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Sunlight on water by Jacquelyn E Lane

“How do I see them?”

That’s the most frequent question I’m asked about communicating with the deva realm. By this people usually mean the level of deva known as nature spirits. Most of us have been raised with tales of faerie. Movies tend to reinforce the modernised ‘traditional’ images—delicate creatures with frilly dresses and wings or caricatures of goblin-like beings.

Nature Spirits are prone to mimic us, an easy shape-shifting accomplishment for something that is fluidly ethereal. Please put aside those story book or movie maker preconceptions of how they will look. That includes my illustrations for The Children of Gaia! One day you may see a nature spirit that looks the way you expected but don’t begin with that expectation.

Take little steps in this, as in any endeavour. They eventually lead you to competence just as crawling led to standing, which led to walking and eventually to running. So here’s what I suggest . . .

Wake up your senses!

Connecting with deva is usually easier around the Plant Kingdom, especially where there are mass plantings of flowers and large old trees. So if you’re lucky to have a beautiful park or garden handy, start there. An ancient forest unmolested by mankind is the best but sadly, they’re in scarce supply these days. There are deva in deserts too of course, and I love them too, it’s just that I have this thing for trees.

Wherever you choose to try it, be aware of the space around you. Feel the outer boundaries of your own ‘field’, the energy space around your physical body, then the field around your emotional body, then around your mental body. These are part of what’s generally referred to as your ‘subtle body or bodies’.

As you move through a garden or a park or even a city street, feel the slight and subtle changes as you go from one place to another. Listen for bird song, insect clicks and hums. Feel the elements—rain, breeze and sun. Feel how those elements affect your subtle body, how they impact your field.

Make like a Deva and Find the Joy Key . . .

Remember that the Deva Kingdom evolves through joy so it’s much easier to sense them through joy.

Find the traces of those times when the nature devas have knocked on the edges of your consciousness. They are the joy in the rain, the magical way a bud unfolds itself to reveal a beautiful flower. They’re the flash of lightning and the whisper in your mind when, for an instant, you feel that all around you everything’s alive and it connects with the aliveness within you.

February Sunset New Zealand

Pick something that attracts you. A tree is a great place to start and the bigger the tree the better. In the absence of a tree, pick something that appears and feels as if it’s thriving—shrubs or flower beds maybe. (Simply because it’s easier if the vegetation is abundant and thriving.)

Feeling the Life

Feel the aliveness in your surroundings. Realise that you are not the only thing alive in this place. Treat everything you see as alive.

Let imagination inspire you. Inspire means to ‘breathe-in spirit’ and imagination is a form of inspiration. It connects us to the subtle, that which is not yet physically seen.

Green Spring Oak Leaves

Imagine you can feel the life in your chosen subject. Imagine the energy of water and nutrients entering through the roots. Imagine the busyness going on inside the leaves as they turn sunlight into food and oxygen.

Now imagine that this life can sense your presence and let that thought turn your imagination into joy.

Let this sense of Life and Joy become a Knowing that what you have chosen to communicate with is not only alive but intelligent and responsive. It knows you are there.

The Approach

You know there’s intelligent, responsive life in there so it’s time to send out your heart energy to meet it half way. Why the heart? Because the heart energy is a good conductor of your higher energy of unconditional Love.

Why is that important? Because it’s automatically respectful. Why would a busy nature spirit want to give you their attention unless you were in a state of love and respect for them and what they are creating? Being centred in the heart also means you are less likely to be using your solar plexus (your emotional centre) therefore you’re less likely to attract the lower elementals. There can be a danger associated with contacting the lower elementals, which is why folklore abounds with warning tales to put you off. A rational understanding of the issue is given in my forthcoming book, DEVA—Our Relationship with the Subtle World. As with all steps in spiritual endeavours and learning, make them small steps, don’t force and don’t over-reach yourself. Here’s a disclaimer, if you have mental health issues, consult your health professional first and use a hefty dose of common sense. It’s also wise to read what other books have to say on the subject.

Why meet them only half way?

Part of respect is asking permission. Don’t try to force your way into the deva’s presence or the tree or plant they reside in or attend to. Even after a great deal of familiarity has built up, having respect and seeking permission is still a requirement of love.

Personally, I also engage the crown energy (from just above my head) as well as my heart energy but that’s over to you. Being guided by our higher centres keeps us out of trouble, not just in communicating with deva but in life generally! These qualities we’ve mentioned—awareness, joy, knowing, love and respect—will draw a response sooner or later. Sometimes, they can be jumping up and down in front of us and we’re not aware of it because we are so nervous or trying so hard to get it right! (Whatever ‘right’ means.)

I’m not going to tell you want to expect, that’s for you to find out. You may not see anything in the normal sense. Your communication may come telepathically or with a sense of colour, light and movement that is clearly not part of our normal human perception. So be aware of the very subtle things you experience. Keep respecting, keep loving, improve your awareness, don’t force anything, be joyful and relax!

Photo Copyright Renee Blezer

City Bound?

What if I live in the depths of a city where the are no beautiful gardens handy? Does that mean I can’t experience deva?

Not at all. Deva are in all substance, not just in the plant kingdom but it’s NOT the lower elementals you want to be dealing with. (As I said above, that’s dealt with in my new book.) Yes, it’s easier in nature and that’s where we find the transitional elementals who are on their way to evolving into higher deva just as we are evolving into higher states of consciousness. It’s that sense of aliveness we need to awaken and cultivate, that subtle but very real state of heightened awareness that we need to connect with deva. Most cities have the occasional tree! Try one of those, being inconspicuous of course or people might wonder about your sanity. Other options besides gardens and wild places are the organisations you belong to or the building you live in. Sound strange? Remember we are talking subtle here, not solid. Again, you’ll find these concepts explained and explored in my forthcoming book, so hang in there. It’s only a few months away now . . . June/July 2020.

So that’s Communicating with Deva 101. It’s just the start so let me know how you get on. There’s an endless amount of learning to come when we delve into deva and there will be loads more in that forthcoming non-fiction, Deva—Our Relationship with the Subtle World that I keep banging on about. Well you can’t blame me for being excited! The Nature Spirits are buzzing about it too. They know they’re in there and that through the book you’ll get a good sense of what they do and where they fit in our understanding of how our Planet works and who or what commands them. While I’m at it, here’s another shameless plug, there’s also a lot to learn about communicating with deva from the characters in my illustrated adult/young adult novel The Children of Gaia.

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