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Can anything be derived from something that is essentially different from it? This is impossible. Therefore existence cannot be derived from non-existence. If the universe exists today, then its essence must have existed when the universe itself had not been formed. This essence needed no "creation" for it was God, World-Mind, Itself.

-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind > Chapter 3 : World-Mind and ``Creation'' > # 2

-- Perspectives > Chapter 27: World-Mind > # 25