personal meaning + inner wisdom
Bees are master pollinators! During my week I walked into my room to find a loudly buzzing bumblebee come from under my bed to hide on my window sill. She was gripping in stillness for dear life and my heart simply melted at its very presence. I remembered my instructor from Seed to Supper Gardening class mention she had problems getting bees in her backyard garden and here in my tiny room a ladybug and now a bumblebee found their way into my life. Instead of being frantic, my heart raced with both acceptance, thanksgiving, and wonderment!
Bees have always been sacred to me, I’ve honored them for many reasons and having a small indoor container garden I was left with so many questions; How did this tiny creature find its way into my room? How was I going to get it out?
On a much deeper level, (as I always look into the hidden spiritual side of things), I wondered what ‘message’ the apidae was both showing and leaving me. And as I captured it in my dirty sea moss-water cup, I felt the power of its familiar buzzing mantra which immediately touched my heart. I felt the need and urgency to continue on the path of raising my personal vibration and personal healing. I felt its deep connection beyond space and time to ancient cultures and goddess traditions. The bumblebee’s buzzing was hypnotic and brought with it many healing remedies. I felt and saw my heart swell with intense healing vibration. I remembered the shamanic experience I had only a few months prior in a field of flowers and bees where the song enraptured my heart from left over past pain to surface for healing and alignment.
Alberta District front lawns – Butterfly and Bee Flower Gardens (May 2019)
Bombus Bumblebees – Species in the Northwest Pacific Region
Bumblebees (Bombus) are master pollinators! They are diverse in their range of pollinating various plants, herbs, and flowers and thus play a central role in maintaining and balancing our ecosystems. The bumble bee has over 250 bombus species in the Apidae family which consists of over 5700 bee species. Other bees include the honeybee, orchid bees, stingless bees, carpenter bees, and bumblebees all of the apoidea family. Bumblebees are nectar bees like their honeybee cousins. Bumblebees pollinate crops and wildflowers and are vital to tomato plants.
Best Bee Documentaries
Vanishing of the Bees 2009
With Ellen Page (Directors: Maryam Henein, George Langworthy).
Queen of the Sun (2010)
(Director: Taggart Siegel).
More than Honey (2012)
(Director: Markus Imhoof).
Colony : The Endangered World of Bees (2009)
(Directors: Carter Gunn, co-director: Ross McDonnell )
Who killed the honey bees? (2009)
(Director: James Erskine)
I would add the movie The Secret Life of Bees but that’s about personal relationships, sisterhood, and healing color lines in America; staring Dakota Fanning, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo, produced by the linked of Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith to note.
Bee Shaman Wisdom Message
The bee symbolises community, brightness and personal power. Follow the bee to discover your new destination. From ancient Kemet (Egypt) of the Nw Swt Bty [nswt-bjtj], to early Estruscan (Ancient Greece) Women’s Mystery Rites Systems such as The Eleusinian Mysteries (Goddess Demeter), to ancient Druid societies bees have symbolized the sun, the Goddess, community unity, and festive parties and events.
Bee Mantras and Yogic Pranayama
The buzzing of bees is an ancient Hindu healing mantra which effect the heart chakra and pineal gland. The Goddess of the Bees is a form of Shakti (Divine Feminine Life force) called Bhramari, goddess of the black bees also an avatar of Durga, Shakti, and Parvati. She is consort to Shiva and is simultaneously a warriors goddess as well as healing goddess.
There is abundant bee mythology including Native American and Indigenous animal totem, spirit animal, and spirit guide meaning while the Hindu have preserved their mythology and healing medicine in the form of not only stories but healing practices. Pranayama the science of the breath has its own yogic tradition of the bee breath that brings calm to the mind and senses, alleviates migraines, improves memory and focus, and brings sunny confidence in undertakings.
I plan to start not only a 30day Yoga practice but to include forms of pranayama including this Bhramari pranayama – Humming Bee Breath.
How to Practice the Bumble Bee Breath
- Sit cross-legged or up on your chair
- Keep your mouth during practice: Gently close the lips, keeping the teeth slightly apart, and bring the tip of your tongue to the space behind the upper front teeth
- Cover and close the ears with your thumb while placing index fingers at at the mid part of your forehead (the middle fingers, ring finger, and pinky finger should press gently at the bridge of the nose
- Take deep ujayi breaths from the belly
- Begin making a low pitched “hummmmmm” sound at the back of the throat
- Position the tongue and allow the buzz sound
- Breathe through the nostrils
- Start with 7 repetitions and increase with practice
With Love, Light and Healing!