Trapped On Top of the World by John Cali and Spirit

Beartooth Pass on the Wyoming-Montana border

As I look out my bedroom window to the northwest, I can see the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, one of the most rugged, remote places on the planet.

Those of you in my generation probably remember CBS News reporter Charles Kuralt. He hosted a popular television series, “On the Road,” as part The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.“On the Road” lasted over 20 years.

Kuralt once traveled into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness along the Beartooth Highway. He called it “the most beautiful drive in America.” The summit, at Beartooth Pass, is nearly 11,000 feet high. I don’t recall, but I assume he crossed in the summer. In wintertime it’s a different world. The weather can change in a heartbeat. It’s not the kind of place you’d ever want to be stranded in.

But that’s exactly what happened to a young couple last week. They were driving their little car from Yellowstone National Park onto the Beartooth Highway when they got trapped in snow. They could easily have died there.

A local rancher heard about the missing couple, and went looking for them. On the sixth day of the couple’s ordeal he found them, and drove them to safety. Their car is still stuck on the mountain.

The couple said they felt helpless, not knowing how they would get out of there—or if they ever would. They were trapped, almost literally, on top of the world.


We understand your human concerns when you are in situations like John describes with the young couple. Some of us have been human, and we have an intimate memory of what being human feels like.

It’s important for you, no matter how seemingly tragic any situation is, to know you have not only your human connections, but also your spirit connections.

Spirit can and does work through other humans to bring help when you are facing challenges.

That’s exactly what happened in the case of the young couple trapped on the mountain.

Whether or not they sent out a conscious call for help (or a prayer, if you wish), Spirit knew what was happening with them.

So Spirit communicated directly with the rancher, and guided him to go out searching for the lost couple. He found them and brought them back safely.

You often limit the ways you can receive help when you need it. Your angels and spirit guides are always right there with you. And they always want to help you.

Just be open to help in whatever form it can come to you. Spirit—your angels and spirit guides—don’t always intervene directly. (Although they do far more often than you imagine—then you call those interventions “miracles.”)

But, just as often, Spirit works through other humans, and even animals.

So if you are ever “trapped on top of the world,” know Spirit is always there for you.

You are loved. You are safe. You are never alone.


Here’s one of my favorite performers, Celtic Woman, singing You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Related links:
Compassion and Connectedness
Does Praying Do Any Good?
You Are Never Alone

Have you ever felt trapped in a seemingly hopeless situation? What resources can you call upon when you are feeling trapped? Please share your thoughts and comments with us.

What other subjects would you like us to talk about in these posts? Please email me.

About John Cali

John Cali is a writer, blogger, and channel for a group of spirit guides. His next book is Real Answers to Life’s Pesky Questions: Conversations With Spirit, Book 1. John lives in northwestern Wyoming. Sign up for his newsletter here.

10 Responses

  1. Barbara

    I can’t help but think of the sign posts “Grizzly Bear Area, Special Rules Apply” at the Shoshone National Forest. . Grizzly Bears AND snow would be very scary indeed!

    • John Cali

      Fortunately, Barbara, they didn’t run into any grizzly bears, though that is certainly grizzly country.

      Love, John

  2. Mikala

    Have you ever felt trapped in a seemingly hopeless situation? What resources can you call upon when you are feeling trapped?

    As I read this, I immediately went back to a time when I was indeed in a seemingly hopeless situation that I haven’t thought about in years. I was 20 years old. It was a similar situation to the one you described. Car was stuck in the snow on a high mountain road in California. A friend and I saw the signs that said the highway was ahead, so we left the car and decided to walk. We didn’t know that the sign meant only in summer. We walked all night and the morning part of the day in deep snow, often falling through up to our waists. By afternoon, I couldn’t walk any more, I was freezing cold, hungry, and we didn’t know where we were, especially since we should have come to the road by then. I simply collapsed in the snow and decided I would just stay there, because I was starting to feel warm. I wasn’t afraid, but I thought that I might die there, and that was all right. I told Spirit I couldn’t walk any more and I turned it all over to Creator. My friend refused to leave me.

    As in your story, some people who had a tow truck and knew people got stuck and lost on that road often, came up to see if anyone was stuck. They found us and pulled the car out.

    I think we need to use our own resources of strength and courage until we recognize that we truly need help, do the best we can. Then, if that is not sufficient, we simply call on Spirit to take over, and have faith the the best outcome will come.

    In gratitude,

    • John Cali

      What a beautiful — and harrowing — story, Mikala. Thanks very much for sharing it with us.

  3. Rene

    Hello John and Fellow subscribers,

    I can truly relate to that feeling of being trapped, but in our case not on top of the world. But trapped by the recent 7.2 earthquake and a super-typhoon last weekend that devastated the middle part of the Philippines. I certainly hope an abundant of negative energy has been released for the area, and was not man made. Please send us Love healing energy for the whole world and not only for us. Please do not send money!!

    Love and Peace,

    Your Brother from the Philippines,


    • John Cali

      Hi Rene,

      Thank you very much for sharing. I will certainly send you — and your entire country (and the world) — lots of healing energy. God bless you all!


    • anny

      Hello Rene,

      We certainly can relate to that feeling about typhoon Haiyan, as that same typhoon was heading straight for the coast of Vietnam towards the town where our son and his family are living but then it turned northwards over the sea and they were spared.

      We are sending you loving and healing energy every day.



      • Rene

        Hello Anny,

        Thank you for your Love and healing energy.

        Love to the World,


  4. Pat

    I have been in this area. It is indeed awesome. And not for the fainthearted along the winding roadways.

    I really enoyed the confirmation of the ways Spirit supports us in our human experiences.

    Thank you…

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Pat. It truly is an incredibly beautiful area — though, as you said, it’s not for the faint of heart.


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