I know many are into spirits, entities, demons, and look to them for knowledge. "Other-world" teachers who know about the other world. Spirits that are seen as "real" and as communicative entities. How many look closer to home? To the archetypal spirits of trees, plants, rocks? I believe these things are very much alive, very much communicative, and can very much be "teachers" for people on a path or looking for a path. Teachers not because they exist for the human's personal use and are out to save us, but teachers simply because they have great knowledge. And if befriended, can be friends, and even teachers.