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1 "The spirit of Nature is a unity, creating and forming everything." Johannes Tritheim, Abbot of Spanheim and Kabalist The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

2 "A spiritual evolution, an evolution of consciousness in Matter in a constant developing self-formation till the form can reveal the indwelling Spirit, is…the key-note, the central significant motive of the terrestrial existence." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

3 "This earthen womb knows unerringly the worth of each of her children." Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), 'Report to Greco' The Way of The Earth, Encounters with Nature in Ancient and Contemporary Thought (T. C. McLuhan)

4 "This vast congeries of volitions, interests, and activities, constitutes the instruments and means of the world-spirit for attaining its object; bringing it to consciousness, and realizing it. And this aim is none other than finding itself – coming to itself – and contemplating itself in concrete actuality." Georg W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

5 "The world soul-spirit animates all bodies." The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

6 "All souls are identical with the Oversoul." The Light of the Soul (Alice A. Bailey)

7 "Beings develop. God reveals Himself in their development. The process of evolution is the resurrection of God from the tomb." The Essential Steiner (Rudolf Steiner, edited by Robert A. McDermott)

8 "Inner forces guide the evolution of humanity." Reincarnation and Immortality (Rudolf Steiner)

9 "We have evidence everywhere of something working steadfastly within it (the world) toward a predetermined goal of goodness and perfection. Why otherwise does the usual season of rainfall come in time to bring on the farmer's crops?....The most important causes are in fact not the material, but the formal and final causes, the influence on substances of ends ahead, of purposes they are meant to achieve, of potentialities they are trying to make actual. As a builder frames in his mind a picture of a house, and holds to it as the reason for each subsequent step he takes, so nature pursues a course set by that which is yet to be." On Man In The Universe (Aristotle, edited w/ intro by Louise Ropes Loomis)

10 "All participate in and reflect the same universal processes of growth. Our planet is informed with a life and a spirit which is gradually unfolding itself, realizing its latent potentials. This process repeats itself on every level of being." The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation (The Findhorn Community)

11 "Who else calls us back from the death of every error except that Life which cannot die, that wisdom which needs no light itself but enlightens every mind that needs it, by which the whole world is ruled, down even to the quivering leaves on the trees." Confessions (St. Augustine)

12 "The evolution of the cosmos is a creative play of consciousness for the purpose of revealing itself to itself in manifestation." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

13 “Since the generated world is a collective whole, if we apply the ears of our intellect to the world we shall, perhaps, hear it thus addressing us: ‘There is no doubt but I was composed from all animals, entirely sufficient to myself, and destitute of nothing;…All things are contained in my ample bosom.” Plotinus, ‘On Providence’ Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

14 "A synthesizing and directing energy stirs up and impels creatures towards a higher state of unity." The Soul of the World (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

15 "In physics, in biology, in aesthetics, this same Unitary Principle obtains; it is as though the tensions and pressures of conflicting forms in unstable irresolution ultimately find, by their own inner urgencies, and nature's purposive design, a mergent stability, a higher function in the mounting architecture….there seems to be a goal that is as inherently magnetic to all protoplasm and organism as to man himself." Creative Vision for Art and for Life (Richard Guggenheimer)

16 “There are fiery sparks of the World-Soul, that is of the light of nature, dispersed or scattered at God’s command in and through the fabric of the great world into all fruits of the elements everywhere.” Khunrath (1560-1605) Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "All upon the earth lives, moves and has its being and is dependent upon this intelligence called the Earth Soul or Earth Mother." C. R. F. Seymour, 'The Old Gods' Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

18 “According to Basilius Valentinus, the earth is inhabited by a spirit that is its life and soul. All created things, minerals included, draw their strength from the earth-spirit. This spirit is life…and it gives nourishment to all the living things it shelters in its womb.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

19 "Eros is the same Spirit-in-action that originally threw itself outward to create a vast morphogenetic field of wondrous possibilities (known as the Great Nest). Out of itself, as matter, it began; out of itself, as life, it continued; out of itself, as mind, it began to awaken. The same Spirit-in-action differentiated itself into modes of the good and the true and the beautiful, as it continued its evolutionary play. And it is now the same Spirit-in-action, starting to become collectively conscious of itself, that has initiated an era of integral embrace – global village to communications internet to integral theories to network society." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

20 "The Neter (Nature) is alive, it will always act in the rhythm of its nature but will adapt itself harmonically to ambient conditions." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

21 "It is as if the universe is one single organism, motivated by a single power, developing in many ways to gradually become aware of itself through the awareness of the creatures and forces it produces." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

22 "The Light Supernal, that central Life or Energy, holds hid within Itself the purpose and plan towards which all Being tends." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

23 "There are vast ranges of consciousness all stemming from the One, the One who is this consciousness in all of us and whose plan it is that all parts of life become more aware of each other and more united in the great forward movement which is life, all life, becoming greater consciousness." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

24 "Nature herself can be felt as a power presiding over the molding of her budding and growing creatures, suiting their physical structure to the lives they have to live, and endowing them with strength and soul proportionate to the tasks she intends them to perform." Introduction to 'On Man In The Universe' by Aristotle, Wm. J. Black 1971, p. xxv On Man In The Universe (Aristotle, edited w/ intro by Louise Ropes Loomis)

25 “The world-soul is a natural force which is responsible for all the phenomena of life and the psyche.” Guillaume de Conches (1080-1154), Platonist who taught in Paris Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite