We can consider the elementals of nature (such as elves, fairies, gnomes, sylphs, water spirits, salamanders or fire devas) as imaginary, folkloric or legendary creatures. However, some shamans and clairvoyants claim to have perceived them with one or more senses (often vision, but also touch or hearing) and in some cases have somewhat interacted with them. Even if neurology tends to consider such sensations as the only fruit of brain work, these usually invisible beings could have an objective existence. Science is probably far from having discovered all the secrets of nature.
Let us consider here that the existence of elementals of nature is proved, that their plan of manifestation is as objective as ours, even if it seems more subtle, and that shamanism does not depend only on myths. What then can be the impact of the former on nature, and particularly on cultures?
Shamans and elemental-sensitive individuals do not look for elementals in cities, or even in villages, but in the wildest places, far from industrial farmland and overcrowded beaches. In such places, they can then see, feel or hear them, according to their para psychic predispositions. There, they find a great variety of insects, small animals and plants, even when they are dried by the summer sun.
Quite recently, gardeners and growers of various origins and nationalities, particularly in Japan and France, have adopted an approach that could easily be called shamanic to produce the most diverse fruits and vegetables. They never return the Earth, remove any so-called weeds, water only at the time of the transplantation of seedlings or seeds, and generally only protect their young shoots by mulch and compost of hardwoods, prickly or resinous. The latter seem particularly effective not only to maintain moist soil, but also to keep certain varieties of insects from vulnerable plants. Apart from composting and initial watering, they usually only work for the harvest.
Such farmers are in some way in harmony with nature. They listen to it and take into account natural cycles. They watch it. And above all, they love it and cultivate it with joy and without superfluous effort. They are much less exhausted than a conventional farmer, do not poison the soil, add no artificial fertilizer (the compost is sufficient to enrich the land), and do not exhaust the groundwater either. And yet, they manage to have vegetables and fruits whose beauty, size, health, taste and nutritional value challenge the industry! How is it possible? We will say here that their approach of synergy with nature attracts the elementals and that the latter, creatures probably responsible for arranging and valuing it, are the true agents of the success of the “shamanic” gardener or farmer.
While industrial agriculture has exhausted and poisoned the soil and groundwater, made hundreds of thousands of animal and plant species disappear, poisoned the human beings themselves, the new “gardeners of the Earth” allow it in certain privileged places (away from cities and technology) to regenerate it and make it produce healthy food with fewer resources. Like shamans, they have become allied with the elementals of nature. They are precursors giving a taste of what will be the day after tomorrow.