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The Legions Of Gaia


Dennis Cordell

Like many photographers, I was trained as a painter. After painting from photos for a
while, I discovered that I liked photography more than painting.

The earlier subjects of my photography were portraits of spiritual contemplatives and


religious mendicants. Most of these resided in India and particularly in the Himalayan
regions. Their ethos seemed very honest. They seldom posed or had a sense of self-image.
While in America, I turned my camera to nature photography. Plants, like religious
mendicants, seemed equally honest. I discovered that if I manipulated these plant “portraits”
with imaging software, I could capture what appeared to be a plant’s aura and spirit,
particularly in photos of flowers. I accomplished this by using techniques of solarization and
the inversions of highlights and shadows. Solarization engages an “ectoplasm” created by the
solarized Mackie Lines which are not seen in a normal true-to-life photo. Within this plant
ectoplasm I discovered creatures cultivating a type of botanic cosmos. After careful
observation I recognized that these non-corporeal, ectoplasmic beings were assorted nature
spirits and their “auras” could be better depicted in a circle. A round format encouraged the
elements of the plants to communicate in a non-verbal manner as they moved around their
floral spheres. With digital manipulation on a computer, using an annular composition, my
camera became a tool for botanical clairvoyance like looking into a crystal ball.

A circle is the true shape of a camera lens. Photographic prints which have been cropped by the
camera into a rectangle or square eradicate much of the peripheral information of the image.
However, the human eye tends to be a very wide-angled annulus. Circular images have a more
transcendent quality which radiates out in all directions conjuring the halo known to encompass
spiritual objects. In Japan, enso is a common theme within calligraphy, although it is a symbol
and not a character. Enso is a circle closely associated with Zen. This circle represents
enlightenment, infinity, the universe and the void. As an infinite void, enso represents a state of
satori or enlightenment. Enso can be created with a brush, drawn in the dirt or written in the air.
Photography can use either film or pixels to compose an enso. With enso flower photography,
the void is the negative space which becomes part the spiritual verdure of an inner state. The
twentieth century Rinzai Zen master Omori Roshi described the enso circle in which “at the
right time, you will be able to break through to the state of nothingness. You will attain this
realization…and you will know with your entire being that you are at the center of absolute
nothingness, at the center of an infinite circle.” This infinite circle is Gaia, the abode of nature’s
elementals.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement which began in the sixth century with the
importation of Buddhism to Japan. The new Buddhist converts began leaving flower offerings
at temples, and eventually schools arose with different rules of aesthetics for the display of
the floral oblations. Eventually flower arrangement became considered a way of harmonizing
humanity with nature. Toshiro Kawase, one of Japan’s most influential ikebana practitioners,
notes “the whole universe is contained in a single flower.”

A flower arrangement seeks to balance the opposites and the frictions of the visible and the
invisible realms, life and death, and permanence and ephemerality. The plant and animal
kingdoms are the siblings of humanity and are included in these realms. The spirits of these
kingdoms, like their corporeal colleagues, are unfortunately under the influence of the
exhausted ethers of electricity, magnetism, and radiation. Because ikebana has its emphasis
on nature with an awareness on impermanence and ecological decay, it provides a necessity
for attracting nature’s elementals. In the past, when earth was a garden, all the kingdoms
received what was needed magically. Today, the forces that could help remedy this etheric
exhaustion are found in other realms of existence.

Digital ikebana is a transfer of an evanescent consciousness between living flowers and a


photograph, which, though extremely transitory, can be captured by the circular lens of the
camera. This photographic circular enso is able to create what legends have called the fairy
rings which enchant and beguile humans. Fairy rings are circles of plant-life that can be
found in nature. These include such botanical phenomena as rings of toadstools in a meadow
or forest. These circles are where fairies have recently danced. It is wise to not cut the
toadstools down lest incurring the anger of the fairies who dance and play there. Other fairy
rings consist of a dark green ring on the grass. This ring is usually much darker than the rest
of the grass and makes a complete circle. Another fairy ring is composed of certain types of
trees, such as willow or oak. Willow tree fairy rings are favored by the tree spirit elementals
known as dryads.

Stone circles were quite popular fairy rings in ancient times. The boulders at Stonehenge
were designed as an ancient fairy ring because the ancient Celts of Britain knew that the
circle would attract fairies. A photographic circle, created as a digital enso, can also attract
fairies who are also drawn to any form of ikebana or flower arrangement. Humans should
never step inside of a fairy ring! If a person does so, they could get stuck in the circle and
their minds may never come back. Stories tell of people who have danced with the fairies
within the rings, only to depend on another human to literally yank them out and bring them
back to reality. Fairies live mainly in the astral plane, also referred to as the “inner plane.”
This is a plane that overlaps or coincides with the human plane.

Just as the traditional enso was a non-literal form of calligraphy often created with ink,
Japanese hanakotoba, or the language of flowers, can also be conveyed in a circular
photographic enso. This circle becomes a floral temenos or metaphorically sacred grove for
the elementals who inhabit such a botanic sanctuary creating a photographic portrait
conveyed telepathically through a camera. These nature spirits softly broadcast in a
“language” which is the cryptological communication of the plant kingdom. This argot is
harmonic although it is without the melody created by audial sine waves. Such harmonic
communication has the spellbinding quality of discreetly beckoning the listener into its
“magic sphere.” Here nature is like a haiku which is neither a poem nor literature but a way
of enticing its patrons back to the fons et origo of creation. Within this circle there is no
radical divide between “analogue” and “digital” or between images created in a painting or
using a camera since all images are virtually linguistic yet wordless and inseparable from the
non-verbal hanakotoba language. Perception is neither visual nor audial, but the harmony of
both. Creating an image with such insight is like spending time in a grove or green space to
implement “forest bathing” or shinrin-yoku which reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
Talking to the spirits of plants, particularly those spirits residing in flowers, broadens this
polyphonous palaver. Tree-huggers are greatly adored in such locales.

Listening to the colloquy of elementals requires an understanding of the linguistic
morphology of the narrator. Sometimes the raconteur is a plant spirit who will “speak” only
to a select congregation. Other elemental orators are less sectarian, conveying information
through silent telepathy which often includes a demonstration. A good harvest is one
example of a such a demonstration by Mother Nature and her children. Fertile seeds are
another illustration. Taciturn explanations and muted rhetoric are further modes of this
charity.

Acorns are physical gifts from the elementals and have been given to and used by witches as
protection against expulsion from society. They are examples of nature’s amulets which grant
indemnity. A four-leaf clover was carried out of the Garden of Eden by Eve for protection
when she was banished from paradise. The elementals were created prior to Eden from the
residue of the wings of the Angels of Light which caught fire during their expulsion from
Heaven. As these angels were incinerated and cast into the physical realms, some of the
residue of their burnt wings landed on earth. This residue, from which the elementals were
created, held the angelic memories of expulsion and scorn, creating a sympathy for those in
need of sanctuary and safe-keeping. Protection, indemnity, conservation and preservation are
the major forms of generosity granted by nature’s spirits.

This angelic residuum had an informative component composed of a perfect, yet inaudible
pitch reminiscent of the harmony of Heaven. Later this harmonic “sound” conceded the
diverse evolution of fairies, elves, sylphs, gnomes, devas, dakinis, and other members of the
elemental realms. Using this harmonic resonance, these beings will occasionally
communicate mellifluously with certain humans on the planet. Eve was guided to the four-
leaf clover harmonically by the elementals. These ethereal spirits hide the current four-leaf
clovers to be given only to rare human initiates, but will readily give acorns to those humans
who recognized the talismanic quality of a potential oak tree. When passing each other in the
woods, witches would hand each other acorns to let one another know who they were and that
they were safe in one another’s company. Because they fall under the guardianship of the
elementals an acorn is believed to protect from assorted maladies.

As it settled into the soil, the burnt remnants of the wings of the Angels of Light made all of
earth a garden. The garden eventually languished because of a warp in space. However, the
stretch marks created by this warping flourished and became the jeweled Net of Indra. This
latticework, or net, catches fragments of fluid time and space and creates the highlights and
shadows of the mind of the maternal Gaia. The photographs in this book are visual accounts
received from flowers who communicate their portraits telepathically. In a sense these photos
are flower self portraits. Roses seem to be the most telepathically transmissive, although
begonias and nasturtiums are also quite divulging and loquacious. These flowers are less shy
because they have received more abhishekas or spiritual rites of initiation within the plant
kingdom. Because of their beauty, the elementals use these initiated flowers as temples for their
devotional activities. Dandelions and weeds are examples of plants who have not undergone any
abhishekas.

The mystery of plant growth results from numerous nature spirits. These children of Gaia
have been described by clairvoyants. These accounts are more useful than the impersonal
formulae of mathematics or scientific investigations of botanical genes and DNA.
Clairvoyance, when recorded, renders an account that can be illustrated with images.
Knowledge of the elemental realms is not obtainable by means of ordinary human faculties;
it is only obtainable telepathically or “outside” the body, by means that lie hidden in the
psyche, like a seed in the earth. Extrasensory perception among plants and humans consists
not in actually magnifying the narrative of a small object but, conversely, in creating a
viewpoint, infinitesimally small at will.

Using the camera in the manner of a crystal ball, the image of a plant must first be “captured”
by the third eye of the photographer. This eye is located in the ajna center between the
eyebrows and associated with the pineal gland within the brain. Once this “capture” occurs, the
photographer can, in conjunction with photographic manipulation on a computer,
psychometrically create an image of the elemental associated with the plant. The camera
becomes a tool like a shaman’s drum used to shift consciousness or move energy. Shamans are
gifted with a supernaturally subtle clairvoyant view of nature, especially of the curative
properties of particular plants among scores of deadly poisonous ones. Without such telepathic
power, forests would be strewn with the corpses of pharmaceutical experimenters. Shamans are
able to see something in other dimensions. In order to resolve the evils and ecological problems
of this world humanity must all learn, like the shamans, to commune with the world of nature
spirits and the angelic hierarchies from which they derive.

Nature spirits are connected to the earth but are not bound to restricted territories. For
instance, a flower spirit may be a “master” of information about a specific flower, but may
lack any information about other sorts of flowers only a few feet away. Fortunately, the flower
will itself fill in any missing information from intelligence carried by insects in the nectar
from neighboring plants. Acting within the laws of nature, the cogitation of nature spirits is
transported from plane to plane. No one place is more full of elementals than another place.
Just as there are innumerable animalculae which fill the air, elementals are likewise
everywhere, obeying laws peculiar to themselves while subtly moving on currents of ether.

Nature spirits, or elementals, are generally composed of a major component of either earth,
air, water, or fire. Earth has the greatest number of elementals, followed by water, then air,
and finally fire. All of the elements work together with comparable tasks depending upon the
requirements of their environment. Yet determining a plant’s specific element can be
challenging. In his sixteenth century alchemical work, Liber de Nymphis, Sylphis, Pygmaeis
et Salamandris et de Caeteris Spiritibus, Paracelsus identified archetypal beings for each of
the four elements. These included gnomes, beings of earth; undines, beings of water; sylphs,
beings of air; and salamanders, beings of fire. The Rosicrucians claimed to see elementals in
glass globes while purging the eyes with alchemical substances.

Elementals represent an evolution divergent from that of humans. They are the metaphysical
forces behind nature which assist earth’s ecology to function better. Their realms are
harmonized into the earth but are not composed of the gross matter that constitutes humans.
Because of the different vibrations of their composition, nature spirits can sometimes be seen
by humans whose ajna, or third-eye chakra has been enhanced through recitations of specific
prayers or mantras. Such mantras increase the harmony of consciousness and telepathy.
Elementals are the archetypal spiritual intelligence behind all species. Contact with the plant
kingdom is in fact contact with a more universal being.

Composed of preternatural components, spirits of the plant kingdom are the progeny of
angelic hierarchies which have been on the earth for a very long time. Many were spawned
from spores which remained in the residue of the burnt wings of the Angels of Light when
they were banished from Heaven. Unlike a human––an elemental can tap into the hologram
of a flower’s cell and know everything about the multiverse of that particular flower. A plant’s
cell is but a part which contains the whole within it. Knowing this, the nature spirit becomes
more clear about everything which possesses a livingness within that flower. However,
elementals receive much of their energy and instructions from human vibrations. The two
kingdoms are intimately woven together. When humanity recognizes, appreciates, and
acknowledges the divine life within a plant, the life force of that plant is enhanced. Every
atom of physical phenomena which composes the plant kingdom is a mandala of enlightened
circumstance with each element of a plant containing a specific knowledge. Therefore,
recognizing the beauty of a flower will enhance the communication and understanding of this
knowledge.

The classifications of species of elementals differ mostly in terms of their density. Spirits of
water and earth are similar in their density which can be rather heavy, producing a downward
movement, whereas air and fire are light in density and produce an upward movement. The
density of all matter is influenced by stellar energies and gravity. Fire is used for the creation
of archetypes within the angelic realms. Fire, in conjunction with the element air, produces
the necessary vitality to carry these archetypes into the earth’s pneuma. This vitality is
maintained closer to the earth where it is expressed in the form of oxygen which is less
affected by gravitational weight.

Flowers and other blossoms are important to nature spirits because they commemorate a
plant’s growth in relation to the stellar energy of the sun and the effects of the cosmos. The
sun serves as a gigantic natural battery which produces a universal life force known as prana.
Prana is the energy of the astral realm and is the fluidity of the cosmic consciousness of
Gaia. With every breath and absorption of nourishment, prana is conditioned and released
back into the universe by Gaia. When flowers die, they are reintegrated into the earth to serve
as fertilization, thereby becoming a gift from Heaven mediated within the plant kingdom.
These gifts are the protean energies from the astral realm perceived as physical configurations
by humans. Time-lapse photography of the blossoming of a flower captures this prana. This
is the energy which feeds the consciousness of the elementals allowing them to explore and
learn about their environment.

Certain elementals are useful for the health and well being of other inhabitants of the earth.
They transform the energies of the astral and angelic realms to assist in energizing every
atom, cell and organ within the physical bodies of humans, animals, plants as well as
minerals. Different elementals are responsible for the maintenance and healing processes of
every organ, right down to the DNA/RNA cellular level. They are responsible for the healthy
nutrients found in numerous vegetables. Various elementals can release trauma and aid
memories to assist in the self-healing retrieval of biological information which serves as a
blueprint for the molecular structure of the body. Often these healing elementals are clustered
in groups near hospitals and will colonize on floral bouquets brought to the hospital’s
patients. A flower needs the human mind to maintain its healing power. The power and
healing activity of the flower brings out the special nature of Mother Earth’s magnificent
splendor of wellness and strength which exists within the minds of sentient beings.

Earth spirits often live within the depths of the earth, frequently residing in Middle Earth,
which is a place of great beauty and harmony. Many of the earth elementals have eternal
youth and can be quite alluring, choosing to take whatever form they desire. By residing in
caves or under lakes and ponds and other subterranean locales, they avoid conflict with
humans. Linear time is changed in the realms of the earth elementals. As a result three
dimensions do not always exist. Thus, seasonal evolution is made easier for these spirits,
allowing them to create positive changes within the environment by eliminating some forms
of long-term cellular atrophy.

Occasionally a human will stumble into the elemental realm and undergo a transformation of
form into that of one of nature’s spirits. This is especially true of humans who fall into a fairy
circle. The fairies will transmute the physical body of humans into one of their own, making
it difficult to readjust when returning to the anthropoid realm. When this occurs, a human will
undergo a deep and profound inner change. Such change occurs because the energy used in
entering the elemental kingdom is “rewired” to the higher, more transcendental, frequency of
the plant or mineral realms. The vibration of a human’s subtle body will become compatible
with the beings with whom it converses and the elemental will serve as a telepathic guide for
the human. Many humans are attracted to flowers and plants because of the subtle extra-
sensory perception brought about by this rewiring.

The elementals of earth can manipulate ethereal matter into increasingly crystallized forms
which eventually produce physical matter. In doing so they work with sounds, mantras, and
movement to create energy patterns as vehicles for other life forms. Their own form changes
as they change tasks, but their minds remain extremely intelligent as a source for vast
happiness and exaltation. These beings reside in the constant energetic flow of Gaia’s prana
to produce etheric sounds which are beneficial to all the kingdoms of earth, especially the
plant kingdom. The splitting of the atom in the twentieth century accelerated the evolution of
the planet and formed a new parallel correspondence with the other parts of the physical and
etheric realms, collectively. Human comprehension began to merge with angelic and
elemental consciousness to form a new relationship of co-creativity, and spiritual cooperation.

Energy follows thought. Before anything can exist on the physical plane, it must first be
discerned as ideation. This happens whether humans are aware of it or not. The elementals of
the plant kingdom are facilitating Mother Earth in moving from one level of consciousness to
a higher level. This can be observed in humanity’s increased insight into ecology, genetic
modification of plants, climate change, etc. Everything, without exception, contains a degree
of angelic life, which, when perceived as thought, is absorbed by the numerous kingdoms to
assist the Gaia consciousness.

Thoughts are the mental continuum within all forms when activated by aspiration. The
causality of perception depends on the industry of the nature spirits residing in the elements
of earth, air, fire, and water. As a result of nature’s elements and increased ecological
awareness by humanity, plants are increasingly engaged in human activities, including
exchanges of information. Many trees in Thailand are now being given Buddhist monastic
vows and presented with small pieces of the fabric worn by monks. This helps those
elementals residing in the trees to more quickly achieve Nirvana although they are not
human. Likewise the spirits residing in a flower can reflect on the truth of impermanence and
resolve to see the world in a proper perspective when the flower is placed before a Buddha
statue. This perspective includes the health of Mother Earth and her progeny.

The Sūtra on the Buddha of Infinite Life (Sanskrit Sukhāvatīvyūhaḥ sūtra) chronicles the
western pure land paradise of the Buddha Amitābha. The Sūtra describes the flora of this
paradise:

The breezes blow in perfect harmony. They are neither hot nor cold. They are at the
same time calm and fresh, sweet and soft. They are neither fast nor slow. When they
blow on the nets made of many kinds of jewels, the trees emit the innumerable sounds
of the subtle and sublime Dharma and spread myriad sweet and fine perfumes. Those
who hear these sounds spontaneously cease to raise the dust of tribulation and
impurity. When the breezes touch their bodies they all attain a bliss comparable to
that accompanying a monk’s attainment of the samadhi of extinction. Moreover, when
they blow, these breezes scatter flowers all over, filling this buddha-field. These
flowers fall in patterns according to their colors, without ever being mixed up. They
have delicate hues and a wonderful fragrance. When one steps on these petals the feet
sink four inches. When one lifts the foot, the petals return to their original shape and
position. When these flowers stop falling, the ground suddenly opens up, and they
disappear as if by magic. They remain pure and do not decay, because, at a given
time, the breezes blow again and scatter the flowers. And the same process occurs six
times a day. Moreover, many jewel lotuses fill this world system. Each jewel blossom
has a hundred thousand million peals. The radiant light emanating from their petals
is of countless different colors. Blue colored flowers give out a blue light. White
colored flowers give out a white light. Others have deeper colors and light, and some
are of yellow, red, and purple color and light. But the splendor of each of these lights
surpasses the radiance of the sun and the moon. From every flower issue thirty-six
hundred thousand million rays of light. From each one of these rays issue thirty-six
hundred thousand million buddhas…

Like the western paradise of Amitābha, the astral realm is a finer vibration than the physical
realm. Elementals pour from the astral realm into the physical world, bringing life to matter.
Nature spirits work with the energies of these non-physical astral worlds, bringing them to the
palpable field of creation and evolution. These elementals are involved in every aspect of life
and in every natural process. Every part of the world is alive and these spirits are to be found
everywhere: in the depths of the oceans, within the earth and in the highest reaches of the
atmosphere. The surface of the earth abounds with an almost incomprehensible variety of
beings, each type having its own special functions to perform. Life would not be possible
without their activities.

Some nature spirits seem highly evolved. To the human eye, many of them have a similar
somatic appearance to angels, although they are of the quasi-physical planes while angels
have their origins in the celestial pneuma. Although radiant, these elementals do not emit the
same type or quality of light as angels. Some nature spirits are of a higher echelon than others
and are therefore able to work with the more refined substances of the higher planes. The
scope of their work crosses over with that of the angels to some extent as there is no clear
demarcation line, just a gradual blending of function. These elementals receive and transform
the forces emanated by the angels and pass them down through the lower planes and into the
subordinate astral worlds to be worked by the minor nature spirits.

The more highly evolved elementals have chakras or energy centers, and the more chakras
they have, the higher the nature of their work and the further their reach extends up through
the planes. Their chakras emit light but without as much change and variation as the chakras
of angels. Their action is tied more to the movement of the seasons of the physical world, so
that their emanations tend to be more predictable, rhythmic and specific. They direct the
activities of all natural processes within their sphere of influence, emitting the appropriate
formative impulses for the harmonious functioning of the environment and plants in their
care. These elementals must often take a pareidolia phenomena and turn it into a physical
reality. As the artist and critic John Ruskin noted, “The actual flower is the plant’s highest
fulfillment, and are not here exclusively for herbaria, county floras and plant geography: they
are here first of all for delight.”

Some categories of elementals are beyond human comprehension and appear as a disturbance
residing within transparent pellicles of the plant kingdom. These integuments are members of
the earth element serving as energy centers for an astral light which pervades the universe.
They contain an ambrosia-like nectar which is gathered along with pollen by insects. As this
substance is redistributed throughout a garden or forest, plants are better able to converse
with one another due to the information contained in the vitality of this nectar. Again, energy
follows thought. Each of an elemental’s “thoughts” exists as a vivacious entity which is
beyond cognition.

Nectar-bearing information is carried by members of the earth and water elementals, while
vibrational-information is conveyed by the elementals of air. The thought energies transferred
by the fire elementals, because of the energy’s upward and lightweight composition, are
predominantly relayed by means of photosynthesis. All of these energy centers of
communication are maintained by the universal astral light which nourishes the elementals
who inhabit various parts of nature. The residue left by the scorched wings of the Angels of
Light left a harmonic pitch which carries information between the elementals. This
modulation is maintained in crystal transceivers within the earth, and relayed by the
vibrations between earth’s magnetic poles. The elementals serve as the nerves of the planet
using this crystalline harmonic communication to form a candid, botanical parrhesia in which
to disseminate the expressions of Gaia.

Many elementals have a highly evolved consciousness. They are able to encompass all the
processes of the planes on which they work as well as the activities of the smaller nature
spirits who work within their influence. Although they are fully conscious of the plant with
which they are immediately engaged, they can be totally ignorant of a nearby plant of the
same species. They are highly focussed and aware, yet detached from the activities of animals
and people around them. However, they will respond with a bright exuberance to anyone
admiring or enjoying the area they oversee. They recognize and acknowledge with a flare of
energy the animals or people who live in their area or visit regularly, and on occasion, they
communicate mind-to-mind with human beings. The highly developed consciousness of these
nature spirit is unwaveringly euphoric, encompassing and joyful, although they are quite
impersonal and insouciant, having no judgement or opinion of what goes on around them.

Mother Earth is unconditionally adored by the smaller nature spirits. These smaller spirits
revel in their love for her and joyously broadcast the thought, “Love Mother.” These are not
mere words as humans think and form them, but impulses of love and joy arising from the
very psyche of these tiny spirits. The emanation from their collective consciousness is one of
the ways they condition and stimulate the ethers for the continual expression of life. Mother
Earth oversees every physical and metaphysical process occurring on, in and around the
earth.

Mother Earth’s dominion extends throughout every plane as her functions overlap and mingle
with the work of the angels. She receives transformed energy from these angels at every
level, broadcasting it into the many specialized forms required for life. Her radiant chakras
send piercing beams of creative light throughout the planet. Mother Earth has been a part of
this celestial orb for as long as it has existed and she will continue to govern it until its
eventual end. The earth itself, like all physical matter, evolves spiritually and Mother Earth’s
work changes over the eons to suit the needs of the time.

Mother Earth emits the impulses that not only govern nature’s current state, but activate
within it the tendencies toward becoming more refined, elevated and spiritual. Her
emanations oversee all earthly processes. Her great consciousness encompasses every particle
of the planet and even the smallest events are known to her. She governs every process of
birth, life and death. She wields the great archetypes of creation that she receives directly
from the angels, bringing them to life in the physical world. At the present level of the earth’s
development, she emanates balance through the rhythmic cycles and seasons and through the
constant renewal of life. Every nature spirit works at her direction as an aspect of her
expression of creation and sentience.

Some smaller nature spirits are composed of both the astral and etheric material of their
specific element. These are radiant beings lit from within by both astral and ethereal lights.
They transform astral forces in such a way as to vitalize and feed the etheric field as well as
passing astral forces through the etheric field for manifestation in the physical world. Other
less complex beings emerge from this etheric material in response to the vitalizing forces
arriving from the astral realm. The astral forces stimulate the etheric material by amassing
together these tiny beings whose existence and actions shape the etheric substance, weaving it
so that physical matter can crystallize around their thought patterns.

These little beings pulse into and out of matter, appearing and disappearing into the etheric
field. The time span of their existence in a tangible existence can vary from a few seconds to
several days, depending on the work and weaving required. Most have a collective
consciousness and perform individual functions in concert with their colleagues, with the sum
of their activities creating the effects needed by Mother Nature at the time. Their
consciousness is turned inward and coiled or spiraled like DNA. They mainly concentrate
their awareness on the movement of the etheric streams with which they work and on the
simple joy of their own activities.

Nature spirits do not have fixed solid bodies, since their essence is of the astral plane, but they
are able to materialize vehicles out of heavier etheric matter, using for models the thought
forms occasionally concocted by clairvoyants and imitating other forms they may have seen
and admired. Elementals often descend into the earth in a relatively formless state leaving
only an atmosphere streaked here and there by fine lines of magnetism. To see these spirits
requires at least etheric sight or preferably higher forms of psychic vision.

Nature spirits made from astral as well as etheric substance have a more elevated level of
consciousness than those spirits working just within the etheric. They have a greater
awareness of the external world. It is possible for their consciousness to evolve to become
individualized so that they become highly aware of their surroundings and of their interaction
with the forces around them. These spirits do not have free will as humans do although they
have conscious volition. They are able to respond with awareness to their own actions and
purpose within the framework of their environment. Their every action is filled with joyful
celebration like the beautiful sprouting of a seed.

Comparable to humanity’s towns and cities, a forest or a garden is a social network. Trees,
and to a lesser degree flowers and smaller plants, are like human families in which the plant
parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow,
share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending
dangers in the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration.

In appearance, some of the smaller nature spirits have a human-like shape or certain human
characteristics. This similarity exists because both human beings and nature spirits are formed
from the same creative blueprint and the same sacred geometry. Nature spirits that exist in
areas that can support human life tend to look more like human beings. But there are
locations where people cannot live without some form of life support or artificial
environment, for example in the ocean or very deep under the earth. In these places the
shapes of the elementals vary. Some are wispy and fairly unformed, while others can have an
appearance that is wrathful, grotesque and unattractive to human perception. All, however,
have identifiable features such as a head or limb-like appendages. All the smaller nature
spirits composed of etheric and astral material have an energetic effervescence rather than
chakras. Many of them are winged, especially those associated with plants, air and fire. Those
who are associated more closely with soil, rocks and water are less likely to have wings.

Many of the nature spirits who serve at the physical earth level are called gnomes. Billions of
gnomes tend the earth through the cycles of the four seasons and see to it that all living things
are supplied with their daily needs. Gnomes are connected to the earth element, which
includes the minerals. They live inside the earth, although there are some forest gnomes, who
take care of the forest. They vary in size from two to three feet. They look a bit knotty,
gnarled, and in general they are a bit gruff, and do not easily trust humans. Gnomes take care
not only of earth and her minerals, but also of the roots of plants. They have strong senses and
intellect and understand what they hear and see. They receive cosmic influences and ideas and
thus have a very clear consciousness. A plant receives energies from the cosmos and lets these
energies sink into the soil. The gnomes collect this energy and pass it on to all the minerals.
This collected energy is knowledge. The erudition of the gnomes is immediate, hence when
they receive information through their senses they immediately ‘know.’ Having a universal
intellect they tend to look down on humans as incomplete beings. They don’t have to
investigate things as does the human species, thus they believe that humans are simple
minded.

Gnomes have an inner sense with which they experience what is in minerals and metals.
Many minerals, particularly gems and crystals, are receivers of vibrations which exist above
the earth. This information is passed to the gnomes during lunar cycles. The gnomes are quite
sensitive to influences of the moon. During a full moon, they form a thick ‘skin’ to protect
themselves against the moon light, while with a new moon they are almost transparent. They
are always alert to what happens around and to them. Gnomes generously give spiritual
support to less developed beings such as animals. Additionally, gnomes process the waste and
by-products that are an inevitable part of our everyday existence and purge the earth of
poisons and pollutants that are dangerous to the physical bodies of animal and plant life—
including toxic wastes, industrial effluvia, pesticides, acid rain, nuclear radiation and every
abuse of the earth. Gnomes assist in the abhisheka rites or mineral initiations which can
include such lengthy processes as turning a lump of coal into a diamond. On spiritual levels,
the gnomes have a very massive chore. They must clean up the imprints of humanity’s
discord and negativity that remain at energetic levels in the earth.

The element earth is the densest of the four elements. It has the ability to take on and
maintain form. It is stable in nature, bringing order and structure to the creative impulses that
are emanated from the pulse of earth’s prana. Archetypal elementals exist within the realm of
this vital pneuma and are broadcast constantly throughout creation as a pure potentiality for
all possible manifestations. A lower version of these archetypes lies hidden deep within the
earth at a microcosmic level within every particle of the physical world. The enduring nature
of the element earth allows the archetypes to be held in readiness in a stable and accessible
condition within matter.

The earth element holds the patterns for every possible display of substances including the
chemical elements, the mineral world and the interactions that result in plant, animal and
human life forms. Also within this element is the plan for every possibility that could ever
occur in creation, including physical and spiritual evolution. This plan is closely related to the
Akashic Record and is the pathway to a complete and total consciousness existing within
every form. The angelic hierarchy authorizes impulses of perfect archetypes to stimulate and
awaken the lower archetypal consciousness held within all the constituents of the planet.
These perfect archetypes are the buddhas and messiahs of the plant kingdom which help
salvage endangered seeds and numerous species of the botanic realms.

There are more types of nature spirits associated with earth than with any of the other
elements. These extraordinary spirits have an enormous variety of sizes from enchanting tiny
beings no bigger than a spark of light to great and magnificent mountain spirits. They work
with every aspect of material substance. In time, as the earth evolves spiritually, the impulses
of the lower archetypes within nature will perfectly match the original flawless angelic
archetypal impulses to become an enlightened or perfected garden like Eden. At the physical
level, the archetypes will be activated into life by the interaction of all four elements;
however the archetypes of earth elementals will be primarily activated by water, which is the
closest element to earth in terms of density.

Nature spirits of the earth work mainly with two processes, contraction and expansion. Some
earth spirits are dedicated to only one of these processes of contraction or expansion, while
others work to harmonize the two. Contractive activities allow forces to be drawn together in
a variety of ways while expansive activities allow differentiation, evolution and growth. The
interaction of these two forces creates the foundation for all physical forms. There are so
many different types of nature spirits on the earth that an encyclopedia would be needed to
describe them all. Specialized nature spirits work deep within the planet to bring life and
shape to the subterranean world in preparation for its eventual emergence into the light at the
earth’s surface. Great harmonic endeavor by the these assorted elementals is necessary when
both contraction and expansion are employed. Without this harmony the land will suffer from
tremors and earthquakes.

Most of the underground nature spirits are made from etheric substance and work with the
earth’s etheric field. This etheric substance is comparable to compost in a garden where the
elementals serve as recyclers. At the deepest levels are found great, dark, almost formless
creatures. They evolve in various proportions from the size of a small house down to that of a
dolphin. Their shapes and movements are whale-like, as they seem to roll and swim through
their underground environment. Although most of their movements are slow and deliberate,
from time to time they surge suddenly upward or dive down. They do not have eyes but seem
acquainted with their surroundings. They move by an inner awareness of the streams within
the earth’s cascading ether and are nourished by these etheric forces which shape and vitalize
them through their movements.

Deep within the crust of the earth can also be found groups of gnome-like embryonic
creatures in various stages of development. Some are quite small, while others are about the
size of a ten year old child. Some are unformed with almost indistinguishable features, while
others show more detail. They are very ancient and are quite still as if waiting for an
evolutionary shift. They are unaware of their surroundings, but in the distant future when
deeply buried rock has moved closer to the surface of the earth, these creatures will be fully
formed and awaken to the outside world. In the meantime, their presence brings a certain type
of life to the earth, even though they are not recognizably active. These spirits are best
observed late at night.

Smaller nature spirits of earth are often known as the “little folk,” familiar from legends and
cultural traditions. These are the fairies, elves and gnomes who are an essential part of the
earth’s function and who work on or close to the exterior of the planet. Closer to this outer
surface can also be found small spirits whose appearance is human-like but only partially
formed, with a head, shoulders and arms fading away to nothing below. These elementals
consume a material which wields energy of a transmissive nature from the surrounding
ethers. By imbibing this material’s vitality, these beings compress this substance and emit it
in sudden and vigorous pulses to concentrate the vibrancy of the material’s dynamism. They
use this vibrant dynamism to pound the surrounding rocks and create new soil as nourishment
for the plant kingdom.

Higher forms of gnomes exist in a more developed state. Their shape is fully human-like.
They are found in caves, cavities and cracks within the earth. They are made from astral as
well as etheric substance and draw certain cosmic forces to them to assist and enhance their
shaping work in the etheric realm. Observation of these creatures has inspired stories of
gnomes or elves as miners. A variety of these earth spirits are found associated with every
type of rock and they tend to be rather troglodytic in their behavior. Gnomes of various kinds
are associated with crystals and gems within the earth. Deposits of metals have their own
types of earth spirits with precious metals having the most evolved spirits of all. Related to
gnomes are the trolls and changelings who dwell in isolated mountains, rocks, and caves,
sometimes living together, and rarely described as helpful or friendly. These beings are often
dim-witted and rather parasitic and are not obliged (also incapable) to assist in the evolution
of Mother Nature.

The earth’s surface is an area of exertion and interaction where the most varied and abundant
physical expressions of life are found. The greatest number of earth spirits also live and work
here, creating a feeling of intense industry combined with exuberance and rejoicing. Earth
spirits in many sizes and shapes, some with human-like forms, dance, work and play on and
near the surface of the earth, activating the etheric material associated with topsoil, sand and
rocks. Many of these are little winged creatures who are totally oblivious to the physical
world. They are of various sizes, but the largest are no more than eighteen inches in height.
These sparkling little beings are mostly of a misty, transparent appearance, tinted with pinks,
blues, grays and white. They can be seen dancing in rings and inside other more complex
patterns. They never stop moving, sometimes floating languidly and at other times dancing
vigorously up and down among flowers. At times, they dance around and around in one spot
for a while before moving off, still dancing. They are not restricted to a small territory, and
can cover many miles as they dance. Although they appear to be individual in form, they are
really an expression of a group purpose, working through a collective consciousness that has
awareness only of the ethers with which they are working and of their own group unity. They
do not choose where to go, but respond to fluctuations in density within the earth’s etheric
realms that signal the availability of specialized astral energy. Occasionally they are joined by
radiant fairies who are much more conscious of their surroundings. These are beings of the
astral world that interact with etheric beings to pour light into the planet.

Other elementals influence the earth’s ether in a simpler way. These do not work in groups
and are considerably less peripatetic than fairies. They do not have wings and are more
gnome-like in appearance. They arise from the etheric levels of the earth, seeming to come
out of the earth itself. They are human-like in form, usually with elongated features and a
drooping demeanor. They drift across the surface of the earth in a seemingly random pattern
wherever the etheric streams take them. Some of these spirits hold their form only briefly
before disappearing back into the plants and flowers. Others last for several days, drifting
willy nilly here and there. It was during the Pleistocene epoch that these more random spirits
evolved due to the great fluctuations and lowering of temperatures during the ice ages,
followed by warmer interglacial periods.

Alternative types of earth spirits of a more evolved essence can be seen running or leaping on
or just above the ground. These are beings of astral and etheric substances who are very
aware of their surroundings, though they do not often choose to acknowledge or interact with
people or animals. They have a very intense and purposeful demeanor. Some of these spirits
are as large as human beings, although most are smaller. They sometimes have a suggestion
of wings, but these are more wispy than real wings and more like short flares of energy from
their backs. They often have antler or antenna-like protrusions from their heads as a
manifestation of their alertness to their surroundings. Their purpose is to condition or enliven
large areas of ground in preparation for the growth of plant life. Landscape features are
governed by these larger earth spirits. They are an intrinsic part of the shape and substance of
the land with which they are associated. These elementals are the most evolved and highly
conscious of the earth spirits, as can be seen in their brightness and the complexity of their
activities. They govern the formative processes of the entire area in their care, issuing forth
impulses of energy transformed from the astral realm and higher planes. These impulses
direct the activities of every smaller elemental associated with the area.

The larger nature spirits have a central form surrounded by sweeps of energy that emanate
from their chakras. These spirits are aware of everything that occurs within their sphere of
influence. Their center of consciousness exists in the head, which emanates streams of
activating energies. Radiant auras surround them, extending for great distances from their
inner form. Large forests may often have more than one of these large elementals, usually
working in conjunction with their other large colleagues. Areas such as woodlands, groves, or
small gardens or parks may have one or more nature spirits caring for them. But these are
often smaller elementals who are responsible for groupings of plants or areas where there are
many of the same type of plant. The seashore is a specialized habitat with ample scope for
many types of nature spirits. Shorelines are often presided over by large elemental beings
who are stationed over promontories, cliffs or larger rocky features. They invariably face out
to sea and spread their influence over the many nature spirits working within the astral and
etheric natures of sand, rocks, waves, seaweed and rock pools.

The angelic hierarchy keep many members of the plant kingdom hidden. As a result many
plants seem to be extinct but are actually carefully concealed within the etheric realms. Some
plants are, like the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, forbidden to humanity. To
encounter such plants would incur banishment from what is left of earth’s garden. Plants do
not have nervous systems, but they do have electrical currents flowing through them which
are subject to outside manipulation. This includes both visible plants and those veiled by the
angels. Because of these currents, playing certain kinds of music in the area where plants
grow will cause them to grow faster as they seek out the harmony within a tune. Forbidden
plants currently react to music with a Frey, or microwave auditory effect similar to placing
metal in a microwave oven. This would create, among other things, a tonal pitch which would
cause the planet to crumble. Heavily rhythmic or syncopated music is likewise detrimental to
the plant kingdom, causing a form of psychosis in the elementals caring for plants.

Plant life of many types and sizes is to be found in nearly every area of the earth. Associated
with these are a most amazing array of nature spirits. These include many different types of
elf and pixie-like beings as well as fairies of all types and sizes. Every part of each individual
plant is formed, energized and cultivated by many of these small beings. Every activity is a
joyous celebration of the life processes in which these beings are employed. Different types
of nature spirits work together toward a single purpose. Many of the fairies and pixies operate
from a collective consciousness, being in charge of single plants or sometimes groups of the
same type of plant. Certain elementals are sometimes more highly evolved and have greater
awareness of their surroundings. Most of the smaller plant fairies are either unaware or not
interested in anything beyond their own plants, while the pixies who tend the leaves and
stems are more aware of the outer world, but only become consciously engaged in it when a
human is aware of them.

With certain rare exceptions, fairies and pixies do not usually wear clothes as humans do.
Fairies, however, are often accompanied by wisps of floating energy that trail around them
like drapery. These energies are not separate manifestations created by them, but are actually
a part of them just like their arms and legs. Pixies often seem to be wearing tight-fitting
clothing; however this appearance is usually caused by parts of their bodies being tinted with
different colors according to the season and to their current work. The roots of plants are
tended by gnomes as well as different types of pixie or elf-like beings. These are magnetic
elementals. Some of these elfin spirits appear as tiny sparks that fly into and out of the soil,
conditioning the roots to take up the soil’s nutrients. This is why too much nutrient, such as
fertilizer, in conjunction with these sparks can burn a plant’s root system. A plant absorbs
nutrition when pixies induce a type of magnetic, yet organic, solenoid into the roots’ water.
This absorption occurs much like iron filings near a lodestone.

Other types of elementals occupy tiny air spaces in the soil around the roots of plants. Larger
versions of these spirits can be found between the roots of plants and trees that have been
exposed when soil has washed away. These earth spirits have long legs and arms and crouch
in the little cavities and caves formed by such ablutions and can sometimes be spotted peering
out at the world. They occasionally come out of their dens and walk around with their backs
hunched, gazing out from beneath their eyebrows. Their demeanor is timid. They are
associated with the soil, the roots and the forming and maintenance of the dirt cavity itself.
Another type of earth spirit associated with the welfare of the roots of plants is a gnome-like
being with a large head, thin limbs and a gnarled appearance. Gnomes maintain the
interactions of the roots with the soil as well as to the connections between earth and air. The
gnome has no wings but can be seen stomping around the bases of plants, gathering and
forming the ether of the soil by these stomping actions. Gnomes prepare the way for astral
energies and other nutrients to enter the plants through the roots.

Small elementals with wings are responsible for drawing etheric energies upward from the
soil, creating a template for the astral forces to enter. These processes allow the sap to rise
through the stems of plants and the leaves to form. These pixie-like nature spirits cause this to
occur by flying slowly up from the base of the plant in a spiraling motion around the stem.
When they reach a node on the stem, the point where the stem branches to form leaves, they
suddenly veer off their path, accelerate rapidly and shoot out along the leaf. When they reach
the tip of the leaf, they spray a viscous form of etheric plasm that invites air and sunlight into
the leaf. Many of these pixie-like elementals work with a single plant, repeating these
movements over and over until nightfall.

Fairy-like nature spirits are often associated with flowers. Some of these spirits can be seen as
tiny sparks that hover near the flower, drawing in nutrients from the sun and the air. They
accumulate vitality as they do this, before flying back into the flower where they release the
energy in a small burst of light. The flower glows from these ministrations. These elementals
remain within the flower for a short while, gathering in the used forces that are a sort of
energy waste-product of the blossom. They then fly out into the air again and discharge the
wastes in a flash of light before beginning the process all over again.

Larger nature spirits of great beauty hover near flowers. They can be seen leaning forward
and breathing into the blooms while stretching their etheric appendages out to the flowers and
caressing the air that flows around them. Beautiful colors emerge from these elementals as
they engulf the flowers in every shade of the rainbow. These beings have a high level of
consciousness and belong to the higher astral realms. They receive the impulses for their
work directly from the biospheric area in which their plants grow. Most of these entities rest
at night, folding themselves into the inner realms of the etheric and astral planes while
seeming to cease inhalation or prana activity and disappear directly into the plants. Others
just fade from view but reappear with the sun and resume inhalation the next day.

Tree spirits dwell deep within their trees and grow with them. They have a very receptive
nymph-like energy. As they evolve, these elementals are able to extend parts of themselves
beyond the tree, shifting until they appear to look out from within the bark and leaves. At this
stage of their evolution, these dryad-like beings have a vaguely defined but hauntingly
beautiful humanoid face, shoulders and arms. These are the parts that can be seen within the
tree or extending beyond its physical form. The rest of the form tapers away into drifts of pale
energy consisting of a diaphanous mist. A well-evolved tree spirit has a more clearly formed
body which is quite smooth in essence. This body is partly concealed by drifting energies
which appear as a mysterious haze. At their highest stage of evolution, tree spirits, similar to
the sylph spirits of the air, wear what appears to be a crown of light. When this level of
evolution is reached the elemental is able to move considerable distances from its tree and is
very aware of human beings and very interested in their concern toward the tree. These nature
spirits have a particular type of emanation and consciousness that is conducive to the growth
of wisdom in human beings. For this reason humans are very attracted to trees and are
nurtured spiritually in their presence.

Huge nature spirits are associated with the changing of the seasons and with solstices and
equinoxes. These great beings pass through the earth and its atmosphere bringing with them
the seeds of change appropriate to the time. These powerful spirits really belong to all the
elements, but have a strong connection with the element of earth and are easily observed in
their interactions with it.

Although many nature spirits of the earth are unaware of their surroundings, some have
evolved to a state where they are familiar with the outside world. They are very conscious of
humans and animals and take a keen interest in their activities. When small elementals feel a
human’s attention on them, they may respond by strutting and parading in a pretentious
manner, basking in the fact that they have been noticed.

All nature spirits develop and grow through positive associations with people who know
about them, believe in them or can see them. These are forms of validation that confirm their
reality in the world and give them power. Greeting them or thanking them, even if we cannot
see them, gives them the recognition and validation they need to grow. It is a great joy just to
know about them and to have them in our world. In the future, as mortals become more
spiritually open, all people will be aware of earth’s elementals and the races of humanity and
nature spirits will both benefit at that time.

Some of the smaller elementals are fascinated by any animals in their area, especially pet cats
and dogs. They feel the connection of human beings with these pets and this increases their
interest. Some of them would very much like to have their own animals just as humans do.
Nature spirits who interact with animals do so without interfering with their usual work with
the earth because domesticated animals are initiates of the animal kingdom just as roses and
lotuses are initiates of the plant kingdom. Initiates of all kingdoms have higher components of
astral energies and are closer to the angelic realms than non-initiates. This higher level of
energy adds a spiritual component to the earth’s atmosphere which assists elementals in their
work. This type of nature spirit has a strong sense of animal rights and can be seen crouching
in cavities around the roots of trees and plants. Such areas often exhibit features resembling
the faces of gnomes or elves as though nature had carved the physiognomy of the elemental
into the root. Often a dog or cat will show a strong awareness of a spirit in such a location and
return to the area repeatedly.

Air spirits are quite vibrant in color and range in size from quite small to about four feet tall.
They are lissome and graceful and dwindle to a point in the legs and feet. Their head is
adorned with a halo of vertical cascading energy which radiates upward as well as outward.
These rays create concentric circles that sparkle with effervescence as they shine in different
directions. Within this radiance is what appears to be a pair of barely visible elongated
antennae somewhat similar to those found in the heads of arthropods such as butterflies.
These elementals have fluttering wings of very soft pastel colors which change depending on
the spirit’s occupation at the time. The wings tend to glide upward from the entire length of
the body which tilts slightly forward as they hover or move through the air.

Nature spirits which are components of the air element are often perceived as lights in the
atmosphere. These elementals are sensitive to movement within the ether and appear to have
a sleepy consciousness. Their task is to transfer the nutrients of light to plants. A stream of air
caused by a flying bird creates a sound which they can hear and enjoy. Because they are
connected to movement in space, they model and direct the wind and are connected to the
expansion of life in their area. Smaller air spirits work with plants, helping to build leaves and
flowers. Tall fairies are air spirits that are related to the elves, but are more interested in
humans and animals, and have a stronger magical persona than the elfin. These fairies also act
as protectors and guides for people involved in the occult arts.

The most prominent feature of air elementals are the wings, which sweep upward and back
exhibiting a variety of colors according to the spirit’s work at the time. Sylphs are the most
common air spirit and are primarily blue, green, pink, purple or lemon-yellow. There are an
almost infinite variety of patterns to be seen in the sparkling adornment of an air spirit’s
“halo.” They are never fiery or earthy in color, being predominantly pastel tones. Their wings
are wide at the base, joining with the body along most of its length, sweeping to a point above
and behind the head. Some sylphs have ethereal arm-like streaks of energy that arise from the
shoulder area. These are often sustained in a raised position, so that they virtually become a
part of the wing structure.

Air elementals carry out their activities in response to impulses emitted by angelic hierarchies
working specifically within and through the earth’s atmosphere. Prominent amongst these are
the reorganized Angels of Light, who dwell within the air and are involved in every process
related to the atmosphere, its layers and its structures, including climate and weather. They
are involved with the transmission of both physical light and spiritual light, as these are two
different expressions of the same principle. Before the restructuring of these angels some
members of this radiant class were banished in a fiery blast from within the heavenly realms.
As the smoldering bodies entered the young earth’s atmosphere the charred wings of these
angels left a residue. This residue became the etheric blueprints of many of today’s species of
elementals. However, not all of the Angels of Light were expelled from the Heavenly
Cosmos. Those which were untainted by vanity remained and are active to this day.

Angels are the forces of creation which are found throughout the universe. Although angels
are not air spirits, they use air as an access point for all of the elements. The atmosphere is a
physical and metaphysical representation of the boundary that exists between the earthly
nature of the physical world and the light of creation. It is within this border region that the
Angels of Light work. They begin their activity with light as an aspect of fire, slowly working
down through the elements in order of density with air next, then water and finally earth.
Associated with these angels are the spirits working with the creative forces of sound, color
and music which are all modes of creation. These co-working spirits are similar to sylphs in
appearance although very brightly colored.

Air spirits often have an intelligent, alert expression. Whether they are active or static they
exhibit an unwavering intensity of focus. When moving, they periodically emit multicolored
explosions of luminosity that have an activating and uplifting effect on everything around
them. They radiate joy. Larger, more evolved spirits have one or more chakras, while the
smaller, less evolved ones have glowing energy centers at the head and chest. Air spirits such
as sylphs sometimes seem to appear as if from nowhere. This usually occurs at the point of
interaction with other elements, such as near flames or close to the surface of land or water.
Sylphs and certain other air spirits can move at great speeds, sometimes seeming to disappear
and re-materialize some distance away as they journey through the inner realms. At times
their attention is so focused on the impulses they are receiving from the higher realms that
they are unable to maintain form and will fade from view.

Small, fairy-like beings with slender, human-shaped bodies and large, transparent wings like
those of dragonflies are also found in the air, although they stay close to the surface of the
land. They are associated with breezes and winds as they pass through plants and trees. These
enchanting little spirits do not belong to the fairy earth spirits, but are not sylphs of the air
either. They exist between the two realms, although belonging mostly to air. These elementals
are frequently silent but sometimes emit a high pitched sound like the whistling of the wind.
In extremely stormy conditions with sudden gusts, they make occasional deep, percussive
sounds. When resting on a still day and drawing in the forces of the sun, these nature spirits
will make a low, continuous, whooshing sound that rises and falls in pitch, swelling and
subsiding in volume. This gives the impression that they are purring with contentment.

Like undines, the spirits of water, air spirits draw in power from the sunlight and transform it
within their bodies to a form that is appropriate for the earth. The smaller air spirits draw in
only the aspects of sunlight that are beneficial to the etheric component of the atmosphere.
After transforming the sun’s rays within them, they release it to further activate the ether of
the planet, bringing vitality to the air surrounding it and making the ether receptive to
appropriate astral forces. Larger and more highly evolved air spirits work with the astral
essence of sunlight, transforming it within them and making it available for the ongoing
process of creation. They do this at the direct bidding of angels who work within the very
high celestial realms of the Welkin and the fiery angels of the Empyrean Heaven.

As they are inseparable from their element air, small air spirits are drawn to a particular place
by the need of the air element for their particular work and their own need to be in that spot to
do it. Sylphs and other air spirits move from one place to another by placing themselves in
the appropriate etheric streams and correct astral currents. The direction and strength of these
currents and streams are consistent with physical air movement. Larger and more evolved
elementals of the air emit impulses that stimulate and direct the smaller spirits who work
within the ether to produce the Akashic Record, a compendia of thoughts, events, and
emotions encoded in a non-physical station of existence known as the astral plane. This
record registers all the desires and experiences of the planet. A clairvoyant can see these
experiences in the atmosphere as having different densities of ectoplasmic ether and astral
substances.

Air spirits are the most mobile of nature spirits, although they are also capable of periods of
profound stillness that seems to human perception almost meditative in nature. When the
physical air is moving, these elementals are usually on the move as well. Sometimes, when it
is windy they will find a sheltered spot close to the surface of the earth and hover there for
some time, not to avoid the wind, but to partake of the conditions that prevail there as part of
nature’s expression and their work.

On most days, the elementals of air can be seen hovering or drifting about the environment
with a bouncing motion. They maintain their upraised wing position to descend or go forward
or back, but sweep the wings back and downward to ascend. In this hovering position, the
wings move back and forth with a gentle fanning motion. They do not flap their wings as
would a bird or insect, yet their progress through the air is graceful, even when moving at
great speeds. In turbulent or gusty conditions, these spirits can be observed spinning briefly or
spiraling up or down with the movement of the wind. Sometimes they are seen singly and
sometimes in groups surrounding a flower. The smaller the elemental, the more likely it is to
be part of a group.

Smaller and less evolved spirits, may gather around a larger and more developed spirit to
bask in its aura, receiving nourishing astral impulses from it that assist them in their work and
stimulate their own evolution. Those who have received energy of this type become more
active and their capacity to transform light into a botanic nutrient is enhanced. These groups
exchange energy with each other through flashing beams of tinted light. Sometimes these
beams are vivid and narrow, especially during the summer when their energy is concentrated
and aimed. At other times light is sent out in shimmering sheets of color in which other
members of the group hurry to immerse themselves. Although they maintain their softer
pastel tones, this energy exchange bears the imprint or essence of the individual spirit who
emitted it. Beams of light are passed between these elementals at all stages of development.
This is a manifestation of the open and flexible nature of air. With all the other elementals, the
passing of energy usually occurs between nature spirits of equal development.

The greatest cluster of air spirits exists in zones where oxygen concentration is high enough
to sustain physical life. The higher reaches of the atmosphere are managed by members of the
angelic hierarchy who spend considerable time there. In general, the more highly evolved the
nature spirit, the higher in the atmosphere it can function. An air spirit can work anywhere
from the surface of the earth up to the highest level its consciousness can reach. Less
developed spirits live closer to the lower altitudes of the earth or near bodies of water. Some
of these are only able to float along the surface, whilst others are able to rise a short distance
into the air for short periods of time.

The lower the state of evolution of the air spirits, the closer to the earth they stay. Their
development is also detected in their shape and the definition of their stature. At the lower end
of the scale, their forms are poorly defined, consisting mainly of a rudimentary head with
wing-like shapes sweeping back from it. These less advanced elementals do not have an
upright posture like their more evolved colleagues. They fly mainly in a horizontal position
with the head at the front. As they evolve further, their shapes become more clearly
designated and flying habits become more vertical.

The mobile nature of air allows its elementals to be extremely versatile. Unlike the nature
spirits of earth and water, air spirits remain active at night. Just as they are stimulated by the
sun to process its light by day, so too they are affected by the moon and other celestial bodies
at night. In response, they work to absorb, transform and distribute these more subtle types of
light and energy. They work with the ever changing influences that come to earth from space.
The various constellations, individual stars, planets and other phenomena of the heavens
broadcast their own specific influences. The versatility of the air spirits is called upon to
translate these transmissions so that they can be used by the earth. At night these spirits
become more silvery in color with tiny sparkling points of light gleaming here and there.
Their bodies glow with a cool radiance, while thin streams of iridescence run outward along
the wings in a myriad of colors. The nature of the heavenly influence they are converting at
any given time has a great effect on the range of colors exhibited.

Weather conditions are also accompanied by their own particular types of air spirits and some
can change their appearance very quickly in keeping with changing conditions. An example
of this can be seen when air and water interact to form storm clouds. Nearby air elementals
are drawn to the clouds and become darker and more menacing the closer they approach. The
etheric component of a storm is charged with a kind of vitality that is very attractive to spirits
of the air and they take in the violence of the storm, exulting in its power. They fly repeatedly
in and out of the storm clouds, circling at the storm front or just below the clouds, drawing in
the charged ether and dispersing it into the surrounding air when they emerge. The elementals
in these circumstances can become frenzied in their movements, and present an appearance
that can be frightening to human observers.

Many air spirits are very attentive to their surroundings and actively seek contact with any
angels in their vicinity, even when the angels do not work directly with air. For example, air
spirits may visit and hover near a healing angel who is permanently stationed near a medical
facility. On many occasions, these angelic beings acknowledge the elemental with a touch.
This allows the air spirits to accumulate healing energy. Each season of the year brings its
own special type of spirit that matches the nature of the air currents, breezes and winds of the
time. Each type exhales the old influences of the past season to whatever degree is
appropriate and broadcasts the patterns and stories of nature for the current period. The
appearance of each of these elementals mirrors the energy and atmosphere associated with its
season. Air spirits arrive in the season which suits the appropriate energy conditions of nature,
rather than according to a date or a period. Some years their arrival is earlier or later than
others, depending on the physical and metaphysical conditions of the time.

The air spirits of spring are filled with vitality and alertness. They can be seen in every pastel
tone, with a predominance of soft orange, greens and pinks blending harmoniously together.
The larger spring elementals have more of the green shades, while the smaller ones have
more of the pink and pale orange. The stature of these spring air spirits are delicate, with fine
lines of energy running upward and outward through their wings. Tiny sparks of light radiate
from the edges of their wings, trailing behind them as they move within the balmy spring
breezes. Crowns of energy rising from their heads are intricately divided with fine, feathery
edges. Flashes of fluorescent oranges and pinks glint along these lines of energy and spray
into the surrounding air. Rarely are the less evolved spring air elementals seen alone. They
are almost always in groups and can be found throughout the atmosphere. Spring spirits of
the air engage in activities that prepare the ether of the earth for the summer months, laying
foundations upon which the more evolved summer elementals can build.

The air spirits of summer are robust in appearance, with broader wings than their spring
counterparts. They are also more brightly colored. Their movements are more sudden and
vigorous, though their periods of stillness are longer as well. Many of these beings work close
to the surface of the earth during the heat of summer. They can often be seen lingering near
brightly colored flowers, shedding gentle showers of light into the air around them. They are
stimulated by the color emanations of the flowers. The light they emit prepares the air around
the plants for use by the smaller nature spirits of earth.

Autumn air elementals are colored in many shades of blue, deep green and yellow. Their
colors are denser than those of the spring and summer air spirits, with more definition and
contrast in the details of their forms. Their crowns are spiked and radiant with golden light.
Although all types of elementals clear away old influences in preparation for the new, autumn
air spirits do this with particular strength and purpose. Just as autumn winds cause dry leaves
to fall from trees, the autumn spirits of the air clear away any lingering influences of spring
and summer and in this way establish the forces of autumn as well as preparation for winter.
Like their summer colleagues, these autumn elementals often work close to the surface of the
earth, spreading golden light over trees and plants.

The air spirits of winter have delicate, elongated forms with fragile wings that are finely
feathered and spiked at the edges. They are tinted with many tones of blue and violet,
juxtaposed with streaks of light and dark shades, providing sharp contrasts of chromatic
vitality. Dark blue and silvery energies radiate all around them in concentric orbs of color,
while emanations of frosty, lustrous light scatter in bursts from their crowns. Winter air spirits
have the most contrasting and sharply defined appearance of all the seasonal elementals of air.
They can be found throughout the winter environment, spreading their wintry light around
them.

Many of the smaller air spirits have a limited consciousness and are ignorant of the world
outside their domain. Occasionally however, a smaller air spirit has some awareness of the
outer world, as do some of their medium-sized colleagues and all the larger ones. Those who
are acquainted with human beings will sometimes play around them, particularly on windy
days. They do this even when the humans are unaware of their presence. They experience
great joy when someone can perceive them. These small elementals particularly like being
around children who are often joyful and noisy on windy days, unlike adults who often react
against blustery weather and close down.

Smaller air spirits often play with cats and dogs, but seem to be particularly drawn to cats. In
windy weather, especially when cats run or pounce, small air elementals often hang from the
cat’s tail, its whiskers, ears or from the back legs. They also interact with lambs and other
young creatures that gambol and play. Sometimes these small elementals are quite aware of
the animal, but at other times, they are just responding to its activity. They are drawn to
certain types of movement because of the way it impacts upon the surrounding air, creating
different types of turbulence. Activities and emotions also imprint themselves on the ether of
the air, although air cannot hold these imprints as effectively as other elements such as water.

The activities of the air spirits are determined in the angelic realms where they are discharged
into the earth’s atmosphere. The most notable of these activities concern weather and climatic
conditions. The air spirits work with both physical lights involved with photosynthesis and
the spiritual lights generated on the angelic plane. Both these lights affect weather. This
luminance increases the evolution of the nature spirits as well as the spirits of sound, color,
and music to create an idyllic climate known as the harmony of Heaven on earth.

The spirits of the air can appear from nowhere, often interacting with other elementals.
Because they can move rapidly, they frequently seem to disappear, then reappear at a more
distant location on their peregrination through the inner spheres. Air spirits have a high level
of intelligence. Even if poised in a stationary and fixed position these spirits remain attentive
and circumspect with a sustained focus while constantly emanating bliss. Their variegated
bursts of soft colors activate a joyous force in the air which is discharged through their
chakras or energy centers. These centers are located mainly in their head and heart regions.

The air spirits are associated with the wind and breezes which journey through the trees and
plants and often emit a high-pitched whistling sound. Their energy is drawn from the
nutrients of the sun which they transform into vitality for the earth’s etheric components.
These nourishing solar constituents are the modules of astral forces used in the continuous
course of creation. Like very quiet radio waves, these solar traces exist within the ether to
help create the Akashic Record of the thoughts, events, and emotions of the earth as a register
of all the experiences on this planet. Clairvoyants may often perceive the various densities of
etheric and astral data of this akashic chronicle upon which past and future muniments of
earth are inscribed. The strength of such telepathy is determined by the direction of air
movement within the extra sensory domain. Air elementals circulating in neighboring etheric
and astral currents will frequently “give hints” of events recorded within the Akashic Record
to a clairvoyant.

The activities of all the elements are instigated and regulated through the action of fire. Fire is
the first step in every process. It provides the initial spark for all life, from the spark of the
conception of an infant to the spark of inspiration for an idea. Every process begins with fire.
The abilities to flare or subside are qualities of fire. This allows variation in any process so
that activity can be appropriate to its time and place. Fire is the least dense of all the
elements, being a light, upward-tending element like air. Fire stimulates air, working through
the balance of gases in the atmosphere and bringing the air to a state of vitality so that it can
support life.

Light is the messenger of fire. Light works through air to reach other elements and encourage
physical and spiritual evolution. Everything of a progressive, expansive and uplifting nature
arises from light at work in the world, including especially plant growth. Of all the elements,
however, fire has the least number and variety of nature spirits associated with it.
Notwithstanding, fire spirits are associated with the spark of life within all things. Fire
elementals call forth archetypes of light from within the sun and express the activities of these
radiant archetypes through the earth’s fertility.

As with nature spirits of all types, fire spirits do their work through the materials of various
metaphysical realms, most notably the etheric field and the astral and higher planes. The
opposite of fire is water. Fire counters the tendency of water to remain still by bringing the
vitality of movement to it. Fire also has the ability to consume and transform. Through
burning, matter is drastically modified. An old form is consumed in flames and a new form
is created. All adaptation, therefore, uses fire in some degree. Fire has the ability to cleanse
and purify and to invigorate and vitalize, allowing new life. Everything from physical growth
to spiritual evolution depend on some aspect of fire.

The sun is essential for life on this planet. It emits heat and light. Air moderates the heat and
harmful rays from the sun, so that life on earth can be sustained. The resulting warmth is a
physical and metaphysical aspect of fire. It is nurturing and sustaining thereby making
warmth and life practically identical. The warmth of the fire element works through the
element earth, countering the inherent darkness and coldness of the earth and allowing it to
become a fertile womb for Mother Nature. Warmth from the sun also moderates and stabilizes
the forces of contraction and expansion which are key functions of the earth element.

A great solar angel resides within the sun, presiding over every aspect of its function. The
solar angel’s aura is a multi-colored energy field that surrounds all living things as it reflects
the development, attitudes and emotion which reach and affect the orbiting spheres within
our solar system. Just as the sun’s gravitational field, its heat and solar winds, extend through
all our planets, so too do this angel’s transcendental qualities. The solar angel is so immense
that it is very difficult for humanity to perceive, even with the inner eye of astral vision. This
angel registers as a light so bright that no detail is apparent behind the various angels and fire
spirits who are a part of its conflagration. The universe is the remainder of intelligent alien
life that continually controls all aspects of the physical world—from gravity to the speed of
light. Alien life came to earth through the behavior of subatomic particles emitted by this
solar angel. This behavior also resulted in the evolution of the elementals and the expansion
of the universe which are embedded in what humanity perceives to be physics itself.

Although there is no evil in them, the nature spirits of fire belong to an environment that is
foreign to human beings and in which a hominid could not survive. Hence, the fire elementals
seem repellent. The fire spirits of the underground are very similar to the “salamanders”
radiating from the sun in their fundamental shapes; however, the details of their appearance
are very different. Where those of the sun are wispy and ethereal in appearance, those found
in molten rock are very definitely formed, a product of their close association with earth.

Like all fire spirits, those of the underground have heads, which function as centers of
consciousness. Spikes arise from these heads, sometimes one, sometimes many, and these
curve back from the head somewhat similar to horns. Their crowns are pointed with glowing
eyes. Their forms are colored in combinations of black and red, with some of the red so dark as
to be almost indiscernible from the black. Brighter fiery red highlights flicker through their
bodies. Sweeps of fiery energy spring from their shoulders suggesting arms which are barely
discernible from the rest of their anatomy but are held swept back against their core. Some of
these spirits also have wings, which are arched-shaped like those of a bat. They lie against the
elemental’s flaming manifestation, but sometimes are extended a little and retracted in a
repetitive, pulsing motion as they move through the molten rock. The lower parts of their
bodies, as with all fire spirits, taper away in elongated curving trails of energy that flex and coil
as they move.

The smaller spirits of fire work with activating etheric and astral substances. These spirits
have energy centers at the chest and the head making their task twofold by vitalizing the
etheric field to make it receptive to astral forces. They also increase activity and change the
density of various parts of the ether in order to lay down, or stack, an infrastructure for the
nature spirits of the other elements to work. Astral forces of these changed areas are activated
by invigorating the matter of the physical plane and thereby projecting energy into the ether.
This energy is generated by an Odic force.

The Odic force is a vital energy or life force containing a dazzling light which sparkles and
can be seen in certain crystals. These crystals are protected by gnomes who safeguard all of
the planet’s minerals and gems within Mother Earth using the bioelectronics of the planet’s
etheric prana. This force is activated by the small spirits of fire and placed prismatically
within crystals to assist in the telepathic communication between all the organizational stacks
of nature spirits. The radiance of the crystals serve as a short wave psychometric receiver
which possesses multiple bright pulsating beams. These crystals are structures in which a
pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. The crystals’ repeating patterns can also exist
through time but can never reach an exact equilibrium, although their repetitive ripples can
be transmitted in luminescent and clear pellucid radio waves.

If an exact equilibrium occurred in these waves of communication, the jeweled Net of Indra
would begin to dismantle and the fluidity of time and space stagnate. The brilliance of the
minerals composing the net would become sullied. The differing repetition of these waves
through time, enable nature spirits know when to do which work. By planting crystals in a
flower garden telepathy with nature spirits is sometimes realized and the elementals’ tasks
understood. This is especially true for gnomes, who are the guardians of crystals. The
luminous Odic waves produced by certain crystals, especially quartz, create an audial
harmonic energy which enables a clairvoyant to better attune to the “lyrics” of nature’s floral
melodies.

Although nature spirits of the air are extremely mobile, they can also exhibit an acute
tranquility and stillness which appears almost as a form of Śamatha meditation. But when
they raise their wings in a gentle fanning motion they begin to bounce and rotate with great
suppleness and agility before rapidly taking off. When there is a turbulent wind these spirits
come together in groups and create a spinning motion as they seek refuge close to the earth.
As they hover in this shelter, they become increasingly serene while maintaining their
continuous work — undisturbed, unperturbed, untroubled and at peace within the
consciousness of Gaia.

The story of the living earth is no mere myth. Mother Nature shows the planet earth to be a
pulsing, living entity, whereon lands slowly rise and lands slowly sink throughout the ages.
Even the winds and currents of the sea have their ordered courses, which shift and change
with the slow change of continents. The various classes of plant and animal life, move
through their majestic cycles along with the lands upon which they live. Plant life on earth is
the story of a race that is passing, a race that had its heyday millions of years ago, and is now
slowly declining.

In most cases our forests are composed of the relics of a former world dominant species
whose story is a dramatic one of changing climates, of the cyclic rise and fall of lands, and of
vast migrations of spiritual beings occurring simultaneously with the migration of the great
animal and botanical stocks. A “race” in the vegetable kingdom is not composed of
individualized “lives” as in the human kingdom. A tree is not a fixed, personal, self-conscious
being; a tree lives in its descendants, passes on from plant to plant its aforementioned life as it
reembodies.

A tree is an example of palingenesis, a reproduction of ancestral characteristics. Humanity is
an example of ontogenesis, in its development of an individual organism with features from
the earliest stage to maturity. But both the tree and humanity exhibit the transformative
development and diversification of a species or group of organisms, or a particular feature of
an organism known as phylogenesis. Plant migrations are the life and consciousness of the
intended volition of Gaia and not of the individual botanical forms. As such, a tree is a
continuing sylvan life-entity, older than the land upon which it grows.

There are two lines of evolution in the development of the universe––a higher and a lower––
both of which are exhibited in the plant kingdom. The plant kingdom emanates or unfolds
from above downwards, as does humanity, for it is spiritual in essence and has its origin in
the spiritual world. This is the higher evolution. But it also differentiates into myriads of
forms which is the evolution from below. The Gaia principle of a living planet determines the
origin of species. Much of natural selection on this planet is due to an organizing and
intelligent spiritual agency associated with the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms. This
agency controls life processes and tends to keep beings, both spiritual and corporeal, more or
less adapted to their environment.

Consciousness is a fundamental feature of physical matter in which every single particle in
existence has a simple form of awareness and mindfulness. These particles come together to
form more complex forms of consciousness, similar to humans’ subjective experiences.
Particles don’t have a coherent worldview or actively think, yet there is an inherent subjective
experience of consciousness in even the tiniest particle. Panpsychism is the doctrine that
everything material, however small, has an element of individual consciousness.
Panpsychism does not suggest that every inanimate object is conscious. Tables and other
artifacts are not conscious as a whole, but the table is a collection of particles that each have
their own very simple form of consciousness which work together to create the form of a
table. Likewise, the consciousness of nature spirits ranges from elementary to complex
depending on the work required by the environment.

Every form is built with a model traced for it and reflected in the Divine Mind. There are
hierarchies of builders of form, creating a series within tangible degrees, from the highest to the
lowest. While the former are shaped under the guidance of the builders, the latter are fashioned
by the elementals or nature spirits. Even the lowest stages of form are due to an inner and
higher intelligence, regardless of the effect that outside forces may have upon it. From the acorn
will grow an oak, and this oak, as a tree, may have many forms, all of which will vary from the
other oak trees. All these forms are contained within the acorn, and though the form which the
tree will take depends on extraneous circumstances, it exists beforehand in an astral plane
before it becomes a phenomenon. However, the noumena germ of the oak exists beyond the
astral plane, developing from higher to lower planes, until on the lowest plane it has its last
consolidation and development of form. Prior to this stage all form is voidness. The plant, to a
certain extent, exhausts itself in the shape-forming force. During its life it goes on constantly
adding new forms to itself. First it sends out the root, then the leaf-structure, then the flowers,
and so on. Such are the laws of karma as witnessed in the legions of Gaia.

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