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1 "The true origin, root, and source of our life is the One Spirit." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

2 "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)

3 "If we really learn how to see, we will enjoy a pure intuition born of love and thus behold the manifold in the One." The Human Adventure, Contemplation for Everyman (William McNamara, O.C.D.)

4 "In order to experience and understand oneness one can look within and find the core of one's own being and find that core to be the common reality which we all share." Spirit Guides (Iris Belhayes)

5 "Out of the One Eternal Source of Life – the Self of all – come the various sparks that are spiritual Intelligences in every grade of evolution." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

6 "God is the oneness of the beginning and the end." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

7 "Apparent division can never erect itself into a real separateness; there is supporting and overriding it an indivisible unity which division itself cannot divide." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

8 "Reality is in fact one and perfect." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

9 "Your Wholeness, your entire psyche, has one main directive – bring this separated one to the knowledge there is but One Self. There is but One." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

10 "The fact of universal relatedness has been curiously anticipated by philosophers for millenniums. Anaximander of Miletos in ancient Greece, for one, is said to have taught that 'the primary substance of the world is infinite, eternal and all encompassing.' Two thousand years later Bruno went further in writing that 'all reality is one in substance, one in cause, one in origin…and every particle of reality is composed inseparably of the physical and the psychic. The object of philosophy, therefore,…is to rise to that highest knowledge of the universal unity which is the intellectual equivalent of the love of God.'" Seven Mysteries of Life, An Exploration in Science and Philosophy (Guy Murchie)

11 "You and the other are ONE. And the experience of the separateness is simply a function of the way we experience in the field of time and space." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

12 "The world is single and it came into being from the center outwards." Joannes Stobaeus (5th century), Greek anthologist A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

13 "May the Power of the one Life pour through the group of all true servers. May the Love of the One Soul characterize the lives of all who seek to aid the Great Ones. May I fulfill my part in the One work through self-forgetfulness, harmlessness and right speech." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

14 "What is it which determines the conformation of basic substance into the multiplex variety of Forms which we see about us? It is the One Universal Spirit." Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, or Christian Occult Science (Max Heindel)

15 "The holy omnipresence of the Divine One [is] in all things." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

16 "Intuition is integral knowledge. The vision it gives is the vision of the whole, a unified, synoptic vision of reality, in which the inner and outer, the one and the many, the individual and the universal, are perceived as one." Chari, 'Vedantic Mysticism' Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

17 "We are part of the One, never apart from the One Life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

18 "All heavenly lights may appear as separate yet emanate from the One Source and are one unified light." Zohar Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

19 "There is but one principle of all things." The City of God (St. Augustine)

20 "As a spider throws out and retracts its web, as herbs spring up in the ground….so is the Universe derived from the undecaying One." Mandukya Upanishad The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

21 "As the web issues from the spider, as little sparks proceed from fire, so from the one soul proceed all breathing animals, all worlds, all the gods, and all beings." Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

22 "The One Mind, as Reality, is the Heart which pulsates forever, sending forth purified the blood-streams of existence, and taking them back again; the Great Breath, the Inscrutable Brahman, the Eternally Unveiled Mystery of the Mysteries of Antiquity, the Goal of all Pilgrimages, the End of all Existence." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

23 "All are essentially unified in a divine oneness." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

24 "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)

25 "The Transcendental Personality is One, upon Whom all experiences depend, and in Whom all phenomena rise and fall spontaneously." The Enlightenment of the Whole Body (Bubba Free John)

26 "To divide or multiply consciousness is something meaningless. In all the world, there is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the spatio-temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false conception." Erwin Schrodinger, 'My View of the World' The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

27 "The Beautiful is an eternal flow; it is the One in motion." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

28 "The One breaks into the manifold and the many are reconciled in the One." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

29 "The person who successfully probes his own inner nature and existence back to its Centre and Core, finds one single source of all men, all beings, all existence. Unity then emerges as the supreme verity, the everlasting truth." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

30 “Only One exists.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

31 "The One underlies all the diversities of external nature." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

32 "The Sacred Scripture teaches, and reason enlightened therein and therefrom by the Lord sees, that God is one." Emanuel Swedenborg A Compendium of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (Samuel M. Warren, compiler)

33 "That which is one has developed into the all." Rig Veda VIII.58.2d The American Theosophist (various)

34 "Both in the East and in the West it is stated that we may transcend the intellect and become aware in a manner incomprehensible to the rational mind of a state of Oneness or Wholeness." The Future Is Now: The Significance of Precognition (Arthur W. Osborn)

35 "The 'prima materia', the alchemists declared, can be found everywhere. It was considered the essence of all substances, 'the underlying something that always remains identical and one.' (Aristotle, 'On Generation and Corruption', Bk 1)" The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

36 "God is one….He sees as a Whole, perceives as a Whole, hears as a Whole." Xenophanes (570-475 bce), Greek philosopher, fragment The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

37 "All hail to the One Mind that embraces the whole." 'The Seeing of Reality' The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

38 "Him on whom the sky, the earth, and the atmosphere are woven, and the mind, together with all the life-breaths, Him alone know as the one Soul. Other words dismiss. He is the bridge to immortality." Mundaka Upanishad, 2. 2. 5 Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

39 "The One Mind being the Cause of All Causes, the Ultimate Reality, every other aspect of the Whole, visible and invisible, and all states or conditions of consciousness, are inseparably parts of the One Mind." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

40 "God is one, that is to say, in nature there is but one substance." Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

41 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'" Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives (Joan Halifax, Ph.D.)

42 "I do KNOW of a power of a very personal nature and an irresistible influence. I call it 'God.' I use this term because it has been used for this kind of experience since time immemorial. From this point of view any gods, Zeus, Wotan, Allah, Yahweh, the Summum Bonum, etc., have their intrinsic truth. They are different and more or less differentiated expressions or aspects of one ineffable truth." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

43 "The Self is one, however varying may be the forms in which it manifests itself." The Mental Body (Arthur E. Powell)

44 "From within, from the very most interior center of existence and consciousness, the fact of oneness evermore proves to be the overriding truth." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

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

46 "The dreams and lives of all interlock, as though of a single, superordinated context." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

47 "All is one life. Play your part in making life one." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

48 "Blessed are the consistent in heart; they shall contemplate the One." Neil Douglas-Klotz, 'Prayers of the Cosmos' Son of Man, The Mystical Path to Christ (Andrew Harvey)

49 "We are One Essential Whole, expressing Itself through a limitless number of forms and varieties." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

50 "Thou art I, I am Thou….Knowing, Knower, Known, as One!" Paramahansa Yogananda, 'Samadhi' Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

51 "Brahman is one and is everything, above everything, outside everything, beyond everything and yet in everything….Brahman is the real self of all beings." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

52 "Here is how Rumi describes the Divine and its works: 'That is the Ocean of Oneness, wherein is no mate or consort. Its pearls and its fish are none other than its waves….Spirit is truly and always one; but its manifestations on different planes of creation are different. Just as ice, water, and vapor are not three things but only three forms of the same thing, similarly Spirit is one, but its forms are many.'" The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

53 "He who lives in harmony and friendship of brotherly love, naturally and not artificially, completely and not partially, this person is truly…the universal one and perfect love." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

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

55 "At the heart of everything is the supreme initiative of the One who acts, the One who is always there." Earthy Mysticism: Contemplation and the Life of Passionate Presence (William McNamara)

56 "The unfolding through time of all things from one is the simple message, finally, of every one of the creation myths reproduced in the pages of these volumes ['Historical Atlas of World Mythology'] – including that of our contemporary biological view." Historical Atlas of World Mythology, vol. 1, The Way of the Animal Powers (Joseph Campbell)

57 "The One is, in truth, beyond all statement: whatever you say would limit It. The All-transcending has no name….But if we do not grasp It by knowledge, that does not mean that we do not seize It at all." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

58 "No form or shape has the incorporeal One most holy, beyond comparison. He was ere aught was made in heaven or earth; but His existence has no date or birth." The Kaddish, Prayers for the Pilgrim Festivals The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

59 "The Holy Spirit stands at the gate of every man's heart, preparing to initiate him into greater and more lasting joy – the joy of the Eternal One." The Science of the Spoken Word (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

60 "From the many to the one, from duality to unity – the direction of growth and evolution is toward integration, toward oneness." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

61 “And behold it is One thing, One root, One essence with nothing extraneous added.” Nicolaus Melchior, chaplain at King Louis II’s court, 1490-1516 Collected Works (Carl Jung)

62 "In fact, subjectivity and objectivity are not independent realities, they depend upon each other; they are the Being, through consciousness, looking at itself as subject on the object and the same Being offering itself to its own consciousness as object to the subject." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

63 "Remember, every thought we think takes us and others around us either straight to heaven (an awareness of our oneness) or straight to hell (the ego's state of separation)." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

64 "In God's Mind there is no division. All is One." A Million Years to the Promised Land (Robert W. Krajenke)

65 "The divine nature is one and indivisible." Nikitas Stithatos, 'On Spiritual Knowledge' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

66 "All work is, indeed, performed as part of the One Work and on behalf of the One Worker." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

67 "Inside, outside, o friends, all one." Kabir The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

68 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia' Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

69 "The life of a moment and the life of thousands of years, your life and the lives of all creatures seen and unseen, is one." Leo Tolstoy, 'Esarhaddon, King of Assyria' The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

70 "The Upanishads say: 'An ocean One the seer becomes, without duality. This is the highest path, the highest prize, the highest world, the highest bliss.'" Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita (Ram Dass)

71 "In nature the One circle gives rise to the Many, in the shapes and orbits of the planets, in the roundness of berries, nests, eyeballs, and the cycles of time." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

72 "If God is not one, he is not God." Tertullian, Adv. Marc., 1, 3, 5 Catechism of the Catholic Church (Various)

73 "We are one with all that is, in every state of sentient existence, from the lowest worlds of suffering to the highest states of bliss and Perfect Enlightenment." Lama Kazi Dawa Samdup Tibetan Book of the Dead (W Y Evans-Wentz, translator)

74 "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)

75 "The sages have affirmed in their wisdom that all creatures are to be brought to one substance." Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist, 'Congeries Paracelsicae Chemicae' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

76 "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)

77 "To apprehend the one in the many constitutes the special character of love." Ernst Troeltsch, 'Christianity and Other Religions' Macmillan Dictionary of Religious Quotations (Margaret Pepper, editor)

78 "The combined resources of all of humanity – which would be made available to all of humanity if humanity saw itself as One – are more than sufficient to end human lack and suffering." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

79 "There is only one eternal moment – an eternal love, spirit, or consciousness – that constantly becomes seer and scenery." Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

80 "All these principles – unity, time, space, motion, polarity – are enfolded in the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

81 "The Universe unfolds through the creation of the myriad forms of its expression, yet it always remains essentially One." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

82 "A single fundamental rhythm beats below and gives rise to the many diverse rhythms in the world." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

83 "Many modern discoveries help man to apprehend the cosmos as a varied expression of one power – light, guided by divine intelligence." Paramahansa Yogananda Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

84 "All things started from one beginning." Origen The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Huston Smith)

85 "There is in the last analysis but one world and one humanity." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

86 "Beneath all differences there lies concealed the unalterable fact of oneness." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

87 "In the One Reality there is only One Healer, One Teacher, to whom we all have free and instant access." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

88 "We are a family. White Buffalo Woman reminds us that we are more than family, we are one with each other. 'Whatever you do to any other thing or being in the circle of life', she exhorts us, 'you do to yourself, for you are One.'" Brooke Medicine Eagle, Native American healer, 'Creating a Path of Beauty' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

89 "Venerable Ones, get to know the One who plays with these shadows. He is the original source of all the Buddhas. Knowing him, wherever you are is home." Zen Master Rinzai The Atman Project (Ken Wilber)

90 "This whole essence is but one thing only, like the mind of a man. Even as he is in soul and body, so also is this whole essence." Jacob Boehme Collected Works (Carl Jung)

91 "There is One Flame but many sparks of differing brightness within that Flame. Such is the glory of the great Eternal One." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

92 "See the beauty and the wonder of all whose lives you touch, for you are each wondrous indeed, yet no one more wondrous than another. And you will all one day melt into the Oneness, and know then that you form together a single stream." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

93 "God can show Himself as He really is only to real people. And that means not simply to people who are individually good, but to people who are united together in a body, loving one another, helping one another, showing Him to one another. For that is what God meant humanity to be like; like players in one band, or organs in one body." C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), English professor, author, 'Beyond Personality' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

94 "Ra, the Sun of Nature, is not in you: you are One. God did not create you in opposition to Himself. He emanated you with his Breath. He is not in you, because He is the source, and you the flux which comes from it; you are One." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

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

96 "God's Idea, from which infinite numbers of things follow in infinite ways, can be one only." 'Nature and the Origin of the Mind', Proposition 4 Ethics (Benedict Spinoza)

97 "All is one in that ultimate reality which is God." Summons to Life, Contemporary Christian Insights (Martin Israel)

98 "The story of the unfolding of the divine One is as much a story about psychology as it is about mythology and metaphysics." The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

99 "The one reality is, for the mystic, an object of love that draws us homeward under the guidance of the heart." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

100 "All living things have their roots not only in the Earth, but in the universe itself. They all inhere in the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite