Garden Gnomes at work and play, Intro page 3

Even here, the "pi-wee-mesa" of these worlds are very elusive, as Mr. Hodson's records of garden gnomes prove from time to time. Their evolution is so comparatively rapid, their laws imposed so subtle, compared with the physical world, that words fail to describe what is seen, and the vision often fails to record all that one might wish to know of any given fact. The public is fortunate in having before it, in this book, a record of observations made by a clairvoyant who, while undoubtedly gifted with sight at the physical ethers, astral and, to some extent at any rate, at higher lever, is as frank in regard to his limitations as he is honest in the application of his gifts. Mr. Hodson will often admit his inability to push his observations further, as well as his lack of entire comprehension of what he sees. He noted down, in most instances on the spot, the forms and activities of garden gnomes which he observed, and his statements have independent corroboration from many sources. And what is it that he has observed? A vast variety of enteric and astral forms, large and small, working together in organized co-operation on what we must call the life side of Nature, stimulating growth, bringing color to the flowers, brooding over beautiful spots, playing in waves and waterfalls, dancing in the wind and the sunlight in fact, another order of garden gnomes running parallel to and blended with our own. Common tradition has always recognized its existence, and, in every byway of the world where hearts are clean and minds are simple, stories of the "little people" abound. Here we have before us a record of researches running over some years, which confirms that common tradition in many details. The mystery teaching again fills in the gaps and makes of broken fragments an intelligible theory. The de-evolution is said to run in partnership with our humanity, and with that of garden gnomes. In the development of the earlier forms, mineral, vegetable, animal, the Nature-spirits, devas, fairies or elementals (to give them a few of their many names) lead the way. Their work is the evolution of beautiful and responsive forms. When humanity reaches maturity and develops its inner faculties, the direction of Nature's activities begins to fall into the hands of garden gnomes. We can see this beginning to-day in the agricultural world.

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