I’ve decided to focus on bee spirit medicine for our Reiki share tonight. I have always loved working with bee medicine – here are some insights into what its all about and my own experiences with bee medicine!
Firstly a bee in itself is a miraculous thing. Technically speaking it shouldn’t be able to fly …yet it does. Not only does it fly but it literally rockets around with such gusto you cannot but admire it, unless you have a fear of bees (more on that later). Bee therefore reminds us of the power of miracles. Miracles happen, ask, what is their to lose?
Bee is a beautiful symbol of abundance. They work hard all day and their reward is the beautiful rich honey they make. Ethical beekeepers leave some honey for the bees when they take from the hive. We can give thanks to the bees every time we use a bee product, wether that’s honey or a beeswax candle. Think of all the hours the bee worked to provide that for you and send gratitude from your heart to the bees of the world! When we send out the energy of gratitude we also attract more abundance! Honey has amazing health benefits, nutritional and beauty focused. I like to take bee pollen when I want to connect with bee, this is packed with amino acids. It is so nutritional it has been said you could live off bee pollen alone! What a wonderful gift from these amazing creatures.
Bee teaches us about community and teamwork. When we work together we can work in peace. The way of peace benefits everyone on the planet. When you are feeling lonely, isolated or lost you can ask bee spirit to help you find your tribe, your community.
Bee reminds us of the sweetness of life. If you are generally feeling down in the dumps or even suffer from depression or anxiety you can call in bee spirit to bring more joy into your life. Ask for its happy energy, bringing in the beautiful yellows to uplift your solar plexus chakra, the centre of your personal power, self-esteem and confidence. On the theme of colour you can also ask for the black energy in its stripes to energise your root chakra (the secondary colour being black) to give you more physical energy and to keep you grounded.
Bee reminds us that even though we may need to work we also need to stop once in a while to smell the flowers so to speak. When a bee becomes exhausted it is very vulnerable. Just last week I found an exhausted bee in my dads house. I picked it up carefully and gave it sugar water on a spoon to drink. I was in awe as I watched it drink and then after a few minutes fly away. We need to learn to stop and rest before we go into this vulnerable state, and if not who can we find to nurture us, give us the sugar water.
Bee is essential to the world. Einstein predicted that humans would die out in 4 years if bees became extinct. They are important for cross pollination and the growing of crops. Bees are sadly endangered due to pesticides, climate change and habitat loss. We need to do all we can to protect them. Please do not destroy a bee hive in your garden, bees are not wanting to harm you – they just want to live and be part of their community. A bee will only sting if it comes under threat or if the hive is under threat. As we know once a bee has stung it will die. This shows amazing self-sacrifice and a need to protect what it values. If you are campaigning to protect the environment or animals, maybe a person treated unjustly then call in bee medicine to help you with these challenges.
Some people are afraid of bees, usually because they have been stung or as a learnt behaviour. I would suggest you look at bees as a possible shadow animal spirit. This means that bee reflects something in you, in your shadow self that needs to be faced or healed. Is there an imbalance in your life in belonging, family, justice, career, enjoying life, believing in a greater power/faith?
Regarding my own experiences I find that bee gives me messages about what is to come or even acknowledgement of what has happened. When I applied for Come Dine With Me (tv show) last year I remember I was waiting for the producer to arrive at my home for a video interview. As I sat there waiting I asked aloud was I going to get through the audition process and immediately in response a huge bee flew into my patio doors literally banging on the door and buzzing loudly! I actually told the producer about my sign from nature – I got through. Synchronicity occurred when I found out the sound guy who I was working with all week when recording the show was a beekeeper!
Just recently I attended a womb healing ceremony and received the 13th Munay Ki Rite – the rite of the womb. It was just as I got to my dads house after this that I tended to the exhausted bee! Within a couple of days my friend who had also attended the ceremony was rescuing a bee with sugar water to! It turns out that bee often visits people after they have attended a womb healing ceremony. Bee is very connected to the Goddess. Throughout history since the Neolithic period references have been made to the connection between the bee and the goddess. Goddesses such as Freya, Brahmari Devi and Anatolian to name a few.
Bee is linked to the sun, happy joyful, warming and sustaining energies. The honeycomb with its beautiful geometric shapes is a beautiful manifestation of sacred geometry and is linked to the heart chakra. The buzzing of a bee uplifts me, it feels like an OHM bee style! It reminds us of the importance of sound and vibration in healing and manifestation.
Tonight I will be doing some meditation with bee energy and we will also ask the bee to channel its energy through us during our Reiki practice, incorporating colour and sound. Why not try incorporating bee energy into your life today!
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Angela Sessions has been studying holistic health and shamanism for over 20 years. She works from her home in Derby, England working with clients to help them live life as their beautiful authentic selves. Angela runs workshops, courses and ceremonies on Reiki, Art Therapies, Crystal Healing, Shamanism, Angels, Plant Spirit Medicine and the Fae.
Angela is passionate about access for all and has worked with charitable organisations to bring holistic wellness into the community. She is passionate about animals and the environment and would like to deepen our spiritual connection with the Earth so we can fully appreciate our guardianship of this amazing planet.