posted on November 27, 2012
Faery Tricks & Tricksters
We’ve all heard that faery folk are tricky and that they delight in teasing humans and amusing themselves by deceiving us. This is undoubtedly one of the perils of dealing with faery, but it is potentially one of the pearls as well. Many of us have experienced this trickiness first hand—I know I have many times. However, there is something here that many people don’t understand. Faeries are beings of subtle energy, and they sense through that energy rather than through physical light and sound. Humans do the same when we are using the subtle senses of clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), and clairsentience (clear knowing—a catch-all word for the other subtle senses like touch, motion, memory and others).
Humans live in illusion. Because of our bodily senses, most of us believed for many centuries that there was a definitive difference in energy and matter and that they could not be interchanged. Modern physics and ancient mysticism both teach that this is not so—”matter” is simply energy that is moving more slowly or in more restricted ways than “energy”.
When a faery looks at you or me, it sees us as energy beings. It sees our physical bodies as pure energy and our subtle energy fields (auras) as an integral part of us, not in any way separate from our “physical” bodies. It sees the whole of what we are because that is shown clearly in our energy fields. If we are angry, it shows; if we are joking, it is easy to see; if we are loving, that too is plainly visible. All of our feelings and thoughts are unmistakably clear on that level. Is that a mind-boggling thought?
Most faeries are convinced that we, too, could sense all of that if only we would look, if only we would pay attention. They are quite right about that—certainly, it is possible for us to learn that sensitivity—but because it is their natural way of sensing, they often don’t understand how difficult it is for most of us to learn and how the noise of our physical senses and emotions tend to drown the information of the more subtle senses. We can to learn to sense clearly on the energy level, but it usually takes a great deal of practice to achieve real accuracy. Few, if any, humans achieve the kind of accuracy that faeries naturally have—and that we humans have when we no longer have bodies and physical senses to get in our way.
Therefore, when an elf or a gnome tells you a “lie”, she expects that you will understand that it is joking because her intent is visible. And the slower we are about getting the joke, the more outrageous it is likely to become because it seems so obvious to the faery that she assumes we must know that she is joking. She cannot see why we should be bewildered, because energy cannot lie. Words can, but energy cannot. From her point of view, the greater the difference between the words and the energy, the bigger and broader the joke. When you sense energy with a faery’s level of accuracy, you always know what is real and true and what isn’t.
Imagine living in a world where you could always tell if others meant what they said—and if they didn’t, what they probably really meant instead. Imagine always knowing and understanding the complexities of others’ emotions and feelings at a glance. That is the experience of the faeries. They live in a world where the subtle energy senses are always bright and clear. Their own direct communications are a swirl of subtle energy, which they perceive as a blend of light and color, concepts and emotion, mind-to-mind thought, being-to-being clarity. To them words are superfluous—just something to play games with.
So, just remember: before you get irritated by faery “tricks” and “lies” bear in mind that they not only expect us to know that they are teasing us—they also expect us to enjoy the jokes as much as they do.
The real peril here is also a pearl—if we pay attention to faery teasing, we learn to distinguish truth from fancy—and have some fun while we do it.