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When I say that God did not bring forth the universe by first arriving at the decision to "create" it and then deliberately carrying out this decision, but rather by inherent Nature and inner necessity, I mean that the universe is already and eternally within God. No decision was needed nor could there have been one, any more than a man may decide to be masculine. Bringing the universe out of Itself is a function, quality, or attribute--none of these terms is quite correct but a better is hard to find--an obedience to the law of God's own being.

-- Notebooks Category 27: World-Mind > Chapter 3 : World-Mind and ``Creation'' > # 44