“The great central fact of the universe is that spirit of infinite life and power that is back of all, that manifests itself in and through all. This spirit … is what I call God. … He is the life of our life, our very life itself. We are partakers of the life of God; and though we differ from Him in that we are individualized spirits, while He is the Infinite Spirit, including us, … yet in essence the life of God and the life of man are identically the same, and so are one.”
“The great central fact in human life is the coming into a conscious vital realization of our oneness with this Infinite Life, and the opening of ourselves fully to this divine inflow. … In just the degree in which you realize your oneness with the Infinite Spirit, you will exchange dis-ease for ease, inharmony for harmony, suffering and pain for abounding health and strength. To recognize our own divinity, and our intimate relation to the Universal, is to attach the belts of our machinery to the powerhouse of the Universe.”
– R. W. Trine, In Tune with the Infinite, 1899
– as quoted in Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James, 1902.