Dream Symbols: What They Mean to You: Bees

 

 

 

Bees

The heat brings me back to the river. Today a tiny bee insisted on keeping me company. It hung around for quite a while. It never landed or stung; just hovered and buzzed near me. She got me thinking about a recent in-service I attended. The presenter reminded me that here in the US, we have 200+ native species of bees. Many are solitary, living near their plant host. Some are big, like the bumble bee. The honeybee is imported and not considered native to the US and can be quite aggressive in some situations towards our native bees.

I looked around the space where I sat and could not see any obvious plant she might be connected to. I moved my chair anyway. She got me thinking about the variety of her species and their dedicated work of pollination, which in turn helps bring us food, clothing, and other goods.

When I awaken in the morning with a dream that has my attention, I first ask: does this relate to my everyday life? Am I being warned about something? Am I uncomfortable enough with the dream to pay attention to some issue in my everyday life? If the immediate answer is no and I do not feel any immediate relationship or message on these levels, then I look at the dreams more carefully and symbolically.

So, I begin with: what do bees mean to me? And what do I know about bees? What type of bee appeared in my daydream time? What was it doing? How did the bee relate to me? The birds were quiet today. It’s the tiny bee that got my attention.

For me, bees symbolize unity, cooperative living, and working.  They seem to work for the good of the whole. Honeybees will leave a hive if they are threatened by disease, which can indicate an area’s environmental quality.  Honey and propolis, two honeybee products, are antifungal, antibiotic, and anti-microbial and play a role in medicine, cosmetics, skincare, and health.

According to Ted Andrews in Animal Speak, bees were associated with accomplishing the impossible. The ancients revered the bee for its wisdom or as a symbol of wisdom. Honey represents the sweetness of life.

However, pollinators are more than just honeybees. The Polliantor.org site says this:

    • “More than 1,000 of all pollinators are vertebrates such as birds, bats, and small mammals. Most (more than 200,000 species) are beneficial insects such as flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees.
    • In the U.S., pollination produces nearly $20 billion worth of products annually.
    • Monarch butterflies have declined by 90% in the last 20 years.
    • 25% of bumble bee species are thought to be in serious decline.”

I found this great offer from the pollinator.org site. They have planting guides for all types of ecoregional climates. I happen to be in the Eastern Broadleaf Forest area. The guides are colorful, with great tables and resource information. I highly recommend them.

What can we do today?

  1. Donate to your favorite nature organization. Support their work. Pick a local one, like a land trust, and one national. Spikenard Farm and Honey Bee Sanctuary, and Pollinator.org rely on donations to continue their great work.
  2. The Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign)National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides.”
  3. Buy Heirloom and organic seeds. There are so many great companies, often local, such as Truelove Seeds, to buy from and support.
  4. Plant pollinator-friendly plants; add more if you can.
  5. Consider replacing lawns with more natural foliage that supports our pollinators. At the Garden’s Gate has a practical chapter on how to do so.
  6. Start a seed-saving bank at your local library.
  7. Learn about one new beneficial bug. Learn to properly identify its habitat, how it mates, what it needs for food, and where it fits in with its local ecosystem.

What do bees mean to you? This tiny little bee reminded too of the many conservation efforts going on today. She reminded me that messages come in tiny ways to get us to pay attention. And synchronistically, I was asked to be on a committee where I get to help work with the land, add wildflowers and other native species creating a safe habitat for critters and folks alike. This project will be a community effort. I did not know this on Saturday while at the river but was asked on Sunday to help out: definitely a group effort. Pretty cool, right?

Sweet dreaming. Judith

 

Blog: Goal Setting From the Heart: What Are You Wishing For?

The end of the year approaches. Family and friends gather, we have some time off. What are your thoughts and dreams for 2019? Vision boards help us manifest that which we are wanting. With purposeful action and goal setting our dreams can come true. What’s your favorite goal setting tool?

Following our dreams brings us into our heart space, our soul. What is your passion? Do you have the courage to follow that inner prompting, take steps to bring those dreams into the world? Not always easy, yet fulfilling in unimaginable ways. And we have so many great and fun tools to assist in this journey. My guest this week, Deb Sodergren, encourages us to sit mindfully with our goals, aims, desires and create an action plan. Taking thoughtful steps, accepting disciplined effort all help your dream manifest. To have a dream come true is simply awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Ohotto’s book, Transforming Fate into Destiny, is a must for the journey and for understanding the difference between fate and destiny. Do you let life control you? Or do you follow a deep sense of knowing that which makes your heart sing? Not easy questions but Robert’s insightful expertise helps us understand the difference between fate and destiny. Understanding that which we want to create, taking appropriate steps to manifest those dreams can take us to unexpected places so we can live our destined life. Consider looking at your life differently.

Last, but not least, here’s a day planner for the year with prompts and inspiration. Have fun with it.

Disclaimer:  I participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn small ( as in teeny) fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliate sites. Thank you so much for supporting these efforts to pass on worthwhile and invaluable resources. And as I said before I love books. It’s a pleasure to share with you my favorites, books and other ideas especially for the gift-giving time of year. Enjoy. Judith

 

Upcoming Class: Dreaming with the Muse

(Open book with magical green tree and rays of light on wooden deck)

Dreaming with the Muse

Do you have a story aching to be born?

Where in your life do you need more insight?

Do you have a tune playing inside that needs a
voice?

What pictures do you paint from the gifts of the
night?

Judith Dreyer, MS offers an introductory class 5 part series, on what it means to dream with our Muse. We have a rich inner landscape that often goes untapped. Dreams provide us with guidance. Whether storytellers, actors, writers, artists or someone looking to tap into their own creativity for answers on life’s journey, this program is for you! We’ll explore techniques for remembering our nighttime dreams, our inspirations and capturing guidance that brings us into our deep Self using the Lightening Dream technique. Please bring your journals, something for an altar.

Note:Those of you interested but feel you don’t dream are also invited. We are all creative and the muse touches us through practice and imagination.This is a five part class with dates as follows:

Where: Solstice Strategy Partners 129 Tolland Rd Tolland, CT.

Dates: Monday evenings: 7-9 pm Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6 and Feb 13, 2017

Snow dates: to be announced

Fees: $25/class: $120 for all five paid up front.

Contact: judith@judithdreyer.com for more class info.

Website: judithdreyer.com

 

Upcoming Workshop: Creating Our New Story: 2/16/13

 

 

 

 

I am pleased to announce a new workshop titled: Creating Our New Story that I am developing and presenting with Bruce Winkle in Leesburg, VA.

We are in a new time, a new vibrational pattern of viewing and living on this planet. Tremendous changes have occurred and we can make a difference.

We invite you to join us as we take a journey towards creating our new story  We offer specific meditation work and understandings that are relevant to all of us as we listen more deeply to the call of our passion. What is our heart telling us? What stories can we  create filled with respect, integrity and hope for the good of this world no matter where we work and live. What dreams do we want to manifest? How can we work together creating a more stable community where we feel honored again?

 

Date: Saturday,  February 16, 2013

Time: 9-5:30pm

To register: (703) 771- 7755 or via email: bruce@elementsofhealingLLC.com

Tuition: $79.00/person Please bring lunch; tea and snack will be provided.

Location: Elements of Healing, 116 Edwards Ferry Rd, Unit M, Leesburg, VA 20176

If you would like more information please leave your name and contact information and send to the above.

I am excited to be creating and sharing at this time. Its as if we have a palette of possibilities before us unlike any time in the last millennium. I hope you will join us.

Have a great day. Judith

 

Road Trip: (con’t) UpS Botanical Sanctuary and Spider

From American Indian Healing Arts”

“Sometimes the older men would tell fortunes. They would clear a patch of ground of all weeds, grass, and trach and make it smooth. One man would sit at each of the four directions. The man at the west would draw a circle in the earth with his cane and the four would study the surface of the earth inside the circle to predict the future. Maybe a bug would walk across part of the circle. It all had meaning.” (Willie Lena)

I spent the summer solstice in a quiet way. The new moon darkened the medicine trails. I was content to be with the forest listening to the evening bird sounds as night quietly rolled in. I had a surprise though when I returned to my cabin after the days activities and supper. I found quite a large spider on the floor of my room.

 

Oh my, since no one was around I had to deal with this myself! And for those of you who know me know this would be no easy or enjoyable task. I decided to have a “talk ” with my visitor. While I appreciate the wonderful work spiders do for us and how important they are in bug management as well as food for some wildlife I knew I had to move the spider outside.

I found a jar and placed the jar upside down to trap it. Slowly I worked the jar across the floor and out onto the deck. Then I released it over the side and hoped it was okay. Based on research for type of spider the wolf spider is the closest resemblance to what I saw.

Since this occurred on the night of the solstice I felt I needed to revisit the energy and meaning of spider. I have had spider dreams some scary, some filled with meaning and gifts. Because of these dreams I have worked on my fear.

The Dream Questions are: How did I feel when I saw the spider? Nervous, OH NO! I have to deal with this myself..there’s no one to help me! How  am I going to get this spider outside?

I had to face my fear here. Moving and trapping this size spider was a personal accomplishment. I also felt this spider was very aware of me… I meant it no harm. What also grabbed my attention is that when I woke up at 4:30 am and stepped outside onto the deck my lantern caught the shimmering strands of a huge web over my stairs. I felt the spider in some way was alright. When I awakened at 7am to pack and head home I noticed the web was gone.

When I got home I picked up one of my favorite books, Animal Speak , by Ted Andrews. It is a comprehensive guide to animal symbology that I have found helpful with my dream studies. Spider’s shape is much like a figure 8. It reminds me to maintain a balance because everything I do weaves the future. Spider is also connected to the feminine creative energies. Spider is  the guardian of alphabets. It is thought that the first  true alphabet was found within the web. Spider is considered the teacher of language and the magic of writing. Since I am focused on various types of writing I felt spider came to be a totem of sorts for this time in my life.

I also remembered that spider is often connected to creation stories among indigenous peoples. One story, “How Grandmother Spider Stole the Sun”, is one such tale where grandmother spider wove a pouch to hold and capture the sun so everyone could have light. So many of us care about the planet and each of us. We envision a new earth of beauty and respect. We’re holding the light in some measure however small to “see” creative solutions to our pressing problems.

So I ask you today to observe spider in your garden, by the back door, maybe even in the corner of a room high in the ceiling out of everyone’s way. What does spider mean to you? That is an important question. Initially for me it is was fear.. .Hollywood certainly reinforces that to us. But spider is an important creature and plays a tremendous role in our garden community. Her web is an amazing architectural feat that she traverses with acobatic agility. Can she be of help to you in discovering a solution? I hope so.

As the elders remind us “it all has meaning.”

Enjoy your day. Judith

Upcoming Class: Dreaming with the Muse

  • Do you have a story aching to be born?
  • Where in your life do you need more insight?
  • Do you have a tune playing inside that needs a voice?
  • What pictures do you paint from the gifts of the night?

 

Join Judith Dreyer, MS  at the Windmore Foundation for the Arts for a 4 part series on dreaming with our Muse. We have a rich inner landscape that often goes untapped. Dreams provide us with guidance. Whether storytellers, actors, writers, artists or someone looking to tap into their own creativity for answers on life’s journey, this program is for you! We’ll explore techniques for remembering our nighttime dreams, our inspirations and capturing guidance that brings us deep into our Self with many playful and delightful exercises. Please bring your journals, dreams and sense of humor. Tea will be provided.

Where: Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Inc, Culpeper, VA

When: Wednesdays: 4/25, 5/2,5/16,5/23/2012

Time: 6-8pm

Contact: info@windmorefoundation.org  or 540-547-4333

Contact: judithdreyer.com for more class info on her blog At the Garden’s Gate.

 

 

Judith Dreyer, MS, BSN, RN, Dream Navigator, Adjunct Lecturer, Workshop Designer and Presenter, Master Gardener, Writer, Artist. Member: Windmore Foundation for the Arts, Inc.