Re: Colony Collapse
- Hi Everyone,
Please listen to this link shared on "Bees in Harmony" list - NINA
- Hi Carol, Val, Everyone,
Had opportunity recently to read Bobby Matherne's reviews of the
Russian "Anastasia - Ringing Cedars" series. There was mention of
bees and biodynamic agriculture. All in all, very enjoyable read. She
details creating a "Space of Love" small homestead. (In one of the
later sequels there was comment about how Bush retreated for month in
Texas after 911,to his Space there...surely that would elicit
opinions here.) Thanks to Bobby for spreading awareness of changes in
Russia - NINA
"[page 74] "Right now I shall take a look with my ray and locate,
at a distance, some of those people you call dachniks.
After a period of silence, she began to say softly:
"An old woman is unwrapping a piece of cheese cloth in
which cucumber seeds have been soaking. The seeds have already begun
to develop quite a bit, and I can see little sprouts. now she has
picked up a seed. I have suggested to her that should not soak the
seeds so much they will become deformed when they are planted, and
this kind of water is not good for them the seed will go bad. She
thinks she herself must have guessed that. And that is partially
true I just helped her guess a bit. Now she will share her idea and
tell other people about it. This little deed is done."
This was remarkable enough, but what she reveals about the "Seed as
physician" in Chapter Eleven should make everyone come alert. In the
USA where so much of our food is grown in areas completely
disconnected from our homes, we rarely eat food whose seeds we have
planted, up until now. The dachniks in Russia are leading the world
in this area by growing so much of the food that they consume. I saw
an estimate somewhere that over fifty percent of all vegetables
consumed in Russia comes from dachnik gardens.
First Anastasia explains the connection must be established between
the seed and the human body. My wife and I have been practicing bio-
dynamic gardening around our property for more than five years now.
This involves stirring a barrel compost material which looks like a
loose form of peat moss into rainwater for twenty minutes and
flipping the resulting liquid over all of our plants after nightfall.
I had wondered why the long time of stirring when the compost
material doesn't dissolve into the water, but is merely suspended in
it. After reading what Anastasia says below, I came to understand
that we were perhaps adding our own body's information into the
liquid as we stirred it over and over. In the process of adding the
compost, we take a handful and place it into the container for
stirring and our hands makes close contact with the compost. This is
one example of how Rudolf Steiner's bio-dynamic preparations and
suggestions match those of Anastasia. Another is that they both
strongly suggest avoiding chemical fertilizers or poisons because of
the damage they do to the underlying plant and insect life in the
[page 77] "Every seed you plant contains within itself an
enormous amount of information about the Universe. Nothing made by
human hands can compare with this information either in size or
accuracy. Through the help of these data the seed knows the exact
time, down to the millisecond, when it is to come alive, grow what
juices it is to take from the Earth, how to make use of the rays of
the celestial bodies the Sun, Moon and stars, what it is to grow
into, what fruit to bring forth. These fruits are designed to sustain
Man's life. More powerfully and effectively than any manufactured
drugs of the present or future, these fruits are capable of
counteracting and withstanding any disease of the human body. But to
this end the seed must know about the human condition. So that during
the maturation process it can satiate its fruit with the right
correlation of substances to heal a specific individual of his
disease, if indeed he has it or is prone to it."
The next step she suggests seems a bit extreme, but it is definitely
a way of directly communicating the status of one's body and its
specific requirements to the plant so that it may adjust its produce
to supply exactly those requirement.
[page 81] "If you make connections with the plants in your
garden-plot, they will take care of you and cure you. They will make
the right diagnoses all by themselves and prepare the most effective
medicine especially designed for you."
When Anastasia told Vladimir that bees should be kept on the garden
plot, he objected, saying that is difficult, and she replied that it
is easy. "How?" he asked, and she meditated silently for a long time
before answering. Her answer came as complete instructions for
building a naturally shaped beehive without all the mechanical
trappings of a commercial beehive. An old tree trunk of a deciduous
tree will suffice if it is hollow inside, about 4 feet long with a
hollow about 16 inches running its length. Or simply build one out of
deciduous tree lumber such as ash, pecan, etc, using boards about two
inches thick with triangle pieces in the four corners to simulate a
circular inside. The complete instructions are on page 83, including
where to place, how to remove honey, how to attract the initial
swarm, when to harvest the honey, and how much to take. I am no
beekeeper, but these instructions on pages 83 through 85 seem full of
wise advice and make it seem easy enough for anyone to add a natural
beehive to one's small garden plot.
Given that bees seem to be dying off in commercial hives in certain
parts of the USA (and Europe), this may be life-saving advice for
bees and human beings who can become independent of commercial
providers for their supply of honey. The Bible talks of a promise
of "a land flowing with milk and honey," and assumes that everyone
knows why it is important to have a milk and honey, but never
explains why it is important. This is a corollary of Rudolf Steiner's
dictum that "discussion begins when knowledge ends," namely, "no
discussion is necessary when everyone knows." People of biblical
times knew that milk has important constructive forces for human
infants and honey has important constructive forces for aged people.
Thus a "land flowing with milk and honey" would have beautiful
babies, children, and grandparents.
Here are three snippets dealing with honeycombs, bee stings, and
harvesting the honey:
[page 84] "Bees build their honeycombs at a specific distance
apart to facilitate both ventilation and defense against their
enemies, and any human intervention breaks down this system. Instead
of spending their time gathering honey and raising offspring, the
bees are obliged to fix what has been broken."
[page 85] "Bees only sting when people act aggressively toward
them, wave them off, become afraid or irritated inside not
necessarily at the bees, but just at anyone. The bees feel this and
will not tolerate the rays of any dark feelings. Besides, they may
attack those parts of the body where there are channels connecting
with some diseased internal organ or where the protective aura has
been torn, and so forth."
[page 85] "Open the panel, break off the hanging honeycomb and
extract the sealed honey and pollen. Only do not be greedy. It is
important to leave part of it for the bees for the winter. In fact,
it is better not to collect any honey at all during the first year."
To summarize, let the bees make their own honeycomb, if they do sting
you it will be beneficial to you, and leave some honey for the hive
when you harvest. "