Let's assume that such things exist, for the sake of argument.
Let's also assume that you see them in the same way you see anything else: by light reflecting off them and arriving on your retina. If this is the case then I should be able to see them too.
I love your orderly, logical approach, cursuswalker. have you read the holographic universe
by Michael Talbot
Published by HarperPerennial/HarperCollins ISBN 0-06-092258-3 http://quanta-gaia.org/reviews/books/holoUniverse.html
it isn't the final-answer theory that some claim it to be, but offers a simple explanation that fits the observations.
it suggests that the reason you don't see exactly what i see is to do with differences in the way we're tuned in to the entities that radiate what we do or don't perceive. we are physiologically unique, right down to the minute biochemistry of the subtleties of vision. one person filters out what another foregrounds, one person blocks what another enjoys as peripheral to normal vision, another includes the peripherals as normal. we have our own specialisations. the fairy sight is a very common specialisation, and persists despite generations of suppression, with every generation producing seers just as convinced as the last that their visions are real, the only detractors being people who have not seen fairies, and so know nothing of the experience they claim to know best how to interpret.
a radio station broadcasting at one frequency can't be picked up by a radio tuned in to another.
the retina of the human eye receives much more than light but only transmits to the brain data derived from those radiances within he spectrum of light. these data are translated into the visions we see of the world around us, which radiates and reflects light. but it doesn't reflect and radiate only light, it also reflects ethereal radiances, astral, and many more, all at different levels of intensity, different vibrational rates. a seer is receptive to this enrichment, and sees the permeating ethereal radiance as well.
to see only material beings you have to filter out the ethereal ones. when you don't, you see those beings who have no material bodies as part of the real world, no less real, wafty or imaginary than me or you.
There are 3 other alternatives:
1) They actually emit, or reflect, another kind of light that one has to learn how to see.
2) some mechanism means that information about them is "added" to information coming into the eye and that, once again, one has to learn how to pick this up. This alternative also means that what you "see" may not be their true form of course. A chilling thought.
Of these three alternatives only 3 has any evidence in it's favour that is consistent with the known, and reported, facts.
1) yes, that's right. they are made of the same substance as the 'light body', which is why care of and attunement to the light body is essential care of incipient or evolved second sight. when one is surrounded by fairies, the air and everything you see appears more brilliant, because you are opening your sensoria and seeing more of the rich interweaving of all the textures.
2) it's rather that 'normal' vision filters all but the spectrum of light out of our vision forcing us to focus on the material world. seers are people in whom these filters are not operating, so they see, hopefully selectively, and with kindly guidance. seers offer their cultures a 'one eye on the neighbours' role, and so let the materialists get on with what they are specialised for. we have been rare but may become more common now that appreciation of the material body is being accomplished and more of us are ready to move on.
3) hallucination is a word that means a vision someone has that someone else doesn't think is real. it's a bit of a cop-out really, and implies that is't possible to assess someone else's experience without having access to it. despite what the expert say, i suspect it of originally meaning 'visions caused by eating magic mushrooms', since hallux belongs to a whole raft of related words that all mean long pole-like thing, meaning everything from mushroom to penis, thumb to palace pole to - but halo- it just ain't (imo).
the fairy sight traditionally comes to those with a deep connection to the fey tradition, a dedicated approach to continuing it, and a willingness to work hard and consistently at perfecting their sensoria, a life-time of health-conscious living in close contact with the fairy worlds, giving your brain the best chance by keeping it clear, alert, well nourished (not overfed) and cared for, like people care for their electronic gear to keep it optimal. who would bother if not convinced and what would they get out of lying? it's alienating, could get you classed as insane, and every rationalist can make convincing cases against believing a word you say, but yet they are real, totally thrilling and i wouldn't live without them even if i could, which is doubtful, as they cling to believers with great strength and magic.
yeah, inis, you're talking it!!!!!!!!!