Talks with Nature

Teach! Or Be Thrown to Whales!

breathtaking clouds Columbia Gorge trail

Deva Communion Background, Rosi’s story

Rosi’s favorite childhood companions in rural Massachusetts were a cat she adopted, and the neighbor farmer’s horses and cows. She felt sorry for how the horses’ grass was so short, and would bring them armloads of luscious overgrown grasses (“weeds”) from her family’s side of the fence. The horses came to the fence to talk with her. They never turned down her offerings.

She also was fascinated by how her parents added vegetable scraps to the garden compost heap, and out sprang these curious little fellows, garden worms!

Even today, in Portland, Oregon, she loves gardening. She started conscious organic gardening in 1971.

Findhorn, Kinship With All Life–Communicate with Plants, Insects

However, 1977 was the beginning of a great adventure that made sense of experiences she had had since she was small. She read books such as The Findhorn Garden, To Hear the Angels Sing and To Honor the Earth, by Dorothy Maclean; as well as J. Allen Boone’s Kinship With All Life.

At her Colonel Summers Park community garden plot, she started talking with plants and insects and they all talked back. That seemed normal to her. She assumed the purpose of Findhorn was to encourage people to talk to their gardens. Her garden partner argued that it wasn’t easy to learn from a book. She thought Rosi should teach.

But Rosi was not eager to teach. She loved the connection with all of nature and the inner communion she had had since she was small. And she loved the deep stillness that nature brought. She preferred to keep it private. However, the Devas argued that Rosi should teach.

Rosi decisions: like hanging moss lit by the sun

Guess what? Turn of the century, it’s a new era. Rosi speaks.

I was stubborn. (And perhaps a bit shy, and insecure.) Teaching was not my gig, or so I thought. In November of 2000 Devas appeared in a dream as angelic beings of light and again on the mountainside above my home in Grants Pass, Oregon. They insisted that I take people into nature and teach them to communicate the way I did.

They said my way of communing was simple, and people needed to learn simple ways to deepen their connection with Nature. I protested, and said, “You must have the wrong person. I don’t teach workshops, there must surely be others more qualified to teach this.”

They said, “Prove it.”

So I read through the libraries, bought books by the dozen, looking for others with the skills I felt I lacked. I found some authors with a similar love, who used their hearts to communicate. However, I couldn’t find anyone who was writing about the barriers we have in our culture to interspecies communication and how to overcome them. Especially about the fear of insects. Or how individuals could change from the attitude of human dominance to  cooperation. But I still held back.

Hmm… Is this a barrier or a doorway?

“Do we have to feed you to the whales?”

The Devas finally said, “Are you going to be like Jonah? Do we have to feed you to the whales or what?” Woops! I got on it!

I wrote up a bibliography of now over a hundred books, available here. Finally, in 2001, I started to teach.

The Devas of the Columbia Gorge have a mission to help humans communicate with Nature. So I held my first workshops there. Then they told me they would go to each of the other workshop sites to teach the local Devas and nature spirits how to help participants open up to them. After the first workshops at the Columbia Gorge, the Devas kept their promise. Every participant was able to connect, no matter how left-brain, fearful, or timid they started out.

In 2002, I started to teach Garden Communication classes to adults, children and elders. I was nicknamed “The Plant Whisperer.” And continued teaching these until 2009.

Garden, tree, and nature communication classes: heal ourselves, heal the planet

Post script, 2019. I started again to teach Garden Communication at Gabriel Park Community Gardens in Portland, Oregon in 2017.

After the 2017 wildfires, the Devas who were on a mission to help humans learn to communicate with them moved to Tryon Creek State Park, near Portland Oregon. I have been teaching classes there, since the late summer of 2019. Look for full length workshops there or near Los Angeles, CA, where the spirits of Nature are also eager to help you learn and wake up.

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2017 Eagle Creek Fire, Oracle Tree Teacher

Like many of you, I spent weeks indoors, barely able to breathe from the ash that blanketed our city from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. Like some of you, I grieved the loss of trees, the destruction of hiking trails. The trees were gone who had been my friends and teachers. The trails had been the gateway into the sacred mansion of the cathedral forests.

I already missed the stillness of meditation in silent pines and firs, maples, broadleaf trees and shrubs. I recalled the gentle ferns, the thunderous and majestic waterfalls along clear creeks, the colorful carpets of delicate wildflowers, the hallowed earth that had been home to so many of my deep healings and spiritual experiences.

At first, I was in too much pain to read the news, to look at the pictures. Then I remembered one teacher, the spirit of a small tree that I could easily wrap my arms all around. I called it the Oracle Tree. Oracle Tree had been a source of great wisdom. It was found about twenty rugged feet off a crook in the Wakeena Falls trail, just up from the first little bridge as you started climbing. I had taken all my new students to Oracle Tree, because he made it easy to tune in, and hear advice. He had always told me that although he was inhabiting a seemingly small tree, he had been the spirit of an ancient tree that had once burned.

I suddenly realized that nature involves fire and the nature spirits were still here.

cropped-dsc01924.jpgI was finally able to read the news, to look at the pictures. I could see the fiery crimson of trees that burned like a raw open wound where there had once been refreshing green. And I could see that the nature spirits were still there, alive and well.

In fact, even from a distance they were still teaching people how to connect with nature. They were reminding us how precious it was to have them as a resource And that we all need to raise our community’s children to respect nature, to honor the fire spirit in proper boundaries. And we need to call each other on caring for our wilderness and wild places, on caring for our elders. On loving each other. On loving all life.

A new life, “Grow, grow”

The beloved is calling us to awaken to a new life, as angels will be encouraging the forested life to regrow. According to the Talmud, every blade of grass has its angel bending over it, whispering, “Grow, grow.”

Since then, I have learned from a wise Native American teacher, about the element of fire. It is the same as the fire that burns in our hearts and hands, to be of service to others, to uplift people, to love, or to fulfill our particular destiny. In nature, fire is a cleanser. It allows us to recognize the impermanence of things. It makes space for the new to grow.

How have you grown, what awakenings have you had, what spiritual evolution have you undergone, as the result of fire or other forms of destruction?

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Science of Plant Intelligence

Research on plant intelligence has expanded rapidly in the past decade. It has become more widely accepted especially in the last five years. (This blog post was written about five years ago and needs to be updated. I welcome comments below about more recent research.)

Plant Intelligence–even microbes?

Dr. Jon Lieff, a neuropsychiatrist, and geriatric psychiatrist writes a blog that teaches about microbes, neurons, viruses, communication with animals, and the consciousness and intelligence in all of these, among other blogs on neuroscience. His post, “Plant Intelligence Primer and Update, 2015” was a welcome addition to the growing consensus that we are not the sole intelligent life form on this planet.

Professor Anthony Trewavas has published substantial writings on plant intelligence, and Lieff highlights his newest, Plant Behavior and Intelligence. Dr. Trewavas’ article from the 2003 issue of Oxford Journals Annals of Botany “Aspects of Plant Intelligence” has this to say: “Intelligence is not a term commonly used when plants are discussed. However, I believe that this is an omission based not on a true assessment of the ability of plants to compute complex aspects of their environment, but solely a reflection of a sessile lifestyle.” Sessile means they are attached to a single location, usually via a stalk. They don’t move much, because they receive their energy by photosynthesis which is freely available to them, rather than by seeking and consuming prey.

Trewavas says later, “However, although as a species we are clearly more intelligent than other animals, it is unlikely that intelligence as a biological property originated only with Homo sapiens.” He makes the point that movement is an expression of intelligence. Plants move more slowly than animals, but they do move in response to their needs and the environment, and they make intelligent decisions based on assessments of options for nurturing and cooperation with their family, and competition for nutrients.

Thank you, Prof. Trewavas! It’s time we find ways to honor the intelligence that is inherent in all life.
He and Dr. Lieff aren’t the only ones to recognize plant intelligence and information gathering. The International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, LINV is a research institute in Italy. They do a lot of research projects, including plant communication. They have this to say about plant intelligence:
  • “Plants are capable of a refined recognition of self and non-self and are territorial in behaviour.
    This new view sees plants as information processing organisms with complex communication throughout the individual plant.
    Plants are as sophisticated in behaviour as animals but their potential has been masked because it operates on time scales many orders of magnitude less than that operating in animals.”

Dr. Jon Lieff continues,

  • “It is now clear that plants are aware of other plants, microbes and their environment, synthesizing a very large amount of information and deliberately making changes to themselves, their neighbors and the land nearby for their benefit and the benefit of their families. They can remember short term and for years and elaborately communicate with each other and many different friendly and unfriendly microbes.” – See more here.

Lieff has written before about plant intelligence (Is Dodder the Most Intelligent Plant and Vital Plant Communication with Bacteria and Fungus.). He has taken this a few steps further.

He fails in one regard, however. He mentions how plants sense their environment, change in response to it, and communicate with each other, yet ignores how they communicate with us, how we can understand them beyond laboratory setups. electrical and molecular signalling. He doesn’t even consider the human Biofield, our own sensitivity to two-way communication with them. Or the worldwide indigenous traditions the extensively document how humans are able to listen with their hearts two plants.

Please see: Human-Plant Communication, for additional reading resources. Or Classes for You if you wish to experience it for yourself. Private Garden Coaching sessions are also available.

To schedule a Deva Communion or Talking with Trees workshop, or, Garden Communication with Plants and Insects, contact me for more information.

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Have you ever had slugs laugh at you?

FH000008As a novice gardener, I first learned about organic gardening in 1972 from a friend, back issues of Organic Gardening Magazine, and a lot of experimentation.

One of my favorite photos from our NE Portland home shows me grinning from ear to ear, carrying armloads of three and a half foot long and two feet wide Swiss chard leaves. I was dwarfed behind those giant fronds. An old septic pond in the back yard seemed to have some ancient fertilizing properties still remaining from 30 or 50 years ago. Or maybe it had been biodynamically treated?

fountain bench treeTen miles to the south and five years later, I was living in a side-by side four plex, just a few blocks from a community garden at Colonel Summers Park, in SE Portland. Citizens could rent a 20’ x 20’ plot. The city would till the soil in the spring, provide the water and minimal rules, and each renter could garden according to her taste. I shared my plot with Meredith, who also lived in the neighborhood. Ours was located on the southern edge of the park, boundaried by a residential section on the west, conveniently away from the traffic on 20th Ave.

Now comes Findhorn

I read about the Findhorn Gardens, and the cooperation between humans and the plant kingdom that produced 40 pound cabbages and roses that bloomed in the snow. It seemed as if I was personally present and hearing the devas speak through Dorothy Maclean, one of the founders of Findhorn. I also read Kinship with All Life by J. Allen Boone, and realized those flowers and little creatures are more intelligent than we give them credit for. If Findhorn could do apparent miracles with their far northerly latitude on scraggly sand and compost, with big buckets of love, I could surely make some successes out of our well composted clay soil and ample Oregon water.

First Experiments

It wasn’t a scientific experiment. I tuned into the tranquility of green things growing, the spaces between soil particles holding honorable intentions, the casual intertwining of pea tendrils with weeds like a lover’s caress. I meditated and sent them love, while the breeze stirred the adventurous squash leaves, draping over the landscape as a by-product of more productive uses of the garden. The garden grew and grew and grew, until it was the envy of neighboring gardeners.

Talking to Plants, Soil,….and Insects, Too?

Talking to the plants, soil and insects seemed like something I should hide from passersby, given my family’s disdain when I mentioned it. So, I only whispered or spoke quietly from the heart. It seemed natural to me. Meredith objected that they weren’t talking back to her. “Read the Findhorn books,” I retorted. I thought they were written to encourage people to talk to their gardens, and anybody could get the hint. Not so, said Meredith.

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A three story Victorian-style home, painted grey with white trim overshadowed our garden in the late afternoon, but I didn’t mind. The elderly lady who lived there became an integral part of my gardening life. When I showed up, It was a signal for Minnie to emerge. We would exchange greetings, get caught up on family news, and share tidbits about gardening. She liked flowers, I liked vegetables. She watered the garden when I was out of town. We shared the garden’s bounty with her. I had a lot to learn from her. From over the fence, she delivered snippets of wisdom or vignettes of mundane events colored and flavored by her life, and then she would return to pruning or weeding. Mostly we would just work in comfortable silence. One day, I was sitting, crosslegged, contemplating the direction to pinch an indeterminate tomato. She remarked, “You’re talking to your plants, aren’t you?”

She caught me off guard. I didn’t want her to think I was batty, and I wasn’t sure if she would read the books. Still, it was better to be truthful. I answered, “Yes, I do.”

“I didn’t know young people still did that. My mother taught me.” Her parents were from the British Isles, where these traditions are kept alive. “I always tell my roses how beautiful they are. I know they like it, they brighten up, just like any one would do with praise.”

Meredith: You Do the Slug Talking, I’ll Do the Dirt Digging

I reported this conversation to Meredith. She didn’t budge. She decided I could do all the talking, and she would do the double digging. She would be careful of the earthworms, and let them know when she was going to disturb the soil, and offer similar courtesies to all the other insects and plants and weeds. But as for knowing when they’re talking back, she left that to me. That summer and fall, the garden answered. We had a bumper harvest of every vegetable we dreamed of, including forty pound Sweet Banana Squash.

Mild Winter Brings Many Spring Slugs

The winter of 1978 was very mild, only light frosts. In Portland, this means the slugs over winter very comfortably. After the spring tilling, we planted lettuces, green onions, chard, peas and radishes. The slugs ate everything that sprouted within two weeks. We did another planting. I showered the garden with love, and asked the slugs to take it easy. The slugs enjoyed the love like another spring rain, and ate everything again. We did a third planting. They were still voracious, only we began to call it ruthless. Loving them became a parody, an insincere effort in the face of the evidence that we were sacrificing a lot of labor, seeds and organic fertilizer in order to feed our local slug colonies. All the neighboring garden plots were using slug bait and had 4-6 week old plants, and we just had mud and miserable pea stubbles underneath our hand crafted but empty pea trellises.

Love the Slugs? You’re Kidding, I Hope. Nope.

I needed help. Three plantings, our favorite spring vegetables, all mowed down to the ground. I knew I was supposed to love the slugs. I alternated pleading with praising. But it was obvious they didn’t love me back. I felt betrayed.

One morning I was talking with my four-plex neighbor. She seemed to think she knew what to do. She asked for a slug. The pale morning sun shone directly onto the one-third inch baby I had placed in her outstretched hand. I was curious, “OK, now how do you love a slug?”

“Do you see how it glistens in the light? And how vulnerable it is, without even a protective shell? And think how it moves, producing from its own body only a thin trail to cushion it from dirt and sharp rocks.” My neighbor held the slug so I could see.

I looked closely, and saw little iridescent rainbows flash off the light brown surface. I gasped. It was exquisite, like a little brown oblong pearl. I had never noticed the beauty of a baby slug before. “It would have more reason to be scared of you than you do of it. Love comes from appreciating them for their own sake, not what we think they ought to be good for.” She sounded just like those books.

Power of Love in a Garden

I thanked her and gently carried the sluglet back to my plot. Newly armed with love, appreciation and desperation, I broadcast a formal announcement: “I am impressed by your feeding talents. You are the experts at getting what you need, and I admire you for that. However, I need to eat, too. If you don’t stop eating our vegetables, I will be forced to use slug bait. And I mean it.” Then I softened as I remembered that tender pearly rainbow baby. “But I would rather not hurt you. I will plant a small section in the corner with your favorite vegetables, if you will leave the rest of our garden alone.”

I did as I promised. They all relocated to their corner, and I have never since needed slug bait. When I moved to another part of town, the slugs immediately knew the contract and only ate from “their” part of the garden. I successfully negotiated or contracted with wireworms, cutworms, ants, snails, mosquitoes, yellow jackets, wasps, and many others, and I thought I had finally learned everything I needed to teach classes, as Meredith was arguing I should do. But I was wrong.

Have You Ever Had Slugs Laugh at You?

One time, I visited a friend in Crescent City, California. As a housewarming present, I carefully planted lettuces for the corner of the garden I was dedicating to slugs. I talked to them with love, and expected them to respond the way our Portland slugs did.

What are the characteristics of coastal climates? They always have mild winters and plenty of rain. Slugs breed very well under these conditions. Just to make sure I got the point, all the slugs, mostly five to seven inches long, emerged from their hiding places and marched in single file out of the garden, with perhaps a tinge of indignation, to let me know they were honoring the contract. That pitiful lettuce plot could never satisfy them. Have you ever seen a slug turn up her nose at tender lettuce? There’s nothing quite like large banana slugs, brown slugs, striped slugs, black slugs, all sliding on a single slime trail, to get away from a newly planted garden, as an answer to the spiritual gardener’s question: What is the sound of ten slugs laughing?

 If you want to experience this yourself, try quietly talking to your slugs with love. If you would rather meet Rosi, she has started teaching classes again.

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On Talking With Trees

This was first published in Sentient Times, 2002 April/May issue. The last issue of this magazine was published in Feb. 2008, but a dedicated team kept them available online and allowed me to download my article. There is a new team writing as Psychic Sentient Times, since 2013.

The following is “my” article, and I am grateful to Sentient Times folks who kept it long enough for me to share (slightly edited) with you:

On Talking with Trees: A Call to Rediscover the Intelligence in Nature

Trees do not stand like tall sentinels, impassive and silent. Nor is talking with them like a telephone conversation, “What’s up? How are the kids?” Trees and the spirit that comes through them can register and reflect every nuance of human emotion. When we approach them with clear intentions and use our whole bodies to listen, they can reveal brilliant insights or assist in overcoming personal or even planetary challenges. We can experience openings of our heart that take us beyond the confines of place and time. We can access wisdom far beyond our limited intellects. It’s more like a conversation with the deepest parts of ourselves, crying out for discovery. In Talking With Nature, Michael J. Roads hears: “Do not look for separation. The I that calls is not separate from the I which responds. To those who are aware of their sensitivity and are determined to cultivate and encourage their finer feelings, life calls in many varied ways.”


More and more of us hear the call of the life that pervades the living body of the Earth, and recognize that we are inextricably intertwined. This call resounds with urgency from two sources: the seriousness of the ecological crisis, and sacredness of the human evolutionary challenge. As we all know, unless we harness some extraordinary intelligence and take appropriate action, we face not only the melting of the ice caps, the rising of the oceans, the unbreathable polluted air, starvation and cruelty of drought and war, the loss of species; we also risk the planet’s ability to sustain life, most serious for children growing up now. What we do to nature we do to ourselves.

However, we are not separate from or superior to nature. We can reverse the dangers facing us. We can prevent even worse catastrophes. As we open our hearts to each other and to the Earth, we have the rare chance to come together as one heart, one mind, one planet.

Achieving cooperation with nature moves us to a new level of relationship to ourselves, each other and the planet. As Machaelle Small Wright discovered at her Perelandra Nature Research Center in Virginia, co-creative solutions may not always make sense from a human perspective, but they promote balance from nature’s perspective. Connecting in this way may help us access the desperately needed intelligence from our own backyards.

Humanity has always known the intelligence to be found in nature, but it is a knowing that has mostly been lost in our modern society. Until the 17th century, Europeans also believed that there was an innate spirit that animated everything, and was the cause of all physical forces. Then Descartes proposed that the universe can be described by objective mathematical formulas, and that mind is separate from matter.


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Newton, Copernicus and others discovered the laws of gravity and physical principles to explain celestial and earthly phenomena. Along with eliminating superstition and paving the way for massive technological achievements, science became the reason to discard the concept of the divine spirit in all things as well. Nature was viewed as a mechanical device, with no life or intelligence. It could be dominated and exploited solely for human purposes.Image by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay

In the 20th century, discoveries in physics have shown the promise of overturning the mechanistic view and supporting the view of nature as a conscious and intelligent partner. Physicists since the 1920’s had to question whether mechanistic principles explained everything because of the challenge of quantum mechanics. In the 1970’s and 80’s, physicists suggested that reality includes consciousness in an underlying indivisible wholeness. Thus consciousness is not bound by space or time. The scientific understanding began to echo the spiritual once again. The teachings of sages, seers and mystics from ancient times now give insight into modern dilemmas.

Biology is not far behind. Indeterminacy and chaos in biological systems have supplanted the belief in the clockwork predictability of nature. Eminent biologist Rupert Sheldrake has proposed the existence of morphogenetic fields, similar to ancient concepts of angels and spirits, to account for nonlocal patterns of learning and the development of organisms. All these discoveries and theories lead us to ask the question: Does the universe and the various systems within it behave in a conscious, intelligent and purposeful manner?

img_5690-1Many hear this as a call to rediscover the intelligence in nature. While others are still conditioned by the belief that seeing is believing. Along with wind and radio waves, the spirit and consciousness within and behind all life are also unseen. It is foolish to dismiss them and their power simply because they are intangible. The inferences of scientists and the experience of mystics indicate we are virtually swimming in an ocean of unseen intelligent forces. There is nothing in the manifested world that does not participate in that intelligence and we can take this opportunity to align ourselves with it. Our belief systems can close our minds to this untapped reservoir or we can build the bridges to reconnecting with it consciously.

There is no need to limit our explorations to trees, but there are good reasons to begin with them first. Florence A. Newhouse in Angels of Nature tells us that next to humans and animals, trees are the greatest life forms on this planet. The intelligence of most of them is akin to humans, and often far greater, especially for large and old trees and evergreens. As Dorothy Maclean records in To Honor the Earth: Reflections on Living in Harmony with Nature: “Large trees are essential for the well-being of the Earth. No other can do the job they do. They and humanity each represent the apex of a particular form of life, and you can gain much by association with them. It is no accident that the Buddha is said to have found enlightenment under a tree.”

2015-08-10-19-58-14.jpgThe ancestors of nearly everyone now alive held trees in reverence, and gained not just numerous material benefits but also notable spiritual ones. Nathaniel Altman, author of Sacred Trees, reports how in Native American and other cultures, trees are the home of the gods and guardian spirits or angels. Even in the Bible, they are the source of voices, visions, dreams and healing. Throughout the world they convey wisdom, oracles, spiritual guidance and provide protection. Certain old, large trees in West Africa play the role of mediators in ascertaining justice. The Native American Hidatsa people valued the assistance of the cottonwood tree in resolving conflicts. Many of these traditions attribute people’s experiences to the presence of an intelligent spirit dwelling in or speaking through the tree.

Talking with trees may seem strange to those who have lost their ties to their own ancestral heritage or who have not yet made the paradigm shift to a more inclusive awareness. Talking with trees, if done respectfully and with positive intent, can help make that shift. It is best to start with a tree that one has planted and cared for oneself, or one that is beloved to the community, or an ancient or large tree in an undisturbed forest.

I invite everyone to take these steps to start:

Attitude. The attitude of appreciation and reverence to a tree elicits the greatest response, since in honoring the tree as a source of intelligence, one opens the doorway to communication. Respect, gratitude, humility, non-attachment, compassion, noble motives and an open heart enhance the opportunity to build a relationship. Clarify intentions. Have no expectations—they create tensions in the body/mind which interfere with subtle experience. Relax.

Approach. The aura of a tree extends quite a distance from its trunk. Become aware of the subtle changes in your body, which your aura transmits to you through your nervous system, as you approach a tree, and your auras begin to interact. Your own personal signals may be unique. Be sensitive to them. Trust them.

Physical Contact. I prefer open palms, hugging with both arms, my cheek against the bark, or leaning and letting the tree support some of my weight. If the tree is growing to make a convenient setting place, I express appreciation for the opportunity to sit.

Whole Body Listening. Create internal quiet, calming mental chatter. Use not just the ears, but all of the senses, and the heart. Listen inside for the corresponding chords of resonance within the body/mind.

Connect. Breathe into and with the tree, sensing its rhythm and matching it, identifying and becoming one with the tree, extending oneself through the roots down into the earth, and up into the branches, reaching for the sun with one’s leaves. You can feel this process or visualize it. Children have no trouble doing this. Be like a child.

Be Patient. Do not compare your experiences with others’, or judge them from your expectations. That keeps us experiencing separation. Every person is different, and every tree is also different! Experiment with different trees to find a match for your needs.

Explore and Expand. Cultivate a relationship with a particular tree. Become aware of its rhythm, and respect your own in this process. From a place of clarity, start posing questions and waiting patiently for answers, trusting that they will come. Some people find that a picture comes into their head, a snatch of a song, a scent, an internal sensation, an impression of energy that they can form into words or visual images. Allow your own sensory system to direct your process. Bring your notebook, sketch pad, or tape recorder. Some find that kinesthetic modes of communication work best for them, using pendulums, muscle testing or kinesiology to answer yes/no question (see the Perelandra Garden Workbook by Machaelle Small Wright).

From early childhood, many people have fond memories of a favorite tree they liked to visit for calm reflection, solace, or creative inspiration. The good news—that part of childhood doesn’t have to be over. The challenging news—it may take work to overcome cultural conditioning. Enjoy the creative exploration or rediscovery of the intelligence in trees. A Chinese proverb says, “Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.”

Are Devas Real?

Devas are beyond ordinary senses

If you believe that only ordinary sense information is real, no. Devas and Nature Intelligences are not perceptible by the five limited human senses. Perceptions by intuition, the third eye, inner hearing, and auric or morphogenetic fields are not generally subject to Western consensus reality. They are difficult to evaluate in terms of scientific evidence. The rational mind, as valuable as it is for most worldly concerns, inhibits our human capacity to experience the expansiveness of which we are capable.[1]

Love and God are also beyond the senses

But other intangibles that are generally accepted as valid are equally unprovable: love, mind, Presence, God. As Linda Kohanov writes, “The resulting overemphasis on scientific validation leads to a certain ineptitude in the ephemeral realms of emotion, imagination and intuition. If a phenomenon can’t be consistently and predictably measured or recreated in experiments, its existence is often denied.”[2]

Are Devas the Eternal?

Are Devas Real, as in the Eternal, beyond time and space? Again, no. They are of the world of form, which has a beginning and an end, is mutable and subject to change. They may consist of thought forms, or have characteristics such as beauty, consciousness, intelligence, or take actions such as praising God, emanating light, or holding the vibrations which emerge from the Will of God in a pattern to manifest a particular human, animal or plant form. Thus, they are limited in time and space.

Devas, Creation, Imagination

Are they Real as much as anything in the world of form is real, an aspect of Creation, part of the garment of the Creator? Yes. We are participants in Creation through our creative imagination. Our imagination/ mind clothes the intangible in the familiar, so we can experience it, and relate to it, and learn from our experiences.

Deva Communion is for the purpose of expanding our awareness. We overcome the separations the mind makes, so that we can merge in Oneness with the Infinite, beyond all thought, beyond all form.

[1] See Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight for this neuroscientist’s experience of alternating between the rational left brain and expansive right)

[2] Linda Kohanov. (2001) The Tao of Equus: A Woman’s Journey of Healing and Transformation through the Way of the Horse. Novato, CA: New World Library


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Books—Nature/ Deva Communication

First compiled, Dec. 2000. Edited April 2007, again Dec. 2013. Hotlinks in 2019. Please feel free to comment.

• All reviews that are preceded by two ** and followed by two ** are taken from the publisher’s excerpts on the internet.
• Publication dates are from the most recent copies I had read, mostly before Dec. 2000. There are more recent editions for some. Please forgive me that many reviews are 18 years out of date, and all the other entry errors! 🙂

1. Altman, Nathaniel. (1995). The Deva Handbook: How to Work with Nature’s Subtle Energies. Rochester, VT: Destiny Books.
Nathaniel Altman has written or co-authored over fifteen books. He worked for The Theosophical Society of America, studied under Geoffrey Hodson and Dora Van Gelder. He first communicated consciously with devas around 1987, and deepened his practice in 1990. In The Deva Handbook, he gives a taste of the history of human traditions from around the world that involve human-deva interactions. He discusses the loss of our connection with them in this technological culture, and how to regain that connection and communicate with them through attitude shifts such as acknowledgment, respect, and humility. The Deva Handbook contains much practical information, is well researched, and includes an excellent index and a bibliography with many of my favorite books on this topic.

  • “. . .The cultivation of respect in our lives–respect toward ourselves, other people, animals, plants and other living beings–helps create the total energetic expression of who we are. Since devas relate at an energetic level rather than on the basis of our outer appearance, the quality and tenor of our energy are vital for any meaningful relationship with them.” (p76)
  • “Communion with members of the devic kingdom–the sharing of thoughts or feelings with another form of life–does not merely involve the act of receiving, but implies our active participation in a dynamic relationship. This relationship can take many forms. It is not only based on the “chemistry” between ourselves and the nature being, but on our particular feelings and needs at the time of communion.” (p 123)

2. Altman, Nathaniel. (1994). Sacred Trees. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books.
I cannot do justice to this book. It is amazing and inspiring, with examples of sacred trees drawn from many cultures.

  • (From the back cover) “Sacred Trees rekindles a once-broadly felt kinship with the natural world. . . Sacred Trees offers us the devotion traditional cultures have shown towards trees and teaches us that respect, reverence and communion with the rest of nature are essential for the healing of Mother Earth.”

This book explores the attitudes held by dozens of traditional cultures towards trees. He has chapters on Cosmic Trees, Trees of Fertility, Trees as Providers, Trees That Heal, Trees of Wisdom, and Trees for Transformation. He explores their roles as guides or allies, for medicinal, spiritual, and magical purposes, as well as communion with the gods or devas. In the chapter, “Home of the Gods”, we find:

  • “The belief in trees as the homes of living deities laid the foundation for a wide variety of important cultural beliefs, many of which still exist. . .The indwelling spirits are believed to be the sources of the healing and spiritual protection that trees provide, including the ability to impart wisdom to humans who are able to receive it.” (pp 68-70)

From the chapter, “Trees of Wisdom”:

  • “Among the Native American Indians, many large trees served as gathering places for holding council and negotiating treaties. The cottonwood was a favorite council tree of the Indians,…The Hidatsa people, for example, believed that the shade of the cottonwood possessed an intelligence that, if properly approached, would help them resolve different conflicts and assist them in certain undertakings.”

3. Andrews, Lynn. Windhorse Woman: A Marriage of Spirit. New York: Warner Books, Inc. (1989)
Lynn Andrews has authored many books, including Medicine Woman, Jaguar Woman and Flight of the Seventh Moon. She was apprenticed to a Native American shaman, Agnes Whistling Elk, in the early 70’s. She has written these books to share the path of the shamanic warrioress in awakening to the caring, nurturing and healing of Mother Earth, while reclaiming her own personal and spiritual powers as a woman.

4. Andrews, Ted.  Enchantment of the Faerie Realm. St. Paul, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications. (1996) (Not Recommended)
Ted Andrews is a well-known author on mystical and esoteric matters. He offers a scholarly methodology for the discovery of the faerie folk, and analyzes the different environments–water, earth, air and fire of different elementals. A good part of this book is meditative exercises from European-based myths, fairy tales, and symbolic associations.

My critique is that he chose as illustrations the sentimental Victorian-style nude depictions of female bodies as “faeries”. This promulgates various sexist myths, misleads people’s imaginations and underscores a bias towards the fairy realms as having only instrumental value to humans, rather than on their own terms.

5. Ausubel, Kenny, Ed. (2004). Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books

Draws the connection between human health and environmental health. Delves into ecological medicine.

**”Drawn largely from luminous presentations given at the annual Bioneers Conference, …–focuses on pragmatic solutions emerging at the fertile edges between the overlapping worlds of environmental restoration and holistic healing…many of the world’s leading health visionaries show us how human health is inescapably dependent on the health of our environment.
…They seek to heal the tragic split that conventional medicine made from nature and to conjure nature’s own mysterious capacity for self-repair…”**

6. Bdolak, Levanah Shell. (1991). Eco-Spirit: A Spiritual Guide to Healing the Planet. New Jersey: Voyant Publishers
Bdolak takes an activist-oriented approach to the problems our planet is facing, and a psychically-trained approach to our spiritual self-transformation. An ecological evaluation includes ourselves, then is followed by grounding and centering, running energy and keeping the aura and chakras clear, working with earth, air, fire and water, and elemental beings. Her visualization exercises, also involve other sensory modes, are easy to follow, and direct towards positive action.

  • “You can see the wood burning brightly, forming different colored flames. You watch the flames leap from log to log. And in the area where the coals are hot and bright and glowing, you can see the brightly moving fire lizards, the Salamanders. For a moment take a deep breath and imagine yourself as the fire element. . .You are the heat of life, the ability to transform all things. . .The fire element is the nurturing heat of action that will enable you to take action and make changes in your world.” (pp 129-130)

7. Berry, Thomas. The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future. New York: Bell Tower, Crown Publishing, Random House (1999).
Thomas Berry brings immense dignity and moral stature to discussions of humans and ecology. This book challenges 21st century humans to look deeply into how we are harming the environment. And the even greater harm is from by asserting human dominance and only seeing Nature for human purposes. “The deepest cause of the present devastation is found in a mode of consciousness that has established a radical discontinuity between the human and other modes of being and the bestowal of all rights on the humans.” He speaks of the value of indigenous peoples and women’s wisdom supporting the changes we need to make. He holds up hope that we can restore ourselves to a rightful and sustainable relationship with the Earth, and know our place.

  • “We have silenced too many of these wonderful voices of the universe that spoke to us of the grand mysteries of existence.  We no longer hear the voice of the rivers, the mountains, or the sea. The trees and meadows are no longer intimate modes of spirit presence…” p17
  • “…(Recent, post-Newtonian scientific discoveries) led to an awareness of the unity of the universe within itself and with each of its components…In this manner it could be said that in a scientific as well as a religious sense the small self of the individual finds its Great Self in the universe…the human emerges from the larger universe and discovers itself in this universe.” (pp192-193)

Berry includes an extensive bibliography at the end.

8. Bloom, William. (1987, 1993). Devas, Fairies and Angels: A Modern Approach. Glastonbury: Gothic Image Publications.
Originally written as a study paper for the Findhorn Foundation. A small pamphlet on the different beings of nature, from a Theosophical perspective.

9. Bloom, William. (1998, 2001). Working with Angels, Fairies and Nature Spirits. Piatkus Publishers

  • (From the back cover) “In his new book,  . . .Bloom presents a compelling description of the angel, fairy and spirit realm. He reveals a world that lies behind everyday reality and shows you how to co-operate with these invisible beings of energy who are a fundamental part of every aspect of our lives…William Bloom’s teaching about angels is based on twenty-five years of direct personal experience…He campaigns for freedom of beliefs, particularly the idea that all life is sacred and has meaning.”

I find this book to be highly educational, and a refreshing blend of the most sensible approaches to working with devas that I have ever read, with no wasted words. What he states so closely parallels my experiences and the way I like to teach, that I was thrilled to have finally discovered this book. I highly recommend it.

  • “We have an energy field as well as a dense physical body. We sense and feel things in our energy field. Devas and spirits, on the other hand, do not have dense physical bodies, but they do have energy fields…The human aura experiences the new or different energy as a ripple of disturbance which comes down through it to the nervous system. The nervous system, in turn, transmits its message to the mind-brain. . .If the sensation is too subtle the mind-brain will ignore it, because other more important experiences or sensations are being received. . .That is why people need to get into a contemplative mood to perceive devas. . .Once you are quiet, the mind-brain has to register the sensation and interpret it in a way that makes sense.”
  • “A few mind-brains translate the sensation into clear images, which is called clairvoyance. but the images are created by the mind. Many Westerners are desperate to see fairies and angels. But the seeing is never real in the way we see things through our physical eyes. There is no impression through the retina, which is why blind people can be clairvoyant. The mind is clothing the sensation in familiar images. . .”
  • “The trick is to go quiet and allow an impression to settle in your mind-imagination. It is impossible to get a clear impression if you are at all agitated. Also, any emotional excitement or neediness will affect the way that your mind-imagination interprets the impression.”

10. Boone,  J Allen. (1954). Kinship With All Life. San Francisco: Harper-Collins.
This is an amazing book that has become the foundation for the rapidly growing field of Animal Communication. I have taught from it for many of my classes. A man close to the motion picture industry becomes a dog-sitter for a star dog named Strongheart. Strongheart teaches him to communicate with him by his insistent demands for the recognition of his obvious intelligence, playfulness, and wisdom. Their bond becomes the source of the man’s spiritual unfoldment, helping him overcome the human superiority complex that typically interferes with our communion with all life. He extends the lessons to appreciating, respecting, and honoring the intelligence in worms, snakes, horses, camels, micro-organisms, and Freddie the Fly. The teachings in this book would be a sound foundation for anyone interested in gardening and developing communication with all life.

2019 Update: I had an encounter with a diamond back rattlesnake in the Angeles National Forest July 21, 2019, when I was looking for potential workshop sites. He was large, about 5 feet long, coming across the road. Lenna, who was driving the car, veered and braked to avoid hitting him.

I asked her to park in the road to prevent other rapidly moving traffic from hitting him. Then got out of the car to protect him as he made his way across a dirt parking lot. He gave me permission to photograph and film him at close range. Fear didn’t even enter my mind. I was in a state of profound love and admiration for him, and intended only to ensure his safety. He was exquisitely beautiful. At the end, he told me to turn off the camera. Then told me he represented the Deva of Rattlesnakes. They would guarantee the safety of everyone in my workshops in Southern CA, since I was unfamiliar with snakes, ticks, and other potential hazards. I had to go home and reread this book, with two chapters on rattlesnakes. I had apparently absorbed the lessons well from Kinship with All Life. Very grateful.

2019-07-21 19.36.01rattlesnake in focus on gravel parking lot

Diamond back rattlesnake, and guardian spirit

11. Bouchardon, Patrice. (1999). The Healing Energies of the Trees. Boston: Journey Editions.
The author and his wife found themselves, without any background in animal husbandry, needing to manage a large farm with 150 cows, goats and sheep. They were only able to meet the animals’ needs by learning to communicate with and understand them. They extended this to trees, for whom the author had always felt a strong affinity, and discovered trees to be amazing beings, teachers, and psychotherapists. The book contains creative exercises for personal development with trees, as well as special qualities of the trees they use in preparing tree oils. It has gorgeous photographs.

  • “We came to realize that each tree contains a certain kind of energy and that this energy varies from one species to another; some trees have an effect that encourages fluidity, with others it might be gentleness or openness. For more than ten years now we have been preparing tree oils that embody these qualities of energy. . .” (From the intro)
  • “Deforestation is an enormous danger for the ecosystems of the whole planet. Plant and animal species are destroyed along with their habitat, agricultural land is eroded, and both the local and regional climate may be affected, leading to extremes of drought or flooding. The forests are the planet’s lungs, absorbing carbon dioxide and giving out oxygen. This local destruction has a global effect: the poisoning and destruction of the forests is something that involves us all. . .” (p31)

12. Bruteau, Beatrice. (1979). The Psychic Grid: How We Create the World We Know. Wheaton, Ill: The Theosophical Publishing House.
This book is an investigation into the observation that we create the world we know by our beliefs and attitudes, as well as by the social codes and conventions that we absorb from our culture. Part of developing the ability to have new experiences of realms beyond ordinary senses (such as the devic realms) is overcoming our limiting beliefs. This requires an acknowledgment of how, when we accept our culture’s attitudes towards nature, it limits what we can experience.

The awareness that we create our experiences is also vital to assuming the role of conscious co-creator. Bruteau makes a solid and detailed case for this awareness. This book is written to the high standards of the academic world. At the same time, she comes from a Christian spiritual tradition, informed by Theosophical and Vedic teachings.

  • “…Because these beliefs, and their subsequent “observations”, are unquestioned, and to this degree unconscious, the world we actually live in is structured according to their pattern. People sincerely perceive themselves and others in the social perspectives laid out for them…”
  • “(The psychic grid) enhances some communications and inhibits others. . . the grid represents the paradigm, the model, the set of beliefs and practices in our culture in terms of which we experience the universe. We never receive the totality of the universe but only that selection of…communications which have been admitted by our particular psychic grid. . . Thus, with the help of the psychic grid, we actually create the “world” in which we dwell.”
  • “This is the case not only with the social world but with the physical world as well…”

13(A). Buhner, Stephen Harrod. (2004). The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart In the Direct Perception of Nature. Rochester, VT: Bear & Company
Buhner is also the author of Plant Spirit Healing, Sacred Plant Medicine: Explorations in the Practice of Indigenous Herbalism, 3rd ed, One Spirit Many Peoples: A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality, Plant Intelligence & the Imaginal Realm Beyond the Doors of Perception Into the Dreaming of Earth, and others. I have been grateful to find in The Secret Teachings of Plants much support for the importance of communion with the intelligence within each plant. Buhner considers them living beings with whom we need to communicate lovingly and respectfully.

He documents how indigenous peoples gained their knowledge of plant medicines directly from the plant, as well as using their powers of perception and observation, and without the benefit or detriment of scientific laboratories. He notes that even Western scientists have benefited directly from the heart’s way knowing. “All ancient and indigenous peoples insisted their knowledge of plant medicines came from the plants themselves and not through trial-and-error experimentation. Less well known is that many Western peoples made this same assertion. There are, in fact, two modes of cognition available to all human beings–the brain-based linear and the heart-based holistic. The heart-centered mode of perception can be exceptionally accurate and detailed in its information gathering capacities if, as indigenous and ancient peoples asserted, the heart’s ability as an organ of perception is developed.”

Buhner discusses the electromagnetic nature of the heart and the physical, emotional and spiritual heart. He notes that discoveries in neuroscience indicate that the heart is over 50% neural cells. It is also part of the endocrine system and functions like another brain. He says we develop a new mode of cognition when we use the heart as an organ of perception:

  • “Shifting the focus of consciousness to the heart—and away from the forebrain results in entrainment of large populations of cells in the forebrain to cardiac functioning (rather than vice versa). These populations of forebrain cells begin oscillating to the rhythms produced by the heart, and the perceptions of those populations of cells, the kind of information they begin to process during entrainment, is very different from what they process when entrainment is not occurring.”  p 103.

13(B). Buhner, Stephen Harrod. (2006). The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on EarthChelsea Green Publishing Company: White River Junction, USA.

“…Well-known author, teacher, lecturer, and herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner has produced a book that is certain to generate controversy. It consists of three parts: 1. A critique of technological medicine, and especially the dangers to the environment posed by pharmaceuticals and other synthetic substances that people use in connection with health care and personal body care. 2. A new look at Gaia Theory, including an explanation that plants are the original chemistries of Gaia and those phytochemistries are the fundamental communications network for the Earth’s ecosystems. 3. Extensive documentation of how plants communicate their healing qualities to humans and other animals. Western culture has obliterated most people’s capacity to perceive these messages, but this book also contains valuable information on how we can restore our faculties of perception.”

14. Caddy, Eileen. God Spoke to Me, Findhorn Publications, Findhorn Scotland, (1971, 1981).

15. Caddy, Eileen. The Dawn of Change: Selections from Daily Guidance on Human Problems, edited by Roy McVicar. Findhorn Publications, Findhorn, Forres, Scotland, (1979).
16. Caddy, Eileen. Opening Doors Within, edited and compiled by David Earl Platts. Findhorn Press, Findhorn, Forres, Scotland, (1986, 1994).

17. Caddy, Eileen. The Spirit of Findhorn, 2nd Ed. (1997). Findhorn Press, Ltd, Forres, UK. 
I am so grateful to Findhorn and the founders of Findhorn, as they have been instrumental in my discovery of how easy it is to communicate with all life. And how normal it is, how it easily contributes to spiritual growth. And to understand experiences I have had since childhood. Eileen Caddy was one of the founders of the spiritual community of Findhorn. They were guided by their faith in God, and inner guidance to found the community that is now a spiritual oasis. In 2005, Eileen was awarded the honor of MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen of England.

A small quote from Eileeen:

“Keep life as simple as possible
And enjoy to the full the simple things all around you,
The simple wonders and beauties which are there for all to share
But which are so often taken for granted because they are missed.

Miss nothing;
Be like little children,
Able to see and enjoy those little seemingly insignificant things in life
Which really make up the whole of life:…”
(pp. 44-46)

18. Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan. The Coming of the Fairies, Samuel Weiser, Inc. (1972)
This is an examination of issues around the famous Cottingly photographs of fairies, claimed to have been taken by two girls in Bradford, England around 1920. Doyle, who authored the Sherlock Holmes series, does an investigation into the evidence of their genuineness, weighing arguments pro and con, consulting, among others, E.L. Gardner of the Theosophical Society. Geoffrey Hodson investigated the photographs himself and believed them to be genuine. In her more advanced years, and long after the original publication of this book (which first came out in 1921) one of the ladies admitted they had faked the photographs, although they had also seen and played with fairies.
Doyle argues that we should at least be open to the existence of realms beyond the senses. An equal argument could be made for the effects of many centuries of humanly created thought forms having an influence on our perceptions of the subtle realms, and for the need to beware of effects of glamour influencing our communications about our perceptions.

19. The Findhorn Community, foreword by William Irwin Thompson

20. The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Man and Nature in Cooperation  Harper Colophon Books, (1975 and later editions), Harper & Row, New York.

  • “…The only answer was to exchange the two, wheelbarrowing gravel out, shoveling soil in. This involved an enormous amount of work, but it had a spiritual as well as physical effect on the area…I could instill light into the soil. It is difficult to explain, but I was actually aware of radiations of light and love passing through me as I worked. This did not happen until I got a spade in my hands and started digging. Then, like connecting up negative and positive poles in electricity, the energy flowed through me into the soil. This work was transforming the area and creating an intangible wall of light, like a force field, around the caravan.” (p6) (Peter Caddy)
  • “As part of this process of refinement, we were reminded of the power and importance of our thoughts. Through them we could transform our bodies. Always remember, you are what you think you are. Again I say to you, you must be ever conscious of these things. Never allow yourself to imagine that your body will become a light body without your doing anything about it. All the time think about building a light body, and let your thoughts help to create it.” (p44)

21. Hauck, Rex, editor. Angels: The Mysterious Messengers. Ballantine Books, New York, 1994.

This is a compilation of interviews with contemportary angelologists who appeared in an NBC television series, as well as personal accounts of life-changing encounters with angels, and reflective reports by authorities, authors, artists and spiritual leaders. The following are from an interview with K. Martin-Kuri, “a professional artist, angelologist, and founder of Twenty-Eight Angels, Inc.”
“On the global level, we’re beginning to remember heaven. We had forgotten; we had gotten lost in matter. . .If we look at the problems of our lives with a new spiritual vision, we begin to see that we have help. We have angelic help, but it’s optional.
That means if we open our souls to the level where we can receive what the angels are willing to give us, they will give it to us…
But there is still another level where we are able to interact with the heavens…That is the development of pure intuition. When we have that pure intuition,l we become that which we are intuiting. So if we are intuiting God, we at some point have to become connected to the Divine. . .
Service is what the angels are all about. They do nothing but serve the Divine out of love.” (pp133-137)

22. Hawken, Paul. The Magic of Findhorn. Bantam Books

23, 24, 25, 26. All by Hay House Publishing, various dates. All highly recommended.
23. Hay, Louise. You Can Heal Your Life and You Can Heal Your Life
24. Hay, Louise. You Can Heal Yourself

25. Hay, Louise. The Power is Within You

26. Hay, Louise. Heart Thoughts

I recommend any of her books for their inspiration and the process of opening that allows us to clearly receive communications and impressions from the devic realm. Although she doesn’t discuss nature spirits, her books are about the oneness of our body-mind, the oneness of the intelligence that pervades the whole universe, and becoming aware of the power of love to connect with that intelligence. She emphasizes that we create our experiences by our thinking, feeling patterns, which is a keynote to co-creation with the devas.

27. Hodson, Geoffrey The Kingdom of the Gods. The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, 1952.
The pre-eminent reference on devas of nature, messages from them, their role in creation, vibration, music, all aspects of the natural world. Hodson directed a sensitive artist in the beautiful illustrations.

28. Hodson, Geoffrey. The Brotherhood of Angels and Of Men. The Theosophical Publishing House, (1927, 1982)

The angels delivered these messages to Geoffrey Hodson on the various roles angels play in relation to humans, and to our evolution. Most moving is the need for co-operation of humans with the angelic realm, and the place of co-creation in the Divine Plan.

  • “The power of our prayers will be enhanced by being offered up with yours. . . . Our sphere of usefulness to God will be enlarged by sharing yours; your lives will be enriched, your world made glad, by the inauguration of the Brotherhoodof Angels and of Men. The aim of the Brotherhood is to widen the range of human love by including angels within its rosy glow, so that the concept of brotherhood, the keynote of the coming age, shall know no bounds, but widen to include all living things, mortal and immortal. . .”
  • “Be of the same mind, one with another, for there is but one Life, boundless and inexhaustible, which is the very essence of you all. Go to the children of men, draw close to them once more, that those days may be brought back again when angels walked with men. Do this, it is the Will of God.” (pp25-26)

29. Hodson, Geoffrey. The Miracle of Birth : A Clairvoyant Study of a Human Embryo. Theosophical Publishing House

30. Hodson, Geoffrey. Science of Seership. Society of Metaphysicians (1986) – facsimile edition

31. Hodson, Geoffrey. Angels and the New Race. Society of Metaphysicians (1988) – facsimile edition

32. Hodson, Geoffrey. Coming of the Angels. Banton Paperback (1993) – facsimile edition

33. Hodson, Geoffrey. Clairvoyant Investigations

**More or less a sequel to Kingdom of the Gods.**

34. Hodson, Geoffrey. Kingdom of Faerie. Banton Paperback (1993) – facsimile edition of 1927 work

35. Hodson, Geoffrey. The Call to the Heights. Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, Wheaton, Illinois1976.

36. Hodson, Geoffrey. Fairies at Work and Play. Theosophical Publishing House, Quest Books, Wheaton, Illinois1984.
From excellent, first hand descriptions recorded from 1921-1924 of many classes of fairies and devas observed by this well-known clairvoyant and member of the Theosophical Society.

  • “To the Eastern mind the word “deva” refers to a host of “shining ones” of almost infinite variety of form and function. In this book I have confined myself to those particular classes which are especially associated with Nature and which I have had the opportunity of studying.” (from Hodson’s Chapter VII, Devas)

37. Huffines, LaUna. Healing Yourself With Light: How to Connect With the Angelic Healers. HJ Kramer, Inc. New World Library 1995.

  • “This dramatic transformation of humanity is possible because the vast creative intelligence of all life is bathing this planet in a greater intensity of energy than ever before. . .
  • The angelic healers work with group awareness.” (p5-7)
  • “The angelic healers are master architects of creating beautiful forms through vibration and color. Their evolution includes master angels, the archangels, who are acknowledged and described in almost all religions… it is sometimes possible to see angels as shining beings. However, their body is not truly physical.” (p 10)

38. Johnson, Tom. You Are Always Your Own Experience. Pathways Publications 1982

39. Kelley, Penny. The Elves of Lily Hill Farm: A Partnership With Nature. Llewellyn Publications (1997).
An amazing book–her odyssey of communicating with the devas of nature while she struggles with her resistance to farming and harvesting her grape orchard their way. She learns valuable lessons about how much energy it takes to lead the life she thinks she wants, while being led to walking a higher path.

40. Leadbeater, Charles W. Invisible Helpers. Theosophical Publishing House 1928 (1997)
Accounts of people who are dedicated to serve humanity and volunteer often under extraordinary circumstances during their sleep time or during waking consciousness out of body.

41. Leadbeater, Charles W. The Astral Plane. Vasanta Press, Madras
First published in 1895.  Forward by Annie Besant and  introduction by C. Jinarajadsa.

42. Leadbeater, Charles W. The Masters and the Path. Theosophical Publishing House

43. Leadbeater, Charles W. Man Visible and Invisible. Theosophical Publishing House

44. Lynch, Jerry and Al Huang, Chungliang. Working Without, Working Within: The Tao of Inner Fitness Through Sports and Exercise. 1998 Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York.

45. Mager, Marcia Zina. Believing in Faeries: A Manual for Grown Ups. The C.W. Daniel Company, Ltd.

  • “The moment a grown-up can begin to accept that everything is part of everything else, that all life is always in a constant sate of growth and process, that is the moment their true power is revealed. And that is also the moment they can begin, perhaps for the first time in their life, to truly relax.”
    “…A growing tree, a newborn flower, a ripening fruit cannot and will not “hurry”. Everything proceeds according to an inner rhythm and timing. And because there is no final end or destination or ultimate result, then every step of the growth process can be celebrated, praised and honoured…”

46. Masson, Jeffrey Moussaieff. When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

An outstanding book by a psychiatrist who stood up to Freud’s misogynist interpretation of women who reported childhood abuse. This book details almost every nuance of what we consider the emotions that make us human and finds examples of of the same emotions in animals, ranging from mourning the death of a companion, to caring for and healing others, from indignation and compassion to artistic sensibility.

47. Maclean, Dorothy. To Hear the Angels Sing. Lindisfarne Press, (1980).
With a foreword by David Spangler
When I first read this book, I was spell-bound. I felt as if I was there right with Dorothy, feeling and hearing the messages from the devas myself. This may have been the influence of the Findhorn Deva, as that deva came into being to help people connect with what the devic and human founders of the Findhorn Community were co-creating and accomplishing, and to spread their messages.
This is Dorothy Maclean’s autobiography, up to her part of co-founding the Findhorn community, and later the Lorian Association.

48. Maclean, Dorothy Choices of Love, Lindisfarne Press, (1998)
Along with Peter and Eileen Caddy, Dorothy Maclean is one of the founders of Findhorn. In this book, she draws from her relationship with the Beloved, and what the many years of that meditatively-inspired connection with Divinity has taught her about love. She surveys love in terms how she has learned to apply it consistently, unemotionally and with wisdom in her life. She examines the interrelationship of the devic or angelic realms, where there is a purity of love in service and joy to God, with the human realms of action, thought and emotion. She does not limit herself to the devas of nature, for which she became famous at Findhorn, but also of qualities, essences or archetypes, mythological perspectives, psychic dimensions, and human artifacts such as cities and nations. She delves into the polarities of good and evil, how they are seen in Western civilization and in other cultural traditions. This book addresses many of issues that arise in communion with the devas.

49. Maclean, Dorothy, and Carr, Kathleen Thormod. To Honor the Earth: Reflections on Living in Harmony with Nature. Harper Collins Publishers, San Francisco, (1991). Forward by Thomas Berry.
This book of quotes that Dorothy Maclean has received over the years from devas is beautifully illustrated by Kathleen Thormod Carr’s photography. It is both inspiring and a tugging call to action.

  • “From among the hundreds of messages I have received from the soul level of the mineral, plant, and animal worlds, only one species, the trees, has called urgently and powerfully. The angelic intelligence of the trees cried out for action on the part of humanity. From the perspective of the angelic world, it is vital that we change our views on thge value and the importance of trees, the skin of the Earth, where vital change is needed. . .When we “listen” within and without, we find that we are one with the universe. Perhaps trees are the aspect of nature most conducive to learning that truth. “(pp56-57)

50. McNiff, Shaun; foreword by Thomas Moore. Earth Angels; Engaging the Sacred in Everyday Things. Shambhala (2001)
**By the time you finish reading this book, the term “inanimate object” will no longer have a place in your vocabulary, for Shaun McNiff will awaken you to the wondrous energies streaming out of familiar things and bringing a sense of magic into your everyday life. His mission is to refocus our attention to the sacred within all dimensions of the world around us. Does a Styrofoam cup have soul? McNiff says yes, for the most debased things show us that the presence of the divine depends upon the quality of attention that we bring to our experiences.**

51. Montgomery, Pam; foreword by Brooke Medicine Eagle. Partner Earth: A Spiritual Ecology: Restoring Our Sacred Relationship With Nature
She first became aware of Devas upon reading the Findhorn books, and Dorothy Maclean’s To Hear the Angels Sing. Inspired in 1989 by Machaelle’s Behaving As If The God In All Life Mattered, Pam, her partner Amy and her daughter Cara, set off to create a garden in co-creation with the Devas and nature spirits. She makes herb tinctures, flower essences and Moon Flower Essences, and teaches classes in attunement to plants to gather wisdom from them, and in attunement to devas for healing, personal growth and guidance.

  • (p 57 from another person’s diary) We experience identity in accordance with how and where we focus our consciousness, and we can, therefore, learn to shift our focus – or in effect tune the frequency of our consciousness to exist on various levels. For instance, in order  to be able to communicate with Devas, we simply match frequencies with them, which usually means relaxing and expanding the mind to receive more subtle signals.

52. Moorey, Teresa. Faeries and Nature Spirits: A Beginner’s Guide
**This is fairly Wiccan oriented but does cover folklore aspects as well and has some good information on attracting fairies.**

53. Newhouse, Flower A., edited by Stephen Isaac, Ph.D. Angels of Nature, The Theosophical Publishing House, (1995)

54. Newhouse, Flower A. Insights into Reality, The Christward Ministry, Escondido, CA, (1995)

55. Parisen, Maria, editor. Angels And Mortals: Their Co-Creative Power

56. Pogacnik, Marko. Nature Spirits and Elemental Beings: Working with the Intelligence in Nature
Marko Pogacnik is also a very talented dowser, using dowsing to find sacred spots, and to sense energy disturbances. He has helped restore many sacred spots that have been disturbed by humankind throughout Europe. His mission is to heal the Earth, using an artistic-ecological method he calls lithopuncture. He places stones at various points on the Earth’s surface, like acupuncture needles, and using the stone “as a bridge between the physical and more subtle realities.”

57. Powell, Arthur E. The Astral Body. Theosophical Publishing House

58. Roads, Michael J. Talking With Nature. HJ Kramer/New World Library (July 16, 2003)
“If all life is connected, then the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms are interconnected. Knowing the cooperation I have experienced with plants and animals, why should metal be so different? . . . Change your attitude. See the metal as living. Respect the material, the form of life. Approach the task with humility.”

59. Roads, Michael J. Journey Into Nature: A Spiritual Adventure  HJ Kramer, Inc., Tiburon, California (1990).

60. Roads, Michael J. Journey into Oneness: A Spiritual Odyssey  HJ Kramer, Inc., Tiburon, California (1994).
In Journey into Oneness, Michael’s spiritual adventures searching for what is true and real are woven among allegorical tales that approach science fiction and fantasy.

61. Smith, Philip. Total Breathing, McGraw-Hill Paperbacks

62. Southern Centre of Theosophy, Robe, South Australia (compiler). Devas and Men : A Compilation of Theosophical Studies of the Angelic Kingdom, The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, India (1977)

63. Spangler, David. The Laws of Manifestation Findhorn Publications, Findhorn, Scotland (1975-1981)

  • “In America one can go into just about any metaphysical bookstore and buy a dozen or two dozen books on positive thinking, and how to influence friends and all these things, in which basically you are asked to what you do want, what are your needs. When you begin to identify this you are really saying, “who am I?” because when you decide to meet a certain set of needs you are deciding not to meet another set of needs…
  • So I suggest to you that all forms of manifestation operative on the personality level, whether through mind or emotion or physical action . . .
  • But it is not sufficient. . .My identity as a human being is in relationship with other human beings. . .At some point we begin to say, “There is not a thing that my world can offer me that will tell me who I am. The only place I can get that is by going beyond the level of the forms of the world and into the soul of myself an the world. I must go Godward. . .”

64. Spangler, David. Everyday Miracles: The Inner Art of Manifestation, Bantam Books, (1996)
This more recent version of Spangler’s insights on manifestation are in closer alignment to what works for me than the efforts at imposing personal will or affirmations on a world perceived as external, other. Instead, manifestation is the art of being in alighnment, surrender, in harmony with the essence of what is and what is to be in one’s life. He takes us through several aspects of manifestation, and gives examples of how he has discovered it to work in his life. **Drawing on over twenty years of teaching the art of manifestation, David Spangler reveals that manifestation is far more than a mental technique for acquiring things. It is primarily a way of being–a deeply spiritual practice that will put you in touch with the inexhaustible source of creative energy rooted at the foundation of the universe.**

65. Spangler, David. Revelation: The Birth of a New Age, Lorian Press, Elgin, Illinois (1976)

66. Spangler, David. Conversations with John, (1980) and Cooperation with Spirit: Further Conversations with John (1982) Lorian Press, Elgin, Illinois.

67. Spangler, David. Emergence: the Rebirth of the Sacred, Dell Publishing Co., New York (1984)

68. Spangler, David. Reflections on the Christ, Findhorn Publications (1981)

69. Steiner, Rudolf. Nature Spirits–Selected  Lectures Rudolf Steiner Press, London (1995)
**Selected lectures compiled and edited by Wolf-Ulrich Klunker. First published in German in 1992. A compilation of lectures by Rudolf Steiner covering the years 1908 to 1924 concerning the world of nature spirits and their relationship to humanity.**

70. Steiner, Rudolf. Spiritual Beings In The Heavenly Bodies And In The Kingdoms Of Nature. Anthroposophic Press (1993)
**In this classic, unparalleled work of Angelology, Steiner leads the reader from sense experiences to the experience of the spiritual beings active in nature, in the elements and forces of the earth, and to the dynamic, cosmic working of the angelic hierarchies. Using the  language of Christian esotericism, he unfolds in an inspiring and magnificent vision the cosmic collaboration of the hierarchical beings in cosmic and human evolution. These were lectures given by Steiner on April 3rd – 14th in 1912, with four additional included lectures.**

71. Stewart, R J. The Living World of Faery, Mercury Publishing
R. J. Stewart hails from Scotland, and lives in the USA. He teaches and writes on Celtic mythology, and the Celtic faery tradition. He relates that faery encounters in meditations could be with huge, terrible or hairy beings. He also encourages people to encounter fairies teachers, faery allies and co-walkers. In this book, he includes an interesting sampling of traditional Celtic and Irish tales along with some of his own, and previously unpublished journal entries of an 18th century writer who was initiated into the faery tradition through dreams and living seers of his time:
He states that faery traditions are not shamanic, although they also are cultural traditions that involve initiation and seeking of allies.

72. Tohei, Koichi. Ki in Daily Life. International Ki Society.
The founder and master of ShinShin Toitsu Aikido writes simply and elegantly how to face everyday life, with mind and body coordination, to master our thoughts as we become aware of how the negative ones weaken us.

73. Tompkins, Peter, and Christopher Bird. The Secret Life of Plants. Harper and Row (1989).
** Exploring the world of plants and its relation to humans as revealed by the latest discoveries of scientists, The Secret Life of Plants includes remarkable information about plants as lie detectors and as ecological sentinels. It describes their ability to adapt to human wishes, their response to music, their curative powers and their ability to communicate with humans. The authors suggest that the most far-reaching revolution of the 20th century–one that could save or destroy the planet–may come from the bottom of your garden.**

74. Tompkins, Peter. The Secret Life of Nature: Living in Harmony with the Hidden World of Nature Spirits from Fairies to Quarks. Harpercollins (1997).
This book has some challenging historical accounts of how the great Theosophists peered into atoms and described the structures of chemical elements and many subatomic particles. It took 60-80 years for scientists to discover the same facts of the nuclear model of the atom, the atomic structure and number of quarks in every kind of matter, but they have not recognized the Theosophists for their investigations. That their scientific insights have been validated along with other predictors of advanced mathematics such as string theory, should give credibility to  the more esoteric Theosophical observations of devas, fairies and nature spirits and how they operate in the world. Tompkins challenges all of us to recognize the science behind all this invisible phenomena.

75. Two Disciples. The Rainbow Bridge:First and Second Phases; Link With the Soul; Purification. The Triune Foundation, (1981)
Practices and disciplines for clearing the etheric body and aura of thought forms, whether from recent, long term or past life experiences.

76. Van Gelder, Dora. The Real World of Fairies. Quest Books (1995).
Dora Van Gelder spent her childhood with fairies and nature spirits as her playmates:
Dominating the feelings of the fairies that inhabit the surface of the sea is the fact that rhythm, which plays so large a part in the lives of all fairies, is for them embodied in the physical rhythm of the waves… They are in constant movement, like the surface of the sea itself, and just as the sea is one great mass in which there is not much differentiation of material, so the fairies of the sea are a homogeneous band. ”

77. Van Lippe-Biesterfeld, Irene. Dialogue With Nature, Findhorn Press, Scotland (1997)
This princess had some experiences that impressed her with the difficulties of ordinary human challenges and passions, an awareness unattained by many princesses. After working tirelessly to amend the political inequities she saw in society, and in a state of exhaustion, she sought comfort in the countryside and was rewarded by exceptional communication with nature spirits. Her insights into how dolphins communicate with humans is most rewarding. She teaches classes similar to Deva Communion/ Talks with Nature in Europe.

78. Watson, Lyall. Gifts of Unknown Things: A True Story of Nature, Healing, and Initiation from Indonesia’s Dancing Island. Destiny Books (1991).
Lyall Watson is an unusual biologist and acts also an an anthropologist in this book. He gives a sweeping view of the ordinary experiences from a Muslim Indonesian island that challenge even his wide-ranging scientific understandings for explanation. He gives descriptions of wave interference patterns, lasers, holograms, the nature of time, physics, universal life energy and the connection of everything to everything else to explain some of the experiences he recounts. (pp 38-42) He provides an interesting explanation for precognition (p 69-71). Some of his writing evokes poetry:

  • “The path was never more than a foot wide, but every foot was in the proper place. On the grassy flats, it swayed gently from side to side, matching itself to the rhythm of a walker with eyes on the horizon. Nearing a grove of ebony trees, it made a swing round to take in the fragrance and just enough of the shade to ease a traveler’s passage back into the sun… Many times I returned from the hills in the dark without any difficulty at all. I simply surrendered my feet to the path and let it take me to the sea.
  • There is no way in which even the most sensitive architect could contrive a path in such perfect harmony.”

79. Watson, Lyall. The Nature of Things: The Secret Life of Inanimate Objects. Destiny Books (1992).
Inanimate objects find their way back to their owners–how? Through resonance? Sympathetic vibration? Through picking up a pattern like a fingerprint that knows to whom it belongs?

80. White Eagle. Spiritual Unfoldment. The White Eagle Publishing Trust

  • “The undines or water spirits are beautiful to look upon; . . . The work of the undines is with plants growing under the water and with the motion of water. They are also connected with the water element in man’s own nature, or with the emotional or soul reactions inherent in man. When emotions are violent, these nature spirits come crowding in, causing confusion and sometimes an emotional storm…”
  • “Air spirits help man to receive inspiration. Man imagines that all ideas and inventions, all his inspiration in the realms of art, originate with himself; he thinks of himself as the sole agent. He does not know, nor will he readily accept the idea that air spirits can assist him in any creative art if he is ready to be helped.”

81. Wilber, Ken, editor. The Holographic Paradigm and Other Paradoxes: Exploring the Leading Edge of Science, New Science Library, Shambhalla Publications, Boston, (1982)

82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88  All publications  are from Perelandra, Ltd., Virginia
82. Wright, Machaelle Small. Perelandra Garden Workbook: A Complete Guide to Gardening with Nature Intelligences, 2nd edtion (1987)
83. Wright, Machaelle Small. Perelandra Garden Workbook II: Co-Creative Energy Processes for Gardening, Agriculture and Life (1990)
84. Wright, Machaelle Small. Behaving As If The God In All Life Mattered
** Machaelle Small Wright is a spiritual pioneer with the profound ability to “see” and “hear” the invisible forces of nature. Her personal story is one of triumph, from a childhood of torment and isolation to discovery of her ability to communicate with the world of nature spirits and devas. Here she discusses: the foundation and development of co-creative gardening; the ecological effects of thoughts; the roles of the animal, mineral and plant kingdoms; and humankind’s unrealized custodianship of Planet Earth. A guide to harmony and compassionate living.**

85. Wright, Machaelle Small. MAP: The Co-Creative White Brotherhood Medical Assistance Program
An invaluable asset in mental, emotional, and physical healing, in cooperation with devas and the White Brotherhood. She has a different understanding of the White Brotherhood (Ascended Masters, their disciples and others who are dedicated to serving humanity) than any I have encountered. This book is a personal tool for healing, that covers long term or acute illnesses, self-exploration and expansion, and emergency situations. Flower essences are a useful adjunct, though not required.

86. Wright, Machaelle Small. Flower Essences: Reordering Our Understanding and Approach to Illness and Health

87. Wright, Machaelle Small. Dancing in the Shadows of the Moon
This is the second stage to Machaelle’s fascinating autobiography (see Behaving… above). She has grown beyond nature spirits here. In it she discusses her experiences of moving between dimensions, living part of each day in alternate realities that correspond with this world. There she connects with David Eisenhower and works with a team in an alternate England, part of her assignment for service here. To be honest, I am only vaguely aware of what her experiences are really about, spiritually or metaphysically. As much as it sounds like science fiction, it is not fiction. It is more an inner explanation of how humanity is evolving, and how she is called. Highly recommend, if you are willing to stretch your understanding of life on earth and where we are heading.

88. Wright, Machaelle Small. Co-Creative Science: A Revolution in Science Providing Real Solutions for Today’s Health & Environment.
This book defines an image of the new scientist that works in conscious, direct partnership with Nature, potentially transforming our approach to many of the most significant issues confronting us. When humans supply the definition, direction and purpose, nature creates the “patterns and rhythms that will best respond to the information you have supplied.” What she continually emphasizes is that co-creation with nature means we will be working in balance. Machaelle introduces something no one else has imagined: her garden is a laboratory for co-creation, a nature research center introducing a new paradigm in science.
Michelle’s co-creative work is definitely pioneering in this field, paving the way for all who may come after. She publishes painstaking details of how to proceed co-creatively with gardening, soil-less gardens and healing in her many books, although some find her language a bit difficult to follow.

Update November 2013–Machaelle has rewritten many of her books. They are much more readable, very engaging, now much more easy to follow. Please accept that these reviews are 13 years out of date–some writers take a long time to publish!!!! You can order her books from


89. Penelope Smith. Animal Talk; Interspecies Telepathic Communication Beyond Words Publishing (1999)
Penelope Smith has written dozens of books and produced audio tapes. She is the pioneer Animal Communcator, with a website networking thousands of Animal Communicators across the U.S. Amazing, compassionate and insightful writings.

90. Penelope Smith. Animals: Our Return to Wholeness Pegasus Publications, Point Reyes,CA (1993

91. Sonya Fitzpatrick, with Patricia Burkhart Smith. What the Animals Tell Me: Understanding your Pets Complex Emotions. Hyperion (1997)
Sonya Fitzpatrick is another long-time animal communicator, and shares her insights on their thoughts, feelings, and needs. You can follow her instructions to look at things from your pet’s point of view.
**Compelled by her deep compassion for animals, an author uses her gift of understanding them to help readers make a similar connection with their pets, which in turn will enable them to make their pets happier and solve behavior problems..** (from the publisher)

92. Ted Andrews. Animal-Speak. Llewellyn Press, 1996.
From Wikipedia: Ted Andrews (July 16, 1952 – October 24, 2009) was an American author, mystic and clairvoyant teacher of shamanic practices. He wrote over 40 books which have been translated into more than two dozen foreign languages. He has been featured on many national and local TV and radio programs. His book on animals as spirit guides and symbols, Animal Speak, sold almost 500,000 copies from 1993 to 2009.

93. Susan Chernak McElroy. Animals as Teachers & Healers: True Stories and Reflections. Forward by Michael W. Fox. New Sage Press, Troutdale, OR (1996)
The love of the animals in her life gave her the strength to triumph over cancer. She shares powerful, deep, loving stories from many cultures.
**”Susan McElroy has compiled a unique and moving testimony of the gifts that animals have bestowed on their human companions, some life-saving, others life-sustaining and truly miraculous.”**

94. Arthur Myers. Communicating with Animals: The Spiritual Connection Between People and Animals Contemporary Books, Chicago (1997)
**”Most people have told their dog to “sit” or heard the insistent meows of a cat at dinnertime, but thousands are discovering that they can actually carry on meaningful, nonverbal conversations with animals. In Communicating with Animals, veteran reporter Arthur Myers explores the phenomenon of human-animal communication in hundreds of case studies. ” **

95. Jo Coudert. Seven Cats and the Art of Living. Warner Books (November 1, 1998)
**Jo Coudert uses her 7 cats and 1 dog as the basis to draw some apposite conclusions about human behaviour after spending a lot of time observing the way they conduct themselves.**

96. Janine Adams. You Can Talk to Your Animals: Animal Communicators Tell You How. Howell Book House, IDG Books, Foster City, CA (2000)

97. Patty Summers. Talking With The Animals Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, VA (1998)

98. Judy Meyer. The Animal Connection: A Guide to Intuitive Communication with Your Pet.  Penguin Books, New York (2000)

99. Michael Tobias and Kate Solisti-Mattelon. Kinship With the Animals. Beyond Words Publishing, Inc., Hillsboro, OR (1998)

100. Dr. Monica Diedrich. What Your Animals Tell Me. Two Paws Up Press, Monica, CA (2002)