It’s surprising to look back and see how far natural beekeeping has come. I can remember when there were less than a handful who had actual experience with it. Now, there are hundreds observing, writing, speaking about it. And there’s a magnitude more who, though not so vocal, are successfully keeping bees naturally.
It’s probably logical to ascribe natural beekeeping’s humble beginning to those who wrote and first spoke about it. And it’s easy to image they had some brilliant insight, or observed something unusual, or maybe even saw or came to their conclusions in a dream.
But that wasn’t my experience. Rather, it seemed like the earth was screaming out the need and giving the vector for a new direction in beekeeping. The light didn’t originate in some individual mind. The light shone on the whole earth.
People in diverse locations, professions and educational backgrounds independently saw the light and moved in that direction.
When these beekeepers shared their natural experiences, they resonated with others who seen the light, but had initially hesitated to try it for themselves.
It almost as if the earth, functioning like a superorganism, had a collective intelligence which directed us in the right direction. For a beekeeper, the avenue was bees. For a fisherman it was the seas. For the forester, it was the trees.
All of nature is shouting out the need for a natural, sustainable change. All of humanity recognizes that need. But will this realization overcome our consumption and greed?
If you’re interested in this train of thought, here’s a Radiolab Short you might find interesting. It’s addresses technology. But it’s focus is about the source and direction of new ideas. If you’re a natural beekeeper, you’re part of that innovative process.
The process is clear. The source of the process? Now that’s a debate!