I was reticent about publishing my recent post, in which I pondered the existence of creatures such as fairies and other elementals. But I needn't have worried. The response, (with more than 1000 views so far), was overwhelmingly positive. It seems that people, even in this technology dominated age, still believe in magic and the discovery of wonder.
Some responded to the piece with accounts describing their own sightings of fairy folk or anecdotes from others who have seen and experienced these and other ethereal creatures. It would appear that there is still a widespread belief in fairies, even though we live in a time when one might assume that truths and beliefs are influenced and informed by scientific 'facts' alone. To find that this is not so is reassuringly refreshing.
Science has not yet 'proven' the existence of elemental beings but that doesn't unsettle me in any way. Science has yet to explain many things that we know exist, such as metamorphosis, one example being the process whereby a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. Of course it can be described as a 'chemical reaction' and a 'rearrangement of molecules' but in fact (and here I do mean fact), we can witness it happening and see the incredible result of something that might - using regular science as a yardstick - be considered impossible. And imagine trying to visualise a butterfly if you had never seen one...
Recently I witnessed the incredibly moving sight of Damselflies in the British countryside. Fluttering playfully above a stream, vivid green-winged Elysian beings. The sight of these wonderfully bizarre and other-worldly creatures was a reminder that we do not have to look very far to find forms of life that challenge our preconceptions. If a Damselfly exists then surely it's not such a stretch of the imagination to believe in fairies.
My conclusion is that sometimes that which is deemed impossible is in fact possible. Though many may not have seen fairies and elves with their own eyes, they may well have seen other scientifically challenging forms of life. This amazing world is home to so many impossible and improbable creatures. So it is very likely to be home to elementals too.
Those who scoff at the notion of fairies are a little silly, one might even say smug. People with small minds, opinions based only on received knowledge, and with limited wisdom are never going to be the ones who change the world.
As children we know that anything is possible, we live in a state of fascination and discovery. But as we grow up, we are influenced by those whose remit is oftentimes to make us conform. Imagination is a quality that they try to drum out of us as we grow older. Independent thinking is frowned upon. But some of us refused to let them take our imagination away.
Truly, anything is possible in the bigger reality if one enters with an open mind, while conforming to a world of limited perception means missing out on a world of limitless possibilities.
I'd love to hear your own tales of encounters with fairies, elementals and other nature spirits.
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