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Originally Posted by smw View Post
I have just been skimming Bonner's Qabalah, A magical primer. (Aeon's recommendation)

something similar - God the Creator "one omnipotent and omnipresent being, who creates from his own substance as an act of divine will"
Things get a little mind bending when you realise this "substance" is the AIN, the No-Thing.

Bonner mentions an alternative theory in the chapter on AIN. Isaac Luria came up with the idea of Tsimtsum (Withdrawl) in which God is said to make a hollow space within himself. Inside this void creation takes place. Apparently this pleased some Kabbalists as the usual emanation model of the sephiroth is obviously Pantheistic. This is a bit of a problem if you're a Monotheistic Rabbinical Kabbalist. Luria's "Tzimtzum" solves this by positing a transcendent creator who creates everything, but is not part of the creation.

Personally I prefer 0=2. "For I am divided for love's sake, for the chance of union."
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