In a poetic sense, our body and souls are very much like our cars. Our vehicles are the tools that get us from point A to point B, and so forth and so on. And yet, our bodies are also our vehicles that we “drive” each day. Our body and soul navigates us every day to the places we need to go, to meet the people we need to meet, and to stop and go when we need to.
I wanted to take a deeper look into the analogy of how our cars and our selves/spirit are similar. This sparked my interest about ten years ago when I took a metaphysical class in which my teacher mentioned the importance of paying attention to when things are “going wrong” – for example, your car breaking down on the side of the road. Have you ever noticed these things happen at the most inconvenient of times, or when you are already feeling at the tipping point? She spoke about how when things like this happen it is relative and representative of other deeper things going on inside of ourselves or our lives. So I dove deep inside my own soul to recognize and understand that it’s just as important to take care of our things (in this case, our cars) because it’s representative of our mind, body and spirit.
Car Clutter is similar to our living space, in that our cars can collect clutter also. Often times, this clutter can represent mental clutter and baggage we are carrying around. If your car is loaded with clutter, evaluate your current mental state. Are there some things that you need to let go of right now? It’s time to let go of the old and “dirty” to make way for clarity and new. Regardless of which one you start with, try and clear that clutter out, even if it takes you a couple of days to do. Set aside some time and get a garbage bag and physically clear out the clutter in your car. Designate a home for certain items and get rid of stuff that no longer serves you. You will begin to feel mental clarity from having a nice clean car. If you’re more about getting your mental clutter in check first, take some time out to meditate and evaluate what you need to let go of. Once you get your mind in a better state, get to cleaning.
Accelerating on the Gas is representative of our will, giving us the drive and the energy to go through life. When we’re hesitant to put our foot on the gas and go, there may be something we are refraining from doing because we are afraid. When you’re stuck in a horrible driving situation (congestion, surrounded by aggressive drivers) do you sit back and let everyone else pass you by, taking you longer to get to your destination? Or do you build yourself up to confidently and carefully get past the mayhem? In life, maybe you are letting other people pass you by and staying stagnant wondering why it can’t be you. You can also get to where you want to be by taking one step at a time. Putting your foot on the gas and going slowly is better than not accelerating at all.
Hitting the Brakes is a metaphor for when we need to slow down in life. There are definitely times to forge ahead on our path, but then there are times where we need to apply the brakes. If you’ve ever driven while feeling emotional (whether good emotional or bad emotional) or out of sorts, then you may have noticed that when you look down at your dashboard you discover that you are going over the speed limit. That moment of realization forces you to think “oh boy, I need to slow down.” The same thing goes for your current lifestyle. Are you doing things too much, too soon, too fast? Are you trying to accomplish too much at once? Slow down. You won’t miss out in life when you take your time. I learned this lesson the hard way. I had been going what felt like nonstop for a couple of months and forgot about taking time out for myself and letting things happen one at a time. That stress made its way onto the road one day while I was rushing to my then job, and I found myself being pulled over. I took this whole situation as a sign that I needed to slow down in life. From that point on, I did.
The Windshield of our car is a way for us to see what lies ahead. It helps us to be aware of where we are driving and steering and of our surroundings. Our windshield is representative of our eyes and of our vision for the future. If you’ve been feeling like you are unable to see or envision what lies ahead for you, evaluate your windshield. When you look through it, what do you see? Is it clear, or is it cloudy? Are there cracks? Clean and repair it as necessary so you can look out of the whole windshield and not just the little spot that has no dirt or cracks. Take in the beauty of your surroundings and pay attention to all that is around you and you will begin to find your way in life, both on the road and your personal path. Also, go for an eye check up!
Headlights are used to help us see in times of darkness. When on the road – especially at night – we would not be able to see without the help of our headlights. In life there may be times where we feel we are fumbling around in the dark, unsure of which direction to go. Sometimes we are fortunate to have the help of others to guide our way. In the instances that we do not, we must rely on our own. Our headlights are our own guiding light that we use to remind ourselves of the light within, or that we use to help others see and light the way for them. If you have a broken headlight you’ve neglected to get fixed, assess whether you rely on the help of others too much to get you by. It may be time for you to go within and use your own as a guiding force.
Steering Wheels and Directionals represent our choices – which way will you choose to go? When you come to a stop in which you need to make a left turn or a right turn, you normally would choose the one which is going to bring you to your desired destination. The steering wheel is the tool that allows you to do so, while your directional lets everyone know “hey, I’m going this way so watch out!” In your personal life, you wouldn’t choose the direction that steers you down the wrong path would you? It’s difficult to know how things turn out before they’ve even happened yet, but if you’ve ever come to the proverbial fork in the road, I would hope that you’d choose the option that will bring you the most joy and peace in your heart. If your steering alignment or signals are off, you may have trouble knowing which direction you want to take, or may make abrupt decisions without letting others know. Finding yourself in situations that you do not want to be in. Drive carefully. Choose the best way for you. Linger at the “stop sign” if you need to and take your time making a decision until you’ve weighed out your pros and cons. If there are any things you need to change, or people you need to leave behind, make sure you put your directional on so they know which way you’re going (aka – communicate – or don’t).
Low Fuel such as gas, and oil means that we are depleting ourselves and need to recharge. Your car can’t run on empty, so how can you? Giving your car the fluids it needs helps it to run smoothly and function properly. The last thing you want is to be broken down on the side of a busy highway because you didn’t take the time out to give it what it needs. Just like cars, we need to fuel our bodies with proper rest, nourishing foods, water and wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Without these basic needs we will most definitely not be able to function either and could potential fall ill. Give your car and yourself the fuel it needs to operate, before it’s too late.
Windshield Wipers and Washer Fluid work along with our windshield, our field of vision. When there are debris that cloud our vision while driving, our wipers and washer fluid are what clear the obstruction away so that we may see again. If the windshield represents our eyes then the washer fluid represents… our tears! When it feels like world is closing in on us and the opinions of others, or the pressure and stress of everyday life grabs hold, we may feel the need to have a good cry. Crying is an excellent way to cleanse the soul and clear the blockages we feel inside. Just like the wipers, we are swatting away the energy of others, of sources of stress, and giving ourselves the chance to clean up all the junk and debris that are preventing us from seeing what lies ahead. If you have been neglecting to add or use washer fluid on your vehicle this may be representative of suppressing your feelings and letting that junk pile up in front of you. Once in awhile, when life knocks you down – give yourself the chance to cry. As I always say.. it doesn’t make you cowardly, it gives you newfound strength. You will emerge feeling cleansed and able to see more clearly.
Inspection is a reminder for us to go for regular check-ups with our doctors. Your car isn’t going to last forever driving around without getting a routine check-up. You aren’t going to last for as long as you’re supposed to be here on Earth without going for regular check-ups either! There is only so much we can do on our own, and sometimes we need to leave it to the professionals to make sure we are in good working order. Whether you are anti-modern medicine or not, it’s still important to seek medical advice on certain things and find out what you can do to make yourself healthy. When something is wrong with our cars, we don’t just assume what’s going on.. we take it for an inspection, or to be checked out. If you’ve been neglecting to bring your car for service, look at whether you are doing the same with yourself. When’s the last time you went for a wellness visit? Make the change today! For you and your car.
Trunks are where we store our baggage. How much junk to you have stuffed in your trunk right now? This could be metaphorical for emotional/mental/spiritual baggage you may be carrying around with you in your every day life. Sure, there are some things we may need to keep back there like emergency kits, spare tires and the like. But if your trunk is filled to the brim with stuff, then it’s time to let some of that stuff go. Each time you carry it around with you, you are reminding yourself and others of the things that are weighing you down, and what you have a hard time letting go of. You may even find yourself unloading that baggage on others. Lighten your load, and everything around you will lighten also.
When your Car Battery dies it means that your car has gone kaput until you get another one, or a new car. In life, this could symbolize that a part of your life is ending so that a new one may begin. I find that a lot of times when there are major car troubles such as this, it seems to happen at the worst times. “I can’t believe this happened, this is all I need right now!” “I’m having the worst few weeks, going through a lot.” Shifts and changes are in the air! I know it’s difficult to look at something like this as a good thing, but know that it only gets better from here. Pretty soon you get a new battery or new car and feel like your riding high. And the same goes for you life. It may be hard right now, but it’s only because things are transitioning. Pretty soon you’ll be back on track to new and beautiful things.
The Rearview Mirror represents what lies behind us. When driving, we glance back in our mirrors to make sure that no one or thing is being reckless, and to make sure all is well in our surroundings. In our personal lives, it’s helpful to glance back every so often and see how far we’ve come. It’s not so much dwelling on the past as it is feeling proud for having made it this far, and appreciating all that has transpired to get us to where we are now. Look back every once in awhile to remind yourself of your history. Then, feel gratitude for where you are now, and all that is yet to be.
Finally, The Exterior of our car shows the color, model, and make of what we’ve chosen to drive. This represents our outer appearance, cleanliness, and aura. Is your car representative of your personality? Some people like to accessorize their cars just as they like to accessorize their dress. If your car is covered in dirt, pollen and other environmental debris, this could represent dirt or other gunk stuck in your aura from other people. Give it a good wash, and give your aura and chakras a good cleanse and balance to remove what is lingering there. If your car isn’t matching up to your personality, maybe it’s time to have it painted, accessorized or detailed differently. Maybe for you in life, that means going shopping and buying a few new outfits, getting a haircut, or doing something different to your appearance.