This piece came about because of a swarm of bees. They crossed my path one day out for a walk with the dogs which then connected me up with local beekeeper Bruce Brugler.
My time with Bruce extended into the directing of this narrative piece as well as a deeper interest in me personally in learning more about bees.
I knew a great resource for this would be to consult my friend Shonagh Home in researching the writing for the piece. Shonagh has been on my podcast multiple times, is a shamanic therapist, teacher, author, and poet and we have appeared on other podcasts together. I reached out to her because she has also been a beekeeper for numerous years as well and had recently completed a book on bees entitled Honeybee Wisdom.
Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks is a spiraling feminine discourse that begins with the author’s treatise on her love for nature and its invisible forces. It then looks backward to the inspiration of the bees on the ancients, particularly the Mediterranean priestesshoods. This is contrasted with a candid look at the contributing factors that are causing the steep decline in honeybees, followed with a message of hope in the form of Biodynamic farming and gardening, along with Rudolf Steiner’s insightful esoteric understanding of the inner workings of the bees. The reader is then treated to an expansive exploration of the wondrous medicines found within the beehive, and instruction is provided for creating infusions, elixirs, oxymels, and other timeworn medicinals. The ancient medicine of bee venom is also featured along with the wisdom of physicians through history who understood and respected its efficacy as a potent healer of arthritis and other ills. The book completes with advice on the creation of a bee garden as sanctuary for both the pollinators and the good souls who love them.
The book is very worth your time, as it is full of great information on bees and their history. Including the current dire threats to bees due to unconscious corprotization's communication technologies and pesticides. I was expecting to pull details out of it for my own writing to than narrate but Shonagh's poem at the beginning of the book spoke perfectly to the piece. This is it in its entirety of which the last section is narrated: