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1 "Understand and know at last that We Are All One. The human race, and all of Life, is a unified field. It is all One Thing." Communion with God (Neale Donald Walsch)

2 "Reality is basically an Absolute Oneness." The Nature and Truth of the Great Religions (August Karl Reischauer)

3 "There is only the One Mind and not a particle of anything else on which to lay hold, for this Mind is the Buddha." Huang-Po (800-850), 'The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po' The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

4 "What is is One." The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (early Christian Gnostic text), The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

5 "The name 'One' means that God is uniquely all things through the transcendence of one unity and that He is the cause of all without ever departing from that oneness. Nothing in the world lacks its share of the One…that One which in its utterly comprehensive unity uniquely contains all and everything beforehand, even opposites." Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

6 "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)

7 "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)

8 "Live this message of the nonseparation, of the Unity of Life and the Oneness of All Things. Live it in a practical way, not merely in a conceptual way. Allow it to seep into your being at the deepest level, and become a part of your subconscious and immediate response to every life encounter." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

9 "One is the One and All." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

10 "There is NOTHING ELSE. Nothing other than this singular totality. Everything, everything with no exception, is a manifestation of an eternal unity, a transcending ubiquitous consciousness, which many label as God. When you touch that unity, you perceive and also experience the wonder within which you and all the rest of creation are embedded." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

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

12 “For the One is the whole;…because of the One everything is.” Barnaud Collected Works (Carl Jung)

13 "The sense of oneness is evident from the following descriptions. In the Book of Wisdom, Sophia 'reaches mightily from end to end of the earth' (8:1) and…is praised because 'Though she is but one, she can do all things' (7:27). In the aretalogies of Isis we read, 'I am Isis, sole ruler forever, and I oversee the ends of the sea and the earth. I have authority, and though I am but one I oversee them.' (Cyrene 4)." Dancing in the Flames, The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson)

14 "In spite of the diversity of forms, evolution attests to the oneness of life." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

15 "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)

16 "It is one world, one work, one cause under God being expressed through different channels. Rejoice and let the plan unfold." To Hear the Angels Sing (Dorothy Maclean)

17 "All manifested divine Power, Life and Consciousness, and so all human Spirits, radiate from the One Source." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

18 "The soul feels the presence of the unseen One, in the profound depths of its being, with a vivid distinctness and a holy reverence, such as no words can describe." Rev. Samuel D. Robbins (1812-1884) Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Mary Wilder Tileston, Compiler)

19 "All that exists is one, and..God is in all, is All…All are one, united in One, in divine fellowship." Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

20 "God is One Being, or, seen in another way, God is One, Being." What God Wants (Neale Donald Walsch)

21 "Underlying the inifinite diversity of life is the unity of one all-pervasive spirit." The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (Deepak Chopra)

22 "All life is one, with a boundless variety of manifestations." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

23 "While the consciousness identifies itself with forms, it appears to be multiple; when it identifies itself as life, it stands forth as one." The Spiritual Life (Annie Besant)

24 "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)

25 "The real is ONE. It is a unity, non-dual and whole." Unknown Man (Yatri)

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

27 "The eternal Oneness underlies and permeates all impermanent phenomena." Making Peace With God, A Practical Guide (Harold Bloomfield, M.D. & Philip Goldberg, Ph.D.)

28 “No matter how different forms may appear, the Life of this universe is One Life.” Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

29 "Revelation concerns Oneness and nothing else. The practical nature of this truth is only recognized when the disciple attempts to do two things: to realise it individually, and to bring the nature of planetary unity and of non-separateness to the minds and into the lives of men everywhere." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

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

31 "There is one infinite Intelligence moving through all life." The Language of Silence (J. Allen Boone)

32 "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)

33 "One Force in every place, though manifold. I am the Sacrifice. I am the Prayer. I am the Funeral Cake set for the dead. I am the healing herb. I am the ghee, the Mantra, and the flame, and that which burns. I am, of all this boundless Universe, the Father, Mother, Ancestor and Guard." Bhagavad Gita, Book 9 Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

34 "The One gives life to the whole Kosmos." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

35 "Anaximenes, son of Eurystratus, of Miletus, a companion of Anaximander, also says like him that the underlying nature is one and infinite." Simplicius, 'In Phys., 24, 26-30 The Cambridge Companion to Early Greek Philosophy (A. A. Long, editor)

36 "The ouroboros is an expression of the unified field of matter and mind, and the cosmic destiny that is also ours. 'Oneness'. Alchemy, The Art of Transformation (Jay Ramsay)

37 "We are all in extension of the One Life, and we can see peace instead of separation." A Course in Miracles - A Gift For All Mankind (Tara Singh)

38 "Though religion, psychology, philosophy, science and the arts all have varied languages, they all reveal related aspects of one life." Angels and Mortals, Their Co-Creative Power (Maria Parisen, compiler)

39 "Hail, One, thou mighty being of myriad forms and aspects, thou king of the world!" Ancient Egyptian text Egyptian Religion: Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life (E. A. Wallis Budge)

40 "Considered in its physical, concrete reality, the stuff of the universe cannot divide itself but, as a kind of gigantic 'atom', it forms in its totality…the only real indivisible." The Phenomenon of Man (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

41 "The One who is is one, and all are one." The Second Discourse of Great Seth The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus (Marvin Meyer)

42 "All lines gather into One. Let the soul realize the One in Many." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

43 The One remains, the many change and pass." Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Adonais' Encyclopedia of Religious Quotations (Frank S Mead, editor)

44 "The universe is a finite reflection of this infinite Being, a reflection of the One in the many, of the eternal in time, of the infinite in space." Christ in India: Essays Towards a Hindu-Christian Dialogue (Bede Griffiths)

45 "That all-sufficient life, primal, life in One, who can regard it without longing, disdainful of all else?" Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

46 "In the Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna suddenly sees the form of God, wherein all forms constitute the One Form." Esoteric Psychology II (Alice A. Bailey)

47 "One certain seed had within it the whole semination of the universe. It is like the egg of some variegated and many-colored bird, such as the peacock or some other bird which is even more multiform and many-colored, an egg which though one has within it many forms of multiform, many-colored, many-constituted substances." Basilides, 2nd century Syrian-Egyptian Gnostic The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

48 "Everything is multiplicity within unity….In the image of God who created them, all beings are at once one and many from the galaxy to the electron." Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet and priest, 'Abide in Love' Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

49 "I have put duality away. I have seen that the two worlds are one: one I seek, one I know, one I see, one I call. He is the first, he is the last. He is the outward, he is the inward." Jalal Al-Din Rumi (1207-1273) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

50 "This belief that our world is one indivisible thing is held by modern scientists today, and they come very near to proving it also – at least nothing ever happens to create a doubt of its truth….the world of our experience is in some way one." The Glorious Presence (Ernest E. Wood)

51 "In Lurianic Kabbalah, there is only one primordial soul in the world….From this one soul, sparks were disseminated throughout the universe." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

52 "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)

53 "Life being one,…our duty to our fellows is to understand them as extensions, other aspects, of ourselves – fellow facets of the same Reality." Christmas Humphreys, 'Buddhism' The World's Religions (Huston Smith)

54 "The cosmos is one, unique, and could not be otherwise, as it reflects the Oneness of its Cause." Keith Critchlow, 'The Platonic Tradition' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

55 "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)

56 "Pythagoras appears to have taught the unity of God, whom he regarded as one omnipresent Spirit from whom our spirits emanated." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

57 "The physical universe is a manifestation of one eternal reality." Dialogue on Life, Buddhist Perspectives on Life and the Universe (Daisaku Ikeda)

58 "There is but one divine Will, one divine Life, and one divine Intelligence." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

59 "The universe is one mighty, inconceivable medium." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

60 "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)

61 "The One is Love." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

62 "Striking is the resemblance – or more correctly the identity – of the doctrine of the One in the Upanishads and the Eleatic school. Xenophanes' teaching of the unity of God and the Kosmos and of the changelessness of the One, and even more that of Parmenides, who held that reality is ascribable only to the One unborn, indestructible and omnipresent,….these doctrines are completely identical with the essential contents of the Upanishads and of the Vedantic philosophy which springs from them." The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

63 "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)

64 "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)

65 "As Plato teaches in the 'Timaeus', the universe is one single, visible living being." Christopher Bamford, introduction Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

66 "There is an indissoluble strength in the connection of things….by virtue of the one cause containing and assembling them into one." Thomas Aquinas, DDN Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

67 "To get back to the Garden you have to realize that all is one, you see?" Joseph Campbell The Hero's Journey (Phil Cousineau, editor)

68 "Eternal oneness with God IS the very reality of ourselves and of everyone and everything around us." Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God (James Finley)

69 "That within us that is most aligned with the God-Self is the beauty and wisdom of our Being. It is a part of the One, and knows itself to be one with the All." Reflections of an Elder Brother: Awakening from the Dream (Mary-Margaret Moore)

70 "Essentially, our greatest hope has already been realized. Heaven is here and now, in our capacity to realize our oneness." Everyday Grace, Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles (Marianne Williamson)

71 "The world of separate things is the reflection of the One; the One is the reflection of the myriad separate things of the world." The Spiral Dance, A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Starhawk (Miriam Simos))

72 "The famous axiom attributed to Hermes Trismegistus is an accepted part of the teaching of the Mystery Schools: As it is above so it is below; as it is within, so it is without; as in the great so in the small; There is but one Life and one Law." Regents of the Seven Spheres (H. K. Challoner)

73 "Just as the self of the human being is the centerpoint of the plurality of manifestations of his life of soul, so is the ONE God, transcending the self, the centerpoint of the world." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

74 "Spirit and Matter, as we know them, are but the duality of expression of the one great Deific principle." Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Knowledge (Zolar)

75 "The One underlies the Many." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

76 "Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos. The one is made of the many." Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

77 "The universe is of one piece – it is a 'one only': one humanity, one nature, one universe, one God." Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

78 "One common vital principle pervades all things." Dynamics of the Psychic World (Helena P. Blavatsky)

79 "Where is any more misery for him who sees the Oneness in the universe?" Swami Vivekananda, Hindu sage Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy from the Gospels to The Da Vinci Code (Richard Smoley)

80 "Attached to the Real, the man goes to the Real, through steadfastness in the one; so the larva, meditating on the bee, is transformed into the nature of the bee, enters into the being of the bee; so the seeker for union, meditating on the reality of the supreme Self, enters therein through steadfastness in the one." Sankaracharya, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

81 "Love in all its aspects is the symbol of the Logos as One….Whosoever expresses Love, brings spirit, which is One, into manifestation." Dion Fortune Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

82 "Being is an endless cycle within the one absolute eternity, wherein move numberless inner cycles." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

83 "The cause of almost all human destructiveness and sorrow can be traced to absence of the knowledge that division is an error and oneness is the fact concerning human life – indeed all life." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

84 "In the structure of the world and in nature generally,…purpose and unconscious teleology can be recognized….The universe is a kind of organism." Dietrich vonEngelhardt, 'Natural Science in the Age of Romanticism' Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

85 "There is only one reality, and all multiplicity is imaginary. The world seems pluralistic only because our awareness has limitations." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

86 "Through Consciousness, the Universe is but one single thing; all is interdependent with all." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

87 "Whence shall he have grief, how shall he be deluded who sees everywhere the Oneness?" Isha Upanishad A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

88 “Everything, and every part of everything, participates in the One.” Pseudo-Dionysius, The Complete Works (John Farina, Editor-in-Chief)

89 "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)

90 "All of Life comes from the One Life. There is thus an essential affinity between all forms of that Life." Soul Centered Astrology, A Key to Your Expanding Self (Alan Oken)

91 "Every single creature leads to the knowledge of the first and highest One, which is infinite in every perfection." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Peter Lombard's Book of Sentences', III Sent. 1.3, ad 3 Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality (Matthew Fox)

92 “It is the one Truth who works at all these stages: in the first, teaching as a Master, in the second consoling as a Friend and Brother, in the third embracing as a Father.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux Bernard of Clairvaux, Essential Writings (Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.)

93 "At the deepest levels of our being we are all one." Riding With the Lion: In Search of Mystical Christianity (Kyriacos C. Markides)

94 "Ten thousand 'consciousnesses' are at play at the same time; nevertheless, there is only one Consciousness." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

95 "Consciousness is One." The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist's Guide to Enlightenment (Amit Goswami, Ph.D.)

96 "One god there is hidden in every creature, the Self of all creatures, and all pervading, abiding in all." Sueta Upanishad (900-600 bce) The Quotable Spirit (Peter Lorie and Manuela D Mascetti, editors)

97 "The sacred truth is that All Is One….It carries the message that we are connected to all of life and that every choice we make and every belief we hold exerts influence upon the whole of life." Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing (Caroline Myss)

98 "All living beings are but one being." Writings in Time of War (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

99 "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)

100 "The awareness that reads these words and seems to write them is God's knowing happening – and that 'happening' is confirmation of the One." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite