Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World

Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World

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Song of Increase: Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World by Jacqueline Freeman

The most joyful emanation produced by a colony of bees is known as the “song of increase”—declaring that the hive is flourishing and the bees are happy in its abundance. Song of Increase takes us inside the world of the honeybee to glean the wisdom of these fascinating creatures with whom humanity has shared a sacred bond for millennia.

Within these pages is a bee-centric approach to living with honeybees, rather than advice for simply maximizing the products they provide. Jacqueline Freeman takes us beyond traditional beekeeping and offers a way to work in harmony with honeybees for both their good and ours. “Our way is one of kind observation,” she explains, “where we create supportive homes and fields for bees to live in, as well as tend the heartfelt relationships we form by being together.”

Song of Increase focuses on hidden aspects of apiculture that lead us naturally to more sustainable practices. Freeman illuminates the unity consciousness that guides every action in the colony and how this profound awareness can influence the way we see both the natural world and ourselves. Each chapter presents a wealth of information about the life of bees, including Freeman’s personal insights and direct teachings received from the bees themselves.

Contents Include:

I. The Song of Unity: How Bees See Themselves, Their Colony, and the World
II. The Song of Belonging: The Sacred Work of the Queen, Drones, Maidens, and Pips
III. The Song of Communion: How Bees Create a Perfect Home
IV. The Song of the World: The Communion of Bees and Flowers
V. The Song of Increase: The Blessings of the Swarm and the Ascension of a New Queen
VI. The Song of Abundance: The Generosity of Bees
VII. The Song of Sharing: How We Can Help Our Bee Friends

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622037445
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 167,710
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jacqueline Freeman

Jacqueline Freeman is a biodynamic farmer and natural beekeeper who speaks at national events including the Organic Beekeepers Conference, Women in Agriculture, and permaculture and nature conferences. She lives in Washington state. For more, visit spiritbee.com.    
Susan Chernak McElroy

Susan Chernak McElroy is the author of the national bestselling book Animals as Teachers and Healers; and Animals as Guides for the Soul. Diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1987, she survived - by following the dignified, joyful example of her dog Keesha, who had died ten years earlier of the same type of cancer.McElroy and her husband live in Oregon, where they share their farm with miniature donkeys, llamas, chickens, geese, cats, dogs, and a cockatoo.

Table of Contents

Foreword Susan Chernak McElroy ix

Introduction 1

How I Fell in Love with Bees 1

Becoming Kin 3

The Hive Is a Holy Place 4

About This Book 6

I The Song of Unity: How Bees See Themselves, Their Colony, and the World 9

Wholeness: Embedded in the Task 10

The Bien: Living in Unity 12

Collapsing Colonies: All Damage Has an Effect 15

II The Song of Belonging: The Sacred Work of the Queen, Drones, Maidens, and Pips 21

The Maidens: Messengers of Light 22

The Drones: The Holiest of Beings 26

The Queen: The Sun in Our Constellation 30

The Queen's Gift and the Drone's Promise 39

The Nursery: The Heart of the Hive 44

The Pips: Before We Have Thought, We Have Knowing 47

III The Song of Communion: How Bees Create a Perfect Home 53

Comb: A Language of Thought and Feeling 54

Constructing the Comb: We Build as One 58

Temperature: Enhancing Perception 60

Scent: Expanding Our Consciousness 63

Sound: Constant Communication with All That Is 69

Propolis: The Envelope of Our Medicine 74

Defense: A Challenge of Unification 81

IV The Song of the World: The Communion of Bees and Flowers 87

Enlivening the Green World: Libraries of Honey and Pollen 88

Flight and Light: Emanating Life Force 97

Pollen, Field Cake, and the Microbiome: Spiritual Nourishment 101

Winter Dreamtime: The Memory of the Sun's Light 105

V The Song of Increase: The Blessings of the Swarm and the Ascension of a New Queen 113

The Swarm: Birth of a New Colony 113

The Ascension of a Queen: Blessed by the Light 127

Conventional Beekeeping and the Song of Increase 133

VI The Song of Abundance: The Generosity of Bees 137

Honey: Kindling the Heart of Fellowship 138

The Sting: The Fire of Love 142

Evolutionary Medicine: Bathed in a Sacred Illumination 148

Quantum Healing: A Temple of Unity 151

Visionary Bees: Realm of All Possibility 156

VII The Song of Sharing: How We Can Help Our Bee Friends 159

Planting for Bees: Light Anchored in the Ground 161

Opening the Hive: Let Your Heart Precede You 166

The Whole and Holy Life: The Evolution of All Beings 168

Epilogue: Bee Sleepover 171

Glossary 175

Works Cited 181

Resources 183

Acknowledgments 187

About the Author 189

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