I read a book years ago and would kill to have it again, unfortunately, I don't remember what it was called. The author talked a lot about the elementals and described them very well and I've always been fascinated by the concept, but never really thought it was true, until the other night when I had an experience with a candle flame, just as Ashrend was talking about, the flame almost seemed like a creature, like a fairy made of fire or something. And it seemed like the flame was moving around with my emotions. When I was calm, the flame was calm, when I felt emotional, the flame flickered. For some reason, I've been thinking of things to do to attract them, like they're a rare hummingbird or something. I want to put fountains in some of the room, frequently lighting candles, burning incense, things like that.
The author of the book I was talking about earlier also spoke about how they are attracted to certain people by their personalities and some people do things that make them mad and they start acting out. SpiritTalker, I understand what you mean. It seems to me that if one tried to make their personality the way it would need to be to attract each element, a person would be very balanced.
And to feel them all around you if you were balanced seems like it would be a very joyous experience, though I know it would be easier said than done. And if you're getting out of balance, they'll let you know. They'll, like you said, break your pipes, then you realize what you've been doing wrong. And to top it all off, they sound so cute! (JK) But seriously, it's easy to see one in a flame and I know you can see air with smoke, or by the path of the wind, sometimes the wind feels like it is conscious somehow. I think for Earth, you'd simply have to be outside. I can't see attracting a Gnome into your house to live in a pile of rocks or something. But water is harder because I don't have a good place to be around fresh water. Someone told me rain, which is a good idea. Really, I like to hear anything about them. Oh, and I definitely agree with you about the observing part. I just want to be friends for now. lol (What I just wrote sounds like the ravings of a madwoman. lol)