Recently I met a very interesting person who managed a small beehive of honeybees. He noticed that the bees were decreasing and there was evidence that the queen bee was missing. The problem? An infestation of hive beetles. It was unfortunate because previously the bees were producing a good amount of honey. I could see that the beetles had taken over and most of the bees were gone or dead.
This infestation brought to mind what happens so often in our lives. We allow people or things to come into our lives and "infest." The infestation severely damages, and in many cases destroys, our creativity, our joy, and our power, to the point where we no longer produce honey - the sweetness - the nectar of life. It permeates everything in our life, even deterring those who would be of great value and benefit to us.
Once finding their way in, beetles latch on, causing honey discoloration, fermentation and destruction to everything in their path. The honey also develops a strong odor like that of rotting oranges. Generally this infestation happens to hives that are weak or failing.
Most people are not aware and do not invest in themselves, making the perfect climate for infestation to occur. Procrastination, apathy, complacency..."I'll do it tomorrow, I don't feel like it, I'm good, whatever," provide the perfect soil. Little by little the infestation spreads, starting in our thought process, spreading through our physical body in the form of sickness and disease, and manifesting in our lives. With the onslaught of this infestation, many people go through life suffering unaware that they have created this tragic result.
Is there a solution? Well, unfortunately, in many cases, the bee colony collapses, so there is no fairy tale ending here. Treatment is available, but it does not always eliminate the infestation. Just as the colony collapses, so do people's lives every day. But, because we are the only species with the power of choice and the power to create, we have the power to change the infestation.
The interesting thing is that studies show that hive beetles rarely affect strong hives. But are we willing to do the work to create a strong colony...a strong mind, a strong body, a strong world?
Look around and you will see the answer to that question.
By Melody Edwards