bees – lore, healing + sacred abundance

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?

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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.

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Alberta District front lawns – Butterfly and Bee Flower Gardens  (May 2019) 


Bombus Bumblebees – Species in the Northwest Pacific Region

Bombus_vosnesenskii_Sequoia_National_Forest_2016-06-28_(1)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.

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Best Bee Documentaries

Vanishing of the Bees 2009
With Ellen Page (Directors: Maryam Henein, George Langworthy).

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Queen of the Sun (2010)
(Director: Taggart Siegel).

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More than Honey (2012)
(Director: Markus Imhoof).

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Colony : The Endangered World of Bees (2009)
(Directors: Carter Gunn, co-director: Ross McDonnell )

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Who killed the honey bees? (2009)

(Director: James Erskine)

Movie Mention

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Intro to Permaculture – Solutionary Musings

Peace and Blessings Global Family,

I’m exhausted but caught up on a 4 week course with OSU (Oregon State University); Intro to Permaculture was an amazingly, rich content course. I was able to complete this afternoon and present my final Permaculture design project. It’s a discipline that incorporates organic gardening,  botany, horticulture, innovative technologies, ecology, water management and irrigation systems, climate, geology, and topographical data,  energy systems management, wildlife and plant life habitat, agroforestry, environmental sustainability, paired with landscape and architectural design and development.

What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies.

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Completed Course and OSU Badge (May 21, 2019)

What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies. Permaculture solves problems and provides a better future for living space, and human-ecological harmony on the planet.  It’s broad range of integrated disciplines allows you to ‘think’ and create solutions to complex problems like water management on farms, small or large spaces. If there is a drought or desert, Permaculture can fix that problem; clean up erosion, stop the symptoms of wildfires, drought and even famine and provide balance to man and environment.

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Of course, I’m still overwhelmed by the scope and the knowledge needed to be absorbed to be even basically functional in this type of ecological lifestyle design. As an Anthropology student with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability, Permaculture answers many of the questions we often overlook in this modern society. It’s very core is a return to the natural state of being one with the earth and her elements and producing sustainable yields that exceed lifetimes.

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Permaculture was created by both Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late 1970s meaning “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture.”  The 12 principles of permaculture most commonly referred to are first described by David Holmgren in his book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002).

They include:

  • Observe and Interact,
  • Catch and Store Energy,
  • Obtain a Yield,
  • Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback,
  • Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services,
  • Produce No Waste,
  • Design From Patterns to Details,
  • Integrate Rather Than Segregate,
  • Use Small and Slow Solutions,
  • Use and Value Diversity, Use Edges and Value the Marginal, and
  • Creatively Use and Respond to Change.

(source: Wikipedia.)

OSU’s  Intro to Permaculture online MOOC course (April – May 2019)  included people from all over the world earning to transform their land into smart livable spaces that ooze with sustainability and abundance. The institution offers a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) with extensive and in-depth training, analysis, and feedback of design ideas. The courses professor, Andrew Millison, provides an excellent YouTube lecture series, a well written eBook along with a chockfull of resources of permaculture’s founders, history, technologies, and the movers and shakers of today’s permaculture global world.  He also has a podcast on SoundCloud worth listening to Earth Repair Radio  with fascinating topics and speakers who provide their expert knowledge base and global projects.

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I truly injoyed the class and look forward to hands-on projects and certification training opportunities!

Hugs, Love and Empowerment Family!

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eScooters

I was asked yesterday by a really cute guy with the dreads what I like about Portland. His brown face was in disbelief knowing I come from the East Coast.  Originally I replied,  “the food trucks,” when he asked which food trucks and I said “I mean juice trucks!”

I had the feeling he didn’t believe my answers and I was taken a bit off guard. Since I had an audience of eyes on me in wonderment my shyness kicked in and the introvert in me withdrew from the conversation with smiles and thanks. Heading back to my computer to finish my paperwork. But the were many reasons my like for Portland was increasing.

I woke up this morning to another semi cloudy cool morning! I had planned on working in my garden, but the weather and my tasks were too cumbersome and timely. So here I am at 6am with a few hours sleep from homework the night before on a little mission. Lo and behold I spied a Lime eScooter on the curb while on my path! Whoa, looks like I gotta get a bike helmet!

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Voila! There on my walking path was a Lime electric scooter to assist on my travels! Lime electric scooter is a bike share micro-mobility company. eScooters as they are called in Portland, are pay-per-minute scooters located throughout the city on street corners and bike stations. The maximum speed are 15 mph and start at $1 per hour to unlock and 15 cents per minute. The eScooter is so easy to rent with a simple download of the app via Apple Store marketplace and linked bank accounts anyone can ride.  You can scan the eScooter bar code via your phone camera and unlock your ride, zoom to your destination and park in required location which is simply parking upright using the kickstand and uploading a snapshot.

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There are ride rules which I think I pretty much violated by lack of awareness but not that I know, I’m on the search for a bike helmet and better ride planning.

eScooter Rules and Laws

  1. Wear a helmet – Oregon law will fine you $25 if you don’t!
  2. Don’t ride on the sidewalk
  3. Yield to pedestrians
  4. Park on the curb
  5. Single person rides only!
  6. Don’t ride intoxicated or under any influence – drug free riding!
  7. No eScooters allows in public parks
  8. No eScooters on public transportation systems – bus, trains, railways, streetcars!

 

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So I can add this to my list of “Why” I like Portland!  Portland transportation is infused with Bike and Cycling programs and stores throughout the city to encourage a more healthy and sustainable transportation system. Portland is known among other names as “Bike City”  with over a dozen bike shops, organizations, and programs to teach bike maintenance, provide ride share, and rental opportunities. I’ve been looking for various types of bike options for the summer months ahead. Looking forward to getting a new bike standard or electric to join in the “Bike City” enthusiasm and get my exercise on.

Peace, Love & Empowerment!

 

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