Friday, February 03, 2012

Column: Shorelines

Author sees God, miracles in nature

Elizabeth Farrel said photographers sometimes can catch evidence of devas (lower left of frame), benevolent supernatural beings. Farrel said some people see a woman's face in this particular orb.

Courtesy of Elizabeth Farrel

Elizabeth Farrel said photographers sometimes can catch evidence of devas (lower left of frame), benevolent supernatural beings. Farrel said some people see a woman's face in this particular orb.

As a child, Elizabeth Farrel found in nature what she said she was unable to find anywhere else - love.

A self-described "gentle soul," she found a security in nature. When she looks back on her childhood, she realizes her experiences led her to the place she needed to be and eventually to write the autobiographical book, "A List of 'Miracles' and Daring to Tell."

Farrel said aside from nature, the only other thing that made her feel secure as a child was her grandparents. She lived with them for a few months during her youth while her mother was giving birth and tending to Farrel's newborn sibling.

"I was torn away from my grandparents and made to live with a family who could have cared less," recalled Farrel. "My brothers and sisters tortured me in many ways. I was a very gentle soul and couldn't defend myself, so I lived for many years trying to hide in closets and get away. When I was eight, I realized nature had within it all the love I or anyone else would need, and it saved me."

She sought refuge in nature when she needed to be alone. Farrel documents that love in her book.

"At first I did not know why I felt better in nature," she wrote. "It was subtle, but it was consistent. It was gentle ... Nature's love snuck up on me. I could feel it. I could not help but love it back. The love I received there may well have saved my life later on, and it certainly has made life bearable in the hard times ... Sometimes I wonder if God gave me this connection to keep me alive."

The book contains the poetry she has written throughout her life as well as pictures she has taken while enjoying nature. Unusual orbs and lights kept showing up in Farrel's photography. These are what she and some energy experts call fairies and devas. These nature fairies protect plants and animals, Farrel said.

According to soul-guidance.com/houseofthesun, the word deva comes from the Sanskrit word meaning "a being of brilliant light," and is used to indicate a non-physical being. The site says a deva is a consciousness that specializes in working with specific plants and animals.

"These beings work for God," Farrel said. "God created them."

"I'm a nature lover and a lover of God," Farrel continued. "I believe both things have given me gifts beyond what people normally get because of the love I have given. The experiences I have had are gifts to me and I wanted to share these gifts with other people."

Farrel's book also chronicles her self-described religious miracles and conversations with Jesus.

"He talks to me and He would to you if you listened," she said.

Farrel said she sought the Lord's guidance before moving to the lake. She had moved to Florida to care for her dying parents. After their passing she felt compelled to leave the Sunshine State.

Farrel called moving to Virginia "a leap of faith" because she had never lived in the Old Dominion and did not know a soul here. The poor economy led to selling her Florida home for much less than she paid for it. Even so, she kept the faith and made the move about two years ago.

Farrel said she has not regretted it. This book of unique spiritual experiences, which her Florida friends urged her to write, came to fruition at her Goodview home. At the age of 63, Farrel self-published her book of miracles.

"I feel I was put on the earth to do this book," said Farrel. "It's not about making money. I want people to know these beings could be loving them if they would only look. I've seen the most incredible, magical beauty out there that loves you and wants you to love them back."

She also is hoping the book encourages people to take better care of the planet.

"Treat nature lovingly and kindly and it will love you back in the way I have been treated," said Farrel.

Farrel's book is available locally at White House Store, Diamond Hill General Store and Goodview Grocery. For more information about Farrel or her book, email ewfarrel@verizon.net or visit naturesgotmiracles.com.