My sister and I used to watch a cartoon, Care Bears, during the mid 80s. It's about ten adorable teddy bears whose mission is to guide and protect small children. Their ultimate weapon is called "Care Bear Stare" in which the collected bears stand together and radiate light from their respective tummy symbols. These combine to form a ray of love and good cheer that brings care and joy into the target's heart. In one episode, these bears use their power to bring rain to the land during a difficult time, delighting all birds, ants and animals.
Fascinated by this, my sis and I ran out of the house to the garden. The sky was mostly clear except for a few clouds. The ground was as dry as any hot day. We clasped hands, looked up to the clouds and with all the love we could muster, said aloud the magic words, "Care bears... Prepare to stare!". And imagined a steady stream of light flashing from our tummies to the clouds. Earnestly hoping our voices would be heard and it'd rain. We waited. Never took our eyes off the clouds, never moved an inch. No rationalization, no what-ifs, just immense faith that nature would respond to us. Barely a minute later, I felt something wet on my cheek. And then, a drop fell on my nose, and another. I turned to my sis. She felt it too! Screaming in joy, we ran back home while outside, it began to drizzle. The drizzle lasted for a good while that afternoon.
Years and years later, when I think of it now, I wonder if all that was just a coincidence. Or did we actually become care bears for a minute?! Or did nature answer our call? I like to believe that, just for that brief moment in time, somehow our energies connected with that of the universe. We made a rare contact with the other side. I wonder again, if you, me and everybody else in the world now are still kids, we could possibly be witnessing similar miracles almost daily! Why? Kids have purity of soul, I can't think of anything else. All hope is not lost yet. I want to believe that soon, several years or maybe some more generations later, man will be ready. Man and nature will act like one, will interact directly with each other in a way our super ancestors thousands of centuries ago were told to have lived, as recorded in the scriptures. That what my sis and I experienced over twenty years ago was only a little preview of what the other side have always meant for us humans - to hold our hands while we create a heaven on earth.