The ability to create a place to park your car is a wonderful, basic manifestation skill that is well-worth developing. I’ll tell you how I did it.
Some years ago, I discovered that I had spirit guides. Or rather, that pretty much everyone has spirit guides and that I was no exception. Most people have at least one being watching over them, perhaps an ancestor or a spirit that owes them karma from previous interactions. These spirits are usually out to be helpful, in my experience. My particular batch, at it turned out, have never been in a body on this planet, some of them never in a body at all, and so they are not very familiar with some of the mundane details of life in a body. I wanted them to be able to create parking places for me and so I set out to train them in this. I wanted them also to help me to speed on the freeway without getting tickets and to help keep my car safe and in good repair. So most of my early uses of them were in the automotive department.
One in particular emerged, whom I came to name “Gorky.” Don’t know why—that’s just what he wanted to be called. Gorky appeared as a sort of imaginary creature who looked like a gargoyle, kind of dark gray and winged and ugly as sin, but with a playful and sweet disposition. I have come to see Gorky as the marshal of the team and I address my requests to him, without bothering to name or distinguish the others.
You should understand that “seeing” a creature like Gorky doesn’t happen with the physical eye. It is more like a strong imagining. I could tell you exactly where Gorky is and what he is doing right now—it is the first thing that comes into my mind when I turn my attention to him. The very first, uncensored thing is usually the strongest intuitive hit, and should be taken as such. After you’ve had more than a few seconds to think about it, your left (logical) brain has already taken over and it’s too late for your intuitive (right) brain to speak. And as for whether the existence of creatures like Gorky is the truth, it doesn’t really matter. My “seeing” him and our “conversations” are likely just figments of my imagination; however the imagination is the doorway to the hindbrain’s power over the physical world. Perhaps internal images, sensations and the like are nothing but the language I use to communicate with my own hindbrain. I don’t really care what the “truth” is, because frankly, seeing Gorky works, and seems historically to have provided me with some abilities not commonly accepted as normal. And if you’ve discovered an access like that, why linger on the threshold arguing when you can instead enter a whole new, fascinating world?
Right now, Gorky is sitting on the edge of my desk flapping his wings and laughing at the idea that I am describing him to you. He thinks it’s crazy of me to try. His English is not so good. He sounds rather like a seal barking.
So after “meeting” Gorky many years ago, I set out to learn how to create parking and to teach this important skill to Gorky so that I wouldn’t always have to do it for myself.
I would like to point out here that parking in the San Francisco Bay Area is a total bitch. This is a crowded, urban area of the country, filled with locals, immigrants and travelers, and it’s a mix of just about every kind of domestic and international driving style you can imagine. Somehow people still manage to only hit each other a minimum of the time. Parking presents problems because frequently garages are arranged such that curb area is chopped up into smaller-than-carsize pieces, rendering much of a residential block unparkable. Metered spots have gotten harder and harder to find on a regular basis in the 18 years I’ve lived here, and more expensive too (as are the accompanying tickets should your meter run out before you return). It is common to be 10 or 15 minutes late after arriving in an area on time, simply because you were unable to find parking. I’ve known people to cancel appointments and leave an area in disgust after an unfruitful search. Parking predators are a common sight, slowly trawling the streets and lurking after a pedestrian who seems likely to be going to their vehicle. It is also common to see a driver pull a u-turn in the middle of the street in order to catch a spot on the other side because he knows damn well that if he goes around the block like a good boy, the spot will not be there when he gets back. I have even had a spot taken from under my very nose by an aggressive SUV driver as I staged my car to enter the spot. He slipped into it behind me, entering frontward before I could back into the spot. Who enters a parking place frontward? I never expected it. He then refused to budge and grinned proudly at me from behind his driver’s door glass. I thought long and hard about ramming him with my less-expensive car. Don’t worry—I got him back. I came back later with a dozen eggs.
So this gives you an idea of the parking conditions in the Bay Area. If they are anything like the conditions in your area, then I hope you make good use of the methods I’m about to explain.
My first parking method was also the most complex. It went something like this: begin by imagining the area where you are going to park. I literally could not use this method if I couldn’t visualize the block I’d be parking on. So, visualize the area in detail. Find the place where you’d like parking, say “right in front of Restaurant B, where we have a reservation.” Imagine that, as you are approaching, someone is just about to go to their car. I would imagine this quite vividly. “Someone is about to go to their car,” I’d tell myself. “Someone really needs to leave the area now, and they are going to their car. They are getting in their car and it’s timed perfectly with my arrival. In fact, it’s as if there’s a connection, a link between the back of their car and the front of mine, so that the parking place they leave is just for me. It’s perfect for the person leaving and it’s perfect for me.”
The element of “it’s perfect for everybody” is crucial in a good visualization; it’s so important that I’ll write about it in another post soon.
I can’t tell you how many times doing this visualization, and injecting a strong dose of positive feeling into it, resulted in me arriving on the scene just in time to catch a parking place opening up. I liked the method and it worked, so I taught it to Gorky. He used it, to my benefit, and he seemed to enjoy doing so.
I want to mention here that my guides did then and do now seem to take a great interest in things of the physical world. For them it’s all theory, because they’ve never had bodies. They enjoy the mechanics of it and they don’t seem to be as frustrated by the slowness of the effects of intention as I am, which is nice. They help me be patient.
After some training, I began turning the parking over to Gorky. All I had to do was ask him to create parking for me and show him a mental picture of the layout of the block I was targeting. This did not, however, deal with the situation of first-time parking in an area new to me, an area I had no mental picture of. Also, the method was cumbersome and worked best when it was begun a good ten minutes ahead of time. It didn’t work well for last-minute parking needs. I ultimately needed a simpler method.
I got around the problem of being unfamiliar with the target area by asking Gorky to search the minds of people who knew the block in question. That worked too. After some time of refining and even complexifying the method I had created (so I could account for its flaws), I finally stripped it way down.
Here’s what I do today: I am approaching an area where I want parking. I start to generate a really good feeling in my body. I draw from any good sensations I can call up in order to make myself feel good. I then imagine myself arriving, evoking the feeling of arrival, the sensation of knowing that I have arrived. I mix the feeling of arrival and the really-good-feeling together. I associate them. I amp it up a little. If I don’t know the area, I don’t bother making mental pictures, because I know they will just get in the way. So instead I hear myself exclaiming “wow—what a perfect parking space! And it was so easy!” I drive relaxedly, sometimes even slowing down, especially if I had begun to panic a little and speed up at the thought of possibly not being able to park. I force my mind entirely off thoughts of failure and allow only thoughts of success.
Holding positive feelings in your body and positive thoughts in your mind is crucial. You will find that if you are not successful quickly, your brain will start complaining. “It always goes this way,” you’ll say, or “I’m never going to find a spot.” And if that’s what you think, the universe will make it so, even if only because you talk yourself into quitting before you have time to succeed. You must eject all negativity from your mind while creating. Be ruthless.
If I do know the area, I design my search pattern in my mind, for example, “I will turn left onto Allston and start looking for parking in the first block. If I have to go around the block, I will turn right onto Milvia and come back around the school.” It is very rare that I have to go through my search pattern more than twice and in fact quite rare that I have to go through it more than once. If I do have to go around the block, usually a spot has become free by the time I return, even if there was no sign of that happening on the first pass.
Finding parking spaces, even in the difficult Bay Area, has become easy. It’s also become a small, everyday way to practice manifestation and to validate the powers of the mind over the physical universe, when that mind is radiating good feeling and love. It works best when I’m either in a good mood or willing to get myself into one. Every time I create parking, I am forced to put myself in a good-feeling place (if I wasn’t before) and I am reminded that the world is a good place and that what I do with my mind impacts it powerfully.
My thoughts matter. Yours do too. Go out and think some good ones today.