4 April 2010
Dorothy Maclean has spotlighted the desperate worldwide plight of the honey bee and warned that the life-sustaining insect should not be regarded as a mere mechanical honey gatherer for the sole benefit of the human race.
In a moving Easter Sunday invocation during the Findhorn Foundation’s Inspired Action conference, she called for a fresh appreciation of humanity’s interconnectedness with the natural world and the power of cooperating and co-creating with nature.
“What if we were to create, on a planetary scale, the same level of cooperation and co-creation demonstrated in the early days of this community,” the 90-year-old Findhorn Foundation co-founder asked?
“Here sand dunes were turned into gardens and the success of the early garden at Findhorn remains a demonstration of the potency of cooperating and co-creating with nature. The simple existence of the Findhorn Community demonstrates the power of inspired action. Virtually everything you see around you here is the result of someone putting into action their own inspirations.
“Let’s face it: there are few places on our planet where the peril is more immediate, and has greater potential domino effect repercussions, than the situation we face with the common honey bee.
“Throughout the world billions of bees are mysteriously dying. They are simply flying away from their hives and disappearing: a phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD).”
Among the factors contributing are human activities including habitat destruction, widespread use of pesticides and the creation of monocultures where a diversity of species existed previously.
“As bees are our most important crop pollinators – the vital link in our food chain of vegetables, fruits and nuts, and responsible for pollinating one third of all food crops in our diet – we need to know how to deal with this calamity,” she said.
Emphasising our co-dependency, Einstein has been quoted saying that if bees disappeared, humans would do likewise within four years.
“In my life I have learned one great truth: that love is the greatest power on earth. This statement has been tested time and time again. So to me our solution is to send powerful love to bees. It may not sound very scientific, but it seems to me that science is not producing a solution, so we have everything to gain and nothing to lose by trying love as an answer.”
Admitting that she’d initially had no special feelings for bees, as well as a fear of being stung, she described her turning point when a beekeeper opened a hive and she saw his face transformed by love and joy. “This astonished and affected me greatly.
“Normally love as a solution seems off the wall, ungrounded, crazy, psychotic and even insane,” she said. “Yet to love is the way to go that is offered by the founders of all religions.”
She added that when she and co-founders Peter and Eileen Caddy followed their inner guidance faithfully and acted from love, they achieved results.
So how can we, individually and in groups, best help the bees?
“Truly loving bees involves a rich energy exchange. It is a powerful imaginative process in which we contact the wonderful love which is the deep core of all of us, and which we then focus and send to the bees. As we do not want our beautiful world to die, we can give of ourselves with full force, and results are bound to follow. We need passionate patience and persistence, for we humans have deeply polluted our world and have used the gift of free will for selfish ends. We can use that same free will to choose the loving whole.”
She has decided the least she can do is devote around 10 minutes to the bees in meditation each morning, repeating a personal mantra: ‘The successful functioning of the bees on the planet is a vital need. Let us choose to invoke and send the vast loving power of our inner divinity to bring about the successful functioning of bees here and throughout the world… spreading joy throughout.’
“Let us choose now to invoke the miracle needed to help the bees! It is indeed a miraculous world and the world always responds with joy when love is sent out unconditionally.”
The Inspired Action conference has attracted delegates from throughout the world, other leading presenters include Satish Kumar, who has been described as the artistic and spiritual voice of the green movement; Alastair McIntosh, a Scottish writer, academic and activist; the venerable Robina Courtin, a Buddhist nun and developer of a programme working with prison inmates in the United States; and Findhorn Foundation focalisers.
© Dorothy Maclean and Judy McAllister