Two points should be clearly understood. First, the world of external Nature, being eternal, is not brought into existence by an act of sudden creation out of nothing. Second, this world is rooted in the divine substance and is consequently not an empty illusion but an indirect manifestation of divine reality.
-- Notebooks Category 26: World-Idea > Chapter 1: Divine Order of The Universe > # 180
-- Perspectives > Chapter 26: World-Idea > # 15