Few would have trouble imagining what a fairy looks like. As children our family probably stocked our rooms with quaint illustrated books depicting tiny winged creatures.
Now the Internet does its best to overload us. Who can accurately process the constant daily stream of new images and photos? With no permission asked, outside forces relentlessly shape and harden our opinions.
An incredibly popular subject over the past few years was the debate surrounding whether a camera and film (or the digital equivalent) could capture a real fairy’s image? Are the photographs real? Endless personal energy consumed for what?
Do you believe wisdom could emerge from such a deluge of imagery and chatter? Our ability to see clearly and differentiate fact from fiction is under constant daily assault.
And your faith in life? Are you now a one-eyed believer, or a one-eyed cynic?
This, unfortunately, is how we approach just about any inquiry; belief pitted against belief.
Perhaps none of this can ever help us find truth. Maybe we need a new approach.
Myth and Legends
The myth of fairies is woven through our culture like thread through a tapestry.
Most of our history relied on storytelling to transfer knowledge and wisdom. Unfortunately, such methods are prone to error. All sorts of mistakes, exaggerations, and embellishments find their way into each retelling.
When you think about, it’s difficult to image a better way 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 that any discussion concerning fairies and their kin must embrace one of three distinct categories or worlds.
- Bad Fairies
- Good Fairies
- Scholarly Fairies
Nothing else is acceptable. And not surprisingly these three worlds and their avid proponents mix about as readily as oil in water.
To comment on fairies you must first align yourself with an accepted and fixed viewpoint. This means adopting that viewpoint’s vocabulary and jargon. Only then is your opinion thought worthy of consideration.
Choose otherwise and you’re immediately judged off topic, out of touch, and irrelevant.
Lots of room for enlightened discussions there, huh?
So these three fairy worlds, how do they work?
Baddies: the not-so-nice fairies
This world glorifies every event 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.
At times good does triumph, but it’s only a momentary pause in the continuing mayhem. Peace never lasts long when baddies are around. A new, unstoppable nasty will surely emerge from the ooze tomorrow and the fighting will resume full force.
The nastiness just never ends.
Goodies: the saccharine sweet fairies
The flip side isn’t much better.
This world takes sanitization to a whole new level. Its obsession with spotlessness reduces the essence of fairies to sterile stereotypes prancing about with tinsel wings and glittering wands.
Bad situations never last long. A well-timed wave of a magic wand cures all mishaps and everything always resolves perfectly.
Because this sickly sweetness remains constantly out of sync with the fundamental forces of Mother Earth, this world is just plain brain-numbing, and more than a little creepy.
Eggheads: the “yawn” scholarly fairies
This world focuses only on cataloging, dissecting, and cross referencing fairy folklore in its entirety.
Scholars have an obsession with pilling up words. Everything uttered about fairies, the scholars document. So many words, so little meaning.
You might bury yourself in the literature for decades, absorbing every dusty syllable, but 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 perception.
So, are there real fairies?
They’re real alright.
But the nature of Real Fairies is far removed from the absurdities presented by folklore, academia, and pop culture. Sadly, few people these days are equipped to recognize a real fairy, even if it landed on the tip of their nose.
Nevertheless, glimmers of hope remain. It’s encouraging that creatures originating in worlds invisible to our normal five senses continue to intrigue so many people. Such 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 throughout all this misunderstanding and confusion, Real Fairies remain real no matter what the majority might declare. They resolutely 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 Truth
To begin living this truth, all it takes 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 frantic, all-consuming rush to find the next high or distraction. Let go a little bit at a time and consciously relax. Make time in your life to be alone in nature. You’re appreciation of the world around you will then grow in leaps and bounds.
Find moments each day to let your mind go loose, encourage your heart to open wide, and take inordinate pleasure in the joy of just being alive. Eventually you’ll establish an unshakable ecstatic beachhead in your consciousness.
In time, then, you will begin to feel a resonance with an invisible presence that is whole, nourishing, and uplifting. Continue to relax into this presence and trust it’s wisdom. It won’t lead you astray.
The rest is up to the fairies. The real ones!