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School of Theosophy on Nature Spirits . compiled by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 26 April 2020

  • THEOSOPHIST C.W. LEADBEATER ON NATURE SPIRITS
  • THEOSOPHIST ARTHUR E. POWELL’S COMPILATION ON THE NATURE SPIRITS

Dear Ones,

I have found very interesting information on nature spirits amongst the writings of the School of Theosophy. For some of this, one must go to the source, as it is still under copyright. As well, I have found a good source of information, from C.W. Leadbeater of the School of Theosophy, regarding the nature spirits, that is in the public domain. In the below excerpt, I have bolded what seemed more important from my own perspective …

THEOSOPHIST C.W. LEADBEATER ON NATURE SPIRITS

3. Nature-Spirits of all Kinds.

“So many and so varied are the subdivisions of this class that to do them anything like justice one would need to devote a separate treatise to this subject alone. Some characteristics, however, they all have in common, and it will be sufficient here to try to give some idea of those.

“To begin with, we have to realize that we are here dealing with entities which differ radically from all that we have hitherto considered.

“Though we may rightly classify the elemental essence and the animal Kâmarûpa as non-human, the monadic essence which manifests itself through them will, nevertheless, in the fullness of time, evolve to the level of manifesting itself through some future humanity comparable to our own, and if we were able to look back through countless ages on our own evolution in previous manvantaras, we should find that that which is now ourselves has passed on its upward path through similar stages.

“That, however, is not the case with the vast kingdom of nature-spirits; they neither have been, nor ever will be, members of a humanity such as ours; their line of evolution is entirely different, and their [p. 58] only connection with us consists in our temporary occupancy of the same planet.

“Of course since we are neighbours for the time being we owe neighbourly kindness to one another when we happen to meet, but our lines of development differ so widely that each can do but little for the other.

“Many writers have included these spirits among the elementals, and indeed they are the elementals (or perhaps, to speak more accurately, the animals) of a higher evolution.

“Though much more highly developed than our elemental essence, they have yet certain characteristics in common with it; for example, they also are divided into seven great classes, inhabiting respectively the same seven states of matter already mentioned as permeated by the corresponding varieties of the essence.

“Thus, to take those which are most readily comprehensible to us, there are spirits of the earth, water, air, and fire (or ether)—definite intelligent astral entities residing and functioning in each of those media.

“It may be asked how it is possible for any kind of creature to inhabit the solid substance of a rock, or of the crust of the earth. The answer is that since the nature-spirits are formed of astral matter, the substance of the rock is no hindrance to their motion or their vision, and furthermore physical matter in its solid state is their natural element—the only one to which they are accustomed and in which they feel at home.

“The same is of course true of those who live in water, air or ether. In medieval literature, these earth-spirits are often called gnomes, while the water-spirits are spoken of as ûndinés, the air-spirits as sylphs, and the ether-spirits as salamanders.

“In popular language they are known by many names—fairies, pixies, elves, brownies, peris, djinns [jinns], trolls, satyrs, fauns, kobolds, imps, goblins, good people, etc.—some of these titles being applied only to one variety … [p 59] and others indiscriminately to all.

Their forms are many and various, but most frequently human in shape and somewhat diminutive in size. Like almost all inhabitants of the astral plane, they are able to assume any appearance at will, but they undoubtedly have definite forms of their own, or perhaps we should rather say favourite forms, which they wear when they have no special object in taking any other. Of course under ordinary conditions they are not visible to physical sight at all, but they have the power of making themselves so by materialization when they wish to be seen.

“There are an immense number of subdivisions or races among them, and individuals of these subdivisions differ in intelligence and disposition precisely as human beings do.

“The great majority of them apparently prefer to avoid man altogether; his habits and emanations are distasteful to them, and the constant rush of astral currents set up by his restless, ill-regulated desires disturbs and annoys them.

“On the other hand instances are not wanting in which nature-spirits have as it were made friends with human beings and offered them such assistance as lay in their power, as in the well-known stories told of the Scotch brownies or of the fire-lighting fairies mentioned in spiritualistic literature.

“This helpful attitude, however, is comparatively rare, and in most cases when they come in contact with man they either show indifference or dislike, or else take an impish delight in deceiving him and playing childish tricks upon him.

“Many a story illustrative of this curious characteristic may be found among the village gossip of the peasantry in almost any lonely mountainous district, and any one who has been in the habit of attending séances for physical phenomena will recollect instances of practical joking and silly though usually good-natured horseplay, which always indicate the presence of … [p 60] some of the lower orders of the nature-spirits.

“They are greatly assisted in their tricks by the wonderful power which they possess of casting a glamour over [that is, hypnosis or mesmerization of] those who yield themselves to their influence, so that such victims for the time see and hear only what these fairies impress upon them, exactly as the mesmerized subject sees, hears, feels and believes whatever the magnetizer wishes.

“The nature-spirits, however, have not the mesmerizer’s power of dominating the human will, except in the case of quite unusually weak-minded people, or of those who allow themselves to fall into such a condition of helpless terror that their will is temporarily in abeyance; they cannot go beyond deception of the senses, but of that art they are undoubted masters, and cases are not wanting in which they have cast their glamour over a considerable number of people at once. It is by invoking their aid in the exercise of this peculiar power that some of the most wonderful feats of the Indian jugglers are performed—the entire audience being in fact hallucinated and made to imagine that they see and hear a whole series of events which have not really taken place at all.

“We might almost look upon the nature-spirits as a kind of astral humanity, but for the fact that none of them—not even the highest possess a permanent reincarnating individuality.

“Apparently therefore one point in which their line of evolution differs from ours is that a much greater proportion of intelligence is developed before permanent individualization takes place; but of the stages through which they have passed, and those through which they have yet to pass, we can know little.

“The life-periods of the different subdivisions vary greatly, some being quite short, others much longer than our human lifetime. We stand so entirely outside such a life as theirs that it is impossible for us to understand much about its conditions; but it appears on … [p 61] the whole to be a simple, joyous, irresponsible kind of existence, much such as a party of happy children might lead among exceptionally favourable physical surroundings.

“Though tricky and mischievous, they are rarely malicious unless provoked by some unwarrantable intrusion or annoyance; but as a body they also partake to some extent of the universal feeling of distrust for man, and they generally seem inclined to resent somewhat the first appearance of a neophyte on the astral plane, so that he usually makes their acquaintance under some unpleasant or terrifying form. If, however, he declines to be frightened by any of their freaks, they soon accept him as a necessary evil and take no further notice of him, while some among them may even after a time become friendly and manifest pleasure on meeting him.

Some among the many subdivisions of this class are much less childlike and more dignified than those we have been describing, and it is from these sections that the entities who have sometimes been reverenced under the name of wood-gods, or local village-gods, have been drawn. Such entities would be quite sensible of the flattery involved in the reverence shown to them, would enjoy it, and would no doubt be quite ready to do any small service they could in return. (The village-god is also often an artificial entity, but that variety will be considered in its appropriate place.)

The Adept knows how to make use of the services of the nature-spirits when he requires them, but the ordinary magician can obtain their assistance only by processes either of invocation or evocation—that is, either by attracting their attention as a suppliant and making some kind of bargain with them, or by endeavouring to set in motion influences which would compel their obedience.

“Both methods are extremely undesirable, and the latter is also excessively dangerous, as the operator would arouse a determined hostility … [p 62] which might prove fatal to him. Needless to say, no one studying occultism under a qualified Master would ever be permitted to attempt anything of the kind at all.”

–from Link: “The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena,” by C.W. Leadbeater.  (2007). Urbana, Illinois: Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 10 June 2018 …  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21080 … [Paragraphing and bolding are mine. –Alice B. Clagett]

THEOSOPHIST ARTHUR E. POWELL’S COMPILATION ON THE NATURE SPIRITS

There is more comprehensive information regarding astral entities, drawn mostly from the above source, in this book, a compilation by Arthur Powell from the School of Theosophy …

Citation: “The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, IL. Copyright The Theosophical Publishing House, London, Ltd. 1965 … “Chapter XX: Astral Entities: Non-Human,” section “3. Nature Spirits of All Kinds,” pp. 179-184.

However, the book is under copyright, so I cannot offer quotes here. I suggest reading the chapter. See especially the description of the sylphs as having human-like intelligence. Apparently, they can individualize through loving the astral angels.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Note: This blog was originally part of another blog, from which it has been extracted. Originally it was in … Link: “Baptismal Sylph,” a story by Alice B. Clagett, written on 21 April 2013; revised and published on 10 June 2018; revised on 26 April 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5UH ..

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What If the Fourth Dimension Were Truer? . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 30 May 2013; revised

  • WHAT IF MAGIC WERE REAL?
  • WHAT DIMENSION ARE WE REALLY IN?
  • ON THE POSSIBILITY THAT THERE ARE ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF EVERY DIMENSION
  • MY EARTHLY INCARNATIONS
  • GETTING TO 5D

Dear Ones,

WHAT IF MAGIC WERE REAL?

What if the fourth dimension were a ‘truer’ reality … closer to Source … than 3D? Ghosts and goblins and all that stuff. Magic, both black and white. Elves and faeries and gnomes and such. Very, very bad beings and very, very good beings, coexisting. The ability to instantaneously will things into existence …

WHAT DIMENSION ARE WE REALLY IN?

Let’s make an assumption and see where we go with it: Let’s assume that we humans are experiencing a mixture of fourth dimension (astral plane) and third dimension (physical world) right now. Let’s say each dimension has 12 levels or planes, and that there are 12 dimensions in our Universe.

ON THE POSSIBILITY THAT THERE ARE ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF EVERY DIMENSION

Parallel Universe theory has it that there are lots of versions of each universe. Way lots. Let’s assume this means there are as many versions of each dimension. Each of us, as an eternal soul, is acting out what are most probably wildly differing experiences in each of these parallel universes. The marriage that didn’t happen in this reality, did happen in another reality. We died a month after birth in one of our realities. We have a wonderful relationship with our loving parents in this reality, but in some other reality we were orphaned shortly after birth. We’re an only child, but elsewhere we’re part a family of 10. And so on.

In each of these parallel universes, our life is (or would it be ‘lives are’ ?) unfolding simultaneously, in the eternal Now.

If, in fact, the fourth dimension (the astral world) is the teaching vehicle for the ascending Soul, and the third dimension is just a lesson-oriented ‘field trip’ away from the astral planes, then the likelihood is that … taking all our simultaneous parallel universe experience as a whole … we’re experiencing more time Now in the fourth dimension than in the third dimension. Say, 2 physical experiences concurrent with every 10 astral experiences.

In 3D, we have the illusion of many … say 100, or 200 … incarnations, which we conceive as being in the past, and perhaps as having progressed from simple to complex, or from crude and unlearned to cream-of-the-crop, like this:

MY EARTHLY INCARNATIONS

Suppose life were like a deck of cards:

Image: Playing cards, spread out in an arc … http://www.dreaminterpretation.co/imgs/dream-interpretation-deck-of-cards_456x0.jpg ..

The first earthly life might conceived of as being the nearly hidden 4 of hearts at the bottom of the stack/ The current lifetime might be conceived to be like the 10 of spades, on top of the stack.

But all my incarnations are actually taking place simultaneously, in the Now. Like this …

Image: Stacked pack of playing cards …  http://previews.123rf.com/images/violin/violin1111/violin111100090/11270596-Deck-of-playing-cards-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Photo.jpg ..

These neatly stacked cards may be thought of as our ‘akashic records’.

GETTING TO 5D

Beginning with the most dense akashic record … say, the 10 of clubs in the illustration above — we must clear all our cards. Which is what is happening now. Earth is facilitating this process for us. Since the Shift, rays from the central sun are beaming to our Sun, which transmutes them for absorption by earth and her beings. Earth is absorbing these vibes, and those of us who physically walk on Earth are absorbing Earth’s vibes and clearing our akashic cards … as opposed to those of us who, for example, are placing our awareness on our mental body (the 3D, truncated version of our mental body), or on virtual reality as generated by the ‘news’, TV, and internet.

So, we may have an experience of, say, disembodies entities. Or archontic machinations. Or telepathic intrusion. Or black magic. Or any of many other lower 4D phenomena.

We may ‘think’ that something is ‘being done’ to us. And no wonder, since 4D, like 3D, is heavily imbued with the right-wrong, good-bad polarity.

But in fact, when we have these polarized experiences, is something being ‘done to us’? Or are we simply ruffling through our own akashic records, in the many realms of experience, the many parallel universes, the many concurrent incarnations, that we ourselves are clearing in the Now? And then every once in a while, we could imagine that one of our cards lights up with a brilliant white light. And this is the process of karmic clearing.

We might think of ourselves like this …

Image: “Soul Matrix (Matriz del Alma),” from Spiritual Harmonics Blogspot … http://spiritualharmonics.blogspot.com/2013/02/group-souls-monads-of-144-soul-mates.html … DESCRIPTION: Left: 3-D Representation: Pendant cone. At the top of the cone is a dot labeled Monad. At the bottom of the cone are 12 dots arranged in a circle. One of these is labeled Soul. One of the Soul dots is the tip of a pendant cone, at the bottom of which are 12 dots arranged in a circle. One of those dots is labeled Soul Extension. Right: Top View: A large wheel whose outer rim comprises 12 small wheels. Each of the wheels has 6 spokes. Legend: 144 Soul Extensions per Monad … COMMENT: Each label on the image has a Spanish translation as well.

We might imagine a Divine hologame projector (not shown), and Oversoul “I”  as the top left-hand circle. Beneath it are 12 parallel universes, in which I explore the Now. Each of these 12 holds within its experience that of 12 more parallel universes. Thus the Monad might be conceived as being 144 Soul experiences all taking place in the Now.

Each circle is like one astral ‘field of being.’ As a side view, you could picture it thus: Each incarnation is like one piece of pasta in a big bowl of astral minestrone soup! …

Drawing: “Oversoul ‘I’: Side View,” by Alice B. Clagett, 30 May 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: At the top, a rectangular box with a smaller rectangular box attached; these two boxes are labeled Divine hologame projector. Beneath these are a circle labeled Oversoul “I.” Between the boxes and the circle are two dotted lines representing projection of Light from the Divine hologame projector as the form of the Oversoul. Beneath the circle representing the Oversoul are 6 dotted lines fanning outward. Each dotted line is connected to a small circle. One of the circles is labeled “My life in parallel universes.” Beneath one of the small circles is a large circle with many dots in it. Two dotted lines between the small circle and the large circle beneath it represent projection of Light from an Oversoul’s life in a parallel universe as the form of the incarnations. Legend beneath the large circle with many dots in it: “My 100-200 incarnations in one of my parallel universes. The circle is an astral ‘field of being’. You could picture it thus: Each incarnation is like one piece of pasta in a big bowl of astral minestrone soup!

Drawing: “Oversoul ‘I’: Side View,” by Alice B. Clagett, 30 May 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: At the top, a rectangular box with a smaller rectangular box attached; these two boxes are labeled Divine hologame projector. Beneath these are a circle labeled Oversoul “I.” Between the boxes and the circle are two dotted lines representing projection of Light from the Divine hologame projector as the form of the Oversoul. Beneath the circle representing the Oversoul are 6 dotted lines fanning outward. Each dotted line is connected to a small circle. One of the circles is labeled “My life in parallel universes.” Beneath one of the small circles is a large circle with many dots in it. Two dotted lines between the small circle and the large circle beneath it represent projection of Light from an Oversoul’s life in a parallel universe as the form of the incarnations. Legend beneath the large circle with many dots in it: “My 100-200 incarnations in one of my parallel universes. The circle is an astral ‘field of being’. You could picture it thus: Each incarnation is like one piece of pasta in a big bowl of astral minestrone soup!

Viewed from the top, it would look like this …

Drawing: “Oversoul ‘I’: Top View,” by Alice B. Clagett, 30 May 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com … DESCRIPTION: A wheel shape with 6 spokes. In the center of the wheel is a circle labeled Oversoul (me!). The end of each spoke of the wheel is attached to a circle; thus, there are 12 circles around the periphery of the wheel. From top left, these circles are labeled: Astral U1, Astral U2, 3DU3, Astral U4, Astral U5, 3DU6, Astral U7, Astral U8, Astral U9, 3DU10, Astral U11, Etc. KEY: U = Parallel Universe.

 

Drawing: “Oversoul ‘I’: Top View,” by Alice B. Clagett, 30 May 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0, from “Awakening with Planet Earth,” https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com

DESCRIPTION: A wheel shape with 6 spokes. In the center of the wheel is a circle labeled Oversoul (me!). The end of each spoke of the wheel is attached to a circle; thus, there are 12 circles around the periphery of the wheel. From top left, these circles are labeled: Astral U1, Astral U2, 3DU3, Astral U4, Astral U5, 3DU6, Astral U7, Astral U8, Astral U9, 3DU10, Astral U11, Etc.

KEY: U = Parallel Universe.

What is ascending here? The Oversoul ‘I’ (my Higher Self … the real me! … is ascending.

How much of this am I presently cognizant of? Gosh … ok, I know about my current experience, sort of. Maybe a glimpse of a few incarnations. I’ve met a few astral beings. Been briefly to a few of my parallel universe parallel lives. Do I have the big picture? duh …

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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