Deva, Elemental and Angelic Kingdoms
Taken from the book Working with Earth Energies
We now come to a group of beings that we can neither see nor feel in a direct
sense although their forms of expression are all around us through the
elements of earth, air, fire and water. We call these beings elementals
although they are also known as Faeries and are a part of the Faerie realms.
Many traditional cultures have sensed the presence of spirits in nature,
indeed one major religion Shinto, from Japan, specifically worships the
spirits of place, called Kami, which reside in rocks and caves. The beings
that inhabit these realms are conscious like you and I, although obviously
they have a very different way of connecting to the physical world that we
see around us.
Unless you possess clairvoyant vision you will not readily ‘see’ the
beings that lie behind these seemingly inert elements although they are very
attracted to the innocence of young children and sometimes appear to them,
so the child that claims to have seen a ‘fairy’ may indeed be telling the
truth. With a little practice it is quite possible to sense their presence
and if you are lucky to see them clairvoyantly, it is then possible to begin
to communicate with these beings. Fortunately myths and traditions give us
glimpses into these realms and I have been very blessed by having the
working co-operation and friendship with elementals from each of these
domains, which I have worked with now for more than twenty years.
Spirits of the Four Elements
The spirits of the elements are divided into four categories, earth, air, fir and water. Let us look at each of them in turn.
1. EARTH: Earth spirits, that is the beings, which relate to rocks, stones, minerals,
precious gems, hills and mountains are traditionally called Gnomes. All
aspects of the solid physical structure of the planet come under their
domain. Although they can be found within rocks, they also have a freedom to
move around but generally stay close to the ground.
2. WATER: Water spirits are connected to all liquids, but their presences can be felt
in a much more powerful way by streams, rivers, lakes and, of course, the
sea. They are traditionally known as Undines, or Ondines although stories of
mermaids and mermen are accounts of these beings.
3. AIR: The spirits of the air are connected to all gaseous substances but like
water beings are best sensed in winds and breezes. Because air moves so
quickly they can be difficult to pin down. They are known as Sylphs in
tradition although the perception of a ‘fairy’ with tiny wings that can fly
is a close approximation to how they appear to children.
4. FIRE: Fire spirits can be found in volcanoes in nature but also in any fire, from
candle to inferno. They are known as Salamanders or Vulcanii and are the
most difficult of all of the elementals to connect with, being said to only
associate with philosophers and adepts of the magical arts.
The connection that these beings have with the physical world is very
different from the way that our spirits link down to the physical. There is
a relationship through resonance but these beings are not tied to the
physical form in the same way that we are. It is true that a rock may be
inhabited by an Earth being or Gnome but it is more akin to that place being
his or her home rather than being tied there for as long as the rock of the
stone endures. They move home from time to time just as we do. Fire
elementals can be present in a room or place without the physical expression
of their element as can all elementals.
The four spirits of the elements also represent four principles, which reflect
out in many aspects of life. Some of the relationships are as follows:
||Physical body - Jungian type: Sensation
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||Pentangle, crystals, rocks, mountains,
||Steadfast, enduring, possessive,
rhythmic, stubborn, protective, loyal
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||Emotions - Jungian type: Feeling
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||Chalice, springs, lakes, seas,
||Flowing, reflective, feeling, meditative,
joyous, alluring, seductive, gentle
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||Mental activity, thought - Jungian Type:
||Winged Disk, feather
||Freedom loving, changeable, loves speed,
capricious, vibrant, ever mooving
||Human spirit (which is why we light a
candle when meditating) Jungian Type: Intuition
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||Lighted candle, fire, volcanoes
||Energetic, fiery, powerfully protective,
martial, aggressive, flares up and the dies down
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Like all spirit essences these beings commence their evolutionary cycle with
a choice in the way they wish to explore physicality. They also have the
additional option of choosing which ‘element’, be it earth, air, fire or
water, as their starting point. An elemental spirit therefore has additional
choices on whether to start their spiritual journey as a Gnome, Sylph,
Undine or Salamander.
Elementals evolve through first learning to manipulate and understand their
own element before progressing to embody the qualities of another element.
For example an earth elemental or Gnome that is associated with a group of
rocks by the seashore may eventually come to understand and appreciate the
role of the Undines or water beings. This development process continues
until eventually all four elements are assimilated at which stage the
elemental being is given a new accolade of being called a ‘deva’.
This is a Sanskrit word, from the Hindu tradition, which literally means
‘shining one’. However Christian, Judaic and Islamic cultures know these
beings as angels of which the Cherubim and Seraphim are a part. It is
sometimes confusing today when people run courses about connecting with your
guardian angels, for in these cases we are dealing with homo-sapiens spirits
and not spirits connected to the deva and elemental kingdoms. Once devahood
has been gained the elemental or angelic being takes on greater and greater
responsibilities looking after whole areas of land or sea and becoming
responsible for groups of spirits, which are part of its retinue. There are
devas which look after towns and cities as well as tracts of the
countryside. At the top of this metaphoric tree is the Planetary Deva, which
many people nowadays have come to call Gaia. More information will be given
on this being shortly but before doing so let us look in greater depth into
how we can co-operate with the deva and elemental kingdoms.
Communicating with Elementals
Elementals communicate with us through telepathic images presenting
information on the things they know and understand. I have run many courses
showing people how they can communicate with these realms. In the first
instance you need to believe in their existence. This can be hard for some
people brought up in a very rational way. Once the bridge has been crossed
there is a rich world waiting to be explored. Over he centuries we have
created a picture on how these elemental beings look and these images get
fed back to us. For example Gnomes are traditionally seen a small human-like
beings one or three feet tall, much as is portrayed in the traditional
‘garden gnome’. If they presented an image to us of say a golden rock we
might not identify it as an elemental spirit. In a similar way a fire
elemental would more likely to show itself as a fiery being rather than a
bright ‘spark of light’. They present mental images to us that reflect our
understanding of their domains. They read not only our minds but also are
acutely conscious of our feelings and spiritual awareness. A person who
disrespects nature will never gain their sympathy or support. We do not
appreciate how clearly these emotional qualities show up in our individual
energy fields, which can be easily read by spirit essences. So to gain the
respect and help of the Elemental kingdoms you have to have a love of
On one workshop I
asked a water elemental being to go around each of the participants in
turn and to sit on their hands. One lady first saw a clear rock crystal,
which then dissolved into a swirling mass of energy before becoming like
a fine mist. As I had not said which element I would call upon she was
perplexed at what she had picked up. In this instance the water spirit
was conveying to her through picture images the transition it goes
through from ice, to water to steam. She had clearly perceived this as
she was very sensitive.
In another instance
a friend was listening to me talk at a workshop, out in nature, where we
were learning to communicate with the elemental beings. He was suddenly
aware of two small gnomes standing close by listening to what I was
saying. Noticing that they were quite small he mentally said to them
‘Why are you so small?” They immediately grew to an enormous size, like
giants and asked him whether he was happy now. Being over six feet tall
himself my friend was quite amazed. They then reduced back to the size
they had before and said that they adopted the size that suited them
following exercise will start the process of helping you communicate with
the nature from the elemental realms.
Aim: to begin
the process of learning to communicate with elemental beings.
out this exercise you will need to go out into nature. Find a place
where you can sit quietly in a garden, park or wood. If you want
particularly to communicate with undines or water beings you will need
to be beside a stream, lake or sea, or with fire you can build a
1. Close your eyes and try to allow you imagination full reign. Be
aware of experiences through all of your senses – what you see inwardly
in your imagination, what you hear, what feelings you experience and
what you sense through your body.
2. Imagine that your heart is a bright yellow Marigold flower that
is opening up and send out your feelings of love to nature asking for
the beings around you to make their presence felt.
3. Trust your perceptions and act on what you experience. So for
example if you imagine that there is a gnome stood beside you, start to
talk to it and try to hear inwardly or clairaudiently its replies.
4. Try not to be impatient if you do not appear to get any immediate
response. The nature kingdoms are there, it is just that we have so
de-tuned our sensitivity that it is difficult for many people to
re-adjust to this new level of sensitivity.
5. Once this process has been started there will be options for
communicating with the nature kingdoms whenever you are in a park,
garden or woodland. By continually sending out your love through your
heart these kingdoms will hear and respond to you dancing alongside you
in your walks. Patient perseverance will bring its rewards.
Healing the Earth
Trying to heal different Earth energy situations without the aid of the
elemental kingdoms is rather like trying to carry out surgery blindfolded
using just the sense of touch. These beings are intimately aware of what is
going on energetically on the planet so that their help is of inestimable
value. You will need first of all to be open to these realms through your
hearts and one of the first places to start can be in working with crystals.
Many people today acquire crystals as an aid to this connection. I sometimes
wonder how many stop and think about how the crystal arrived in the shop or
stall to be available for purchase. If you have a crystal I suggest that you
go and pick it up and for a few minutes feel into its energy, or at least
the energy of the place from where it has been mined. Over many years I have
rarely sensed a feeling of well-being from such places and very often the
crystals themselves are quite traumatised. Indeed in some cases I have felt
outrage and anger from the elemental forces because of the damage being
inflicted on their domains. Crystals are beautiful but do not forget that
they had a part to play in the landscape from where they originated.
Removing the crystals can cause imbalance. One of the first acts then, if
you own a crystal, would be to send a thought of healing to the area from
where the crystal originated. You can also communicate with the crystal in
asking its forgiveness for what has been done but letting it know that the
distribution of these semi-precious stones can help people find a new level
of respect and understanding for the earth.
my experience very few crystals that I have come across in shops or
exhibitions have within them a fully developed Earth elemental being. A
being can be invited to join your crystal using very similar methods to how
the wand or staff was charged in the section on trees (see page 00). I would
suggest that you take your crystal out into nature preferably away from
people and place the crystal on the ground. Then ask Gaia, the Spirit of the
Earth, for help, telling her why you want to use the crystal and how it
might help you in your healing or inner development work. The next step is
to invite an elemental being to come into the crystal to work with you. If
your intention is sincere your request will be answered and you will be
given with a new ally. You will then need to spend time building up a level
of trust and to understand how this particular essence can help you.
Once you are aware of the presence of an elemental spirit that has come to
work with you spend time communicating with it, trying to understand its
unique nature and how it can best help you.
Working with Elemental Spirits
Once you have begun to build a connection with an elemental spirit they can
help you in all sorts of ways. Earth elementals are the generally easiest of
all of these beings to contact, with fire being the hardest. However they
are also attracted by your inner nature so that a naturally fiery person
will more easily attract a Salamander than a person who is very placid. In
the temples of the past, such as in Ancient Egypt, elemental forces were
invited to help with all sorts of tasks. They make excellent psychic guards
and their help can be requested when strong protection is needed. For
example Gnomes will look after your possessions, whilst Sylphs or air
elementals love to ride on the bonnet of your car and will protect you on
your journey. People in the past sometimes invoked an elemental spirit into
magic implements with which they worked.
Many years ago I acquired an African Drum from a second hand music dealer.
In taking the drum home I placed it on the front passengers seat
of my car and became very conscious during the journey that I was
not alone in the vehicle for some spirit entity resided in the drum.
I had not been consciously aware of this when I first spotted then
purchased this the drum but in the intimacy of the car I had no
doubts. When I eventually returned home I had an opportunity to
quietly connect to this Earth Elemental spirit, for that is what
it was, and to assure it that everything would be fine. I realised
then that there must be a tradition in Africa of inviting gnomes
or Earth spirits into physical objects such as drums to assist the
user. In this case the poor spirit had been ferried all of the way
from Africa without quite realising what had happened to it. A few
words of reassurance helped considerably and the drum is now in
the possession of a friend of mine who has a deep respect for such
How Elemental Beings Can Work With Us
The types of tasks that these spirits take on is as follows:
Helpful with all forms of protection for property. Very good at in finding
lost objects. Good at helping you acquire money or material possessions.
Helpful in gardening and similar activities.
elementals: Help provide emotional stability, or the ability to deal more openly with
emotions. Will help cleanse and purify water. Will protect you or those
associated with you when in contact with water activities, such as swimming
elementals: Will protect you when travelling, whether by car or plane. Good at helping
you find information through books and such like and inducing mental
elementals: Powerful cleansers and protectors when carrying out earth healing
activities, such as exorcisms. There is a tremendous power that comes from
fire elementals that is very helpful in tackling all types of negative
A friend of mine who
had acquired the help of a fire elemental or Salamander was travelling
on the tube late one evening. She was alone in a carriage when an
aggressive individual got in and then started to come towards her in a
threatening way demanding that she hand over her bag. She called
inwardly on the help of her elemental companion and instantly the man
stepped back and started to scream saying that his face was on fire. At
the next station he jumped out of the carriage and disappeared up the
platform. My friend was quite unharmed.
you can build a complete trust with beings from these realms you will find
that specific elemental spirits will come and work with you and be with you
for the rest of your life. Once this occurs you ability to be able to help
balance and heal some of the problems on the Earth is enormously increased.
These beings will attach themselves into your auric field and although they
can move independently away from you if they choose or you give them a
specific task they generally stay close by you all of the time. They also
benefit from this connection by gaining experiences through you. If this
happens to you, do spend time building a rapport with them, asking them to
tell you all about their realm and previous experiences. In my own case my
first such companion was an Earth elemental, which happened more than
twenty-five years ago. His name is Guerrion and he has been my constant
friend and ally ever since that time. Over the space of the next few years
other spirits have come to join me, the next being an Air elemental,
followed by Fire and then finally Water. They have been extraordinary
companions and helpers in my exploration into their realms for which I am
deeply grateful. Such beings enjoy being given tasks and there has been many
occasions when running courses and workshops that they have been willing to
connect with other people to give them a direct experience of accessing
their realms. Guerrion has become quite a show-off and loves being the
centre of attention when asked to make his presence felt.
have, on occasions, found elemental beings that have been commanded against
their will to enter physical objects such as a totem staff. This type of
work will only ultimately re-bound on the perpetrator. Such spirits need to
be set free and allowed to continue their evolutionary cycle unhampered by
Building a connection with elemental spirits can be great fun; they can be
mischievous, reflecting the childlike qualities in all of us. Working with
these beings is a very important first step for you will not be able to win
the co-operation of the deva kingdoms until this first stage has been
achieved. Like attending school the basics need to be dealt with first of
all before progressing to higher things.
Devas and Nature Spirits
Working With Earth Energies
Some interesting links to visit with complementary information:
Keys to the Temple
Silbury Hill and the Sanctuary
The Cotswold Circle
London's Holy Wells
For further information please write to David Furlong
Myrtles, Como Road, Malvern Worcs WR14 2TH
or phone T: 01684-569105 M:0777-978-9047
David has been working as a healer,
therapist and sensitive for more than 40 years. He is the author of
five books including Develop Your Intuition and Psychic
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