192 ON THE DIVINE INTUITION divine word and will,; as the Spirit of God has in such a counterstroke, in the powers of wisdom, sported with himself in such formation of simili- tude. 7. As the mind of man in the understanding introduces itself by the senses into a counterstroke of an exact likeness, and by sense flows forth and disposes into images, which images are the thoughts of the mind, wherein the will of the mind works, and thus by desire brings itself into a sha^p- ness, as into a magnetic appropriation, from which joy and sorrow arise; 8. So also, in regard to the eternal mind of perceptibility, we are to understand that the out- going of the one will of God has, through the Word, introduced itself into separability, and the separa- bility has introduced itself into receptibility, as into desire and craving for its self-revelation, passing out of the Unity into plurality. 9. Desire is the ground and beginning of the nature of perceptibility of the particular will. For therein is the separability of the Unity brought into receptibility, whence the separabilities of the wills are brought into perceptibility of a self- hood, wherein the true, creaturely, perceptible, angelic, and soulic life is understood. 10. For the will of the eternal One is imper- ceptible, without tendency to anything; for it has nothing to which it could tend, save only to- wards itself. Therefore it brings itself out of itself, and carries the efflux of its unity into plurality, and into assumption of selfhood, as of a place of a Nature, from which qualities take their rise.