There is something about the golden glow and warmth of scent in beeswax that brings my thoughts to the Ancient world. There is something so natural, organic, even magical when working with gifts from the earth. Wade Davis writes, “The world can only appear monochromatic to those who persist in interpreting what they experience through the lens of a single cultural paradigm, their own. For those with the eyes to see and the heart to feel, it remains a rich and complex topography of the spirit.”
We attempt to see through the lens of our constructed sealed in reality when nature beckons us out. In the flame, made from liquid formed by sunshine, we feel warm. In the scent of the hive, we feel connected. In nature, we find the conection of spirit we long for.
Mindfulness in essence is the focusing on the present moment, allowing thoughts to come and go without judgement, while being aware that neither the past or the future is as powerful as the now.
I believe it is a practise that can be done anywhere. We breathe everywhere. No need for special music, cushions or spaces.
When opportunity opens it is nice to try new ways of being mindful. A beeswax candle has a warmth in its glow that welcomes the eye to relax. With your eye in the sight line of the candle focus on your breath. When your mind begins to wander, move your focus back to the golden light of the candle. Keep repeating this for the length of time you plan to set aside for the activity. Sometimes our minds are so busy it is hard to quiet them. Perhaps then try noticing the flicker of the candle, be aware of how your breath moves with the flicker or not.
When we breathe and focus on the candle we are using a part of the brain called the insula, and the intensive process of visualisation uses the visual cortex. Two different parts of our brain are at work. There isn't space in that process for the train of thoughts we normally have. The candle helps us in this exercise to be in the moment. Experiencing the now.
A number of years ago I picked up a book in a Montreal bookstore entitled 'Lilies of the Hearth' by Jennifer Bennett. I've saved it all these years and pick it up to reread from time to time. The book itself is about the historical relationship between women and plants. From before the birth of Old Europe in Goddess societies where Mother Nature was considered all powerful to the shift that came when humans felt they had mastered earth. It was as she writes "the age of yin, the dark, receptive female principle, the earth, gave way to the age of yang, the light, intellectual, male principle, the sky. The new dominion of industry, mechanization and computers."
I have always fallen for the powerful metaphors of nature to describe women and while I enjoy the beauty of the language I recognize there is something dangerous about the polarities and comparisons. It can become a girls like pink and boys like blue discussion.
What is important is that both are changing and both are moving towards a better way.
Thinking of the hive as a matriarchal community reminds us that though we may have a leader - it is the community working together that thrives. Each life has its important place in the circle. There is strength in community. There is intelligence in community. Though I would never liken the bee to humans, there is much humans can learn from the bee.
According to traditional Celtic lore, sage signifies wisdom, and eating sage provides immortality in wisdom. In traditional medicine, sage is used as a drying agent, clearing mucous congestion and relieving night sweats, while its astringent properties make it valuable in treating wounds and sore throats. In the Middle Ages, they had the belief that sage prolonged life. (http://www.gardenguides.com/139463-significance-herb-sage.h… , http://www.herbwisdom_.com/herb-sage.html)
First Nations people have celebrated the healing properties of Sage, naming it one of their scared medicines. Sage is an important medicine to many First Nations cultures. It is generally employed as a means of releasing troubles from the mind and removing negative energies. Sage is used most commonly for smudging. It is believed to be potent cleanser for homes and sacred items.
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I love the effect of both Sage and Beeswax, together they are a powerful purifying agent for any space.
Beloved Two-Tone Pillar
Rarely found and hand-poured with care, patience and heart...this beautiful 100% pure beeswax candle is made from a combination of pure white beeswax and pure yellow beeswax. There is no colour, chemicals or anything else added. For those that crave a little diversity, a flair for something unique, these pillars offer a warmth of creativity.
100% Pure Canadian Beeswax (Beeswax from a local 3rd Generation BeeKeeper)
Organic Cotton Wicks
These delightful pure Beeswax Tealights are an added warmth to any setting. With all the health benefits of bringing the sun into your home! We hand pour these tealights with sweet thoughts from our hive to yours! Bee Well!
Sumerian Bee Goddess
In Artemis we have our most renowned bee patroness. As the goddess of nature and the hunt, forests, hills, rocks and rivers, she oversaw the home territory of wild bees. A particularly fascinating part of her history is her temple community, in Ionia, at Ephesus, today’s Turkey. Some believe it was a matriarchal community of beekeeping priestesses that worshiped Artemis. In her Ephesus form, she’s depicted covered in breast or egg-like carvings, that for a beekeeper, can only resemble the cells queen bees are born from in the hive. At her feet are two Omphalos stones.
Layne Redmond’s book “When the Drummers Were Women” is an enthralling account of goddess worship, priestessing and drumming, based on archaeological research from the ancient Mediterranean region. Her thoughts on the combination of the bull, the bee and goddess worship in these ancient days present the reader with a picture of a culture focused on ritual, healing, the feminine nature and a connection with the natural world we have shifted dramatically away from. She’s now engendering a movement to help us heal ourselves, the bees and our planet by reconnecting with the ancient priestessing ways of the Melissa by recognizing the magic and wisdom of the bees.
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This is a beautiful pillar style candle - infused with organic rosemary herbs. Rosemary is considered the herb of love and remembrance. It is found in thousands of years of myth and tradition. Rosemary is known to have been used for magic, healing, and seasoning since ancient times. Native to seaside regions of the Mediterranean and North Africa, the Latin name Rosemarinus means dew of the sea. Rosemary is strongly connected to rituals of love and marriage, symbolic of faithfulness and devotion. Rosemary is commonly used to increase energy, provide clarity and infuse well being in aches and pains.
Our individually hand-poured 100% pure beeswax candles with hand-placed all-cotton wicks naturally have a sweet smell and golden color. Beeswax candles are long burning! When you burn 100% pure beeswax candles, they actually clean the air!
Paraffin, on the other hand, comes from the sludge at the bottom of the barrel of crude oil. Paraffin is extracted after asphalt in petroleum refining. The American Lung Association has issued a warning against breathing the eleven documented toxins (two of which are carcinogenic) that are released, along with soot, when a paraffin candle burns.
Perfect for the upcoming allergy and asthma season...
Dr. Karen Holan
I am a mother, teacher, researcher, writer, beekeeper and candle maker; working very hard at being more present for every moment. I believe the bees and all of the natural world has so much to teach us. Playing in this craft of making candles and products with positive vibes is an absolute delight! Warm wishes from our hive to yours. May you visit and feel welcome here always.