We promised you an example of how we can even control the elements. Of course, you have heard and read of tribal people performing rain dances to make it rain, but we rarely believe these stories. They are real and here is one I witnessed.
When I was a medical missionary to the Tarahumara Indians in northern Mexico, we had a long drought one year. The Indians grew only one vegetable there, corn, and it could not grow without rain.
We were told that they would pray for rain and we were invited to join them. They met on a little hill some distance from the Mission and we arrived there in a jeep with our guide. The prayers were to be at noon and none of these cave-dwellers had watches. Still, several hundred of them assembled exactly at noon. They then walked the valley around the hill in single file and in silence. No drums, no dancing, as with the plains- Indians. They returned after an hour or so and disbursed. We took pictures of them and their “Elders” and left in our jeep.
On the way back to our Mission we stopped to have the picnic lunch we had taken with us. During lunch, perhaps a half hour after the prayer walk, it started to rain. There had not been a cloud in the sky for 6 weeks and it poured hard. Our guide advised us to leave right away, before the road back would be too muddy. That was good advice. The dirt road turned into a muddy river by the time we reached the Mission.
There is no question what brought on the rain. The Tarahumara’s concentration to produce it, did the job. Maybe they used a silent prayer, an affirmation or a command–the Universe answered and it rained for weeks.
Other tribes use other methods, but get the same results. On the brighter side, we experienced one of those methods.
We were in San Antonio, TX during the “Roundup”, a week of celebrating the cattle business. The city was full of cowboys and curious tourists and there was music and entertainment everywhere. A local Anthropology professor had taught his students the rain dance our American Indians perform to get it to rain. It was a beautiful and sunny day, when they performed the rain dance in costumes in the Plaza, accompanied by chants and drums. The visitors were fascinated and applauded. Then it started to rain. It continued to rain for the whole week of the Roundup. What was to be 15 minutes of entertainment, got serious attention from the Universe—and ruined the week. Someone should have learned a dance to STOP the rain!!!