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Wholeness Quotes by Clark Moustakas, Marion Woodman, Alan Cohen, Robert Adams, Anish Kapoor, Roger Caras and many others.

When we are not honest, we are cut off from a significant resource of ourselves, a vital dimension that is necessary for unity and wholeness.
Clark Moustakas
Most of us are dragged toward wholeness.
Marion Woodman
People who do not need to please are irresistible because they radiate wholeness, a rare delicacy in a world of hungry hearts.
Alan Cohen
…I felt that photography ought to start with and remain faithful to the appearance of the world, and in so doing record contradictions. The greatest pictures would then… find wholeness in the torn world.
Robert Adams
We live in a fractured world. I’ve always seen it as my role as an artist to attempt to make wholeness.
Anish Kapoor
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
Roger Caras
If you are a man of prayer, existence appears as God, as personal. If you are a man of meditation, existence is impersonal, just a wholeness, a divineness. For the man of prayer there is God; for the man of awareness there is godliness but no God.
The largely hidden key to the symbolic world is time; indeed it is at the origin of human symbolic activity. Time thus occasions the first alienation, the route away from aboriginal richness and wholeness.
John Zerzan
Rivers of living water are to be poured out over the whole world, to ensure that people, like fishes caught in a net, can be restored to wholeness.
Hildegard of Bingen
You are all things. Denying, rejecting, judging or hiding from any aspect of your total being creates pain and results in a lack of wholeness.
Joy Page
We must have a spiritual rebirth. We must be born out of the belief in externalities into the belief of inner realities, out of the belief that we are separated from God, into the belief that we are part of a Unitary Wholeness.
Ernest Holmes
There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness.
Thomas Merton
When the brain is whole, the unified consciousness of the left and right hemispheres adds up to more than the individual properties of the separate hemispheres.
Roger Wolcott Sperry
The Art of Being: A state of wholeness in which the mind functions freely and easily, without the sensation of a second mind or ego standing over it with a club.
Alan Watts
The future is always a wholeness, a sameness. We’re all tall and happy there,’ she said. ‘This is why the future fails. It always fails. It can never be the cruel happy place we want to make it.
Don DeLillo
There is no getting around the fundamental fact that we need to interact with everything in order to manifest the wholeness we are born with.
Mark Nepo
My prayer became ‘May I find peace… May I love this life no matter what.’ I was seeking an inner refuge, an experience of presence and wholeness that could carry me through whatever losses might come.
Tara Brach
Alchemy is about the generation of a psychic construct, a wholeness, a thing which has many properties, which is paradoxical, which is both mind and matter, which can do anything.
Terence McKenna
The right way to wholeness is made up of fateful detours and wrong turnings.
Carl Jung
I am a Divine, magnificent expression of life, and deserve the very best. I accept miracles. I accept healing. I accept wholeness. And most of all, I accept myself. I am precious, and I cherish who I am.
Louise Hay
By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.
Parker J. Palmer
Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. Knowing this gives me hope that human wholeness – mine, yours, ours – need not be a utopian dream, if we can use devastation as a seedbed for new life
Parker J. Palmer
A spiritual pilgrim needs to discern when his or her life is stunted in an old field and find the courage and determination to go to a “new land” that the Lord will show. (Abraham-Journey) …so that you can find the wholeness you seek.
Sue Monk Kidd
Our spirituality lies in wholeness.
John Pierrakos
I sense that striving for wholeness is, increasingly, a countercultural goal, as fragmented people make for better consumers.
Kathleen Norris
In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.
Warren Buffett
A tree there is that from its topmost bough
Is half all glittering flame and half all green
Abounding foliage moistened with the dew;
And half is half and yet is all the scene;
And half and half consume what they renew.
William Butler Yeats
How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole
Carl Jung
Reverence makes it possible to be whole, though ignorant. It is the wholeness of understanding.
Wendell Berry
Where there is no desire or pursuits, there is no wholeness. But there are satisfying lesser states, fragments.
Gore Vidal
Integrity is keeping a commitment even after circumstances have changed.
David Jeremiah
Even when you have failed, Jesus is right there with you, ready to pick you up and restore you to wholeness. Jesus is a faithful, dependable and trustworthy friend.
Joseph Prince
You’ve got to admit you’re broken before you can be made whole.
Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life.
B.K.S. Iyengar
The Negro is the child of two cultures – Africa and America. The problem is that in the search for wholeness all too many Negroes seek to embrace only one side of their natures.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you ask the Universe to be your partner and guide you on the path to wholeness, it will oblige.
Debbie Ford
There is no light without shadow, and no psychic wholeness without imperfection.
Carl Jung
Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness.
Bill Hybels
It is the harmony of the diverse parts, their symmetry, their happy balance; in a word it is all that introduces order, all that gives unity, that permits us to see clearly and to comprehend at once both the ensemble and the details.
Henri Poincare
(“I love you,” someone says, and instantly we begin to wonder – “Well, how much?” – and when the answer comes – “With my whole heart” – we then wonder about the wholeness of a fickle heart.) Our lovers, our husbands, our wives, our fathers, our gods – they are all beyond us.
Tim O’Brien
Integrity indicates wholeness or oneness. If we have integrity, we are sincere, truthful, fair, and honest.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Peace of the sort that brings wholeness, harmony, and health to our lives only happens when chaos, confusion, and conflict are included and transcended.
Harrison Owen
The creative mind doesn’t have to have the whole pattern-it can have just a little piece and be able to envision the whole picture in completion.
Arthur Fry
Yoga is anything which reveals or reflects the wholeness that we truly are, and the world is anything that makes us feel that we are fragmented, dissected, cut into pieces and out of tune with ourselves.
Krishnananda Saraswati
I have to assume that everybody interprets a piece of art they’re exposed to as if it’s already perfect in its wholeness, without knowing any backstory.
Damian Loeb
Wherever we are, we are as one
Cassandra Clare
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
Babe Ruth
Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.
Alain de Botton
In a successful painting everything is integral – all the parts belong to the whole. If you remove an aspect or element you are removing its wholeness.
Richard Diebenkorn
One-half plus one-half does not equal one; one whole plus one whole equals relational wholeness.
Surya Das
Even under the most favorable circumstances no mortal can be asked to seize the truth in its wholeness or at its center.
George Santayana
Trust allows you to follow your feelings through your defenses to their sources, and to bring to the light of consciousness those aspects of yourself that resist wholeness, that live in fear.
Gary Zukav
My brokenness is a better bridge for people than my pretend wholeness ever was.
Sheila Walsh
When we enter into any relationship with the premise that we are empty and the other person will fill us in, we are sure to fail. We can only win when we proceed from wholeness.
Alan Cohen
No design can exist in isolation. It is always related, sometimes in very complex ways, to an entire constellation of influencing situations and attitudes. What we call a good design is one which achieves integrity – that is, unity or wholeness – in balanced relation to its environment.
George Nelson
The images of the unconscious place a great responsibility upon a man. Failure to understand them, or a shirking of ethical responsibility, deprives him of his wholeness and imposes a painful fragmentariness on his life.
Carl Jung
On this sacred path of Radical Acceptance, rather than striving for perfection, we discover how to love ourselves into wholeness.
Tara Brach
Taoism has no rules. It’s a suggestion for preceiving life in its wholeness, without unnessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization.
Frederick Lenz
What is needed is to learn afresh, to observe, and to discover for ourselves the meaning of wholeness.
David Bohm
There are no solutions to life, but there is an experience of wholeness, of bliss, of being, of the deathlessness of the Divine Self, of Silence in all its multifacted, diamond splendor that heals all grief, all wounds, all questions.
Andrew Harvey
When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.
Margaret J. Wheatley
What is it about tears that should be so terrifying? the touch of God is marked by tears…deep, soul-shaking tears, weeping…it comes when that last barrier is down and you surrender yourself to health and wholeness
David Wilkerson
As you recognize that you already own the wholeness you seek, and no one outside you can give you more than you already are, dysfunctional situations will evaporate like bad dreams exposed to the morning sun.
Alan Cohen
But simply punishing the broken–walking away from them or hiding them from sight–only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity.
Bryan Stevenson
You are the love you seek. You are the companionship you desire. You are your own completion, your own wholeness. You are your best friend, your confidant. ‘You are,’ as poetess Audre Lourde wrote, ‘the one that you are looking for.’ You are the only one who can do what you are looking for someone else to do.
Iyanla Vanzant
The ruler attains wholeness in the correct governance of the people.
Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death.
Frederick Buechner
Know that however ugly the parts appear
the whole remains beautiful…
… the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty
of the universe. Love that, not man
Apart from that, or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions,
or drown in despair when his days darken.
Robinson Jeffers
Bring your whole self to work because, that way, you can bring full ideas and the wholeness of your unique abilities.
Bozoma Saint John
The philosophical anthropologist … can know the wholeness of the person and through it the wholeness of man only when he does not leave his subjectivity out and does not remain an untouched observer.
Martin Buber
Wholeness does not mean perfection: it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.
Parker J. Palmer
If you have really attained wholeness, everything will flock to you.
If we are to flourish as creative beings, if we are to grow into wholeness, we must bloom wherever we are planted.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
As we deepen in understanding, the arbitrary divisions between inner and outer disappear. The essence of life, the beauty and grandeur of life, is its wholeness.
Vimala Thakar
We achieve true wholeness only by embracing our fragility and sometimes, our brokenness. Wholeness is a natural radiance of Love, and Love demands that we allow the destruction of our old self for the sake of the new.
Jalaja Bonheim
Know that however ugly the parts appear the whole remains beautiful.
Robinson Jeffers
I think many people need, even require, a narrative version of their life. I seem to be one of them. Writing memoir is, in some ways, a work of wholeness.
Sue Monk Kidd
The notion of a separate organism is clearly an abstraction, as is also its boundary. Underlying all this is unbroken wholeness even though our civilization has developed in such a way as to strongly emphasize the separation into parts.
David Bohm
One discovers that destiny can be diverted, that one does not have to remain in bondage to the first wax imprint made on childhood sensibilities. Once the deforming mirror has been smashed, there is a possibility of wholeness. There is a possibility of joy.
Anais Nin
Life is bliss. It is unbounded, deep within; and it is full of boundaries outside. So we advise the people to turn the attention within, experience that unbounded wholeness of life, and bring the mind out fully saturated with that–start to live unboundedness in the field of boundaries.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
We are already complete. All we need is the clarity to recognize the wholeness that is us.
Rod Stryker
Through the practice of yoga, you come to feel confident and develop a feeling of wholeness and completeness; you are not likely to feel deprived or ‘less than.’ People steal because they feel deprived. They try to make up for their deficits by depriving others.
Sharon Gannon
Unity consciousness is a state of enlightenment where we pierce the mask of illusion which creates separation and fragmentation. Behind the appearance of separation is one unified field of wholeness. Here the seer and the scenery are one.
Deepak Chopra
You don’t need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.
Maya Angelou
Health is wholeness–wholeness in its most profound sense, with nothing left out and everything in just the right order to manifest the mystery of balance. Far from being simply the absence of disease, health is a dynamic and harmonious equilibrium of all the elements and forces making up and surrounding a human being.
Andrew Weil
Mindfulness is like that—it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.
Nhat Hanh
There is no doubt that the planet is going through a transformation where all of us are learning to recognize our wholeness. The soul is being grounded in a new way. As we bring love into all things we transform the planet into a higher vibration.
Dorothy Maclean
God is Someone who creates something out of nothing. He takes emptiness and creates wholeness, He takes darkness and speaks light. Because of this, we can come to God empty and weak knowing that He takes us and with His power makes something out of nothing.
Vicky Beeching
Learning always involves self-transcendence. Learning calls forth what is in us, helping us to move toward authenticity and wholeness.
Karl Rahner
There is one unity, unified wholeness, total natural law, in the transcendental unified consciousness.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
It’s a strange thing that every human being has a sort of dignity or wholeness in him, and out of that develops relationships to other human beings, tensions, misunderstandings, tenderness, coming in contact, touching and being touched, the cutting off of a contact and what happens then.
Ingmar Bergman
Human wholeness can never be found in the denigration of another
John Shelby Spong
Peace requires everyone to be in the circle – wholeness, inclusion.
Isabel Allende
Meditation is not of the body, not of the mind, not of the soul. Meditation simply means your body, your mind, your soul, all functioning in such a harmony, in such wholeness, humming so beautifully… that they are in a melody, they are one. Your whole being – body, mind, soul – is involved in meditation.
When you have broken the reality into concepts you never can reconstruct it in its wholeness.
William James
Real power has fullness and variety. It is not narrow like lightning, but broad like light. The man who truly and worthily excels in any one line of endeavor, might also under a change of circumstances, have excelled in some other line. Power is a thing of solidity and wholeness.
Roswell Dwight Hitchcock
The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.
Carl Jung
The artist, surgeon, through clay form, can only look for cure with great obstinacy until he discovers, repeatedly, that love is god’s only gift that enables man to transcend his tragedy and regain his wholeness and well-being beyond the claws of evil, rampaging as evil may be.
Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries.
Carl Jung
The wholeness and freedom we seek is our true nature, who we really are.
Jack Kornfield
A true desire is not to have but to be. We are whole creatures in potential, and the true purpose of desire is to unfold that wholeness, to become what we can be.
Eric Butterworth
God had no problem with the man’s separateness, his uniqueness, or his wholeness.
Myles Munroe
Integrity means that you are the same in public as you are in private.
Joyce Meyer
To me, wholeness is the key to aliveness. It is more than just physical vitality, it is radiance, coming from being at one with yourself and your experience. Life then flows through you.
Richard Moss
When you’re a kid you have this sense of wonder and wholeness and a strong sense of your own identity.
Hugo Weaving
To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.
Self-actualizing people are those who have come to a high level of maturation, health and self-fulfillment… the values that self-actualizers appreciate include truth, creativity, beauty, goodness, wholeness, aliveness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity, and self-sufficiency.
Abraham Maslow
Jesus’ power is the power of human wholeness that ultimately opens, invites and enables human beings to step beyond defense lines where incomplete humanity always hides in order to experience full humanity.
John Shelby Spong
Reality is recognized in its wholeness only as it shatters to bits.
Semezdin Mehmedinovic
Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.
B.K.S. Iyengar
Whole people see and create wholeness wherever they go; split people see and create splits in everything and everybody.
Richard Rohr
Once you accept and rejoice in your authenticity, you begin to see things as YOU are. You begin to see the authentic self is the Soul made visible. Godspeed on your journey to wholeness.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
The less the head, the more the wound will heal. No head there is no wound. Live a headless life. Move as a total being, and accept things.
The longer we stay in a violating situation, the more traumatized we become. If we don’t act on our own behalf, we will lose spirit, resourcefulness, energy, health, perspective, and resilience. We must take ourselves out of violating situations for the sake of our own wholeness.
Anne Katherine
A natural hierarchy is simply an order of increasing wholeness, such as: particles to atoms to cells to organisms, or letters to words to sentences to paragraphs. The whole of one level becomes part of the whole of the next. In other words, natural hierarchies are composed of holons.
Ken Wilber
Wholeness invokes balance.
M. J. Ryan
Because they are human beings, addicts long for wholeness, for fulfillment, and for the final good that believers call God. Like all idolatries, addiction taps this vital spiritual force and draws off its energies to objects and processes that drain the addict instead of fulfilling him.
Cornelius Plantinga
I’ve always thought of wholeness and integration as necessary myths. We’re gragmented beings who cement ourselves together, but there are always cracks. Living with the cracks is part of being, well, reasonably healthy.
Siri Hustvedt
Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance.
Thomas Aquinas
You are whole and also part of larger and larger circles of wholeness you many not even know about. You are never alone. And you already belong. You belong to humanity. You belong to life. You belong to this moment, this breath.
Jon Kabat-Zinn
[Biblical counseling] Must insist that the image of God is central to developing a solid view of personality; that our sinfulness, not how we’ve been sinned against, is our biggest problem; that forgiveness, not wholeness, is our greatest need; that repentance, not insight, is the dynamic in all real change.
Dan B. Allender
When there is integrity, an entirety, a wholeness, in what you say and do, you are consciously resurrecting the incredibly powerful success mechanism you used instinctively from the time you first came to be.
Mike Hernacki
Restricting too personal, and therefore prejudiced, interpretation leads to revolution – the fusion of an inner and outer reality derived from the wholeness of life – sublimating things seen into things known.
Edward Weston
Our individual wholeness includes a masculine and a feminine side, which are slowly (or not so slowly) wrung out of us, depending on which gender you are.
Peter Buffett
each of us only feels the torn lining of his own coat and sees the wholeness of the other person’s.
Erica Jong
The healing of ourselves as healers has to take place first. Bringing ourselves to wholeness, we become more sensitive to other people. In the change of consciousness that happens within us, we bring about change of consciousness in those around us and in the planet itself.
Marion Woodman
When people ask me who I’d want to have dinner with, dead or alive, I always say, ‘John Lennon.’ I just feel that he was an artist who was, in his own way, committed to wholeness and authenticity in a not dissimilar way that I am years later.
Alanis Morissette
It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.
Zig Ziglar
One of the greatest gifts you can give your husband is your own wholeness.
Stormie Omartian
Love’ is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete.
Practically speaking, a life that is vowed to simplicity, appropriate boldness, good humor, gratitude, unstinting work and play, and lots of walking, brings us close to the actually existing world and its wholeness.
Gary Snyder
Rhyme is an attempt to reassemble and reaffirm the possibility of paradise. There is a wholeness, a serenity, in sounds coupling to form a memory.
Derek Walcott
What the nostalgic past and the imaginary future seem to share in common is a form of idealism, perhaps a dream of wholeness. Our future is just as goopy with sentiment as our past. To me, they’re the same, both very tempting, and I don’t believe in either, although the idealism is probably important.
Charles D’Ambrosio
Progress is only possible by passing from a state of undifferentiated wholeness to differentiation of parts.
Ludwig von Bertalanffy
Integrity is conforming reality to our words – in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations.
Stephen Covey
The guesses which serve to give mental unity and wholeness to a chaos of scattered particulars, are accidents which rarely occur to any minds but those abounding in knowledge and disciplined in intellectual combinations.
John Stuart Mill
For the person with creative potential there is no wholeness except in using it.
Robert K. Greenleaf
Health is wholeness and balance, an inner resilience that allows you to meet the demands of living without being overwhelmed.
Andrew Weil
Promoting health without encouraging others to seek wholeness is an exercise in futility. Not until we realize that our bodies are mirrors of our interpersonal, spiritual, professional, sexual, creative, financial, environmental, mental, and emotional health will we truly heal.
Lissa Rankin
The purpose of prayer is not to change God’s mind, which always knows your wholeness and your deservingness. The purpose of prayer is to change your mind so you can see through the eyes of God.
Alan Cohen
Health and healing are about more than the eradication of disease. Health is related to wholeness and holy-knowing who we are and how we are connected with the world around us.
Larry Dossey
The musician of disordered sound, the poet of decomposed language, the painter and sculptor of the fragmented visual and tactile world: they all portray the break up of the self and, through the rearrangement and reassemble of the fragments, try to create new structures that possess wholeness, perfection, new meaning.
Heinz Kohut
Life is a vast, unknowable movement of wholeness with no one separate from it and nothing outside of it.
Toni Packer
When we see the wholeness of being born, living, and dying, there is a joy in living and a grace in dying.
Vimala Thakar
People are deeply nourished by the process of creating wholeness.
Christopher Alexander
Sanity means the wholeness of the consciousness. And our society is only part conscious, like an idiot.
D. H. Lawrence
Lucifer comes to give to us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it then he is free and we are free. This is the Luciferic initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation in the New Age.
David Spangler
The first step of letting go: To remove what obstructs your experience of wholeness and peace, you must first look at the obstruction.
Hugh Prather
Art is the attention we pay to the wholeness of the world.
Guy Davenport
The fiery moments of passionate experience are the moments of wholeness and totality of the personality.
Anais Nin
One person of integrity can make a difference.
Elie Wiesel