The Myth of Fairies (Faeries)
The myth of fairies has been with us for what seems like eons.
As with all knowledge passed down from one generation to the next via storytelling, all sorts of misunderstandings, errors, and plain old falsehoods find their way into each retelling.
And that’s about the best way there is to distort and bury a fundamental truth.
To further compound the problem, the shallowness, foolishness, and just plain greediness of today’s culture has warped fairy knowledge almost beyond recognition.
We in the 21st century now accept as gospel that fairies and their kin must be allocated to one of three distinct categories or worlds; the Good Fairies, the Bad Fairies, or the Scholarly Fairies.
Nothing else is acceptable. And not surprisingly those three worlds and their avid proponents mix about as readily as oil in water.
To have a say about fairies these days you must first align yourself with one of those world’s viewpoints. This entails adopting, absorbing, and liberally using that viewpoint’s particular vocabulary and jargon. It’s only then that your opinion might be considered worthy of consideration.
Make any other choice and you’re judged off topic, out of touch, and not talking about anything of worth.
So these three fairy worlds, how do they work?
The Bad Fairies (Faeries)
The Bad Fairies world embraces the destabilizing and fear-based idea of an ever present hoard of dark supernatural entities lurking, plotting, and waiting to pounce.
Here every magical event is glorified as either the spawn of some nasty and thoroughly vicious creature, or the result of some hero’s desperate bid to oppose that evil. Terror filled humans fight endless battles against seemingly insurmountable odds, losing multitudes in each conflict.
And when good does manage to triumph, it inevitably turns out to be but a momentary pause in the mayhem. Peace never lasts long. A new, unstoppable nasty will surely emerge from the ooze tomorrow and the fighting will resume full force.
The nastiness goes on and on and on.
The Good Fairies (Faeries)
The flip side, the Good Fairies world, isn’t much better.
This is where everything is sanitized and homogenized to such a degree that the essence of fairies is reduced to sterile stereotypes prancing about with tinsel wings attached.
Nothing ever goes really wrong here, and if there is a mishap, a wave of a magic wand fixes everything better than before.
All is sickly sweet and, honestly, so far out of sync with the fundamental forces of Mother Earth it would be laughable if it wasn’t so wretchedly brain numbing.
The Scholarly Fairies (Faeries)
And then there’s the ponderous, yawn-filled Scholarly Fairies world.
Here all interest is focused on cataloging, dissecting, and cross referencing fairy folklore in its entirety.
Uncountable words have piled up over the centuries documenting everything that has been said about fairies. So many words, yet so little truth or meaning to be found. You might bury yourself in the literature for decades, absorbing everything dusty syllable, and you’d still emerge none the wiser.
Dry and dusty words, no matter how reinforced they are by weighty citations, can never serve as a substitute for direct knowledge.
So, Are Fairies Real or Not?
They’re real. But the nature of Real Fairies is so far removed from the absurdities presented by folklore, academia, and pop culture that few people would recognize one even if it landed on the tip of their nose.
Nevertheless, there still remains a glimmer of hope in all of this. It’s encouraging that creatures originating in worlds invisible to our normal five senses continue to intrigue so many people. Their fascination, although misplaced, suggests a pressing need to find deeper meaning in lives so often confined to the eat-work-sex-sleep loop.
Of course the ultimate encouragement is found in the fact that Real Fairies remain real no matter what the majority might declare, and they continue doing what they’ve done since the birth of this world. They nourish the land, sea, and air, nurture and comfort all living creatures, and preserve and fortify the fundamental energy patterns that hold this world together.
Living the Fairy Truth (Faerie Truth)
All it takes to begin living this truth is the decision to let go of some long-standing and limiting thought patterns. You can start right now by choosing to look at the world with fresh, less biased eyes.
Just quieten down from that all-consuming frantic rush to find the next high or distraction. Take some time to consciously relax and appreciate the world around you, even if all you can see just now is framed by a window.
Let your mind go loose, let your heart open wide, and let the joy of being alive establish a beachhead in your consciousness.
The rest is up to the fairies. The real ones!