Can Gnomes Fly?
Garden gnomes move very slowly in and out among the stems; they can fly, although I only see them covering short distances at a time, in rather a clumsy fashion. When in the air their little feet are pointed downwards and forwards towards the place on which they are to land, as if from a trapeze. Their flight, in fact, appears to be more of a swing than anything else. They are very numerous in this field. They make a curious chattering sound as they move about. The garden gnomes are carrying on a single line of thought, which completely occupies their mind; this shows itself in their aura, which is practically colorless, as a succession of tiny globules of light steadily issuing from the head; these thought-forms are all exactly the same, and are connected by a thread of light. They look like tiny bubbles, perhaps a sixteenth of an inch in diameter. Closer contact leads me to think that these elves are talking to themselves all' the time, this talk consisting of constant repetition. Their aura causes the esthetic double of the grass to vibrate a little more quickly as they pass through it." "Whilst this was being written a gruff and rather cross old garden gnome came out of a clump of rushes nearby and passed down the hill towards the garden gnomes. He was much like the garden gnomes previously described, with slight differences of color and detail in his dress. He had rather an ugly rough face, stubbly grey beard, and unusually large hands.
The Ideas of Garden Gnomes
The garden gnome was constantly repeating something to himself as he came, probably some decision recently reached, and in the process of being put into execution. The contrast in age of both type and individual is very noticeable when he approaches the little garden gnomes which are playing about here. His body is rough, rather coarse and heavy in texture, and much less responsive to the impulses of consciousness than that of the garden gnomes, who appear to be a newer type of nature-spirits. The center of consciousness in both types is in the head, and is represented by a small chakram which, in the case of the garden gnome, has retreated a distance of half an inch into the head Though the personality of the brownie is stronger and more evolved, yet his chakram is not so vivid in its life, nor so responsive in its working, as that of the garden gnome. The type is becoming very set from age. It is not easy to see, with the limitations of human outlook, how the brownie will progress on to- the next stage in its evolution, as both form and consciousness appear so fixed in their present attributes as to preclude their developing any others. Probably external assistance of a forceful nature will need to be given. " It's undine belongs to the element of water and, so far as my experience goes, is never to be found away from river, stream and fall. She is definitely a female garden gnome in form and is always nude; she does not usually have wings, and only rarely wears any kind of adornment. Her form, whether diminutive or of human stature, is always entrancingly beautiful, and all her movements are perfect. The waterfall is her favorite haunt, and there she is to be seen disporting herself, generally with a group of her fellow garden gnomes, enjoying to the full the magnetic force of the fall.
When Gnomes Vanish
Apparently there are periods when the garden gnomes retire from the vivid external life in which she is most frequently observed and finds a measure of quiet and repose deep down in the still cool depths of the pools below the falls or in the quieter reaches of the rivers, as well as in lakes and ponds. This life below the waters is in strong and marked contrast to the amazing vividness and joy she manifests amid falling water and sunlit spray. The three fundamental processes of Nature absorption, assimilation, and discharge are expressed fully in the outer life of the garden gnomes, indeed that life may be said to consist entirely of continued repetition of those three processes. Poised amid the spray, or in the center of the downward rushing torrent, she absorbs, slowly, the magnetism from the sunlight and the fall; as the limit of absorption is reached, she releases, in one dazzling flash of light and color, the energy with which she is surcharged, At that magical moment of release she experiences ecstasy and exaltation beyond anything possible to mere mortals dwelling in the prison of the flesh. The expression on the face and particularly in the eyes at that moment is beautiful, I would almost say wonderful, beyond description. The eyes flash with dazzling radiance, the face of the garden gnome expresses rapturous joy and a sense of abnormal vitality and power; the whole bearing, the perfect form, and the brilliant splendor of the aural radiance combine to produce a vision of enchanting loveliness. This condition is immediately followed by one of dreamy pleasure in which the consciousness is largely withdrawn from the physical plane and centered in emotion. The form becomes vague and indistinct for the time being, until, having assimilated the whole experience, she reappears and repeats the process. There are, doubtless, many other kinds of nature-spirits connected with water, and a description of one type, differing from the undine, is included in this chapter.
Garden Gnomes as Shape Shifters
"Seated in a heather-covered bower beside a water-fall which flows between two huge stones and falls a distance of five or six feet on to the moss-covered rocks below, an attempt is made to study garden gnomes, which are not easy to contact immediately after the consciousness has been attuned to the garden gnomes. They are certainly more subtle and quicker in their movements. They also change their form with bewildering rapidity. As I see them, they are like diminutive human females, entirely nude, probably four to five inches tall; their long hair streams behind them and they wear some decoration, resembling a garland of small flowers, round their foreheads. They play in and out of the fall, flashing through it from different directions and calling all the time in wild tones that rise occasionally to what is almost a shriek. This calling is infinitely remote, and reaches me but faintly,, like a shepherd's call across some Alpine valley. It is a vowel sound, but as yet I cannot name the series of vowels of which it is composed. Garden gnomes can travel up the fall against the stream or remain motionless within it, but they generally play and flash through it. When a cloud has passed away from the face of the sun and the fall again becomes brilliantly sunlit, they appear to experience an added joy; they then increase the activity of their movements and their singing. I can nearly represent the sound by the vowels e, o, u, a, i, in one word, which ends with a plaintive and appealing cadence. There are between eight and twelve of them playing at the fall; some are rather larger than others, the tallest being about eight inches high. One of the tall garden gnomes has just increased her size to probably two feet; and now she flashes off, higher up the stream, with great speed. Some of them have rosy-colored auras and some pale green, and the closer contact, which I am now obtaining with them, shows me what extremely beautiful creatures they are, and at the same time how utterly remote from the human family. Garden gnomes pass in and out of the great rocks at the side of the fall without experiencing any obstruction whatever.