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A Brief Introduction to Deva

Never heard of Deva?

But you’ve heard of faeries, elves, nature spirits, right?

Well they are part of the Deva kingdom, an important and delightful part but in the bigger picture of Deva, just a wee part. Don’t tell them that, they might just sulk and decide to neglect your flower beds. (Just kidding)

Seriously though, what is deva? Strap yourself in, this is a heady ride . . .

At every level of Being, Life is Intelligent and Knowable.

Our role as humans beings is to become Knowers.

The role of responsive, active Intelligence is already taken and it’s called Deva.

What does ‘Deva’ mean?

Deva (pronounced Day-vah) is a Sanskrit word meaning Being of Light. Sanskrit is the ancient language of India and said to be the oldest language in the world still in use, probably dating back 6000 years. Deva has come to mean specifically, the light beings found in all the planes of matter regardless of its density.

Deva is known as a ‘kingdom’ just as humanity is a ‘kingdom’. Sometimes people with strong Christian beliefs think that deva is somehow unacceptable yet Deva is often called the Angelic kingdom and there are plenty of angels in the Judaic-Christian traditions. The evolution of deva is parallel to that of the human kingdom but there is a fundamental difference in how we and deva evolve. Humanity evolves through the energy of ‘Harmony through conflict’—a generally painful experience, which is why we tend to realise as we grow wiser that we have learned the most from our most difficult times.

Deva, on the other hand, pulled the longer straw in the evolution stakes—they get to evolve through JOY! That doesn’t seem fair, does it? There are benefits to both our kingdoms in this arrangement and you’ll read about those in my forthcoming book.

In essence, deva are the responsive intelligence infused into matter. Matter—as we know from both quantum physics and esoteric teachings—is simply energy organised into different arrangements or patterns and layers of density.

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Deva—like all the other kingdoms—is hierarchical, from the miniscule, most basic intelligence within the atom, all the way to the highly evolved and extremely complex intelligence that governs the substance of large systems like ecosystems, planets or a solar system. Under the command of the higher deva come all the lesser ranks—known in folklore around the world by a multitude of names— faeries, gnomes, elves, nature spirits and elementals.

The idea of intelligence in matter is not new. It surfaced long ago as ‘animism’, the belief that everything is alive. We sort of lost contact with it in the last few centuries with the rise of Science, which for a while viewed the world much as a giant machine. Fortunately with the newer sciences of psychology and ecology and of course, quantum physics we’ve actually started to realise Life is so not a machine! Recently the idea of intelligence in matter was raised again as the religious concept of God as Intelligent Designer. Somewhere between folklore, superstition, religion and quantum physics, the subject can be studied with fresh eyes and a perspective more relevant to today’s mind and experience.

Esoteric tradition says the deva kingdom is much more than the intelligence of Nature alone and in my workshops we explore how deva provide our personal experience of life at this Earthly level.

Deva circle watercolour from The Children of Gaia

Higher Deva (blue) and Nature Spirits

Why Learn about Deva?

Nature spirits and angelic overlighting deva hold an allure for people worldwide and this aspect of deva is covered by a number of popular books. Yet our very personal relationship with deva via our own physical, astral/desire and mental elementals is overlooked and along with the underlying metaphysics, ignored or hidden in deeply esoteric tomes. Why does this bigger picture matter? Realising the fullness of deva’s role, we are suddenly no longer justified in thinking of humanity as a separate or independent kingdom.

You’ll get a good sense of deva in Nature from the delightful sylvan elves of Doruluna and their higher counterparts in The Children of Gaia. Although it’s a novel written for adults (yes even grown ups can have pictures in their stories) it has a sound basis in ecology and in the Kingdom of Deva.

In my new book DEVA-Our Relationship with the Subtle World, you will get a much deeper understanding of the extent of the Deva Kingdom and how we use them in every experience we have as human beings. It is a realm in which we ‘live and move and have our being’. It surrounds us as water surrounds a fish, which is why we are usually so blind to it! Yet it is all pervasive. It’s what turns our ‘will’ into ‘happening’, builds the entities we call ‘organisations’ and so much more. It will give you a much deeper understanding of the extent of the Deva Kingdom and how we use it in every experience we have as human beings.

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