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1 "Seek those new attitudes and those new creative approaches which will result not alone in the building of the individual, but also in the fusion of the many 'radiant strands' which will produce those 'connecting cables', speaking symbolically, which will relate the planetary centres and present the medium along which can pass the fiery will and the predetermined purpose of Deity. This will bring about the reconstruction of the manifested worlds, and in this task each and every one of you can have his share." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

2 "The moving finger of God in human history points ever in the same direction. There must be community." Howard Thurman Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

3 "When any community is devoted to the vitality of the Center of and beyond each individual, there will be no danger of damaging consensus, for the particular 'color' of the Center as it expresses itself through each personality will contribute richness to the whole. This will bring relatedness and cooperation." Elizabeth Boyden Howes, Jungian analyst, written for this anthology The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

4 "Life is a triumph of cooperation and creativity. Indeed, since the creation of the first nucleated cells, evolution has proceeded through ever more intricate arrangements of cooperation and coevolution." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

5 "Recognition of world-unity must become an absolutely governing principle in all relationships, between human beings, between man and animals, and all sentient creatures." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

6 "We are responsible for one another. Collectively so. The world is a joint effort. We might say it is like a giant puzzle, and each one of us is a very important and unique part of it. Collectively, we can unite and bring about a powerful change in the world. By working to raise our awareness to the highest possible level of spiritual understanding, we can begin to heal ourselves, then each other and the world." Betty Eadie, 'The Divine Spirit' Handbook for the Soul (Richard Carlson and Benjamin Shield)

7 "The world needs us to start extending wholeness, because that is what we are." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

8 "Modern scientists have concluded that all phenomena are interrelated in complex networks of energy transformation. Teilhard deChardin's concept of the noosphere, a network of thought ecompassing the planet, is one such idea. The notion of networks of individuals who share a common interest and provide information and support to one another has enormous potential for furthering individual and social transformation." The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience (Ralph Metzner)

9 "Twenty-five hundred years ago it took an exceptional man like Diogenes to exclaim, 'I am not an Athenian or a Greek but a citizen of the world.' Today we must all be struggling to make those words our own. We have come to the point in history when anyone who is only Japanese or American, only Oriental or Occidental, is only half human. The other half that beats with the pulse of all humanity has yet to be born." The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

10 "Humanity will pursue and bring about its own rebirth by uniting in caring, understanding, and tolerance of individual differences." The Case for Reincarnation (Joe Fisher)

11 "What is required is that we unite with others, in order that all may complement and aid one another through holding together." I Ching or The Book of Changes (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

12 "Our intrinsic Unity is experienced once again when we re-member." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

13 "At some level, however unconscious,…you are not separate from other human beings but share something vital with them… your neighbor as yourself because essentially your neighbor IS yourself." Inner Christianity, A Guide to the Esoteric Tradition (Richard Smoley)

14 "It cannot be stressed strongly enough that our tendency as the Human Race is to move to a consciousness of the relationship between the individual and the collective. This will lead to a greatly expanded awareness of the collective itself." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

15 "In this new civilization and the emerging global culture, for the first time humanity is sufficiently developed to make a planetary, global pattern, incorporating the very best of all men and women. I think that this planetary psychosynthesis, this psychosynthesis of humanity is possible and needed. Each particular problem will then have its frame of reference in the greater whole, and conflict can be replaced by harmonious integration and cooperation. All of this is within our reach – for not only is it very beautiful – it is HUMAN." Roberto Assagioli and Claude Servan-Schreiber, 'A Higher View of the Man-Woman Problem' The Goddess Re-Awakening: The Feminine Principle Today (Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)

16 "Pursue the line of conduct marked out by the strictest integrity, as regards the interests of the whole." Last words of Lorenzo de Medici (d. 1492), poet and prince of Florence, Italy Last Words of Saints and Sinners (Herbert Lockyer)

17 "The apprehension of the intrinsic interconnectedness of all leads organically to a compassion for all, especially in the concrete existential situations of life as we meet others each day. Simply put, when we realize we are all in this together, our kindness and understanding grows. We are all related; we are all responsible for one another." The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

18 "What we encounter in everyday life are not discrete individuals and solid objects, but integral aspects of a unified energetic field." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

19 "We each have an opportunity right now to contribute to the evolution of ourselves, our species, and the planet as a whole. Everyone is needed. Everyone's genius fits into some evolving need of the whole system." Barbara Marx Hubbard, 'Awakening to Our Genius: The Heroine's Journey' The Fabric of the Future (M. J. Ryan, editor)

20 "We are at bottom all knit together in a great and intimate family." Douglas V. Steere (b. 1901), philosophy teacher and author Devotional Classics (Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith, editors)

21 "The world can no longer be an agglomeration of juxtaposed objects: we must recognise it as one great whole, welded together and evolving organically." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

22 "Visualize the Law of Right Human Relations as two clasped hands encircling a bright, glowing planet Earth. Contemplate and consider the implications of Right Human Relations. Make a plan as to how you may demonstrate Right Human Relations individually in the world." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

23 "The requirement of today is becoming more and more obvious. It is the recognition that the world is so small and so tightly interlocked, that the community, the actual community, is a world community." Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

24 "The most basic of all works of love [is] the work of human communication, of caring and nurturance, of tending the personal bonds of community." Beverly Wildung Harrison, American social ethicist The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

25 "The impetus toward community is here and it is not going to leave us. Many of us are feeling a growing restlessness that has to do with dreams of new ways of living….We want clear air and space to be, work, breathe and live. This alongside the sense that we belong together as soul friends." Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite