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1 "Nothing is isolated…the parts live in and through their relation to the whole." James Edwin Creighton (1861-1924) A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

2 "Everywhere there is unity in multiplicity. Our bodies are an example of the interplay of a variety of specialized organ systems and processes working together as a whole. The larger world, too, is a single living system." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

3 "The Ancient Wisdom has always held that each of us, like everything else in nature, is fundamentally one with the All, immersed in that undivided, numinous unity from which all creation springs." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

4 "You are yourself a whole, a particular aspect of universal Consciousness." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

5 "From the most archaic and simple forms of life to the most intricate and complex contemporary forms, life has unfolded in a continual dance without ever breaking the basic pattern of its autopoietic networks." The Web of Life, A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems (Fritjof Capra)

6 "Biological forms and functions are not simply determined by a genetic blueprint but are emergent properties of the entire epigenetic network." The Hidden Connections (Fritjof Capra)

7 "At the psychololgical root of all mysticism there lies…magnetic power which urges each conscious element to become united with the surrounding whole." Toward the Future (Pierre Teilhard deChardin)

8 "We have a Universe outside (macro) and a Universe inside (micro) set of systems interbonded to produce all physical matter. Our thoughts, our experiences, the book, the table – all are systems." Intuition (R. Buckminster Fuller)

9 "Relation is the essence of everything that is." Meister Eckhart Saints and Madmen: Psychiatry Opens its Doors to Religion (Russell Shorto)

10 "We are part of an interconnected web of exchanges." Stone Age Wisdom, The Healing Principles of Shamanism (Tom Crockett)

11 "All living things fit together into a single pattern." The Web of Life (John H. Storer)

12 "Our own life lives on the acts of other people." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

13 "Who is our neighbor? The Samaritan? The outcast? The enemy? Yes, yes, of course. But it is also the whale, the dolphin and the rainforest. Our neighbor is the entire community of life, the entire universe. We must love it all as our self." Brian Patrick, author Spiritual Literacy, Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

14 "Science recognizes today the interrelationality of the universe. Relativity theory, quantum physics, post-Darwinian models of evolution, psychosomatic medicine, parapsychological research, biofeedback and, most of all, experience with Yoga and meditation support this basic vision." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

15 "It is not a question of either-or but of all-in-one….of wholeness, wholeheartedness and unity….which finds the same ground of love in everything." Thomas Merton, 'Contemplation In A World of Action' Merton's Palace of Nowhere (James Finley)

16 "Each man's spirit (though included in diverse bodies) is made all one by the immediate, and first emanation or Universal beam of Unity; and Union in Nature can no more be severed or disjoined, than the bright stream which issues from the center of the Sun." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

17 "Even a partial realisation of the unity of life blends a person mentally and spiritually with his fellowmen and with Nature. At the same time, it endows him with power which he can use in character-correction and character-building." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

18 "Every law in the universe…..extends through the entirety of the universe." The Unobstructed Universe (Stewart Edward White)

19 "Jung spoke of the 'Unus mundus' and Neumann of 'Unitary Reality'. In such a biopsychic organismic system, the single personal unity is contained like a cell in an organism. It is viable functionally only by virtue of being contained in and sustained by the total system." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

20 "The power of reaching outward and becoming a part altogether conscious of a whole in a marvelously spiritual manner is the gift of God to all." Saint Germain on Alchemy (Mark L. and Elizabeth Clare Prophet)

21 "Every part contains information of the Whole." The Child Within Us Lives!, A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics (William Samuel)

22 "In the 'Timaeus' Plato discovered evidence of an ordering Mind in all things, and Aristotle emphasized the fact that all formed a rational whole interpenetrated by reason and unveiling its secrets to reason." The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

23 "Everything is an outpouring of the infinite that is spiritual in essence, so everything reflects that spirit." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

24 "Light and energy and matter all over the universe are composed of moving interference patterns which literally bear the mark of all the other waves of light and energy and matter they've been in contact with, directly or indirectly. In other words, each part or instance of energy and matter encodes an image of the whole." Turbulent Mirror (John Briggs and F. David Peat)

25 "The undivided wholeness of existence is a holographic pattern of matter, energy, movement and space-time. Each locality of space, however tiny, contains…the pattern of the whole." Unknown Man (Yatri)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite