TRANSCRIPT OF A LECTURE BY AUTHOR OF "A TRUE FAIRY TALE"
GIVEN TO THE THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY - TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Fairies have been so much a part of my life for the last twelve
years that it is sometimes quite difficult for me
to realise that most people know nothing about their
existence. If they think of them at all they probably
regard them as attractive figments of the imagination
conjured up by some obliging person for the amusement
of children. And yet if we have studied even a little
- we find that the main esoteric systems, whether
of East or West, wherein the knowledge has been handed
down among initiates from master to pupil, usually
verbally, all recognise the various orders of angels
and accept the exitence of Nature Spirits.
When I give a talk I usually restrict myself to information
given to me telepathically by the fairies in my house
and garden, but before I do this today, I am going
to be a little more daring and try and tell you what
I think fairies are in origin, but I am quite willing
to concede that some of you know a good deal more
about this than I do.
I can't think that anyone here has not at some time
wondered what makes plants grow when winter is over
and come to flower and fruit at different times instead
of all together, which might be expected considering
the conditions in a district, of sun, rain, moon and
soil, are exactly the same.
I believe that all effects are brought about by different
cosmic forces playing upon, penetrating and permeating
the substance, not only of our Earth but the Universe.
These Forces are habitually playing(?), and action
that is habitual over eons of time eventually become
conscious, then self-conscious and intelligent. In
other words, these are not blind forces which bring
about all the wonders of Nature by chance, but highly
evolved Intelligences. I don't think we would be far
wrong if we link the well-known term Angel with these
Forces. Very little has been told us about these Beings
by orthodoxy except in a very symbolic way, most difficult
to understand by anyone who has not made a study of
symbolic forms, but we are told that they are messengers
and is not a messenger a conveyor? and may not they
be conveyors of the Force and Will which turns an
idea into a Reality. Now this sounds somewhat ambigious
so I will give an example. The idea of the future
oak is in the acorn, and it is the playing of these
Intelligent Forces on it which takes it through the
many stages which turn the idea within the acorn into
the fact of the oak.
I have already suggested that any action which is
habitual becomes conscious, self-conscious and intelligent.
This was the sequence with the Cosmic Forces with
which we have linked the term Angel. Now these Intelligent
Forces are habitually playing on matter, the degree
of intensity being governed by certain cosmic cyclic
changes which include our seasons. These Forces cause
certain stresses, actions and re-actions to take place
in the matter, varying according to whether it is
of a solid, liquid or gaseous nature or of the physicists
ether. Again constant repitition has its effect and
these stereotyped actions require an increasing degree
of consciousness until they gain a separate existence,
no longer dependent on the activity which caused them
to come into being. These existences are the elementals
of earth, water, air and fire of which we have all
heard. Their activities continue, and like molecules
of physical matter, they act and react among themselves,
unite or repel one another until they become more
complex in nature. I'm afraid I don't know whether
there is an official term for these little existences,
but I think the word complexity serves to distinguish
them from the elementals which are capable of only
one type of function within one idea.
Elementals then, I understand,
come into being as the result of the Angelic Forces
playing on the matter to stimulate it into certain
activities. To put it into very simple language, one
might say that these non-human part-beings are the
"children" of the Angels and Matter, and from them
evolve the complexities or Nature spirits and Fairies.
If we link the Fairies to the Cosmic Forces in this
way, I think we will begin to realise that there are
occult truths in Fairy Stories. For instance, the
gifts bestowed by good and bad fairies at a child's
christening. Isn't this a reference to the astrological
influences under which we are all born? Linking the
fairies with the science of astrology in this way
will I hope, lead to the thought that all manifestation
is part of a whole, in other words don't shut fairies
up in a box as though they are something apart from
our daily lives. Whether we realise it or not, the
evolution to which the fairies belong contributes
a great deal to our very existence, in fact if it
weren't for the ministrations of the Nature Spirits,
there would be no agriculture.
There is of course a vast Nature Spirit World containing
countless categories in type and degrees (of) consciousness
including those of microscopic size which work in
their teeming millions building and breaking down
the bodies of the plant and animal Kingdoms. Then
there are the innumerable little creatures whose movement
in play or other compulsive forms of activity unconsciously
contribute to evolution by distributing the cosmic
powers in which they live. These might be compared
to ants or bees in consciousness, or higher up the
scale to a bird within a flock or an animal of a herd.
Consciousness in each varies but in no case is there
individual awareness, the ant, bee, bird, animal or
Nature Spirit being, part of a whole. One might say
that the ant-hill, bee-hive, flock or herd is the
incarnating personality within the group-soul of the
species, although I think that in some instances where
there has been contact with an understanding man,
although remaining member of its group, there could
be a greater awareness than is usual, in a member
of a herd or possibly of a flock of birds
Gradually the members in a group diminish as consciousness
grows until perhaps there are two elves working as
a single unit or a leader, controlling a group of
lesser Nature Spirits.
Wherever there is a natural division of land, such
as a valley, a forest or a range of mountains, there
develops an over-soul and these great Devas brood
over, and bring about the changes in the area through
the intermediary of the innumerable lesser Nature
Spirits who live there.
We have compared the consciousness of the little non-human
part entities to groups of animals. We know that animals
through their association with Man, become domesticated.
They become self-conscious because they are aware
of someone outside themselves. They learn to obey.
They learn to love. It is this last which I believe
is the key to individualization, for to learn to love
is to find God - or an aspect of Him, even if the
finder knows nothing of the existence of what we can
call God. It is the nucleus and beginning of a new
type of being - of Individual living.
Like animals, complexities or Nature Spirits too can
be domesticated. They are used by Adepts in their
work and discarnate Man even though not an adept,
if he understands these things can "adopt" one or
some of these non-human exitences and provide them
with an object for observation. In loving them, they
bring them into contact with a force which is not
their own and as with animals, Love causes Individualization.
This is not just sentimentality on my part for as
you know Love is a great Force and one of the Factors
which built the manifested Universe and which also
continues to sustain it.
Through this contact with the human being there becomes
available to the Nature spirit a whole new magnetic
field containing the concrete thinking mind or man's
logical mode of mentation.
I am not saying that there are not other methods of
individualization, indeed I am sure that there are,
but I think that this particular process is probably
the occult truth behind the so-called "marriage" of
a man and a fairy in the traditional Fairy stories,
whether from Ireland, Scotland or Wales and which
is always considered necessary before the Faery can
acquire a soul and thus immortality. Occultly of course,
marriage does not mean what we mean by the word, but
the conjunction of two forces bringing them into equilibrium.
I believe that all fairies who have been seen by psychics
are these individuals. I am not however including
such seers as Geoffrey Hodson and Rudolf Steiner who's
vision goes far deeper enabling them to see the Nature
Spirit in its own sphere rather than cloaked with
etheric substance giving them a degree of materialization.
Yet it is interesting that these two advanced occultists
vary considerably in their finding. For instance Geoffrey
Hodson says that gnomes have very little consciousness
and their atmosphere is inclined to be evil, wheras
Rudolf Steiner says that they are filled with inherent
wisdom and regard man's complicated way of thinking
with amused tolerance. One can only presume that there
is a whole world of gnomes, who, like humans and fairies
also vary widely in type and consciousness.
Among these individualized existences are those whom
I like to call "my fairies" They reached this status
many years ago and are highly intelligent, some of
course more so than others as with the human race.
They are quite different in character, some being
gay and others grave, some impetuous, others patient
Twelve years ago the group around me consisted of
ten out-door fairies with their leader and six house-fairies
but in ones and twos, or sometimes in groups, others
have joined us until there are now about 35 which
I have identified and who's names I know, although
I am sure that there are many other observers of which
I am quite ignorant.
I am now going to return to the question of individualization.
A member of what I call the outer group, who's name
is Relia comes and visits me once a week. On one of
these occasions I became aware that she was not alone,
but had some, what I must call "children" with her.
I questioned her about them and asked her if she would
come and tell me how they came into being. As is usual,
she was delighted to have the opportunity of telling
a human being a little about an aspect of fairy life,
but she had to have help in which one might call composition.
She turned to one called Father John, who is my guide,
counsellor and beloved companion of many incarnations.
This time alas he is not with me in the flesh, but
neither are we lost to each other. It was through
him that I met the fairies, and it was his power which
at the beginning acted as the bridge between our two
evolutions. He is the loving friend of many including
the fairies, and with his help Relia was able to express
herself, so that a human being could understand.
RELIA, (IN HER OWN WORDS) - 10th July 1960.
"For some years now I have had in my charge three young fairies.
We do not have babies like human beings but we provide
them with the conditions for their growth. Is not
this in reality what human parents do? They produce
the body which is the 'container' for the soul and
in their daily lives, they supply the conditions in
which the child reaches maturity.
"With fairies, it is a little different for it is
our task to provide the means by which an un-individualized
member of a group can be separated from that group
and become aware of itself through becoming aware
of its guardians. The conditions which we provide
are not only 'containers' but also 'Barriers' to prevent
a return to the group.
"A certain stage has to be reached before a separation
can take place and the little consciousness presented
to the guardians to care for. We then use Will. We
reflect ourselves as individuals into the little mind
so that the idea of something outside of itself enters.
Eventually this becoming aware of something apart
from itself, causes it to become aware of its own
self. In other words it becomes self-conscious.
"There is no sudden awakening to the presence of this
reflection of us leading to awareness of our actual
selves. Day by day, we perform this act of will until
the appearance of a tiny light tells us that we have
achieved our purpose and, as you would say, the baby
has been born.
"I have had three children, one is now the equivalent
of about four years old, another six, and the eldest
has reached the stage when she has gone out into the
world to join another group in order to learn.
"At Midsummer, the downpour of power filled her to
prepare her for a new phase in her existence and she
left us to form her own judgements and to experience
trials and joys of her own.
"To a human being, I understand, this parting is a
painful one, but to us it is a task completed. We
prepared her for her test of living and now she must
develop, as we all must, of her own free will. This
is the gift which Individualization bestows. Free
will to work or to play, to progress or slip back.
It is therefore important that, while in their care,
the guardians should impress on their charges their
importance in God's Plan; that their life is part
of the Whole and the great gift of free-will must
be used wisely.
"Of course, the young are not wise and they must learn
through experience. But at least this young one knows
the way she SHOULD go and I hope that she will find
her Path without stumbling too often before she reaches
by Daphne Charters)
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