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1 "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)

2 "The religious need longs for wholeness, and therefore lays hold of the images of wholeness offered by the unconscious, which, independently of the conscious mind, rise up from the depths of our psychic nature." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

3 "The Sublime Whole is in constant motion whether as a whole or as its individual life force pieces. In other words, as 'God the actualized concept' or as 'God the actualized spirit within the human', all of our lives move toward a perfect reunion." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

4 "It is all intelligently ordered like one great household for the good of the whole, each member having his place, small or large, in the vast design." Introduction On Man In The Universe (Aristotle, edited w/ intro by Louise Ropes Loomis)

5 "Feeling the impulse toward wholeness, man applies it to all that he does. It motivates his thoughts, permeates his activities, and resides in all that he constructs. In his dwellings, as in those of most of the 'primitive', pre-industrial world, there is a place, an altar, a fire, a stone that is the center, not only of the house or dwelling, but also of the entire cosmos…. We are dealing with what is essentially a SACRED principle, or a sacred state of consciousness in which all beings and all things are realized equally as emanations of One Divine Whole." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

6 "The underlying matrix unites all life forms in an unbroken community of species." As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

7 "Ours is a time of emerging awareness of the interconnectivity of all things." The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (Matthew Fox)

8 "Our nature is whole in God….He keeps nature whole." Revelations of Divine Love (Juliana of Norwich)

9 “Meaning and purposefulness operate in the whole of living nature.” C. G. Jung, ‘Approaching the Unconscious’ Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

10 "The law of the Supermind is unity fulfilled in diversity." Aurobindo (1872-1950), Hindu mystical philosopher The Essential Mystics (Andrew Harvey)

11 "In each one of us, through matter, the whole history of the world is in part reflected. And however autonomous our soul, it in indebted to an inheritance worked upon from all sides – before ever it came into being – by the totality of the energies of the earth." The Divine Milieu (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

12 "You are interrelated to everyone and everything…your every act is linked with the whole of humankind and the whole cosmos." Living Buddha, Living Christ (Thich Nhat Hanh)

13 "All eyes that look on me are my sole eyes; the one heart that beats within all breasts is mine." Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950), Yogic master, 'Sonnets of Cosmic Consciousness' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

14 "Every being can subsist and hold together only through confluence with others." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

15 "All over the world one can find temples constructed as three-dimensional mandalas. One can also find labyrinths, which are circular walkways created from sacred geometry. Walking in them allows you to become part of an integrating mandala reflecting universal wholeness." Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

16 "However far back we may go in the history of philosophy and religions, the idea of a whole in process of formation has always been the pole with a magnetic attraction for the loftiest minds and the finest souls." Science and Christ (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

17 "In a sense, I am we." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

18 "Just as there is an underlying unity behind all natural entities and processes, all having arisen from common subtle matter obeying the same laws, there is an underlying unity behind all the knowing selves or consciousness." Ravi Ravindra, 'Science and the Mystery of Silence' American Theosophist, The (Dora Kunz, Executive Editor)

19 "The alchemist…knew definitely that as part of the whole he had an image of the whole in himself." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

20 "Planetary disasters such as wars and personal catastrophies caused by wrong thinking may very justly be diagnosed as inability to perceive intuitively the unity of all forms of embodied life." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

21 "You are one with all there is. You are both an individual and a world, one soul and all souls, one heart and all hearts, one mind and all minds." Miraculous Living (Rabbi Shoni Labowitz)

22 "Human nature…participates in the wholeness and goodness of the original creation." Adam, Eve, and the Serpent (Elaine Pagels)

23 "Everything in the world-in-being is held and moves in relationship to every thing else, to accord with an end that is not of the order of time, yet is everywhere fulfilled in time." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

24 "How to convey the perception that everything is interconnected, crafted of an intelligent light that forms a seamless matrix from which all matter springs?" Seven Paths to God, The Ways of the Mystic (Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.)

25 "Underlying both personal impulses to growth and all creative cultural enterprises is the fundamental impulse that seeks unitive consciousness." Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite