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    And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people,
           and they have all one language;
       and they have reasoned to do this thing;
    and now nothing will prevent them from doing
         that which they have imagined to do.
                    (Genesis 11:6)

          I and my Father are of one accord.
                   (St. John 10:30)

        So that they all may be one; just as thou,
      my Father, art with me, and I am with thee,
            that they also may be one with us;
 so that the world may believe that thou didst send me.
                     (St. John 17:21)

    Nor height nor depth nor anything else created
   shall be able to separate me from the love of God
           which is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
                      (Romans 8:39)

        If one member suffers, all suffer together;
     if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
                  (1 Corinthians 12:26)

          There is neither Jew nor Aramean,
            there is neither slave nor free,
           there is neither male nor female;
          for you are all one in Jesus Christ.
                    (Galatians 3:28)

              One God and Father of all,
    who is above all and through all and in all of us.
                     (Ephesians 4:6)

Reason this within you which Jesus Christ also reasoned,
             who, being in the form of God,


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            did not consider it robbery to be equal with God.
                           (Philippians 2: 5-6)

Affirmation: “I feel my connection with every living thing. My heart is
open to the oneness of the universe. My eyes and ears behold the unity
of all people. Their joy is my joy, their pain is my pain, because we are
part of each other. Thank you, God, for these feelings of oneness which
so touch and move my soul.” (Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla, in The
Quest)

Meteorologists have finally figured out why Buffalo, N.Y., is so hard hit
during the winter. It’s because the city is at the precise point where all
the cold air coming down from Canada meets all the hot air coming up
from Washington. (Orben’s Current Comedy)

In Hawaii, the word “aloha” means both “hello” and “goodbye” and
this causes no end of confusion. (E. C. McKenzie, in Tantalizing Facts, p.
41)

Amoebas can be taken apart and new ones created. Cytoplasm from one
amoeba, the nucleus of another, and the membranes of a third are
combined, and a new creature swims away. (Isaac Asimov’s Book of
Facts, p. 250)

It wasn’t purely a devotion to science that caused Charles Darwin to
turn the world upside down, say authors Adrian Desmond and James
Moore. The father of evolutionary theory was an abolitionist at heart: If
he had embarked on his journey to the Galapagos Islands already
troubled by contemporary rationalizations for slavery, he might never
have concluded from the evidence he gathered there that all life shared
a common ancestry. Darwin came from an English family steeped in the
abolition fight. “It makes one’s blood boil,” he wrote five years before
publishing The Origin of Species, to think of the subjugation of so
many. When he purposed that various Galapagos finches descended
from a shared ancestor, he was arguing knowingly for the common
brotherhood of man. (The Week magazine, February 27, 2009)

The female anglerfish is six times larger than her mate. The male
anchors himself to the top of her head and stays there for the rest of his
life. They literally become one. Their digestive and circulatory systems

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are merged. Except for two very large generative organs and a few fins,
nothing remains of the male. (Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts, p. 125)

A male angler fish could swim for years without meeting a female of his
own species. Nature’s solution to this problem is for the female to carry
a dwarfed husband tightly fused to her body. Marine biologists believe
that this nuptial begins when the eggs first hatch and there are many fry
of both sexes. A male then grasps hold of a female with his mouth and
hangs on until he has literally become a part of her. His mouth becomes
fused to her stomach, and for the rest of his life the male remains
attached to his mate, marking the most amazing union on earth. (Jean
George, in The Living World of Nature, p. 230)

The Portuguese man-of-war is not one animal but a colony. It is made
up of many modified animals of the same species, perhaps several
hundred in number. They live together and divide their work. A lone
animal of one type forms a float. Several other animals provide the
tentacles for fishing. A third variety digests the food caught by the
second, and a fourth has the job of reproducing. (Isaac Asimov’s Book of
Facts)

Ants, bees, termites, and wasps were long thought to be the only animals
that live eusocially--that is, they form communities of overlapping
generations in which cooperative care of the young, common defense,
and a breeding queen are the norm. Naked mole rats later joined their
ranks as the only known eusocial mammals. And last spring, marine
biologist J. Emmett Duffy of the College of William and Mary in
Virginia added Synalpheus regalis, a newly discovered species of
snapping shrimp, to the eusocial register, the first marine species to
have that distinction. (Discover magazine)

Cuddling? My dear, you don’t know the meaning of the word
“cuddling.” At night, miles of columns of South American soldier ants
roll up in one big ball to sleep. Now that is “cuddling.” (L. M. Boyd)

As winter sets in and lakes and ponds freeze, geese, ducks and other
waterfowl can be seen standing on the ice, yet their feet never freeze.
Why? Close veins: The arteries and veins in their feet lie against each
other so the cold returning blood of the veins is warmed by the arterial
blood. (Audubon Society's Encyclopedia of North American Birds)

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The researchers, working at the Joint Institute for Laboratory
Astrophysics on the CU campus, placed several million atoms in a clear-
glass vacuum tube. A system of lasers and magnetic coils trapped the
atoms and allowed the scientists to plunge them to a smidgeon over the
coldest theoretical temperature--absolute zero, at minus 459.67
Fahrenheit degrees. At that temperature, the individual atoms have
“sort of an identity crisis” with their wavelengths overlapping, making
them indistinguishable from each other, explained Eric Cornell of the
National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO. At that
point, the atoms act as one, forming a super-atom. (Ann Schrader, in
The Denver Post)

Lucy says while throwing the beach ball into the ocean: “My beach ball!
It's coming back! That kid on the other side of the world sent it back!
Our nations are in harmony!” Charlie Brown: “The wind changed.”
Lucy: “Two nations, using two innocent children and a beach ball, have
demonstrated to the world that they can live in total harmony!”
(Charles M. Schulz, in Peanuts comic strip)

The Barrier Reef is the greatest wonder of the world that I have seen in
recent times - 1800 miles long stretching from New Guinea all the way
down Australia. The further you move toward shore the deader the
coral is. Coral polyps are living organisms. They know somehow that if
they hang together, if they cluster together in a beautiful flowing group
on the ocean side of the reef, where the predators and opportunities are,
they will be winners. (Denis Waitley)

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would
die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beast
also happens to man. All things are connected. (Chief Seattle of the
Duwamish tribe)

Bees live through the winter by mutual aid. They form into a ball and
keep up a dance. Then they change places; those that have been out
move to the center, and those at the center move out. Thus they survive
the winter. Should those at the center insist on staying there, keeping
the others at the edges, they would all perish. (Joe Griffith, in Speaker’s
Library of Business, p. 351)


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When attacked, according to some observers of the American bison--
also known as buffalo -- the animals gather in a circle, the females and
young huddled in the middle, the males facing outward, heads down.
The tactic let them survive every predator but man. (L. M. Boyd)

We didn't all come over in the same ship, but we are all in the same
boat. (Bernard Baruch)

Mother Goose tells someone while sitting on a park bench: “Grimmy
and I are inseparable. There's something wonderful between a dog and
it's owner. It's a special bond that can't be broken. And it holds us
together for life." Grimm: “Yeah, it's called a leash.” (Mike Peters, in
Mother Goose & Grimm comic strip)

If you really believe in the brotherhood of man, and you want to come
into its fold, you’ve got to let everyone else in, too. (Oscar Hammerstein)

Richard E. Byrd responding to the Antarctic winter of 1934: “I had
never known such utter quiet,” he wrote later in his diary. And
suddenly, standing there alone on the Barrier, the quiet flooded in and
engulfed him...and for an instant he was part of it, part of the silence,
the space, and the harmony. For an instant he felt his oneness with the
universe. (Lillian Eichler Watson, in Light From Many Lamps, p. 33)

According to some experts, what really did away with family
“togetherness” was central heating. No longer did everybody have to
gather in one room to stay warm. (L. M. Boyd)

At the reception after a wedding, the pastor was going through the food
line. A server asked him, “What piece of chicken would you like,
Pastor?" “The leg, please," he answered. “The thigh or the drumstick?"
“My good man," the pastor responded. “What God has joined together,
let no one put asunder." (George Kottwitz, in The Lutheran Witness
magazine)

Never give children a chance of imagining that anything exists in
isolation. Make it plain from the very beginning that all living is
relationships. Show them relationships in the woods, in the field, in the
ponds and streams, in the village and in the country around it. Rub it in.
(Aldous Huxley)

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Christmas reminds us we are not alone. We are not unrelated atoms,
jouncing and ricocheting amid aliens, but are a part of something,
which holds and sustains us. As we struggle with shopping lists and
invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be
reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this
aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. Christmas
shows us the ties that bind us together, threads of love and caring,
woven in the simplest and strongest way within the family. (Donald E.
Westlake, in A LIkely Story)

The Civil War was carnage. Then Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy
died. And Ulysses Grant of the Union died. Their widows, Varina Davis
and Julia Grant, settled near each other. They became closest of friends.
(L. M. Boyd)

There may be said to be two classes of people in the world: those who
constantly divide the people of the world into two classes and those who
do not. (Robert Benchley)

The three colors from which all other colors are created, called
“primary" colors, are red, blue and green. Additive colors: The additive
method relates to beams of light such as those from the sun, televisions
and computer monitors. It states that when all the colors are combined,
white light is formed. (Jeff Harris, in Shortcuts)

We don't come from nothing and return to nothing -- we come from
everything and return to everything. (Ashleigh Brilliant, in Pot-Shots)

Dilbert: “I have become one with my computer. It is a feeling of ecstasy.
The perfect blend of logic and emotion. I have reached . . .” Dogbert:
“Nerdvana.” (Scott Adams, in The Dilbert Zone comic strip)

In an attempt to strike a more congenial tone in Congress, liberal
Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and conservative
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma will break with tradition
and sit together at the president’s upcoming State of the Union address.
(Associated Press, as it appeared in The Week magazine, January 28,
2011)


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The seven continents were once joined together in one large continent.
The name scientists have given this super-continent is Pangaea, meaning
“all Earth.” One can see how the continents used to fit together by
looking at a map or a globe; the coastlines of different continents fit
neatly together like the pieces of a puzzle. As plates continue to move
and bump into each other, they might eventually join together to form a
new Pangaea. (Barbara Seuling)

Polyp, fish, worm, plant, crab, mollusk, and plankton in symbiotic
relationship (the habitual living together of organisms of different
species) make up a coral reef. (Isaac Asimov’s Book of Facts, p. 127)

The diamond owes its brilliance to the perfect arrangement of the
innumerable little prisms within it, each of which refracts the light of
the other. (Charles Fillmore, in Atom-Smashing Power of Mind, p. 49)

A diamond is the hardest substance found in nature. Diamonds are
extremely hard because of their structure. Each carbon atom in a
diamond is bonded to four other carbon atoms, forming a super strong
shape called a tetrahedron. (Jeff Harris, in Shortcuts)

Man: “Oh my gosh, Jess -- you're tracking dirt all over the floor.” Jess:
“Get used to it. I've decided to become one with nature.” Man: “Since
when?” Jess: “Since I learned that nature and I feel the same way about
a vacuum.” (Vic Lee, in Pardon My Planet comic strip)

Larry Trimble, one of the world's greatest authorities on dog training,
at one time actually slept with a pack of wolves in Canada. They were in
captivity but were quite wild. He admits this would not have been safe
for most people, but he says he talked to them. They understood him.
They weren't afraid of him because they knew he wasn't going to hurt
them. (Eric Butterworth, in Unity magazine)

The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender,
religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that deep down, we
all believe that we are above-average drivers. (Dave Berry, in Catholic
Digest)

Spaceship earth is one enough if we go high enough to see it. (J. Sig
Paulson)

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The first day or so we all pointed to our countries. The third or fourth
day we were pointing to continents. By the fifth day we were aware only
of one earth. (Sultan Bin Salman-Saud - Saudi Arabia, astronaut)

To an Eskimo, an owl or a fox or a wolf is not an inferior organism but
a fellow consciousness, capable of happiness and fear, hunger and thirst,
boredom and curiosity, just as each human being is. The Eskimo
witnesses human kinship with the animal world on a very immediate
and concrete level. (Bartleby Nash, in Mother Nature’s Greatest Hits, p.
146)

Poison ivy climbs like ivy but isn't; poison oak is often found on oak, but
isn't oak. Both are anacardiaceous shrubs, members of the cashew
family. And if you think poison ivy and cashews are strange bedfellows,
the onion and the lily also belong to the same family. (Jeff Rovin, in The
Unbelievable Truth, p. 133)

The bond that links your true family, is not one of blood, but one of
respect and joy in each others life. (Richard Bach)

I am my Father's child within, around, above. Beneath me is His
presence and in my heart His love; His life is in my body. His thoughts
are in my mind. And in my world His riches on every hand I find.
(James Dillet Freeman)

With enough patience, certain kinds of fish can learn to recognize and
respond to their human owners with genuine enthusiasm. In one
verified case, a pet trout was so devoted to its owner that it would slide
up onto the bank of the stream where it lived and allow itself to be
petted. Human inhabitants of certain South Pacific islands have even
succeeded in befriending nurse sharks. And in the Cayman Islands, a
well-known stretch of shallow water is occupied by a group of Atlantic
stringrays which flop up like excited puppies onto the heads and
shoulders of divers who bring them handouts. (Bartleby Nash, in Mother
Nature’s Greatest Hits, p.96)

All flags fly under the same sky. (Jim Rosemergy)

In touching a flower I am touching infinity; through the flower I talk to

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the infinity. It is that still small voice that calls up the fairies. (George
Washington Carver)

Football combines two grim features of American life: violence and
committee meetings. (George Will)

When something enters into fusion it can't be disintegrated. (J. Sig
Paulson)

In 1970, at the Atomic Energy Commission's Brookhaven National
Laboratory and at the University of California, scientists discovered
how to fuse one gene with another. The gene “marriage” produced a
new and complex enzyme -- one capable of performing more
sophisticated processes. Scientists imagine that the basic protein
molecules that eventually became living things might have evolved in
some similar manner. (Reader's Digest)

Some geologists surmised that exploding bombs might have been the
cause of the Japanese earthquake following World War II. Science
cannot verify this surmise, although it does teach the unity of all things.
(Charles Fillmore, in Atom-Smashing Power of Mind, p. 29)

There is as much of God in the physical as there is in the spiritual or
mental, for it should be one! (Edgar Cayce)

Managers at a tire manufacturing plant hosted a delegation of Chinese
visitors on a tour of the facility. The visit concluded with a luncheon to
which I was invited. When it was time to say goodbye to the person
seated next to me, I asked the interpreter how to “Goodbye” in Chinese.
With a broad smile, he lifted his right hand in the air and waved. The
response brought a chuckle to all. (Jean Green, in Catholic Digest)

Among the guests at a dinner my parents gave recently were a rabbi
and a Catholic priest. When the party sat down to dinner, they were
confronted with one of those seemingly insurmountable moments -- who
was going to say grace? Everyone looked meekly down at his plate; my
mother and father gulped for words. At the crest of the terrible
moment, the priest looked around the table and said: “If you don’t
mind, I’d like to say an old Jewish prayer.” They all bowed their heads,
and the priest said grace – in Hebrew. (Paul Marcus, in Reader’s Digest)

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Rev. Billy Graham has been noted for his willingness to work with
leaders of different religions. “Each time a President has asked me to
lead the Inaugural prayer, I have argued that I should not do it alone,
that leaders of other religions should be there too,” he said. “We are a
multi-religious nation, and it would be good to reflect that at this
important ceremonial occasion. I was only able to persuade Mr. Nixon.”
(Colin Greer, in Parade magazine)

Think of it from the standpoint merely of gravity. Science teaches that
every particle of matter exerts an influence on every other particle. You
cannot move without moving the world. Raise your hand, and you jog
the sun. Turn this page, and in the Great Nebula of Andromeda, almost
a million light-years away, there must be answering motion. (James
Dillet Freeman, in Unity magazine)

I was making grilled cheese sandwiches, leaving them in the pan until
the cheese melted and they were a nice golden brown. My little
granddaughter Karen was watching and said, “Grandma, I think
they're done. They've grown together.” (Lillian Marcotte, in Country
magazine)

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the
world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. (Robert Fulghum)

Working at a college with a preponderance of non-English-speaking
students, my sister sometimes had difficulty in communicating with the
newly arrived. Once as she was enrolling a young man, she reached a
standstill at the question of birth date. No matter what words or
motions she used, the young man remained puzzled. Finally, a Chinese
student standing nearby asked my sister, “What do you need to know?”
After my sister explained, the Chinese woman turned to the young man
and hummed the first few bars of “Happy Birthday to You.” His eyes lit
up in recognition as he exclaimed, “May 12, 1955.” The helpful student
shrugged and said, “Same song, every country.” (Susan R. Berringer, in
Reader's Digest)

Love, friendship, respect do not unite people as much as a common
hatred for something. (Chekhov)


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One of the most dramatic examples of this movement toward oneness is
the phenomenon that takes place when individual heart cells are put
into a nutritive solution. Initially, each microscopic cell is pulsing,
beating, to its own internal rhythm. (One is reminded of little Christmas
lights which twinkle at different tempos.) But soon a most curious thing
happens. Two of the tiny cells will come together and immediately begin
to beat as one! Then two others will join and beat as one. And then two
more. Everywhere in the small dish single heart cells will seek each
other and unite as one. Soon the newly formed dues will begin linking
with other duos, and they will beat as one. Then these quadruplets will
merge with other quadruplets and so on, until at last there is only one
single group of heart cells, all beating as one! (Richard & Mary-Alice
Jafolla, in The Quest, p. 85)

What one heart cannot bear alone, many hearts can bear together. We
believe in unity, in oneness, in mutual support. (Gerry Comstock)

If I am living a happy life in this heaven called earth, then when a loved
one dies and goes to heaven, we will still be together because we are
already in a state of where the loved one is going. If I and my loved one
are both living in the heaven called earth, then it is a matter of the loved
one moving to a different city in our same world when the loved one dies
and goes to heaven. (David J. Seibert)

Mesembryanthemun, a South African herb which has no spines for
protection and grows where other vegetation is scarce, escapes attention
by looking exactly like the pebbles among which it nestles. (Ripley’s
Believe It or Not! - #21, p. 11)

If you would find the highest, the fullest and the richest life that not only
this world but that any world can know, then do away with the sense of
the separateness of your life from the life of God. Hold to the thought of
your oneness. In the degree that you do this you will find yourself
realizing it more and more, and as this life of realization is lived, you
will find that no good thing will be withheld. (Ralph Waldo Trine)

Big Diomede Island, which belongs to the USSR, sits across from Little
Diomede Island, which belongs to the United States. Both islands in the
Bering Strait separate the Soviet Union from Alaska by only two miles.


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It’s believed that Russia and America were joined together at one time
in one big land mass. (Barbara Seuling)

If everybody worldwide joined hands in one long line, said line would
stretch about 152 times around Earth. That's more than 3.8 million
miles. (L. M. Boyd)

There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no
slave who has not had a king among his. (Helen Keller)

The many and the One are here where we find kinship with the seers
and poets, but also kinship with the minds and hearts of those in our
day who have temporarily lost the sense of spiritual values, if indeed
they have ever been free from the limitations of external things. (Horatio
W. Dresser, in Unity magazine)

You are so much a part of God, there is no place to kneel down.
(Chardin)

Light from the Sun contains all the colors. When the colors are mixed
together, they make white light. (Kim Taylor, in Light)

You cannot love anyone unless you also love his faults. (Old Spanish
saying)

Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to
complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by
what is deepest in themselves. (Pierre Teilhard DeChardin)

Be the inferior of no man, nor of any be the superior. Remember that
every man is a variation of yourself. No man’s guilt is not yours, nor is
any man's innocence a thing apart. (William Saroyan, American
playwright)

Four unusual meteorites found in Antarctica are thought to be pieces of
the planet Mars, blasted free in a giant explosion. Fragments of a
meteorite which crashed in Dundee, New Brunswick, Canada, in July
1972, gave off a strange green glow for several days! Amino acids -- the
chemical building blocks of life -- have been found in two meteorites
billions of years old, indicating that the seeds of life are scattered

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throughout the solar system! (Ripley's Believe It or Not!: Book of
Chance, p. 129)

It was at Cana of Galilee that Jesus turned water into wine.
Metaphysically this miracle is accomplished when we in spirit realize
that the union (wedding) of the fluid life of the body with the spiritual
life makes a new element, symbolized by wine. When the chemistry of
the body and the dynamics of the mind are united, a third element is
brought forth, and man feels that, “in Christ, he is a new creature.”
(Charles Fillmore, in The Twelve Powers of Man, p. 141)

Scientifically, we know that the molecules of our bodies are in a
continual process of exchanging themselves with molecules of other
bodies. Each time we inhale, we are breathing in new molecules which
were once part of countless other people. Each time we exhale, we are
releasing molecules which had taken up temporary residence in us,
sending them forth to be part of others’ bodies. It is a constant
exchange, and it shows how, on a physical level, we are part of all
creation. (Although not a provable fact, according to many reputable
scientists, it is highly likely that because of the incredible number of
molecules in one human breath, there are molecules in each living
person that were once a part of Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Alexander
the Great, and, yes, Jesus Christ!.) (Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla, in
The Quest, p. 310)

Two monkeys were gazing at the Sunday spectators in the zoo. One
said: “So what if they make faces and funny noises? It’s okay. They’re
family!” (Mickey Mansfield)

Masters of disguise, moths are so instinctively clever they settle only on
the kinds of vegetation which blend in with their coloring. (Larry
Masidlover)

Sociologists say that going to the movies is a bonding experience. It
probably has to do with way your feet stick to the floor. (Robert Orben,
in The Wall Street Journal)

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a
common hatred of its neighbors. (William Ralph Inge, theologian)


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Nature produces no single, isolated molecules in food form--only
complexes. (Betty Lee Morales, in Let’s Live magazine)

No man can be moral until all men are moral. No one can be prosperous
till all are prosperous. No man can be truly happy till every man is truly
happy. As long as there is a spot, a growth of one of these negativities in
this world, like a tumor, the world is not whole. (Herbert Spencer)

On both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Panama Isthmus live fish
that are quite similar but not identical. These prove to scholars that a
million or so years ago the oceans there once flowed into each other
through a natural Panama Canal. (L. M. Boyd)

You said the five interlocking Olympic rings are black, blue, red, white
and yellow. Why these colors? Because at least one of them appears on
every national flag. (Boyd’s Curiosity Shop, p. 249)

Sydney, Australia: Athletes from North and South Korea will march as
one delegation behind a reunification flag at this week's opening
ceremonies at the Olympics, a decision that elated many on the divided
peninsula. The athletes will wear the same uniforms for Friday's
opening ceremonies; during the Games, however, they will compete as
separate countries, with their own uniforms, flags and anthems,
Olympic officials said. (Rocky Mountain News, September 11, 2000)

Every particle has been found to contain every other particle, which
suggests that all the mystical talk about the interconnectedness of life is
scientifically valid. You and I and everything are one. (Gregory Barrette)

Eloquent of the bond of inner unity is the fishing art of temperate
America’s great white pelicans. The pelicans come swooping down and
form a wide semicircle offshore. Then, as if at a signal, the birds start
wading toward shore. Shoulder to shoulder, beaks poised just above the
water, they advance as a living net. Now and again all the birds join in a
tumultuous thrashing of the smaller area near the shore. The
beautifully coordinated drive ends with a tightly penned haul of fish
imprisoned in the shallows of the shore line. Then the birds fall to
feasting on such a repast as no one of them could have secured alone.
(Alan Devoe, in The Living World of Nature, p. 245)


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Huddling together for mutual warmth, utilizing their specially
developed dense feathers, they could survive hurricane-force winds that
few other creatures could endure...That night the temperature went
down to 40 degrees below zero and the penguins formed themselves into
long, oval-shaped masses. The big emperor and his mate were packed in
among thousands of other birds. The winds raged all night, but they
were warm together. (Franklin Russell, in Reader’s Digest)

“I’m sorry if our hammering disturbed you. We were hanging a
picture.” “Oh, that’s perfectly all right,” said the neighbor. “I just came
over to ask if it was okay if we hung a picture on the other end of the
nail.” (Dr. Delia Sellers, in Abundant Living newsletter)

At noon Greenwich time, December 31, 1986, men, women and children
around the world gathered to participate in the most comprehensive
prayer activity in history - a planetary affirmation for peace, love,
forgiveness and understanding involving millions of people in a
simultaneous global mind of Peace on Earth. (John Randolph Price, in
With Wings As Eagles)

Charles & Myrtle Fillmore felt that there is power in united prayer, that
when several persons with a high degree of faith in God’s goodness join
together in affirming Truth, a channel is cleared, as it were, through
which His blessings may flow forth more freely and abundantly.
Therefore, they felt that the location of those for whom they prayed did
not matter. Though miles might separate the persons concerned, if they
were together in thought, they were together in the true sense of the
word. If one person prays in a spirit of love and faith and lifts himself
into oneness with God, then all who are attuned in thought with him are
lifted into that oneness, no matter whether they are sitting side by side
or on opposite ends of the earth. (James Dillet Freeman, in The Story of
Unity)

A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘universe,’ limited in
time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as
something separated from the rest -- a kind of optical delusion of his
consciousness. This delusion is a prison, restricting us to our personal
desires and to affection for a few persons close to us. Our task must be
to free ourselves from our prison by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all humanity and the whole of nature in its beauty. (Albert

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Einstein)

The first step in the realization of life is always to know that God is life,
abundant, omnipresent, eternal; and the second step is to make positive
connection with God life by declaring oneness with it. (Charles Fillmore)

Observe the Redwoods of California. Their roots are the shallowest of
all trees. If they stood alone, they would fall, but together their roots
intertwine, and they grow to be the strongest and tallest of all. Stand
together in Unity and you shall not fall. (Robert Wood, in Along The
Path, p.109)

The word religion comes from a root word that means “bind together.”
Thus the word actually means unity, oneness, wholeness. (Eric
Butterworth, in Spiritual Economics, p. 1)

Hence Albert Schweitzer’s idea that reverence for other life besides
one’s own is nothing less than reverence for the life within the self -- for
basically they are one. (Peter Liefhebber)

Sea otters live where there are very strong currents. A family of otters
will spend every night resting in a kelp bed. To prevent themselves from
floating away from one another, they twist themselves around in the
seaweed until they are tied in. The kelp bed may be carried away by the
current during the night, but the otter family will still be together.
(Isaac Asimov's Book of Facts, p. 126)

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what
they can do when they stick together. (Vesta M. Kelly, in The Saturday
Evening Post)

To keep a feeling of unity and family, officers of Southwest Airlines
spend one day each quarter working as baggage handlers, ticket agents,
and flight attendants. And when the salaries are raised, executives get
the same percentage raise as non-contract employees. (Bits & Pieces)

A new executive went to his first high-level meeting. At the end of the
conference table sat a fellow who, whenever a tough problem came up,
would say something like, “Well, it never rains, but it pours” or “It's a
long road that has no turning” or “If life gives you lemons, then make

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lemonade.” “Exactly what does that guy do?” the new exec asked a
colleague after the meeting. “He gives us our spirit of unity,” was the
reply. “We'd all like to strangle him.” (Joan Auer Kelly, in Reader's
Digest)

We do not set a time when we say, this is for work, for play, for
friendships, for study, for art, for service. All time is God’s time, the
Omnipresent One. (Divine Science Consecration Course)

We may not have it all together, but together we have it all. (Plaque
inscription in “What on Earth" catalog)

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest
of the world. (John Muir)

No two things are quite as inseparable as the two umbrellas you buy so
you can have one at home and one at work. (Doug Larson, United
Feature Syndicate)

The word Universe, in its literal meaning, is “the whole of things,” the
basic unity of all life. Actually, we are implying a larger thought of
God. The words God and Universe can be used interchangeably,
referring to the whole of things, or Allness, which is present in all and
through all. (Eric Butterworth, in Spiritual Economics, p. 5)

The word universe means “turned into one, a whole.” Quite literally, the
universe would not be complete without you. A whole needs all its
component parts, and no one part is any more important than another.
(Richard & Mary-Alice Jafolla, in The Quest, p. 84)

What did the Zen Buddhist say to the New York hot-dog vendor?
“Make me one with everything.” (Mike Savage, in Reader’s Digest)

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