Trees, plants, rocks and crystals all have nature devas that manifest within them, and work with them. They help to form the spirit of the tree, rock, and so on. Together they form a conscious life force that works with the grid of the Earth, cleansing and manifesting currents along ley lines and energy matrices. They are multi-dimensional light beings that most cannot see, though many people (more than you'd realise) can sense them. It took me a long time to see them, and even then, they showed themselves elusively for the most part. Until they trusted me - then, they turned up whenever they liked, even if it was inconvenient. They have a very mischievous (even dark sometimes) sense of humour.
Nature devas are also known as fairies (although there are many, many different types ranging from tiny to a foot tall, that include brownies and troll-like creatures, as well as ones that from a distance look more like fireflies), and they look after all of nature - all and every part of it. There are also Elementals who oversee the elements. Together, the fairies and the Elementals keep all things of nature in balance. If you're interested in knowing more about this, I have written a concise yet informative chapbook you can view here. (Currently out of print, but will republished very soon with more information added.)
When I make a flower essence, I ask the spirit of the area and plant, first if I can make the essence, and then if they will help me. I do the same when I work with crystals. The fairies help me see the channelled information (if any) within each stone. Some live within the stone itself, like a Dryad lives within a tree, and is infused with that stone. Many shamans have worked with fairies (or fairy energy) because they work with nature - fairies are intrinsically linked with nature. You don't have to see the crystal spirit as a "fairy", but know that there is a spirit - in the metaphysical world, the crystal is a living thing that communicates with us and transcends time and space. You know those stories of magicians who light a crystal at the end of their staff? Well....
I have had crystals disappear from my view, and then reappear in the oddest places in the oddest ways - they can shift through space.
I've been gifted a few crystals in my lifetime, but there are two that stand out for me, and they were given to me by fairies, although at the time, I did not realise this. One was placed in the middle of a bridge over a river for me to find - this was an aventurine. The other I found just a day or two after that, I think on a pavement by the side of a road. This was an amethyst that held Christ energy within it.
When you do start to work with fairies and elementals - and when they trust you - they are always there and eager to help. They weave in and out of your life and become a part of it the way that nature does. They are being nature within your life - an active force of Gaia.
But this makes no sense to most reading it, I know. I'll leave the writing here anyway, because one day, it might.
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