March 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm #30823
I am currently reading a book called The Shamanic Way Of The Bee. In it the author, Simon Buxton, talks briefly about Europeans using bee stings on acupuncture points; he also talks about Chinese practitioners that dip their needles in bee venom to stimulate the meridian. I had heard that Europeans had an ancient form of acupuncture but this bee acupuncture was knew to me. Has anyone else heard about this from a different source? Also I am curious if there are any stories about Taoists and their relationships to the bee. I have heard all kinds of things before reading this book about ancient Greeks and Indians spiritual connection to the bee but I have never heard anything about Taoists and how they view the bee, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and propalis, if they even mention it at all. Anyway just curious, please post if you have anything interesting to add.
Peace & Tao
ShenchiMarch 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm #30824
I have not heard much about bees being an Alchemical image in Taoist Alchemy certainly in the west the bee and hive and flower all symbols for the self and the production of dan/honey or heavenly elixir. The Chinese certainly us royal jelly I see it in all the Asian markets. That’s all I got hope Google is able to serve you better. 🙂March 8, 2009 at 7:46 pm #30826
I’ve not seen a reference to using bee/insect venom. However, I have a little experience to share along those lines.
I very rarely get stung. I walk quietly, and stay pretty relaxed, and they don’t come after me much. However, at Dao Mountain several years ago, I was walking around the dorms without my glasses on. There were wasp nests in many places, but I hadn’t had any issues with them. Anyway, at some point I was wandering & contemplating, and a lone wasp flew by, stung me on the acupuncture point above the inner ankle (although I didn’t realize that until later), and took off just as quickly. In the several seconds that it took me to register the event, I also noticed that my vision sharpened. Considerably. It lasted 10-15 seconds, but it was remarkable.
I also had some time in the woods, doing a vision quest, when I was having lots of pain in one knee. At some point, mosquitoes eventually began biting around the knee. I had nothing else to do at the time, so in my fascination, I let them complete the task they set out to do. I don’t know remember they nailed any acupuncture points, but I do know that my knee started feeling better.
Those, and other events involving insects, lead me to believe that when they bite or sting, it might not be random. It might be feedback.
Good luck in your search.
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