Nature Spirits: These are entities of the astral plane which assist in the running of the various phenomena of nature. The nature-spirits belong to an evolution quite distinct from our own, and are divided into seven great classes, thus there are nature - spirits of the earth, water, air, fire (or ether) etc., which are definite intelligent astral entities. At the head of each of these classes is a great Being, the directing and guiding intelligence of the whole department of nature which is administered and energised by the class of entities under his control. These are known by the Hindus as (1) Indra, lord of the Akasha, or ether; (2) Agni, lord of fire; (3) Pavana, lord of air; (4) Varuna, lord of water and (5) Kshiti, lord of earth. The vast kingdom of nature spirits, is in the main astral kingdom, though a large section of it appertains to the etheric levels or regions between the physical plane and the astral plane.
Based on my personal experience, for every feeling and emotion arising in man there exists an equivalent so-called nature spirit in the astral world. As the individual human mind is interconnected to the whole universe, these spirits do influence the well being of humans operating through the sub-conscious, particularly say in a dream or deep states of emotion.
A typical example of this is the appearance of a mirage in the mind of a weary and tired traveller in a dry and sandy desert. Another example of this is that these nature-spirits are also responsible, in certain mountainous regions for enabling a traveller, to see for example, houses and people where he knows none really exist. These delusions are frequently not merely momentary but may be maintained for quite a considerable time, the man going through quite a long series of imaginary but striking adventures and then suddenly finding that all his amazing surroundings have vanished, and that he is left alone in a valley.
The life periods of the various classes vary greatly. There is no sex among nature-spirits, there is no disease and there is no struggle for existence. Jealousy and anger are possible but seem quickly to fade away before the overwhelming delight in all the operations of nature which is their most prominent characteristic.
Their bodies have no internal structure, so that they cannot be injured, neither has heat or cold any effect upon them. They appear to be entirely free from fear. An adept visiting the astral plane from another higher plane and who may be involved in the process of evolution may use the services of the nature-spirits, and may entrust them with pieces of work.
The article is taken from the book Life Beyond Death by Anil Sharma