"Man is made by belief... As he believes, so he is."
- Bhagavad Gita
"Everything we experience is hallucination, maya. The reality is a structural-mathematical-logical principle that we don't see. That is, each person creates his own universe out of his own neurological processes. Science is nothing else but the search for the unseen structural integrities that underlies these appearances."
- Paul Segall, Ph.D. on a lecture by Timothy Leary
"…Time really dwells within the vastness of Eternity - where all things exist simultaneously without any past or future: as that most ancient of all texts, the Rig-Veda, tells us so pointedly."
- Paul William Roberts, Journey of the Magi (1995) p. 278
"We realize immediately that we are no longer confined to the dilemma of thought and extension, to the scheme of a cosmology and a gnoseology restricted to the empirical world and the world of abstract intellect. Between them is a world that is both intermediate, described by our (Sufi) authors as the 'alam almithal', the world of the image, the mundus imaginalis a world that is ontologically as real as the world of the senses and the intellect."
- Henry Corbin
"Imagination is the real and eternal world, of which this vegetable universe is but a shadow, in which we shall live in our eternal or imaginative bodies when these vegetable mortal bodies are no more."
- William Blake
"According to Beauregard, a four dimensional world, in the Minkowsi-Einsteinian sense of the word, is identical with the unconscious and this he calls an 'elsewhere.' In this timeless elsewhere, this ailleurs, are processes in which the opposite takes place, i.e., system of energy charge are built up. This four-dimensional elsewhere participates in the world of information or of imagery representation."
- Marie-Louise von Franz, Time and Divination
"The collective unconsciousness seems to be not a person, but something like an unceasing stream or perhaps ocean of images and figures, which drift into consciousness in our dreams or in abnormal states of mind. I understood that there is something in me which can say things that I do not know and do not intend, things which may even be directed against me."
- Carl Jung
"The so-called 'collective unconsciousness' of modern psychology is nothing less than a subliminal doorway to that immaterial domain which the physicists are so busily mapping on a different level."
- Peter Kor
"Spiraculum, as defined by the alchemist, Gerhard Dorn, is an air hole, through which eternity breathes into the temporal world... It is as though the collective unconsciousness were the eternal order and the personal unconscious and personal conscious would together be the time-bound order, their connection being through the hole. Jung interprets this spiraculum aeternitatis... as the experience of the Self. He says that through the experience of the Self we can escape and be freed from the grip of a one-sided image of the world."
- Marie-Louise von Franz, Time and Divination
"...The real historical entity that is becoming imminent is the human soul. The monkey body has served to carry us to this moment of release, and it will always serve as a focus of self-image, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination. This is what the return to the Father, the transcendence of Physis, the rising out of the Gnostic universal prison of iron that traps light, is. It means nothing less than the transformation of our species."
- Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival
"Having profoundly modified space and time, and become, in turn, modified by them, we are gradually evolving from three-dimensional Euclidean beings into dwellers of the four dimensional, non-Euclidean, space-time universe of Dr. Einstein. We are parallel lines approaching infinity. Those who make themselves at home in this new universe will be the Homers, Dantes, Leonardos and Michelangelos of tomorrow."
- William L. Laurence
"It is conceivable that life may have a larger role to play than we have yet imagined. Life may succeed against all the odds in molding the universe to its own purposes. And the design of the inanimate universe may not be as detached from the potentialities of life and intelligence as scientists of the 20th century have tended to suppose."
- Freeman J. Dyson
Proponents of a participatory universe theorize that the act of observation itself brings into being microscopic states of the universe.
"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting."
"The ecstasy of the spirit is a deep sleep which falls upon it. It becomes ecstatic when it ceases to busy itself with the ideas which impinge upon it, and when it does not exercise activity upon them it slumbers."
- Philo of Alexandria
"As in a dream it is our own will that unconsciously appears as inexorable objective destiny, everything in it proceeding out of ourselves and each of us being the secret theater manager of our own dreams. So also in reality the great dream which a single essence, the will itself, dreams with us all, our fate may be the product of our inmost selves, of our wills; and we are actually bringing about what seems to be happening to us."
- Thomas Mann
"...The golden opportunity for awakening into the knowledge that one's actual self is the Self which plays the universe - an occasion for great rejoicing."
- Alan Watts
"The whole picture that seems so solid is revealed as a personal mental fiction, supported by fragments of what we agree to call 'fact'. All we really know is the contents of our own memories. Yet we firmly believe that each of us with his own 'present-frame' is in some way moving through a landscape-world composed of solid realities which seem to be arriving into our backward look, even though they tell us nothing about the person who seems to be seeing them, or his relation to them.
"Tantra looks at things differently. It thinks of that past full of 'objects', not as a landscape though which each person moves with his 'present-frame', but as a trail of things and events which is, as it were, being vomited out of projected from the mouth of the present, like the flames from the tail-vent of a rocket."
"...Things did not 'begin' at some imaginary point back in the depths of the picture. They are being projected through each of us; each person's 'present-frame' is itself a mouth of that monster vomiting out his world of experience and knowledge. We will never be able to find the origin or causes of all things 'out there', among older projected things. Their origin is in the projective-mechanism itself, that is to say within the psycho-physical organism. And what is being projected is the tissue of experience and memory we call reality."
- Philip Rawson
"Supra-consciousness is the name for the rocket whose extinguished fragments fall back as matter, consciousness is the name for that which subsists of the rocket itself, passing through the fragments and lighting them up into organisms."
- Henry Bergson, Creative Evolution
"As man goes on unveiling and understanding the powers of his own constitution, he realizes that the macrocosm is contained within him, not vice versa, for Man - being the only complete Microcosm - he alone of all orders of existence has a link with, or possesses within himself, the potential of the entire gamut of manifestation."
- Kenneth Grant, The Magical Revival
"Man is not an image, a condensation of the Universe: man is the universe."
- R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, Le temple de l'homme
"I am the mover of the tree (of the universe.) My fame rises high, like a mountain peak. My root is the Supremely Pure. I am the unstained essence of the self, like the (nectar of) immortality that resides in the sun. I am the brightest treasure. I am the shining wisdom. I am immortal and undecaying."
- Taittiriya Upanishad
"I lie under the seen, of all creatures the seed that is changeless."
"Know only that I exist, and that one atom of myself sustains the universe."
- Bhagavad Gita
"The light-flower of heaven and earth fills all the thousand spaces. But also the light-flower of the individual body passes through heaven and covers the earth. Therefore, as soon as the light is circulating, heaven and earth, mountains and rivers, are all circulating with it at the same time."
- The Secret of the Golden Flower