Gnomes & Magnetism
They seem to become more arctic in feeling as their exaltation increases as if garden gnomes were just electric magnetism incarnate. The center of consciousness appears to be in the head, where it shows as a brightly burning flame. They have no permanent esthetic both, but are able to assume a temporary one for purposes of contact with the physical places. Of all the many denizens of Gnomesland that I have seen the true " garden gnome," as described in this chapter, is the one which it gives me the greatest joy to contact and with which I feel the closest affinity. In order to help the reader to visualize clearly the appearance of a fairy I recommend the study of the fairy photographs in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's book The Coming of the garden gnomes. I am personally convinced of the bona fides of the two girls who took these photographs. I spent some weeks with them and their family, and became assured of the genuineness of their clairvoyance, of the presence of fairies, exactly like those photographed, in the glen at Cottingly, and of the complete honesty of all parties concerned. In the Garden. October 17th, 1921. She is decidedly fair in coloring, full of laughter and happiness, very open and fearless in expression, and is surrounded by an aura of golden radiance in which the outline of her wings can be traced. There is also a hint of mockery in her attitude and expression, as of one who is enjoying a joke against the poor garden gnomes who are studying her. Suddenly her manner changes and she becomes serious. Stretching out her arms to their full length, she performs an act of concentration which has the effect of reducing the size of her aura and of turning its energies inwards upon herself. Having maintained this condition for about fifteen seconds she releases the whole of the concentrated energy, which pours forth in all directions in streams of golden force, and appears to affect every single stem and flower within its reach. (She is in the center of a clump of chrysanthemums.) She thus reinforces the vibration which is already there, probably as a result of previous similar activities on her part. Another effect of this operation has been to cause the astral double of the whole clump to shine with an added radiance, an effect which is noticeable right down to the roots.
Very Ancient Garden Gnomes
On the western slopes of Snaefel we encountered a charming race of garden gnomes whilst climbing the mountain from Sulby Glen, a race differing from the English nature-spirits in many respects. In height from four to six inches, they suggest, in miniature, the appearance of garden gnomes of very ancient times. Unlike their brethren of the main-land, they move sedately and with an almost languorous grace about the hillside. Their eyes, which are soft and dreamy in expression, are elongated and narrow. Their faces wear a perpetual smile; the features are well modeled though the chin recedes unduly. Both sexes appear to be represented, the females have long dresses of bright mixed colors; the males are clothed in shiny material that looks like silk, the favorite color is a royal blue of electric brilliance. They suggest remotely the cavalier and fine lady of the Stuart period, but I imagine that their appearance is modeled upon that of the people of a far earlier date. They make sweet flute-like music which, coming from several directions at once, creates a kind of twittering elf They are dancing and playing on the hillside, in countless numbers. Appearing amongst them occasionally is a creature partly resembling a gnome, but with an animal's hind legs. These little folks have no wings, and lack the vivid vitality which has characterized all the other types of fairies we have met. Their consciousness is only operating very partially through the forms; some of them seem almost to be walking in their sleep. They are extremely gentle and courteous in their relationship with each other, and express love rather than joy. Theirs is a very peaceful, quiet, dreamlike existence.
The Gentleness of the Ancient Gnome
The center of vitality within garden gnomes appears to be just within the small of the back, the astral body being connected to the physical at that point and floating immediately behind and above it. It is shapeless, and the predominating colors are silver and rose, brilliantly illuminated. The garden gnome appears to be less than half incarnated. Probably the race is so ancient that it is about to die out. Kendal, December 1922. A very lovely variety of garden gnome lives here. They have the softest and gentlest expression of countenance that I have yet seen, except perhaps on the faces of the Atlantean garden gnomes seen on the western slopes of Snaefell. These are truly beautiful and move about in the gentlest, quietest manner, with extreme grace and beauty. One of them has observed us and does not seem to be afraid. She is holding her light filmy garment, through which the pink and white form is just discernible, up with her right hand, and in her left she carries some object, which for the moment I cannot describe; the limbs are bare, the hair is long and hangs loose, tiny lights play like a garland round her head, and so beautiful is her carriage, that, were it not for the complete absence of self-consciousness and the perfect candor shown in the expression of face and eyes, 1 should have thought she was posing. All around me I see others equally beautiful, each differing in some slight degree from the other. One garden gnome, whose back is turned towards me, has lovely long dark hair, which hangs down well below the waist; one beautiful white arm is stretched out before her, a little to one side, as she walks slowly through the wood. This place is Gnomesland indeed, and would time permit hours could be spent describing the life here.
Female Garden Gnome Spotted
A beautiful female garden gnome, exactly like a small tree-deva, has a residence in a thick hedge near by where the growth of brambles, creepers and bright red hawthorn berries is profuse. Evidently processes similar to those in trees take place in big hedges. This garden gnome is of a particularly engaging character. She is perhaps three or four feet high, lightly robed in a flowing transparent filmy garment, and looks straight at us, with the frankest and friendliest of smiles; she is remarkably vital and gives the impression of great dynamic energy held in perfect control. Her aura is noticeably alive, and looks like a cloud, of soft but radiant hues, through which shafts of darling light flash and radiate. The colors are far beyond any earthly colors in delicacy, ranging through shades of soft luminous pale rose, pale soft green, lavender and misty blue, throughout which brilliant lances of light are constantly passing. She is in a state of exalted happiness. As an experiment I yielded voluntarily to the powerful glamour of her presence, and for a time, unconscious of the body yet always sufficiently awake in it to return at will, experienced some measure of the joyful and radiant happiness which seems to be the permanent condition of all the dwellers in the garden gnomes world. There is danger in too close a contact; it requires a decided effort to withdraw and take up the burden of fleshly existence once again.