As others have said: Be close to Mother Earth, respect nature, let them know you wish to communicate, and spend time outdoors.
Some things that won't "get you there" by themselves, but that can help with everything from showing respect to aiding with focus are:
- Say/think a message of gratitude for the gifts they give you
If you have a garden, keep a small portion rof it wild
Bring a bag with you to pick up trash
Donate time or money to a nature/animal charity
Start keeping a nature journal
Study information on Faeries, Elementals, and Nature Spirits
Study attributes of plants, animals, minerals, and the elements
Actively invite them into your life
Hold the willingness/intention to have them in your life
Ask your diety/god/spirit/the universe to send them into your life
Hang pictures or put figurines of them in your living space
As far as focusing help goes, try meditating with on the seven-pointed star, otherwise known as the Fairie Star, Elven Star, and Heptagram-- as it is associated with Faerie.
There are also Faerie Oracle Decks put out by Brian Froud, Doreen Virtue, and Amy Brown, among others. The only two I own are The Fairies Oracle by Brian Froud and Amy Brown's. Personally, I prefer the Brian Froud deck as I find it to be less vague. I also feel that the Amy Brown Deck concentrates mostly on aspects deemed as "positive" while glossing over the aspects deemed as "negative". But that's just my pesonal opinion as it pertains to me. Different people have different experiences with different decks.
There are also Oracle Decks concerned with Animal and Plant Spirits. Steven Farmer, Ted Andrews, and David Carson & Jamie Sams, among others, have put out decks focusing on Nature Spirits. The only one of these I own is: Medicine Cards by David Carson and Jamie Sams. But I loved it so much that I have two copies-- my first and the later, expanded edition.
There is also a deck called Celtic Tree Oracle, which looks lovely and has good reviews, but I don't own a copy. It is based on the ancient celtic alphabet, Ogham (pronounced Oh-am), which associated each letter with a tree and each tree with certain attributes.
Also read up on the subject. I highly recommend:
- Healing with the Fairies by Doreen Virtue
- Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
- Nature Speak by Ted Andrews
- Anything by Brian Froud
Many standard wicca/craft/pagan books also have information. Art books by fantasy artists are good for inspiration.
While it doesn't work like that, Irish tradition holds that touching a four-leaf clover or looking through a naturally occuring hole in a stone will grant you the Sight.
And most of all, trust your experience. That's still the hardest part for me to do. If you feel that a message, thought, object, lesson, or other gift are from them-- trust it. Obviously, use common sense. No good being would ask you to cause harm to yourself or others, nor would a helpful entity put another being in any kind of peril. But as humans, we are sometimes so skeptical and pessimistic that we are unwilling to believe we are recieving exactly the blessings we asked for.
Whoa, this a seriously
long post. Sorry