``Ah, the bee! It had to be in the story, the sacred creature that everywhere brings and symbolizes life."
--P.L.Travers (creator of Mary Poppins)
Dreams show bugs have something to teach. They demonstrate the
intentions of the natural mind, the undeviating faith of desire, and the urge to survive. They bring the community consciousness of a swarm and hive, a Gemeinschaftsgefuehl, a cosmic sympathy, deeper than a social contract. They conjoin and enjoy the contrary elements of earth and air, show amazing capacities to conform and transform, and are resolute in their persistence to draw a dreamer out of the shelters of human habitation, the sheltering limits of human habits.
--James Hillman, Blue Fire
And a bee came and rescued him and flew and flew all day long till the sun began to go down. Then the bee looked desperately round for a place where it could put Mantis and, suddenly, there it was! A wonderful flower above the water, a flower we no longer see on this earth, and the bee put Mantis inside it.
--Bushman creation myth in Parabola, May 1992
Once Meek, and in a perilous path,
The just man kept his course along
The vale of death.
Roses are planted where thorns grow,
And on the barren heath
Sing the honey bees.
--William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
This that we are now
created the body, cell by cell,
like bees building a honeycomb.
The human body and the universe
grew from this, not this
from the universe and the human body.
--Jalal-Ud-Din Rumi, This We Have Now