Yesterday I read an article about the dying off of honey bees. I've been aware of this for a while. I've read about it before, seen a PBS special on the subject... but most of all - what makes it painful and real - is that I don't see bees in my yard. The dandylions wave in the breeze untended by ungainly fuzzy little creatures who defy gravity. My flowering quince's blooms are unattended by pollen seekers. We take these little guys so for granted, but the dying of the bees is probably and even greater threat to life on earth than global warming. So far the source is a mystery... possibly pesticides, possibly global warming, possibly a mix of reasons. But whatever the reason, the pollinating bees are disappearing and dying at an alarming rate.
I'm more of a follower about things usually, but I want to try and start a "Bless the Bees" campaign. For myself, I'm going to figure out a way to send reiki. I haven't quite worked out a method yet. A friend wrote - "you mean like send reiki to the oversoul of the bees?" I love that phrase. The Oversoul of the Bees. I don't know if that's how I'll do it for myself, but it's such a great phrase, I don't want to waste it. In any case, I want to both raise awareness and try to send love and prayer out to the Universe on behalf of the bees and to ask everyone else to join in. Do whatever works for you, but do something. Here are a few possibilities...
- Prayer. Pray for the bees recovery.
- Gratitude. Hawaiian mysticism believes in the power of blessing, the idea being that that which we bless, that which we pay attention to, we draw toward us. I like that idea. So, you could take a minute to bless the bees when you see them. Bless their handiwork pollinating flowers and keeping our world green and growing
- Sending Reiki or some other healing modality (Love's a good one, white light... )
- If you're a gardener or have the ability, plant bee friendly plants or start your own hive
- Spread the word
Perhaps if we all spent some energy praying for, sending love to, even expressing our gratitude to these wonderful creatures who fertilize our flowers and our grains and keep the world in blossom, they will begin to recover. Let us hope they recover, with or without us. If they are wiped out by the mysterious plague that is currently decimating their populations - at least here in the US - it will be a poorer, hungrier, and grayer world.
I took this photo 2 years ago before my camera got
damaged and when the bees were still abundant.
I pray that they can recover and return.
So, anyway, I hope anyone who reads this will send some love or prayer or healing energy these small flying pollinators of our universe.... and ask your friends to ask their friends. I believe there's great power in prayer and love and even more in prayer and love wielded collectively. To help with the process, here's some information about bees. From Wikipedia and the article I read yesterday from Care2.com.
I took up my friend's idea of talking to the Oversoul last night for a brief meditation on what to do and what I came up with (or the Oversoul or...) was an image of a giant "Healing Lotus" where the bees can come or be brought. In my "vision" (that seems a bit of a heady term for what it was, the lotus was surrounded by beings of light. That could be angels. It could be those of us sending love and prayer... or it could be both. Anyway, how exactly to use this image is still a bit vague for me, but I thought I'd share it in case anyone else wants to use it.