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The Shamanic Way of the Bee: Ancient Wisdom and Healing Practices of the Bee Masters

The Shamanic Way of the Bee: Ancient Wisdom and Healing Practices of the Bee Masters [Kindle Edition]

Simon Buxton
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A fascinating, important story of one man's journey into the shamanic realm and ancient wisdom. -- Oriah Mountain Dreamer author of

After reading this book, I felt I had been initiated into the ancient feminine mystery of sacred sexuality. -- Tori Amos

An exquisitely written, powerful, and important book. -- Brooke Medicine Eagle

Simon Buxton's unusually wondrous tale combined with his exquisite use of words brings radiant life to an ancient path.. -- Sandra Ingerman author of

Simon has genuine miracles to impart and this book makes an outstanding contribution to our repertoire of spiritual wisdom -- Ross Heaven author of

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Bee shamanism may be the most ancient and enigmatic branch of shamanism, and it is found throughout the world wherever the honeybee exists. In this authoritative ethnography and spiritual memoir, Simon Buxton--an elder of the Path of Pollen-- reveals the secret wisdom of this age-old tradition, until now known only to initiates.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1594771197
  • Publisher: Destiny Books; 2nd Edition, Paperback Edition edition (6 Jan 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C05H0M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,603 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Buxton is the Founder/Director of The Sacred Trust and British faculty for The Foundation For Shamanic Studies, the foremost core-shamanic training organisation in the world, directed by Dr Michael Harner. Simon has worked and trained within shamanic traditions for nearly three decades, including a thirteen year apprenticeship to a European Bee Master, as detailed within his book The Shamanic Way of the Bee, which was the recipient of the 2005 Canizares Book Award for non-fiction. He is also the co-author of Darkness Visible, and his third book, The Serpent Flight of the Honeybee is in preparation.

Simon is a Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute, the world's longest-established scholarly association dedicated to the furtherance of anthropology and his work has been profiled within several books including Travelling Between the Worlds by Hillary S. Webb and Soul Companions by Karen Sawyer, as well as being featured in the documentary film Vanishing of the Bees. In 2007, together with Naomi Lewis, Simon opened The Sacred Trust Centre in Dorset, England where he conducts his writing, research and teaching work.

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's Being Initiated Here? 8 May 2008
It's extremely rare to witness a true initiatory rite of passage, but this book is a sustained account of just that, and in an area that has never been revealed to those outside the tradition. The erudition and anthropology supporting the account is solid, but it's more than that. It's a personal account of the author's experiences as a boy and a young man, who endures the surprises and awe of true initiation. This makes it a personable read. Simon Buxton is not only an elder of the shamanic bee cultus; he's a born storyteller with the ear of a poet. Once he grounds you in the material events of ordinary reality, he begins the cross-over through the veil into extra-ordinary events. It's important that his poetic skill is strong because those events need a strong metaphoric tongue to tell them. Indeed, the reader needs a developed sense of metaphor to perceive the truths at the heart of these mysteries. Yes, it's as much a challenge for the reader as it must have been a test of the writer to bring them out. A first reading grasps the narrative. A second reading perceives the myth. A third reading gets to the spirit. Such depth in a book, I've not seen in a long time. If you can hold all three levels in one reading, bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meeting Your Appointments 17 Jan 2009
The key question to ask yourself when a book comes your way is do I have an appointment with this book, what it contains and what it may hold for me? Such is the question that may arise when this book enters your life, for Simon Buxton's The Shamanic Way of the Bee is a beautifully written multi-dimensional work in the esteemed genre of esoteric spiritual autobiography that details the many layers of reality and experience that are often found on the path of initiation. The book is part of a long lineage of stories of spiritual experience from both ancient and contemporary cultures. If we allow ourselves to re-view (literally, to 'see again') Buxton's book, we re-member that the awe-infused tales of shamans are in themselves healing stories, stories that heal, and by that function they open doorways for us to find our own way toward whatever healing we too might need. They also allow us to begin to imagine how we too might be changed should we dare to believe in our true heart-desires and, using our will, step through the open doorway into our own sacred story. The Shamanic Way of the Bee is an exquisite telling of one man's sacred story.

As a female practitioner in training with teachers from the distaff or female side of the Path of Pollen, I have been taught practices that Buxton writes of in his book, such as working with the lemniscate or figure of 8; meditation upon the Hexagramma Mysticum, the divine hexagon; oneiric or dreaming work; and many others. Body practices, meditations and disciplines such as these have been taught from ancient times to the present in many spiritual traditions throughout the world.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
It `s not often that I feel compelled to write a review of either a book or a CD, unless I find them truly worthy of praise - but such was my enjoyment when reading this book, and the obvious validity of this man's story concerning his apprenticeship within a shamanic tradition that is actually still practised within Britain today, and so I felt compelled to share my thoughts, on what is a something of a 'Treasure'. Especially as it is so unusual to discover a book that is not only a very worthy read, whilst proving enlightening, but has the subject matter and writing style to inform, inspire and move the reader.
For those familiar with other books detailing apprenticeships within a shamanic tradition - such as Castenada, it is all too easy to either see them as having little to do with real life, or as something we could never have access to. Which is why I was surprised and inspired by Simon Buxton's The Shamanic Way of the Bee - because of the way he relates his story not only is it totally believable, but is written with a real sense of the beauty, poetry and a passion that I'm sure most of us aspire to have in our lives.

The author not only skillfully and gradually leads us into the hidden world and depths of what on the surface is referred to as bee keeping, but he does so in such a way, that one moment he is describing the colours and fragrances of his teachers garden, the next he is relating the means by which it is possible to stop time. And he manages to do so without being overly wordy or academic, but having a real sense of the beauty and simplicity that he discovers within this shamanic tradition.

The key events are described with great lucidity, and it is very easy to find oneself almost being present.
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The bee sucks and collects this nourishment, pollen and nectar—sucks and collects from the parts of the plant that are steeped in sexual power, its reproductive organs—and thus the bee brings this sexual power from the visible face of spirit into the hive. We know this power as vitamin P. Vitamin P is the vita—Latin for life—of Pan; it is vitamin Pan.” &quote;
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