The Lesson of Six Cars Stranded in a Blizzard

new type of thinkingToday is Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

It’s after midnight, so technically it’s Wednesday already, but because it is still Tuesday somewhere in the world, I’m going to claim it for this blog.

I continue to be amazed with what Gary Zukav has written in his book Soul to Soul: Communications from the Heart. In a chapter called “Six Cars,” Zukav tells the story of the occupants of six cars that were stranded at an off-ramp of a highway near Denver, Colorado, during a blizzard.  The freezing temperatures made death by freezing a real possibility for the motorists.

They all could have remained in their cars, but there was no way of knowing when rescue would be possible, and all of them could have run out of gas and frozen to death.  Instead, they solved their problem this way:  Five of the motorists turned off their cars and all got together in one car that was kept running for as long as possible, until the fuel gauge was at about a quarter of a tank.  Then they moved to the second car, which they ran until it, too, was down to a quarter tank.  After that, they moved on to the third car.  When the snowplow finally arrived to dig them out, all the motorists were safe and warm, and everyone still had enough gas to get to a local hotel until they could return to their homes.

Zukav, who read about these people in the newspaper, cites this story as an example of a new way of thinking that can offer human beings a way to survive in troubling times.  When we realize our connection with one another and agree to cooperate with others rather than remain separate, we increase our chances of survival, because, as the saying goes, “two heads are better than one.”  In this case, more than two heads.  Rather than a win-lose scenario, a win-win scenario is increasingly our best option for physical survival.

When we band together to form communities with one another for our mutual survival, we literally create a new reality for everyone in the community.  Gary Zukav is not the only one who has been saying this. Gregg Braden, too, has spoken of intentional communities for humanity’s continued survival in his book, The Turning Point: Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes.   Braden went so far as to offer a detailed template to be used in the formation of an intentional community, including online communities as well as neighborhood associations and other types of groups.

According to Zukav, the act of leaving their own car and getting into a stranger’s car with other strangers was a powerful symbol for the idea of leaving your own state of consciousness and seeking to understand and honor others’ states of consciousness.  This is a first step toward true connection and cooperation with others.  All life is connected, and it is important for us to learn how to manifest this thinking in our daily lives.  🙂

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