尼爾：在我想到某事之前，我如何能夠「事先決定」我將處於什麼狀態(How can I decide ahead of time what I'm going to be before I think something?)？我的意思是，你剛在這裡說的那第四個建議：…「事先」選擇一種「Being狀態」，包括當你在想某事時，你將「處於(be)」什麼狀態……那不是有一點對自己過分要求嗎？在我要說某事之前，我可以決定我要處於(be)什麼狀態……我聽懂了。而在做某事之前，我可以決定我要成為(be)什麼…這點我也懂了。但是，我並不知道「我會想到什麼」，直到我想到它。
如果你想像(imagine)你的想法，在大多數時候，是你原創的話，那你是有道理的。但事實是，絕大多數你們的想法，都是你們以前已有的思維想法(the fact is, the vast majority of your thoughts are thoughts you have had before)。這是因為你們生活中大部分的事件，就類型而言，都是以前已發生過的事件。
通常情況下，當某種類型的事件發生時，你們立即回想以前對此類事件的想法。你們的想法很少是原創的，因為你們的經驗很少是你原創的(Very few of your thoughts are original, because very few of your experiences are original.)。在大部分時間裡，你們的生活都是在重複。
摘自《與神對話 4》第 31章
Neale: How can I decide ahead of time what I'm going to be before I think something? I mean, your fourth suggestion here . . . to choose a State of Being ahead of time, including how you are going to “be” when you're thinking of something . . . isn't that asking a bit much? I can decide what I'm going to be before I'm going to say something . . . I get that. And I can decide what I'm going to be before I do something . . . I get that, too. But I don't know what I’m going to think until I think it.
Neale: Am I making any sense here?
You are if you imagine that your thoughts are, most of the time, original. But the fact is, the vast majority of your thoughts are thoughts you have had before. This is because most of the events in your life are events that have happened before, in terms of type.
More often than not, when an event of a certain type occurs, you immediately think what you thought previously about such an event. Very few of your thoughts are original, because very few of your experiences are original. Your life is on Repeat most of the time.
Since you know this is true, you can decide ahead of time what you are going to think the next time an event of any real consequence and any degree of predictability takes place.
The Master is the one who knows and chooses the way she is going to be in her thinking – is he going to be calm, is she going to be understanding, is he going to be loving and accepting, is she going to be accommodating and peaceful? – the next time such an event occurs in his life.