing: no division.' This, surely, is sublime." Myths To Live By (Joseph Campbell)

42 "The One, transcendent to all differentiation and form, is the source of all." Elmer O'Brien, S.J., translator The Essential Plotinus (Translated by Elmer O'Brien, S.J.)

43 "There is no separation OF anything, FROM anything. There is only Unity. There is only Oneness." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

44 "'This is myself and this is another.' – Be free of this bond which encompasses you about, and your own self is thereby released." Saraha, 9th century Buddhist monk and poet The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

45 "Being is by its nature a dynamic tendency toward the Absolute…..all creation begins and ends with, goes forth and returns to, the supreme One." The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View (Richard Tarnas)

46 "That One Alone becomes manifest…as all the exuberant variety and richness of individuality everywhere apparent throughout Nature." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

47 “All things are one in reality and in essence.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

48 "There must be knowledge and recognition of the One on whom all worlds are built, the Self eternal and unchanging that throws out universes, as a spider throws out webs, and draws them in again (Mundakopanishad, i. I. 7). One must recognize the one Existence which is at the root of all, supreme...the One without a second." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

49 "The seen and unseen, the social and spiritual, the cultural and natural, the ordinary and extraordinary inhabit one continuum of being that is complementary, bonded, and interdependent inflections of a single extended unity." Joan Halifax, 'Shamanism, Mind, and No-Self' Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

50 "Know, therefore,….that from that One the whole of creation proceeded." Pythagoras, 'Turba Philosophorum' (medieval Arabic text) Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

51 "Since there is only one mind, all of us are telepathically communicating all the time." A Return to Love, Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

52 "Joy is the realization of onenes, the oneness of our soul with the world and of the world-soul with the supreme love." Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Indian poet The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

53 "The universe is an orchestration of the one Word God speaks from all eternity." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

54 "I accomplish everything through the Good One, for this is the union of the truth." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

55 "The many are One." Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites (C. W. Leadbeater)

56 "It is manifest that the Maker is one; for soul is one, and life is one, and matter is one." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

57 "All blades of grass, wood and stone, all things are One." Meister Eckhart Mysticism, Its History and Challenge (Bruno Borchert)

58 "The essence of all things is one." Ashvaghosha, 'The Awakening of Faith' (Suzuki's translation), Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

59 "An ultimate existence pervades all the boundaries of the universe, and all people and all things are of one essence." Oneness: Great Principles Shared By All Religions (Jeffrey Moses)

60 "What you do for others the Holy One will do for you." ch. 46, v. 17b Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ (Leo W. Dowling)

61 "Divine Love is not a single thread that links creature and Creator; but rather a web that knits up the many with the One." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

62 "The One sits on the driver's seat." Adin Steinsalz Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

63 "There is only One Person. That Person is not separate from any thing or any one….that Person is also the Identity of every human individual…and of all species of experiential existence." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

64 "There is but one Life permeating all forms." Esoteric Healing (Alice A. Bailey)

65 “The ‘I Ching’ is based on the hypothesis of the Oneness of man and the surrounding cosmos.” Jolande Jacobi, ‘Symbols in an Individual Analysis’ Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

66 "Although our bodies and minds may be on different trips, on the consciousness level all of us are alike in our humanness. We are one." Handbook to Higher Consciousness (Ken Keyes, Jr.)

67 "The son of Pandu (Arjuna) beheld the entire universe in all its multitudinous diversity, lodged as one being within the body of the God of gods." Bhagavad Gita 11:11 Ecstatic Journey, The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience (Sophy Burnham)

68 "The central teaching of Unity (School of Christianity) is this: There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe – God, the Good and Omnipotent." James Dillet Freeman, 'Imagination: The Wondrous Power of Conception' New Thoughts for a New Millennium (Michael A. Maday, editor)

69 “All things are of one.” Senior, ‘De chemia’ Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

70 "Heaven, Earth, and I were produced together, and all things and I are one." Chuang Tzu (c. 300 bc), Chinese philosopher, from 'The Texts of Taoism', James Legge, translator, Dover 1962 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

71 "Being is one, though named variously." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

72 "The great doctors of the Catholic Church always posit the unfathomable Deity, incomprehensible, infinite, and therefore necessarily but One and partless." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

73 "The one Universal Law guides unerringly." H. P. Blavatsky, 'TheTheosophical Glossary' Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

74 "The One Self is in all." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

75 "He is all in all, as scripture affirms, and certainly He is to be praised as being for all things the creator and originator, the One who brings them to completion, their preserver, their protector, and their home, the power which returns them to itself, and all this in the one single, irrepressible, and supreme act." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

76 "We are, in fact, all part of one thing, all different materializations of the one life." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

77 "For an increasing number of people, the Inner Voice grows stronger, more insistent, calling: 'One life in all'." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

78 "What we know of ourselves and the universe in which we live is an integral part of the One's own Self-revealing, Self-knowing state….The One knows itself through us – through our eyes, and ears, and minds, through our entire being." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

79 "How many divine beings are there really? One!" Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

80 "Ultimate ONENESS is a characteristic of the Rig Vedic vision." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

81 "All principles and their progeny are finally centered and rooted by their summits in the first great all-comprehending one. Thus all beings proceed from, and are comprehended in the first being; all intellects emanate from one first intellect; all souls from one first soul; all natures blossom from one first nature;…all these great monads are comprehended in the first one, from which both they and all their depending series are unfolded into light. Hence, this first one is truly the unity of unities, the monad of monads, the principle of principles, the God of Gods, one and all things, and yet one prior to all." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

82 "There is but one Spirit pervading space. Life and Form, its positive and negative poles, are one." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

83 "Substance is one." Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American Transcendentalist lecturer and writer A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

84 "One is the Ineffable, the Unutterable, the eternal source of the fountain, the beginning of the unfolding." The Modern Numerology: A Practical Guide to the Meaning and Influence of Numbers (John King)

85 "There is only one fundamental energy or force in the universe." Visions and Prophecies for a New Age (Mark A. Thurston, Ph.D.)

86 "When one discovers that Atman, the inner self, and Brahman, the essence of the universe, are indeed one, the experienced result is said to be one of immense peace and harmony, of coming home. The human perception of life is often that of a small, fragile being gazing out into an infinite, unknowable space. Hinduism teaches that the intuitive leap of realizing 'that art thou' tells us we belong. We have a place. We are one with the stars and the consciousness that brought them into being." The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

87 "As a homogeneous whole, the Universe symbolizes the undivided One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

88 “There is but one spirit in the universe….there is but one consciousness.” Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

89 "The Good that is beyond being…is one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

90 "All is fused into one great work of art, all forms part of one living whole." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

91 "There are no breaks in the World of Becoming; Life, though it be instinct with spontaneity, though it cut new paths for its branching stream in fresh, unimaginable directions, behave in a thousand incalculable ways, ever remains one." The Mystic Way - A Psychological Study in Christian Origins (Evelyn Underhill)

92 "All the sounds of nature blend themselves into one tone." The Astral Body (Arthur E. Powell)

93 "We are one with our earth at every level." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

94 "Vishnu is one, and yet He is certainly all-pervading. By His inconceivable potency, in spite of His one form, He is present everywhere." The Vedas Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

95 "The homogeneous is the cause of the heterogeneous, unity produces diversity, the One is responsible for the many." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

96 "Life is one and naught can ever take or touch that life." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

97 "The person who sees in the One perceives through the One both himself and all men and all things." St. Symeon the New Theologian, 'Practical and Theological Texts' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

98 "Through the steadfast practice of Mindfulness we may centre ourselves in this Oneness in which the light of insight scatters the shadows of external discrimination, and differences no longer divide, but enrich and unite." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

99 "The One Life has been described as a conscious, hypersensitive, electric, creative energy. All effects, pleasurable or painful, produced upon one living creature are communicated by this electric, telegraphic Life-force, elan vital, throughout the whole of manifested life." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

100 "Try to see this world and the personalities of men as vehicles for the Divine Presence and the Divine Life, remembering also: All are but parts of one stupendous whole." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite