The Care and Feeding of Fairies, Devas, and Other Elementals

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On Wednesday, April 2nd, I was thrilled to see a fairy in my dreams.

He stood four-feet tall with some human and insect-like characteristics. His legs were insect-like, only they were filled with liquid light — walking fluorescents. His whole body radiated a warm light. He had long fan-like wings strong as jet propellers. His face looked human – short brown hair, large eyes with long lashes — and he was wearing a huge beaming grin.

Seeing this fairy vividly in my dreams reminded me of some of my first experiences with fairies, which were when we were living on the island of Maui from 2000 to 2004.

The waterfalls in Hawaii are majestic, mystical, truly magical wonders. My husband and I took a walk one day to Twin Falls, a beautiful stop on the Hana side of Maui. Hana Highway is the famous highway that twists and turns through rich green jungle terrain with sharp turns in the road where only one car can drive through at a time. This highway is not easy on sensitive stomachs. Thankfully, Twin Falls is at the beginning of the road to Hana before the highway turns snakelike.

We’d always trek to the furthest away of the two waterfalls at Twin Falls. It’s more private and a stream is the sweetest company, walking with you side by side, as it passes through the body of a large tree trunk. You feel transported to other dimensions walking this path – a reality where fairies and devas (and menehune) are commonplace. I can hear them whispering and scampering about as we arrive at this waterfall. They announce our arrival to each other with a “look who is coming” state of alarm in their eyes. These creatures have highly charged nervous systems. Our footsteps are a giant’s footsteps and the slight rustle of a tree is a strong powerful wind to their senses.

We find a place to sit and meditate near the waterfall’s edge. Even the rocks feel softer here, making nature’s own easy chair. There are only a few others at the waterfall. One young man in his teens unexpectedly starts throwing large stones into the pool beneath the waterfall. Every few seconds he lobs another stone – ka-thunk – into the pond, creating a torrent in the water’s smooth surface. 

To sit in meditation at this place is to sit in awareness of the other beings residing there. I was clearly aware that this young man throwing stones was disturbing the hidden residents of the waterfall. I could hear them running off in fright to hide behind a palm leaf or to scurry underneath a tree branch. These stones rippling through their waters created a mini-tsunami in their world, which went undetected by this young man. I felt uncomfortable because they felt uncomfortable. 

This experience introduced me to the little people of nature’s forests and waterways. They inhabit the land and are stewards of it; they are watchful and have acute hearing. These little folks also have a mischievous playful spirit, playing mostly good-hearted pranks. Fairies, devas and the like challenge us to look at ourselves through a child’s eyes, coaxing us to play where our innermost selves are free to roam.

Remember: a small hill in the land of fairies is their personal Himalayas, and a large stone thrown in their waterfall is akin to a huge rock avalanche, and noise grates on their nerves.

To care for the fairies, do not disturb the nature spirits, rock spirits, and spirits of the land when walking on the shoulders of Mother Earth. Walk quietly.

Feeding Cookies to the Fairies

We lived in Bellingham, Washington for one year. Although it is a beautiful area with rich green trees and foliage, we realized we couldn’t cope with the incessant rain and cloudy days. We planned our return to Boulder, Colorado, our home of homes, the place where we feel the most rooted.

Yet the move seemed daunting. We both had low energy. We lived on a narrow road where a moving truck wouldn’t have access. What to do?

While we were living there, my husband had dreams about the fairies, what they wanted for the land there. From his dream, we learned that they have a sense of community all their own, their own neighborhoods and working networks. Don’t presume your house and your land are for your own keeping; you share it with a devoted nature spirit community. If you don’t acknowledge their presence, then it’s you who is trespassing.

I started the practice of offering cookies to the fairies to seek their help with this move. We needed both ordinary and unordinary magic, visible and invisible beings, to accomplish the task at hand. I said a prayer of thanks and then I sprinkled cookie pieces over our front lawn. I intuited that they’d love to help; they have good hearty natures and they are diligent workers.

A series of events occurred:

  • On our return home from the grocery one day, we noticed a twenty-dollar bill tucked in our front doorway (never happened before).
  • A new home construction project started right across from us. The construction workers first dug out room for additional parking space for their trucks, that we would later use to park and load up a full-sized moving truck. Our initial concern with this move was that a moving truck wouldn’t fit on our narrow road, and now space was being created so access was indeed possible (what was impossible was now possible).
  • The man who was the head of the construction project said he needed additional electricity and he asked us if he could plug into one of our electrical outlets for several days because his generator wasn’t working. He wrote us a check for $240 to access our electricity. It only cost us an additional $30 on our electrical bill to provide some electrical juice for their crew for a few days. (We never had this kind of cooperation from a construction crew before.)

These are only a few examples of the flow we experienced in planning a difficult move and return home to Boulder with lots of help from our nature spirit friends. When you feed the fairies, they help you make difficult tasks joyful and magical, and they connect you with visible helpers who can also help. When you feed them, they sprinkle golden dust on your endeavors helping them take flight.

I continue to feed the fairies to this day. I fed the fairies some almond cookies this week, once again tossing cookie pieces on our front lawn for them to enjoy. The next day, one of our neighbors came up and talked with us outside in the middle of our cul-de-sac apologizing for not being a good neighbor and staying in touch (hasn’t happened yet since we’ve lived in this location). She told us stories about her three cats and her dog. Fairies help insure good neighborhood and community relationships.

Fairies insure that we don’t take life too seriously. They love color and sweetness and enchanting music. They travel lightly. Make sure to include them amongst your invisible and (oh, visible!) friends.

What experiences have you had with fairies and nature spirits that you would like to share?

9 comments on “The Care and Feeding of Fairies, Devas, and Other Elementals

  1. Lovely article – enjoyed reading it.
    I’ve had a few fairy experiences and they bring a sense of magic to life that is missing for so many people.
    They are true friends who never leave you in times of trouble.

  2. Samantha, Thanks for your comment! Yes, we are in good company, helpful company, especially when we acknowledge all the dimensions of experience. The fairies want to lend a helping hand. All we have to do is ask.

  3. Christine says:

    Wow, after reading your article I felt like shouting”I knew it was true, I knew it was true”. I remember as a child believing in “magical places” and “magical people” only to feel sadness that these dimensions didn’t “really” exist. I sometimes think that my belief in them helped me through many a painful moments. Your writing has brought me back to that wonderous magical place of believing…….Thank you.

  4. Radha says:

    Yes me too ! I always knew the magic places too as a child. I’ve always believed in the little folk .. perhaps thats the reason why I never feel lonely. I’ve never fed them tho, I will do so now. This is such a marvellous topic. Please can we hear everyones fairy story ? Love to all.

  5. Hi Christine,
    As children, we have a natural relationship to this magical world and then we are taught to give our intellect and the material world more credence. Sadly, we are disconnected temporarily from these magical realms. The practice of feeding cookies to the fairies is a playful beckoning to reconnect to this magical world.

  6. Hi Radha,
    I pray that as adults we can all reestablish and maintain this special connection to the little folk and the magical dimensions. It’s as important as any other relationship — relationship to spirit. I’m also curious to hear more fairy stories from others…

  7. Jen says:

    1 beautiful full moon night, many years ago, when I lived for a few months in a very magic part of Earth, I was walking up a country hill. I then felt compelled to turn and run down the hill, and sat in the middle of the road up a bit where I could watch the theatre happening in and on 2 large eucalypts that grew on either side of the road, and met in the middle. After tuning in to the trees, I watched mesmerised as 2 constant streams of semi opaque green fairies efforlessly glided up and across the tres in their 100s, going down the other sides. It was so fluid, almost like they were on escalators. They didn’t come from my imagination, as I had no input of this type of Faery. they varied between 6 inches to 2 feet in size and seemed to be male. they were stick like in thinness and quite grotesque in a lovable way, with wide mouths and big heads in relation to their bodies. They weren’t communicating that I was aware of, and seemed quite purposeful in their mission of going up, over the road along the branches and down the other tree, in enormous crowds, but all different. I will never forget it, and never deny their existence. I’ve never had an experience like that since, but I can sense the little critters around here and will work in trying to be more aware of them. Cheers!

  8. Jen,
    I love your description of how the fairies moved and glided across the trees,”it was so fluid, it was almost like they are on escalators.” Perhaps the fairies know of invisible stairways 😉 Yes, fairies are odd looking and cute at the same time, even elegant and fragile. Thanks for sharing this. I enjoyed reading it! I could imagine you drawing these fairies in vivid colors.

  9. Mona says:

    Dear Michelle,
    one of my first experiences feeding the faeries was about 10 years ago. My sister lives a long way away and was unable to visit for my mother’s 70th birthday. So, I put some homemade banana bread in an eggcup. Several day later it was still there and I felt foolish. I said to my daughter, who was about 14, very smart girl, “I shouldn’t have been so foolish. There aren’t any such things as faeries. I must be losing my mind.” My daughter replied, sagely, “well, they’re not very big so they wouldn’t need much.” I laughed, hugged her and went about my day. Not three hours later my sister called to say she had gotten a large cheque from work and was able to fly and meet with the family for mom’s birthday. Now I believe and feed the faeries frequently; not to ask for things, just in praise.

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