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“ It follows that the divine nature, virtual in its principle can only exist in beings who unfold its qualities, and experience there in themselves.”
“Thus the archetypes of our being exist of all eternity in the divine essence, but can only fulfill themselves in our existence: we discover them in that which they make of us.
“It is the archetype peculiar to ourselves that is our particular Sovereign.
It is to you that the Sovereignty of your Lord has been entrusted and it is expected of you to live up to this investiture.
“Ibn ‘Arabi never severs God’s cognizance from his love. His creation is an act of compassion, delivering his potentialities from the loneliness of the non-manifest state; the longing for manifestation is originally in Him; and if He wished to contemplate the form of his image by manifesting it to view, it is because He loves its beauty.
“Hence, it is out of the love of the latent beauty of our souls that He created us as objects of His love.
“He creates Himself in you as a token as a His love for the creature; your soul is the image of the creator in which He manifests Himself. The sympathy between the principle and the form in which it exists is a romance between the celestial and terrestrial. For the love within God — the eternal attire, — to unfold, He must needs make the creature His beloved, who will in turn constitute Him into the loved one. Therefore say Ibn ‘Arabi “He is the one, who in every loved one manifests to the view of each lover”.
“One must know how to recognize in every loved one the one and only beloved.”
“The lover prolongs the divine action imagining the world, in that God imagines God’s creator by idealizing God’s beloved.