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The Shamanic Way of the Bee: Ancient Wisdom and Healing Practices of the Bee Masters [Formato Kindle]

Simon Buxton

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Reveals for the first time the ancient tradition of bee shamanism and its secret practices and teachings

• Examines the healing and ceremonial powers of the honeybee and the hive

• Reveals bee shamanism’s system of acupuncture, which predates the Chinese systems

• Imparts teachings from the female tradition and explores the transformative powers of the magico-sexual elixirs they produce

Bee shamanism may well be the most ancient and enigmatic branch of shamanism. It exists throughout the world--wherever in fact the honeybee exists. Its medicinal tools--such as honey, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly--are now in common usage, and even the origins of Chinese acupuncture can be traced back to the ancient practice of applying bee stings to the body’s meridians.

In this authoritative ethnography and spiritual memoir, Simon Buxton, an elder of the Path of Pollen, reveals for the first time the richness of this tradition: its subtle intelligence; its sights, sounds, and smells; and its unique ceremonies, which until now have been known only to initiates. Buxton unknowingly took his first steps on the Path of Pollen at age nine, when a neighbor--an Austrian bee shaman--cured him of a near-fatal bout of encephalitis. This early contact prepared him for his later meeting with an elder of the tradition who took him on as an apprentice. Following an intense initiation that opened him to the mysteries of the hive mind, Buxton learned over the next 13 years the practices, rituals, and tools of bee shamanism. He experienced the healing and spiritual powers of honey and other bee products, including the “flying ointment” once used by medieval witches, as well as ritual initiations with the female members of the tradition--the Mellisae--and the application of magico-sexual “nektars” that promote longevity and ecstasy. The Shamanic Way of the Bee is a rare view into the secret wisdom of this age-old tradition.

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  • Editore: Destiny Books; 2 edizione (12 novembre 2010)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B004C05H0M
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1.0 su 5 stelle Bee honest Buzzton 21 febbraio 2006
Di Ross Heaven - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
Hmmmm. The, er, 'buzz' on the street is that the 'path of pollen' (aka 'bee shamanism') may not bee, shall we say, entirely kosher? A 'bee maiden' (i.e. a woman who has spent a considerable amount of time and money on Buzzton's 'path of pollen' "initiation" courses) writes to me just today that...

"I'll be as brief as possible. I was drawn to undertake Path of Pollen workshops and trainings having read The Shamanic Way of the Bee and taken it on trust that the book is, as it claims, an authentic account of the author's initiation into the Path of Pollen. What I have recently discovered has shaken that trust considerably and left me wondering if I have been a) duped and b) exploited.

"As you will see, it appears that significant passages in The Shamanic Way of the Bee (TSWOTB), including whole paragraphs, appear to have been lifted virtually word-for-word from the much earlier essays of the late P.L. Travers, who is best known as the author of Mary Poppins but was also a lifelong student of and writer upon myth and fairy tales. Worse still, these key passages are variously presented as either the dialogue between Bridge and Twig in TSWOTB and also the first person narrative. There is no indication that use of the passages in question was authorised by P.L.Travers or her estate and P.L.Travers' work is not acknowledged either in footnotes or the bibliography at the back of TSWOTB.

"Some people may not care whether or not there is any truth in TSWOTB or if it is simply one man's eloquent modern fantasy, but to me at least there is something deeply unethical about passing another's words off as one's own and it raises serious questions about the authenticity of the Path of Pollen as a whole. I present some of the evidence below for you to make up your own minds.

"The P.L Travers work I quote from is "What The Bee Knows - Reflections on Myth Symbol and Story, foreword by David Applebaum, Codhill Press edition 2010

"P.L. Travers, What The Bee Knows (WTBK) (from the essay entitled What The Bee Knows, first published in Parabola magazine, New York 1981) page 81: "For the Bee has at all times and places been the symbol of life - life as immortality. In the Celtic languages, the Cornish 'beu' the Irish 'beo', the Welsh 'byw', can all be translated as 'alive' or 'living'; the Greek 'bios' has been mentioned above and is the French 'abeille' not akin to these? So, the Bee stands for - or is a manifestation of - the fundamental verb 'to be'. 'I am, thou art, he is', it declares, as it goes humming past. ... No wonder then that mythologically the bee is a ritual creature of a host of lordly ones... To anyone capable of suspending for a moment the cavortings of the rational mind, of accepting myth for what it is - not lie but the very veritable truth - it needs no great inward effort to act upon such advice. It's a matter, merely, of listening."

"Pp30-31 The Shamanic Way of the Bee (closing paragraphs of Bridge's first knowledge lecture): "The Bee Master knows the bee as the most remarkable of creatures, a social alchemist and truly nature's most astonishing being," he reflected before displaying his discreet passion for language and linguistics. It has at all times and places been the symbol of life - life as immortality. In the Celtic language, the Cornish 'beu' the Irish 'beo' and the Welsh 'byw', can all be translated as 'alive' or 'living'. The Greek word bios should also be mentioned. So, the Bee stands for - or is a manifestation of - the fundamental verb 'to be'. 'I am, thou art, he is', it declares, as it goes humming by.. if we look to myth the bee is the ritual creature of a host of lordly ones. To anyone capable for a moment of suspending the cavortings of the rational mind, of accepting myth for what it is - not a story or a lie or a corruption of the facts, but the very essence of truth - it should need no great inward effort to access their significance." His eyes bore into me, testing to see if I had yet understood. Then he spoke again, very slowly: "It is a matter, merely, of listening."

"P.L. Travers, (WTBK) p86: "When does the old year end?" asks a child. "On the first stroke of midnight", he is told. "And the new year - when does it begin?" "On the last stroke of midnight." " Well then, what happens in between?" The question, once asked, required an answer from those who know what the Druids knew. Long after I had written down this story, I listened to a radio reporter who was describing the ceremonies of an African tribe at the end of their lunar - or solar? -year. At a given moment, it appeared, the chanting and the drumming ceased as the gods invisibly withdrew. For a few seconds - twelve perhaps - absolute silence reigned. Then the drums broke out again in triumph as the gods as the gods invisibly returned with the new year in their arms. 'And' the reporter added 'though I do not ask you to believe it, I can vouch for the fact that my tape recorder, for those few moments of sacred silence, without a touch of my hand, stopped spinning"

"p35-36 TSWOB: "The end of the year falls exactly at the beginning of the first stroke of midnight on December 31, and the new year begins as the last stroke ends. But what happens in between?... ... In answer to Bridge's question, I told him a story I had heard as a child that had stayed with me over the years. A correspondent for the BBC World Service was describing the ceremonies of an African tribal people at the end of their lunar cycle. At a given moment, the chanting and drumming ceased as the gods and deities invisibly withdrew from the world... ... For just a few moments, absolute silence reigned in Africa as the gods withdrew. Then the drums broke out again in triumph as the spirits invisibly returned, cradling the new year in their arms. The reason I had recalled the story was that the reporter, a modern western man, had added that though he did not expect his listeners to believe him, he would vouch that during the few moments of sacred silence, his tape recorder had completely stopped working."

"P.L.Travers WTBK p86: "Anyone used to yoga practice experiences the ritual pause between the outgoing and the indrawn breath. Between one breathtime and the next, between one lifetime and the next, something waits for a moment."

"p37 The Shamanic Way of the Bee "... the Bee Master continued. He reminded me that in meditation working with the breath, there is usually a ritual pause between the outgoing and incoming breath. "Between one breath and the next, between one lifetime and the next, something waits for a moment...."

"P.L Travers WTBK p11: "The homeland of myth, the country which in the old Russian stories is called East of the sun and West of the moon, and for which there is no known map"

"TSWOTB p98 "To my surprise and delight, on this occasion Bridge continued to elaborate: "The Melissae are women who live in a country that is east of the sun and west of the moon for which there is no known map."

"P.L. Travers WTBK P267 From the essay "About The Sleeping Beauty" "The Thirteenth Wise Woman stands as a guardian of the threshold, the paradoxical adversary without whose presence no threshold can be passed."

"p102. TSWOTB "Early next morning, I wandered into the garden and found an austere presence dressed in black, awaiting my arrival before the Gate of Transition. She was as the Thirteenth Wise Woman who stands as guardian of the threshold, the paradoxical adversary without whose presence no threshold may be passed"

.... Hmmm indeed. Or should that be bzzzzzusted?

And it's not just the one email. A few days before the one above, I got this one, which might serve as a cautionary tale if you've aspirations to beecome a 'bee maiden' yourself...

"My name is XXX and it is now around six years or so since I was a shamanic practitioner student under the "tutelage" of Simon Buxton. I am myself trained as a psychotherapist, having specialised in working with abuse and am now writing a Phd on the embodiment of the sacred. Indeed it is partly some of the work on a chapter I am writing at present (exploring in part Gerald Gardner's of Golden Dawn fame own initiatory relationship with the questionably existing muse "Old Dorothy") which prompted me to write to you, as I found myself thinking about what I perceive to be the similarities in the cases of Buxton and Gardener. My own relationship with Simon was difficult, such that at the end of a period of extensive financial and spiritual investment, I found myself having to make a choice between what I experienced as abusive spiritual authority and my own and needing quite simply to walk in the opposite direction to the organisation I had hoped would provide me with a supportive home. I chose my own, amidst considerable confusion and pain..."

Good luck y'all if you choose to buy into the bee cult.
68 di 83 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle From shamanic visions to cheap romance novel 5 novembre 2004
Di MysticJaguar - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
This book starts out very nicely. Good background on the authors life as it relates to the subject. Nice writing style overall in the beginning. Along with the meeting of the bee master and wisdom flowing like honey. The novice undergoes the 23 day hibernation/initiation transported by visions of transformation into the mind of the bee and the hive.

Then the story falls apart.

After the initiation the initiate meets the bee mistress and her enchanting apprentices. At this point the writing becomes chaotic and you end up with people smearing our heros naked body with honey so he can have some kind of ritualized sexathon with one (or more) of the bee mistresses.

This story had great promise but literally fell apart half way through. I consider it either a misguided set of sex fiction or a really weird sex cult. Too bad.

If you are looking for a book on genuine Shamanic experience then try Jungle Medicine by Connie/Constance Grauds. That is a potent, powerful, and poetic prose.
28 di 34 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle an amazing initiation into bee magic 23 giugno 2007
Di KELLY MARTIN - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
This is my second book on shamanism I have read and I was prodded to read this book by bees. I was in a book shop about to put it back on the shelf when a large bee sound in my ear shocked me so much I had to look around the book store looking for the bee. So I followed this nudge from the bee and bought the book. I have not been dissapointed not only has it been beatifully written it has enlightened me on some other things that have been happening in my spiritual pathway so far, so much so I was astonished at how amazing inspired reading can be. If you are interested in shamanism, interested in shamanism within the UK and interested in bee magic this book is for you. I look forward to his new book coming out this year on the serpent flight of the honey bee.

27 di 33 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Powerful, poetic and potent 31 gennaio 2005
Di Sophia Fairburn - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
As both a beekeeper and a shamanic practitioner I was amazed and delighted by this book, as it confirmed so much that I had intuitively realised through my shamanic practice and my work with bees over many years.

Other than Martin Prechtel (author of Teachings of the Talking Jaguar) I can't think of any other author of shamanism who writes so eloquently on the subject, and the intelligence, poetry and wisdom of the `Path of Pollen' that Buxton writes about radiates from every page.

Whilst this book is shamanically accurate in aspects of presentation, ritual and belief it is in many ways more about the authors teacher - a Welsh `Bee Master' - than the author himself, and furthermore is the most exquisite eulogy to the honeybee I've ever come across. The book is almost scriptural in its resonance's whilst at the same time is as gripping as a thriller, to the point that I read it in a single sitting, which is unusual for me. I'm now going over it more slowly and am uncovering some of its many layers. My only criticism? It wasn't long enough!

I also notice that an earlier review comments on the use of smoke within bee-keeping, careful readers of this book will note that Simon Buxton's teacher never uses smoke with the hives.
33 di 42 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Enjoyable read, but mostly nonsense 31 gennaio 2005
Di Lb Grotte - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida
This is an enjoyable exercise in fantasy, but there is no path here for would-be "shamans". Anyone who can communicate with bees, as Mr. Buxton suggests his teacher, "Bridge" can do, would not use smoke when working around hives.

Smoke disturbs the hive and forces the bees to go into emergency mode, and I don't believe that any right thinking bee would ever fail to communicate the disruptive effect of this to a beekeeper, much less a "master". I certainly figured this out early in my beekeeping experience. It is easy to work around hives without smoke, and I have never found the need to use it.

I am not a shaman (see Mircea Eliade's work if you want to know what real shamans have to go through to achieve this status), but I am pretty sure that disrupting the hive in this way is contrary to how real shamans would conduct themselves.

I have extensive experience with honey and propolis clinically, and recommend that anyone with an interest consider their value. (I have a review of the therapeutic uses of honey at my website, [...]

Honey bee venom is also of value for certain disorders, though I never used it until I could manage a method to prevent the bee's loss of its stinger, and thus her death. Those who are interested in this subject will find a wealth of resources at Mihaly Simics' [...]

I also recommend that those with an interest become beekeepers. This will provide you with a wealth of connection to nature and some small understanding of the complexity and wonder of bee behavior. An essay on this subject can also be found at my website, entitled, "Offerings to the Earth".

Where there's smoke....

Sophia suggests that I am mistaken to suggest that Bridge uses smoke with the hives. More careful readers will find that on page 40, while being "smoked" himself, Buxton indeed confirms that Bridge uses smoke with the hives. He even, on page 41, lists the ingredients that Bridge uses to smoke bees. He "would often burn herbs and resins..."Among those he used included Scotch pine resin, verbena, mugwort, mistletoe...,and hops...".

I stand by my review but allow that others may find value in this fantasy.

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