尼爾：我看待它們的方式。我的觀點不同。在第一個例子中，我穿著西裝，正趕往一個很重要的會議，我當時的觀點是這場雨非常討厭。不只是討厭，它還打亂了我的計畫，是我路上的一個障礙。而在另一個例子中，我穿得 很隨意，也不必趕時間去任何地方。所以覺得那場雨“ 看起來”會很有趣。
那麼，是誰創造了這些觀點 (視角) ？
現在把這雨想成是「終極實相」。你無法改變下雨這個事實，但你可以透過改變你看待它的方式，而改變你對下雨的體驗。你無法改變終極實相，但你能以任何你希望的方式去體驗終極實相 (you could experience Ultimate Reality any way that you wish)。
這是生命的最大秘密。 (This is the biggest secret of life.)
In this case, let's go back to something that you can pull up from your own memory. Talk about taking something from your own “walk through life”–did you ever find yourself out walking when suddenly it began to rain?
Neale: Of course. More than once.
Good. Now did you experience that moment, the reality of that rainfall, as an annoyance and a bother, or as a wonder and a delight.
Neale: Well, I can remember, actually, experiencing both. I mean, I remember one time that this happened when I absolutely experienced it as a bother. I was furious that it had started raining.
I ran for cover as fast as I could, but it was no use. I got soaked.
Another time I remember walking with a young lady friend of mine on a summer day, and the sky opened. We were in a parking lot with lots of space and the young woman abruptly tore her clothes off and began dancing in the rain! She was dancing and hopping and jumping for joy, and I was standing there dumbfounded, my soaked head of hair falling in streaks across my forehead.
She laughed at me and dared me to join her. So I did. And we danced around that parking lot for almost five minutes before the police came. The officer was very nice–it was a woman, actually-and she simply asked us to put our clothes back on because she did not want to have to arrest us for indecent exposure or becoming a public nuisance. All three of us laughed, and we followed her request, but it was a moment in my life I will never forget. It was sheer, unbridled joy. It was joyful mischief.
And, of course, I knew about that moment–which is why I used this particular example. Now let me ask you a question. What was different about the rain?
Neale: I'm sorry?
In what way was the rain in the first incident different from the rain in the second? Was it wetter? Was it raining harder? Were the water drops colder or bigger?
Neale: No. Everything was just about the same, actually. It was no more stormy or furious during the first rain than it was during the second. Both where just nice summer showers.
So what WAS the difference in the two experiences?
Neale: The way I looked at them. My perspective. In one instance I had on a business suit and was heading for a very important meeting, and my perspective was that the rain was a nuisance. More than a nuisance. It was an intrusion on my plan. It was an obstacle in my way. In the other instance I was dressed quite casually and had no specific time that I needed to be anywhere. It “looked like” the rain could be fun.
Yes. And who created those perspectives?
Neale: I did, of course.
You could have decided that the business meeting wasn't that important, or that your showing up a little messed would be completely understood and wouldn't matter, yes? You could have “seen it that way,” yes?”
So now think of the rain as “ultimate reality. You couldn't change the fact that it was raining, but you could change your experience of the rain by changing the way you looked at it. You couldn't change Ultimate Reality, but you could experience Ultimate Reality any way that you wished.
This is the biggest secret of life.