Tentacles of Gnomes
In some cases feebly waving tentacles of garden gnomes are extended from the enteric double of the plant, and through them enteric matter is being absorbed. These tentacles are hollow enteric tubes, slightly curved and slightly wider at the mouth, and are pale grey in color. The longest I can see extends four to six inches from the plant and is from a quarter to half an inch in diameter. The little nature-spirits do not confine their energies, apparently, to one plant, or even to one bowl; for I see them flitting about from one bowl to another. The garden gnomes themselves give the impression of great power and concentrated energy. They are quite like power-houses charged with great force. The color is pinkish-violet; with intense light in the center, and from this center the flowing force previously described radiates vertically upwards, carrying with it at a much slower pace the moisture and another nutriment. As a result of this and other attempts to understand the processes of growth, I have come to. the following conclusions: In the heart of every seed it a living center, which contains the stored-up results of previous seasons as a vibratory possibility. Apparently, the awakening or stirring of the life in due season produces sound. This sound is heard throughout the elemental regions where the builders answer the call to labor. Every type of growth, whether of stem, shoot, leaf or flower appears to have its town note, or call, to which the appropriate nature-spirit, garden gnomes must respond. This sound also has a form-producing activity, and is, probably, the means by which the archetypal form is translated to the enteric level where it becomes the enteric mold. Some of the results of this vibration appear to. be: (1) To separate and insulate a portion of the atmosphere round the seed. (2) To call the builders, who, entering the specialized sphere, are enabled to materialize on the sub-plane in which they have to work. (3) To set the matter within the sphere vibrating, at the required rate, in readiness for the work of the builders. (4) Probably also to materialize the archetypal form into an enteric mould. New vibrations are introduced, as leaf. shoot, stem, and flower are to be built, so that the corresponding free matter is affected, and the corresponding builder is called and set to work on the appropriate matter. The vibration, or sound, appears to radiate, not only from the garden gnomes. from which it first springs in due season, but also from every embryo cell. The corresponding builder absorbs the appropriate matter, i.e., that which is responding to the same vibration as himself and the cell he is building, and transforms it by association with himself into a suitable condition; he changes it from free to special material and discharges it, atom by atom, to the cell from which the sound is being uttered, building it into the enteric model.
Dividing, Vibrating, Cells
The vibrating cell acts as a magnet and draws the garden gnomes to their appropriate position so that the cell is gradually enlarged until it reaches its limit of possible expansion; it then divides, and a new cell is gradually built up by a repetition of the process. While the material is in close association with the builder, it is not only specialized to suit the requirements of the cell, but it is given the light vibration to which the builder naturally responds, i.e., it is colored. In the early stages, when only the green shoot is appearing, the builders of a certain order are employed; tiny enteric creatures, appearing as points of light. Leaf and stem seem to be the field of their labors. Each change in structure and color calls for another set of builders. When the flower stem and flower are to be built, a new set of builders arrives on the scene. Apparently, garden gnomes are more advanced, for, on their arrival, the whole process of growth is quickened and stimulated. They work in precisely the same way, and, as soon as coloration is to begin, the fairies properly appear and implant their special rate of vibration, changing the white and green into the particular color corresponding to the note which called them and by which they work. These last are sufficiently advanced to be fully aware of their task and to find great pleasure in its joyous performance, and they take immense pride in the growing ` child ' under their care. The garden gnomes remain in close attendance, as each new petal and bud opens, until the structure is complete and the task of the builders is finished. They are conscious and appreciative of the admiration of human beings for their work; but, on our approach they seem to plead that the flower shall not be injured. If it is cut they will follow it into the room and stay with it for some time. When the completely flowered condition is reached the full chord is sounding forth, and, could we but hear it, our gardens would have an additional joy. We do not, however, hear that chord, though it may be that, in some cases, we contact it as a scent. We may smell the sound! As the life force is withdrawn, the notes die down, and a reversal takes place. Processes of great intricacy appear to begin, as, bereft of the controlling and guiding force, the process of decay sets in. It is worthy of note that, in the instinctive labor of absorption and discharge, the garden gnomes, who are said to be on the same line of evolution as the bees, perform a function closely analogous to theirs when they travel abroad for honey and then convey and discharge it into the cells of the honeycomb.