Honey, Remember Our Honeymoon?

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by Leonid Sharashkin

After first reading Anastasia, I could not help the feeling that the whole of humanity fell into two groups: those who’ve read it, and those who haven’t read it yet. Thank goodness it did not take long to regain a saner perspective! But now that I’ve read Keeping Bees With a Smile… oops! I did it again: I now feel that all people either keep bees or… do not keep bees as yet! I know this too will pass, but while I’m at it, let me share with you just what an extraordinary sensation this is – keeping bees with a smile!

Because yes, I now have bees, thanks all to this awe-instilling book. To me it’s been every bit as revelatory as Anastasia was at one time. What I’m discovering is beauty and hope that are increasingly difficult to find in the human or spiritual realms. As I watch tens of thousands of bees work harmoniously together while transforming the surrounding terrain into blossoming landscapes, I am filled with deep inspiration of the kind I have not experienced before: a very “raw biological” one! Have you ever felt inspired on a “cellular level”? I now know what it is!

Getting your free bees is as simple as that: hang a plywood box on a tree, and there they come!

This is how it all got started. Following the simple advice from Keeping Bees With a Smile, this spring I built, with my father and children, and hung on trees throughout the surrounding countryside ten “bait hives” (plywood boxes to attract wandering bee swarms) – and four of them got occupied by five swarms (two of which merged right there to form one huge colony). I then transferred these free bees to the special bee-friendly beehives as described in the book – and that’s it! You don’t need to inspect the bees, treat them or smoke them, lift heavy hive boxes or hunt down the queen; no hauling hives around, no stings – i.e., none of the hassles and expenses commonly associated with keeping bees. You leave bees alone and admire them drawing beautiful large tongues of comb. They are filling it with nectar and pollen – truly a food of gods – and the queen is there in their midst, laying up to several thousand eggs a day (she’s a “single mother” to the hive’s entire 100,000 bee population!). One of the hives I built with a glass wall and put right by my desk so I can watch it “live” 24/7! Do you want to subscribe to my bee channel? 🙂

Dr. Leo’s Bee TV. See what the buzz is all about? 🙂

But, more importantly, I discovered that this entire project was perhaps the only thing that I enjoyed doing, something that I was happy to do “not because I needed to do it to earn money / for the sake of my children / to save the planet etc., etc.” – something that I’ve enjoyed of and in itself. This is a very special sensation that I had not had in a very long time, if ever. I now get to climb trees (to put up and take down the swarm boxes) and puff dandelions (to propagate nectar plants) – things we love as children but forget when we become “serious adults”. No wonder I’m now smiling all the time!

And this is all just a beginning! Keeping Bees With a Smile helped me shed new light on every aspect of Anastasia’s life and messages as relevant to our daily life experiences. You name it: raising children, learning a foreign language in 15 minutes, resolving all financial difficulties, creating beautiful communities, turning the Earth into a paradise garden, achieving bodily and spiritual well-being, gaining awareness of the true origins of life on this planet, and much, much more. It is that extraordinary! I could go on and on and on, but I would rather let you experience the sheer pleasure of discovering this stunning new perspective on your own. So I’ll limit myself to giving but one example:

All these years I’ve been trying to reconcile the heartfelt splendor of Anastasia’s messages with the need to find an exact scientific explanation for everything described in the books. There’s no contradiction here – after all, Anastasia talked with such vivid imagery about the need to find a way to unify the opposites – so feelings and the rational mind should really go hand-in-hand. But for me there were a few stumbling blocks along the way. One of the biggest ones was the notion of the ringing cedar itself. Can there be such a thing in nature? Can a tree emit an audible humming sound and pale blue luminescence? Really?

Yes, many trees can produce a crackling sound in the wintertime as the wood contracts during the cold nights and then expands, warmed by the rays of the morning sun. But all of Vladimir’s visits to Anastasia’s glade took place in the summer. Bummer!

Even our goats who browse a few feet from the hives never ever get stung.

As I was having breakfast this morning – some blueberry ice cream from our own berries and goat cream – it suddenly dawned at me: of course it is possible! I even dropped my spoon! Judge for yourself: in a flash I found a new explanation for everything connected with the ringing cedar! It was like watching a 1000-piece puzzle suddenly come together on its own in front of my very eyes! So: can a tree, in the summertime, emit an audible humming sound and pale blue light. YES!!!

As incredible as it may sound, the answer came through my immersion in Keeping Bees With a Smile. Of course! THE BEES! The ringing cedar must be a bee tree! Maybe it won’t completely explain the entire ringing cedar phenomenon, but can it be that bees somehow contribute to it? Can it offer at least a possible explanation that never occurred to me before? The humming sound continuously heard under the tree. And why, despite her physical prowess, Anastasia was climbing up the ringing cedar with a bear (how did I not think about it before?). And why Anastasia’s mother broke a branch off the ringing cedar (to ward off the bees, perhaps?). And why Anastasia’s father died after climbing the ringing cedar (hundreds of simultaneous bee stings?) – Anastasia even says his brain exploded (bee venom has a potent neurotoxin – the only kind that can penetrate the brain)! And where Anastasia was getting her honey (honey and cedar nuts, she said – so obvious)! And how Anastasia had detailed understanding of beekeeping and the structure of the ideal beehive! And why Anastasia’s grandpakins so wanted to cut the cedar down (a 500-year old hollow tree would literally have tons of honey in it). And why ringing cedars were so rare (its wood is rot-resistant, so trees with a large hollow are not that common)! And why pieces of ringing cedar wood had an unusual pattern and strong healing properties (permeated with bee propolis, of course)! And who Anastasia was communicating with while looking up the ringing cedar tree (bees were believed to be “messengers of god” in many cultures)! And why she was touching the ringing cedar when communicating with it (knock on the hive and the bees will respond)! And why the ringing cedar was warm to touch (bees continually heat up their nest). And how Anastasia could meet her caloric intake needs (especially sugars) without growing any food! And why the ferocious mosquitoes of the backwoods did not touch her (body rubbed down with propolis)! And why all her granddads were so long-lived and emanated a special pleasant fragrance (same thing)! And their connection to the Egyptian priests (where bee propolis was used to make priest mummies) and Babylon (where honey was used to anoint kings)! And why nobody dared to trespass on Anastasia’s glade (The Book of Kin explicitly describes the use of bees to repel attackers)! And can it be that it is from observing the bees that her ancestors gleaned the secret of regulating body temperature during the winter (a bee cluster continuously emits 40 watts of energy, maintaining comfortable room temperature in their home even when it’s minus forty degrees outside)? And why, in The Rites of Love, she highlighted wild honey’s importance in a woman’s nutrition before and after conception of the child (do we call it honeymoon for no reason at all?). And…

For my birthday I got a humongous gingerbread in the form of a comb cell attended by bees!

“OK, OK, OK,” you might say, “but what about the pale blue light? Bees don’t emit blue light! Ha-ha! All your speculations, Dr. Leo, are, to use a Russian proverb, just poking a finger at the sky: you can’t miss it no matter what direction you point.” But, you see, I also thought that I was just imagining it all and that all of the above were just random coincidences having nothing in common with reality. But then I came upon the information on the bees’ association with blue light – in fact, even more than one! It is well known that bees collect vast amounts of pollen to feed their young (scientists even computed the figure – over 50 pounds or 25 kg in one season)! Moreover, many of the taiga plants have blue pollen (these flowers are even depicted on the first-edition cover of The Space of Love)! Blue pollen! Now what happens with this blue pollen when it arrives in the bee nest? It is being packed in comb cells that are constantly ventilated by bees standing on comb and fanning their wings (to evaporate excess moisture from nectar). They also manipulate the pollen to feed their young. In the process small grains of pollen are picked up by the air current and exit the hive! (I have evidence of that from watching my glass-walled hive: its bottom would accumulate a noticeable layer of pollen dust!) So, when you look up the ringing cedar bee tree, all these blue pollen particles falling in the rays of sun would indeed give impression of blue luminescence! (Especially in the green-blue twilight of the cedar crown.) Besides, bees are extremely sensitive to ultraviolet light, and scientists have discovered that a swarm of bees functions very much like human brain! So could it be that the presence of these bees (which may number 100,000 in a single ringing cedar tree) generates impulses strong enough to shift an observer’s perception toward the ultraviolet spectrum as well? Even Rudolf Steiner was saying that the bees emit blue light, and today scientists took pictures of bees with special cameras and they all shine with blue light – you can see these stunning pictures in the latest science books on bees! Besides, modern science has demonstrated that color is not an objective phenomenon, and color perception as such has a lot to do with how human brain functions, and can change under certain conditions. But as much is obvious: “all cats are gray at night”. There you have it!

I know I’m getting carried away here, but such is the power of Keeping Bees With a Smile! And regardless of whether my speculations prove to be correct or not, I begin to suspect that bees play a much more important role in Anastasia’s grand vision for the Earth than what we may have previously thought. You know, they’ve already imparted to me an amazing sensation – like effortlessly “going with the flow” – which is very similar to the one that followed me throughout the Anastasia translation project! Answers come, new people appear, and things fall into place on their own. Having experienced that – and seeing more and more people who are similarly influenced by this book – I begin to feel that we may well be on the verge of new discoveries that will give humanity a chance, as Anastasia put it, to “become a bee” (see Book 2, The Ringing Cedars of Russia).