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Answering the Call of the Elementals

Practices for Connecting with Nature Spirits

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• Explores the hierarchy of elemental beings as well as Christ elemental beings, social elementals, and machine elementals

• Explains how elementals inhabit the etheric space that houses our emotions, feelings, and thoughts and how they carry the emotional level of the world

• Shows how the author learned to make personal contact with the elementals and shares his experiences as well as the elemental world’s urgent call for help

We all live in the realm of elemental beings. They permeate our souls, our thoughts, our feelings, and they co-create the world around us, yet we are often completely unaware of them. They, however, are eager to be perceived and acknowledged by us because their future and ours are fundamentally connected.

Elementals act as carriers of the emotional level of the world, and Thomas Mayer reveals how he learned to develop and fine-tune his sense of perception to make direct personal contact with them. Providing insight into the elemental hierarchy, from the low workers to the masters and the elemental kings, he portrays Christ elemental beings, social elementals, and machine elementals as well. He also explores the adversarial forces like Lucifer and Ahriman that access the elemental world through the subconscious of humans and seek to destroy our elemental friends.

Through sharing his encounters with fairies, dwarves, giants, and others, the author reveals their urgent call for help, an entreaty to anchor the elemental beings again in the awareness of humankind through recognition, acknowledgment, and conscious connection. Let us support the elementals in their crucial, life-giving work, through which they in turn support us in preserving the Earth we live on.

From Chapter 13: The Crisis Intervention

It is just after eleven at night. The musicians begin their last piece. I no longer concentrate on my elemental companions, but lean back and relax into the sounds of Bach.

I do not even notice how it starts, but all of a sudden, I am in the middle of it. The elemental kings are in the church. I feel surrounded by them and remember our contact being cut off on the way here in the car. Yes, now I am open for the meeting.

If I am seeing it properly, the leading earth, water, fire, air, and light beings are present. Very quickly they get to the point--not in words, but in wordless thoughts and impulses. They are very worried, and I learn the following: The mood is shifting, and morale is sinking. The nature elemental beings of the earth are very disappointed with us humans and feel abandoned. The situation is dire. The elemental kings can no longer tell their entourage that everything will be well.

A few years ago, elemental beings still expressed confidence that conscious co-habitation with humans would start, but nothing much has happened since. More people now know about the existence of elemental beings, but passive consumption of the subject matter has not led to action: hardly anyone is developing the will and love necessary to come into direct contact with the elemental world, and everything depends on nature elementals being seen by humans.

I sense the reproach in all this and feel cornered. Do they really mean this? Why are they so pushy? We still have a long time. This will not happen in a few years. This will take centuries. I take it personally. (I am already doing what I can--seminars, lectures, book project. What are you complaining to me about?)

It all goes so quickly that I do not notice that I am personally involved. Personal involvement and communication with spirit beings is a contradiction, because when you are personally involved you view the world through rose-tinted glasses. I do not notice this at present, but it will inform and disturb the conversation that follows.

A group of nature elementals is still missing: the Christ elementals. I ask if we should not wait until the representative of the Christ elementals comes? Immediately there is an added nuance, a mildness and goodness full of strength and confidence. This means to me that a representative of the Christ elementals has now joined the discussion.

Suddenly, there is a change in mood. The situation is serious. Everyone is doing what they can. Let us see what we can do practically to bring this situation back into balance. From an accusation we have moved on to the search for solutions.

I try to clarify what this is all about and think the following: The little elementals don’t care much about contact with humans. The big ones are sovereign and oversee long periods of time. There should be no problem with these two groups. But the middle-sized elementals are not as stable, since they do not have such a broad perspective and simply feel disregarded. The appearance of the Christ elementals around the turn of the century has raised the confidence of the elementals quite a bit. Presumably, this pool is now used up and needs new deeds to satisfy the impatient middle-sized elementals. But why is it not possible for the leading elementals to show the middle-sized ones the connections and time perspectives? Why have I not noticed any of this excitement in my own elemental contacts?

But this is no longer the theme. There is no feedback as to whether I have understood this correctly or not. There are no answers to these questions.

It is now simply the question of what one can still do; specifically, what I can do. I can no longer distinguish what comes from whom, but to me it seem as though the elemental kings chime in together.

The serious desire to do something has to be stimulated in human beings, they say. If for instance, I call the book I have been working on “How to Experience Elemental Beings,” this would be nice but sounds almost like a hobby akin to “How to Learn to Climb.” This would not communicate the disregard the elementals feel. The point is to muster a strong desire to respect the elemental beings. I have objections. Human beings have a hard time experiencing elemental beings.

They get in their own way mentally. Even if they have clear experiences, people have untold mental tricks to not believe in themselves. It takes a long time, years or decades, to dismantle this, even with good will. This is my experience. As long as you have no experience of the elementals, the desire to come to their aid cannot arise. How can you stand up for something you have no experience of?

To this they reply: Only if there is love for the elementals and people decide to stand up for the elementals will they be able to perceive them. The will to do so comes first. Without this will, one will never free oneself of the mental and emotional blockages.

This convinces me, but the human will is free. Everyone has to develop their own will. You can do nothing from the outside in this regard.

This is true and needs to be reckoned with, they say. But I could simply describe my own will and, thereby, give people the idea that you can will yourself to stand up for elemental beings.

Of course, I could come out more clearly in this regard but that would push me ever more left field. If you speak about elemental beings, many people look at you askance. Not only is there discrimination against elemental beings but there is discrimination against anyone with supersensible experiences. . . .

Thomas Mayer teaches meditation based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. He is a civil rights activist and author of several books on elemental beings in German. The cofounder of the organization More Democracy, he has organized many referendums in Germany and Switzerland. He teaches throughout Europe and lives near Basel, Switzerland.

“Elemental beings did not exist for me prior to reading this book. I could conceive of the possibility of their existence and that clairvoyant people could perceive them. (How else did they get into all those fairy tales?) I could imagine that a person with supersensitive abilities might meet gnomes and elves in the forest but that such an unbelievable wealth and diversity of ensouled beings exist inside and around us, this is truly overwhelming.”

– Christiane Flocken, M.D. (alternative medicine) and psychotherapist

Answering the Call of the Elementals touched me deeply. Besides its message, I greatly appreciate the openness and precision with which the author describes his spiritual experiences.”

– Helmut Thomas, Waldorf teacher

“It is a little miracle how Thomas Mayer manages to assuage my critical mind right from the beginning of the book. I was drawn into a story that is entertaining and gives incredible joy. This little miracle is possible because Thomas Mayer presents himself purely as himself. His sentences are not overly complex, they are precise, without pretense, and full of flashes of humor not explicitly intended.”

– Enno Schmidt, artist, writer, and civil rights activist

“I devoured Answering the Call of the Elementals. I was deeply moved by Mayer’s work, his authenticity, and the matter-of-fact way with which he gives us so much important information in the finest and clearest way. This book contains so many treasures to take away.”

– Seraina Seyffer, therapist

“This book is fantastic! I just finished reading it and have already gifted it to three people. It is wonderfully written with descriptions of how to come into contact with and perceive the elementals. Again and again I noticed while reading how I was totally filled with warmth, light, and strength. Moreover, I have for the first time understood the necessity of caring for the elementals, because in the end it is synonymous with caring for the earth and its beings.”

– Claudine Nierth, spokesperson for the board for More Democracy