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Picture this: You’re on your way to the supermarket. About a mile from your destination, you start visualizing the perfect parking place. You can see it clearly – right next to the entrance, five steps away. All the way to the store, you visualize the perfect spot. 

Before you know it, you’re at your destination, and guess what? There it is! Your perfect parking spot! Right next to the entrance, just like you pictured.

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Hallelujah!!

But wait.

Why is it so important to park right next to the entrance? What’s wrong with walking a few more steps? Aren’t there more important things to visualize than parking spots? Things like world peace and global prosperity?

I have to say – for a long time, these were the questions I was asking.

Yes, I believe in the power of visualization. Yes, I have employed this power to improve many areas of my life – everything from health to relationships to prosperity. I have also employed this power to improve the lives of others.

Still, the issue of parking places was one I didn’t understand. It’s a parking place! Who cares?!

I know, there are those who would say that it’s a start, a first step in the mastery of visualization and manifestation. A training-wheels step, as it were.

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But training wheels are supposed to come off eventually, aren’t they? We’re supposed to move on to bigger and better things, aren’t we?

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So there I was, an Anti-Parking-Places-Manifestor. And I have to admit, I was good at it. Not only did I refuse to visualize parking places, my resistance to the issue resulted – not surprisingly – in a manifestation of its own.

I could never get a parking place.

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Everywhere I went, there were no parking places to be found. Oh, I would find a place. Eventually. And then I would walk anywhere from one to ten blocks to my destination. Proudly. Defiantly. Holier-Than-
Thou-ly.

That is, until everything changed.

The change began when I met my sweetheart, Melissa Phillippe. Melissa is many things. She is beautiful. She is awesome. She is brilliant.

photo: Michael Corsentino

She is also the Parking Spot Queen of the Universe.

It’s not a title she holds with pride or conceit. Oh no. Like a true queen, her easy and effortless manifestation of parking places is a simple fact. She doesn’t talk about it. She doesn’t conjure up any long and convoluted spells.

She just gets great parking places everywhere she goes. Right next to the building. Within easy walking distance to the entrance.

For years now, I’ve watched this happen. I simply observed, all the while maintaining my Anti-Parking-Places stance. Melissa had her way, and I had mine. It’s a free country, after all.

And then it happened.

I didn’t notice at first. I guess I was in denial. Slowly but surely, I started to get great parking places. Everywhere I went, there was a free spot, right next to my destination. I thought it was a fluke at first. But the consistency of empty spots in prime locations soon proved to be not a fluke, but a trend.

What the heck was going on? 

Unbeknownst to me, I had turned from Parking-Avoider to Parking-Attractor. Simply by watching Melissa, I had been prompted to demonstrate one of the key rules of manifestation.

I was manifesting parking places because I had come to expect them.

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I didn’t realize that I’d come to expect them. But I had. Simply by watching Melissa.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about visualization and manifestation after all these years, it’s that we’re always engaged in the process. Even if we think we’re not visualizing and manifesting, our beliefs and expectations are doing it for us.

I was manifesting crappy parking places because that’s what I’d come to expect. Now I expect better places and I get them.

It’s as simple as that.

Did my attraction of crappy parking places help manifest more peace in the world?

Not really.

Does my manifestation of better parking places help manifest global prosperity?

No, but it reminds me that global prosperity starts with consciousness. And that tuning my mind to this possibility makes a difference.

My transformation from Parking-Pariah to Parking-Messiah was a reminder of my power as a creative being. A reminder that I’m way more powerful than I realize.

On the one hand, I still don’t care that much about parking places. They’re just parking places.

On the other hand, everything in my life is part of a process of Divine Creation. Isn’t that what the enlightened ones always tell us? That everything is Divine?

Perhaps parking places aren’t as silly as I thought.

photo: The Tire Zoo on flickr

What’s showing up in your life these days? How are you participating in the Divine Creative Process?

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