Originally Posted by Kanzeon
But you know as well as I do that Buddhists have been meditating and visualizing for thousands of years: never once has a school of thought arisen that claims that you can attract physical objects and parking spaces through mental imaging.
Huh? Do you not know, for instance, about the Dzogchen school of Buddhism?
According to contemporary teacher Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, all appearances perceived during the whole life of an individual, through all senses, including sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations in their totality, are like a big dream. It is claimed that, on careful examination, the dream of life and regular nightly dreams are not very different, and that in their essential nature there is no difference between them.
So here is a physical object. Looks real. You can feel it, touch it, hold it, see it, observe its colour and shape.
And according to Dzogchen Buddhism, the object is merely part of a dream. YOUR dream. YOUR mental process, which is what a dream is.
The physical object is THERE, lying on your table, because you dreamed the physical object into existence.
And just by the way, you also dreamed the TABLE into existence.
That's Dzogchen Buddhism.
So the question is - what else do you think you can dream into existence?