“Amongst the Mohammedans we find the same idea: the first thing God created was a pen.
Indeed the whole creation is but a Transcript, and God when He made the world, did but write it out of that Copy which He had of it in His Divine understanding from all Eternity. The Lesser Worlds (Mikrokosmos) or Men, are but transcripts of the Greater (the Makrokosmos), as Children and Books are the copies of themselves.”
“The idea ex nihilo nihil fil (from nothing nothing is made) is abhorrent to the Qabalah.
Not any Thing [says the Zohar] is lost in the universe, not even the vapour which goes out of our mouths; as all things, it has its place and its destination, and the Holy One, blessed be It, makes it concur to Its works; not anything falls into the void, not even the words and the voice of man, but all has its place and its destination.”
–JFC Fuller, The Secret Wisdom of the Qabala, pp. 14.