On Sunday, I had a close encounter of the apiary kind; well fortunately, only one resident visited me. I was at an interfaith gathering at Pebble Hill Church in Doylestown, PA.The purpose was to network with other spiritual communities. As I was sitting, listening with rapt attention to the others who were sharing about their projects, I noticed a bee near my chair. It seemed unable to fly, so it meandered casually around, but went no further than a few feet away. I was careful not to step on it, for its sake as well as mine, since I have had allergic reactions that involved local swelling and pain at the site. I made an agreement as I always do with bees who come in close proximity. “I won’t hurt you, you won’t hurt me and we’ll get along just fine.” For three hours, it sat there and didn’t attempt to escape. Maybe it was listening as well.
At the base of my chair was a recycled cardboard cup filled with green tea. The lid was on and there was a small opening. I felt sure that the bee was larger than could fit through it. Just in case, I would periodically check on its whereabouts and rested assured that we were peacefully co-existing. Near the end of the afternoon, I reached down to pick up the cup to take one final sip and who should be peeking out of the lid? YIKES! Thank goodness I looked first. The other few times I had been stung, were on my foot, my ankle and my hand; far less threatening than being stung on my mouth, or even heaven forbid that I might have swallowed it. I carefully escorted my little friend outside and placed it on a rock near the front door. Clearly we were in some kind of communion and it had something to tell me.
When I looked it up on line, here is what I found:
“Spring is the perfect time of year to think about those busy, pollinating insects, bees. Bees live all over the world, and can have as many as 60,000 workers and several hundred drones in a single hive. All the activity in the hive, of course, revolves around the queen. The drones serve the purpose of mating with the queen, so that she can give birth to more worker bees. For thousands of years, man and bee have lived side by side, even working together to make and harvest honey. Bee reminds us to take the honey of life and make our own lives meaningful and fertile. In other words, bee tells us to enjoy what we do, whatever it may be. Bee is also very much associated with the feminine, fertility, growth, and motherhood. The queen bee is often the sole survivor when winter arrives, and she is the one to build the new hive in the spring. The queen is the reason for most of these associations, if not all, since she is responsible for taking care of the hive. Bees’ pollination leads us to fertility.”
This is on target for what has been coming up in my life as I have been appreciating the sweetness of my life and immersing in the Divine Feminine energy in all its glorious fullness.
http://youtu.be/h6A-JYbu1Os Flight of the Bumblebee-Maksim