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 Please forgive me that many reviews are 18 years out of date, and all the other entry errors!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.
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.
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:
From the chapter, “Trees of Wisdom”:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
13(B). Buhner, Stephen Harrod. (2006). The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth. Chelsea 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.
Be like little children,
Able to see and enjoy those little seemingly insignificant things in life
Which really make up the whole of life:…”
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.
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 Workbook
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.
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.
37. Huffines, LaUna. Healing Yourself With Light: How to Connect With the Angelic Healers. HJ Kramer, Inc. New World Library 1995.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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:
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
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 http://www.perelandra-ltd.com
THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ON THE RAPIDLY GROWING FIELD OF ANIMAL COMMUNICATION MAY ALSO BE OF INTEREST. THE REVIEWS, WHERE PROVIDED, with ** before and ** after, ARE TAKEN OFF THE INTERNET.
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)
Many people complain–“I don’t have a green thumb. I can’t get anything to grow.” The charm and magic of a green thumb is cooperating with the intelligence in plants. Half is knowledge or information about the needs and cycles of plants. The other half is love. You can find information about your particular plants￼. I will address the heart issues here.
Most people who find they have a green thumb love their gardening, and most of them talk to the plants. They may not admit it until they are 90 years old, have dementia and don’t care what anyone thinks of them. But don’t let that stop you!
You don’t need to talk out loud to your plants. Especially if you garden in an urban setting, or have nosy neighbors. You can speak softly, or even silently. Plants don’t hear the spoken word so much as the language of the heart.
I am not referring to glamorous love. Rather, to the real love that is needed to open up a two-way communication with anyone. This is just as valuable ￼with the plant world. Plants can tell when you mean it.
One example is Marion who kept thinking she needed to go home to her deceased parents and husband. She was a lifelong gardener, really loved plants, especially vegetables, but didn’t like to talk about the mushy stuff, and had a great sense of humor. She transplanted lettuce starts or tomatoes, and then said “Grow, damn you!” in a commanding voice. They sometimes grew better than plants I encouraged more gently. They were listening to Marion’s lifelong love.
Many people find they feel more peaceful in the garden. Some find it calms their stresses, a form of active meditation. Talking with your garden is no different.
We can communicate more easily with our gardens when we use our hearts. Our hearts send our electromagnetic signals just like our brain waves. When our hearts and brains are in coherence, we feel better and our health improves. Below is an exercise similar to one from the HeartMath Institute.
To help develop your green thumb, focus on what you love about your garden. Feel your heart expanding with appreciation. Visualize or notice the beautiful flowers or bulbs, the seedlings that you anticipate will become a head of lettuce, summer squash, tomatoes, onions or radishes. Or your busy compost heap, full of enthusiastic little red wigglers or earthworms, ready to transform your soil to healthy humus. Feel your heart open. Let go of all fears, release all thoughts just for the moment, and go into silence. Feel the love.
When you love something or someone, it is easier to get that heart-brain coherence to open up communication. Notice how fast your green thumb sprouts up next.
The author has been gardening on Findhorn and Theosophical principles since 1977, and using Perelandra principles since 2000. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule a class or bodywork session, https://integrationmassagescheduling.as.me/garden-nature
From the tiniest flower
To the largest pumpkin,
From the most ungainly weed
Or compost microorganism
To the hungriest slug,
Every part of your garden
Has intrinsic beauty, intelligence, and worth.
Connecting with it
And brings radiance to you both.
* Become aware of the special bond you already have with your garden and gain more satisfying interactions;
* Talk to plants and know when they are talking back;
* Learn a cooperative and co-creative approach to gardening;
* Visualize how your garden will look; create a plan in timing with the seasons so you can see it manifest
* Overcome prejudices against weeds and insects;
* Adopt win-win insect negotiation strategies (see Insect Communication and Cooperation page);
* Cultivate an atmosphere of non-violence in your backyard.
I have taught these as classes to children and adults, novice and experienced gardeners. I teach skills with each of these points, and I tell anecdotes that illustrate how they apply to familiar experiences. As an example of the first point about garden bonding, here is a post on Love and a Green Thumb, with notes for a meditative approach:
Rosi has been gardening on Findhorn and Theosophical principles since 1977, and using Perelandra principles since 2000. Learn Deva Communion principles to gain cooperation from and learn communion with Nature, for personal or planetary healing.
Leave a message here for free consultation or to schedule a class. Or visit Portland Nature Communication Meetup Group, Los Angeles Nature Communication Meetup, or Bay Area Nature Communication Meetup.
Genetically engineered (GE) crops are the cancer of the plant world. Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) spread irregularly, by wind, insects, and other pollinating agents, infecting stands of healthy, non-modified crops.
GE crops are less productive and more costly. Their long term health hazards are unknown. They have been engineered by companies or by scientists who refuse to care about the consequences, except for predatory profits. Cancer is characterized by irregular growth of cells that spreads in unpredictable ways. It is often stimulated by environmental toxins or failure to consider the consequences of known risks. Unlike human body cancers, there is no research to cure GMO disease. However, if the cause can be seen as unregulated human minds, there are cures for that.
Many nations have banned the farming or importation of GE crops. They recognize that the biodiversity of our planetary food supply is at risk. And perhaps their farmers have already suffered the loss of livelihood from GMO crops.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, engineered by Monsanto. Roundup is a weed killer, that destroys enzymes necessary for metabolic pathways in the plants. It is also implicated in harming the microbiome of our gut, possibly contributing to multiple diseases.
In 2018, a California court decided Roundup was liable for cancer. A UN agency also reported it to be a “probable carcinogen”. Even supposedly inert ingredients in Roundup contribute to the toxicity. This harm is passed on to anyone who eats it.
It is present throughout the food supply in the US, at this time, even appearing in wines and beers! To avoid the toxicity, purchase only organic produce and foods. Alternatively, meticulous washing and handling of inorganic produce can remove most of the residue.
In order for crops to not be destroyed by Roundup, Monsanto has created GMO crops that resist this toxicity.
Monsanto Roundup-resistant crops are engineered to be non-viable, requiring farmers to purchase new seed from Monsanto annually. This has destroyed the livelihoods of poor farmers around the world, who used to save seed from their own crops to plant subsequent ones. A high suicide rate of Indian farmers follows the pattern of their unsustainable GMO crops.￼
In addition, GMO pollen becomes a malignant blight. These incursions on the self-sufficiency of farmers has not gone unnoticed. The international opposition has been so fierce that Monsanto has closed down plans to produce GE wheat.
GMO’s do not only affect crops. Research at the University of Hawaii is directed towards native plant species for pharmaceutical purposes. They threaten to contaminate the gene pool of Hawaii’s uniquely adapted ecological niche, something that has already happened to staple heirloom corn varieties in Central America. When we consider all the fragile eco-systems that are at risk of introduction of GMO’s, we cannot calculate our losses. What can be done to cure a disease that has already spread so widely?
I am grateful for the successful efforts by activists and nations to stop the spread of GE crops. However, what our Earth is facing now demands a solution beyond politics.
Human minds hold the seeds for our destruction. And regulation of our minds may hold the seeds for our salvation. Physics of consciousness is not just a curiosity. And the science of how our minds can change our physical world and change even genetic diseases is only just starting to be explored.
Many of you have already engaged in mindfulness meditation. Many of you recognize how you can calm your emotions, organize your thoughts, increase equanimity, and develop more love and compassion. Some of you have found that your focused intention can at least transform, and sometimes even completely heal your own body.
Let’s see what we can do for GMO disease.
Around 2004, I was growing a stand of corn at an elder facility, Oatfield Estates, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Even though the corn was from organic seed, I was aware that it was not isolated enough to be protected from GMO pollen contamination. It was at the tassel stage. I felt deep compassion and love for my frail elderly mothers and fathers. I intended that they not be harmed by this innocent-appearing corn.
I had an inspiration, and asked the devas of corn, deva of that particular corn variety, and the devas of GMO’s to please replace any genetically modified genes with regular corn genes. A friend who had taken my Deva Communion workshop was with me. We both saw the field of corn glow with light!
This is only my experience. To have scientific credibility, others need to experience this. So, I am offering this to any organic, biodynamic or permaculture farmers: to teach you how to do this for no charge. You will learn to attune to your plants, communicate with the Devas of nature and co-creatively remove any GMO’s from your crop. The crop must be in an optimum growing stage so it can regenerate its natural genes. Please contact me for other details and guidelines.
This article was originally written in 2005￼. I put the word out among my friends and contacts. Some Hawaiian farmers responded to my offer. They already knew about Devas, so it was not difficult for them to learn. And I didn’t need to fly there!
At that time, organic Hawaiian papaya farmers were threatened with losing their organic certification, because they could not control the GMO pollen that contaminated their trees. It was a huge investment of time, and they would not know if the seeds were contaminated by GMO’s, until the trees were grown.￼
I taught them the principles and they were able to apply it immediately.￼ They were successful, and apparently they taught their friends as well. Because the entire Hawaiian papaya industry has saved its organic certification.
If they can do it, you can too! Feel free to contact me for details.￼
Adapted from my Garden Communication posts and poem, with permission. My path has now taken me to work with people’s intelligence and bodies in healing and increased self-awareness: there is a deva of every cell and organ that knows its perfect expression in the world of form, and how it can contribute to the wholeness of your life.
From the tiniest twist in your body image
To the largest expanse of your imagination,
From the most unwelcome aspect of your life
To the most cherished:
Every part of your being
Has intrinsic beauty, intelligence, and worth.
Connecting with it
Honoring and respecting it
Loving it without resistance
Following each process until it teaches you its purpose
And brings you to radiance and health.
I teach skills with each of these points, and I tell anecdotes that illustrate how they apply to familiar experiences.
The author has been gardening on Findhorn and Theosophical principles since 1977, and using Perelandra principles since 2000. Contact her using the form below for a free consultation or to schedule a class or bodywork session.
Respectful Communications & Insect Cooperation
It is becoming generally accepted that organically grown plants produce more phytonutrients and anti-oxidants in response to stresses. For a plant, stresses include being nibbled by insects. As a defense, they then produce higher levels of cancer-fighting and heart-healthy protective compounds. A few insects are therefore our allies. We don’t want to eliminate insects, just to have a garden in balance.
We are taught that insects are bad or pests. It’s difficult to overcome this way of thinking. Disgust, repulsion, or fear of damage, loss, or imperfection is an attitude that causes millions of tons of pesticides to pollute the earth. Not only can we change our attitudes, we can develop relationships that are based on the intrinsic appreciation of the insects in our garden. And as we do so, even in just a tiny way, we are contributing to changing the consciousness of humanity to help heal the earth￼.
What about our own self-worth? Because you have learned to appreciate insects, is no reason to assume insects have the right to get away with everything in your garden. We can negotiate with them in an equal partnership. In business, the old style of sticking to a bottom line and never giving in has yielded to the newer style of win-win negotiations and mediation. Applied to your garden, this means that both you and the natural world would come out as winners. You must know your negotiation strengths, be principled, and be willing to be very firm.
Your negotiation strengths include making choices that deprive insects of their favorite meals, or increase their aversion to your garden, or inhibit them in some way. You might stop planting green lettuce, which slugs prefer, and only plant red-leafed varieties. Or you could run a contest with yours or the neighbor’s kids to see who can pick the most slugs, and then gently relocate them to a park with ducks. You might spray ground chili peppers and garlic on your houseplants, or use beneficial predatory insects outdoors. You might put your tomatoes in pots and grow them on the patio. The essence of this is that you can do the physical work of gardening, challenging the insects to make other choices, or create an environment that is not so inviting to them.
Or you can communicate with them, in an atmosphere of love, and create a more inviting environment elsewhere. In my first negotiations with slugs I recognized they needed to eat as well. They had mowed down every emerging shoot of every spring vegetable, and I had tried loving them and pleading with them unsuccessfully. I set up a small patch of their favorite vegetables in the corner, and offered to keep it growing all season. I also let them know that if they didn’t agree, there was always slug bait, but I loved them and would prefer not to resort to that. I kept my word, and they all moved over to their patch and stopped eating from mine. This contract continued with every small garden I have planted since, although it needed substantial amendments when I worked in an extensive community garden with a greenhouse.
You need to know your insects well. Let me know if you would like me to teach this class at your garden or local community garden: Communicating with Your Garden Plants and Insects: Cultivating an Atmosphere of Non-Violence in Your Back Yard. Or leave a comment below if you would like to discuss anything in this article. I enjoy supporting others to develop the love and other benefits of win-win negotiation with insects. Perhaps you would like to know about squash bugs, wireworms, happy ants in the kitchen, compassionate slugs, cooperative yellow jackets, unattracting mosquitoes, a friendly flying cockroach, centipede takeovers, and an educational experience where the teachers were Japanese beetles?
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