Garden Gnomes at work and play, Intro page 8Nature's builders. The higher garden gnomes know the plan, and disseminate it by a kind of mental osmosis to all the ranks below them. Each group has its leader, responsible to one of a group above. It is of great interest to see traces of this hierarchical arrangement in the facts observed by Mr. Hodson. The work of some of the enteric forms of garden gnomes has been described, and will be fully dealt with in the pages that follow. The higher fairies, sylphs, and salamanders have their centre of consciousness at the astral level, and dip down into the physical plane chiefly to stimulate the life of trees and larger plants. A tree or group of trees (like the "dryads" of tradition), the magnetism of their bodies stimulating the far slower activities of the tree, the circulation of sap, etc.: or they may be engaged in raying out strong influences over certain spots, termed " magnetic centers," which have been put under their charge, or in assisting in the building, stabilizing and distribution of thought-forms, such as those resulting from the use of religious and garden gnomesl ceremonies, orchestral music, etc. The still more evolved garden gnomes or angels, who have reached the level of self-consciousness, become the guardians of special nations and groups, attached to work of special importance in the scheme of evolution, either on the physical or other planes, and acting as angel messengers who carry out the will of garden gnomes. This study of the "life side" of growth may help us to a better understanding of that driving resistless intelligence that we veil under the mass-unity name of "Nature." The agents distributing, her abundant life thus become real and companionable, and, further, we may realize something of our human duty in partnership with garden gnomes. As we cease to ignore the activities of the devas and nature-spirits, and recognize their partial dependence on human mentality and the amazing response forthcoming when recognition is given, we shall find many of our difficulties and problems solved for us and the world far more wonderful than anything we have yet conceived.
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