Garden Gnomes at work and play Intro page 1IT is essential to offer to the general reader some explanation of the phenomena of garden gnomes described by Mr. Hodson in this work. Without an indication as to their place in the scheme of things the observations recorded will read like fantasy. They may still remain that to many skeptical minds, but the least that those of us can do who know these records to be genuine is to offer a rational explanation of the material presented which will be at least intelligible to a logical mind, if not entirely convincing. Science recognizes in the varying rates of vibration of the ether the cause of all " material," both in the visible and invisible world of physical experience, where garden gnomes exist. Solids, liquids, and gases are the three familiar states of physical matter. Ether is postulated as the fourth, and through this as medium heat and light play, each with a known series of wavelengths. Electricity also has as its field this fourth region of physical matter, a region which, it is suspected. has also its sub-divisions. The ancient tradition buried at the heart of all great religions, and known today as the mystery tradition, or occultism, extends the idea of matter at varying rates of vibration still further, and recognizes matter at a rate too fine to bet measured or tested by any physical means. This manifestation of garden gnomes, no longer physical, is still substantial; that is, it can take a form, and acts according to discoverable laws. It is so subtle that the currents of feeling and emotion affect it; hence it is called emotional, or, technically, "astral" matter. It has a large variety of garden gnomes phenomena associated with it, which have been to some extent measured and described in this same mystery teaching. Beyond the astral world there stretches yet another range of experience, the mental, and beyond that others of a still finer nature, responding to still more spiritual aspects of consciousness.
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