Nature spirits and devas
We understand that we as humans are an infinitesimally small aspect of the same Being or Oneness evolving towards reunification with itself. We are part of that Being’s consciousness enjoying free will and having fun evolving, in our limited human consciousness, here on Earth.
In order that we might experience this earthly reality of trees, rocks, rivers, sky etc., other evolved beings have volunteered themselves in service as part of their growth to maintaining this reality for us. They are dedicating their consciousness to holding this reality in place for our enjoyment and unfoldment. One of these very wise and loving beings, for example, has dedicated itself to being water and its consciousness is in all water throughout the planet. This applies to trees, rocks, flowers, vegetables, etc. – in fact everything on Earth.
Naturally there are beings dedicating themselves to sustaining the animal kingdom and all species therein. So, for example, we have a being that is dedicating itself to creating and imbuing all bird life with its spirit or life force. This being dedicates parts of its consciousness to creating and sustaining particular species. The aspect of that being that is focused entirely on starlings, for example constitutes the spirit or group soul of that species and is referred to as the “overlighting deva” of starlings. This nature spirit or deva directs, sustains and is aware of every starling on the planet. This applies to every species of every creature living on this plane. There is spirit in all things, rocks, plants, animals, insects, fish, etc. and, as our Native American ancestors and other indigenous peoples knew very well, we are able to dialogue with any of these nature spirits, and work with them in all sorts of positive ways. Therefore if we take part in a Native American ritual, when we call on the spirit of the bear, we are not communicating with just any bear, we dialogue with the overlighting deva or spirit of all bears.
All things are imbued with spirit, indeed all things must be imbued with
spirit in order to materialise or continue their existence. Each type of animal, bird, fish, rock or plant has its own overlighting deva, spirit or group soul.
Apart from these overlighting devas there are nature spirits which include the “little people,” the pixies and fairies our Celtic ancestors loved, cared for and respected. These small and beautiful beings have retired to the deeper sections of forest and woodland not wishing to interact with a species that cares so little for its environment. As part of larger Earth spirits they continue to look after unspoiled areas of land but will not go where they are not welcome. If you would like them to return to your garden, create a small area of uncultivated land just for them and invite them back. Your garden will do very well if they feel comfortable there.
There is spirit in all things, all things have consciousness and all things are part of the same Great Spirit.
Raym Richards (2011-03-28).