The Path of Pollen or Frauds (freuds) 7



Lately we’re picking up a great deal of consternation in the media about bees, or the lack of them. Unrestrained use of fertilisers in the USA has killed off many of these essential pollinators, and now some canny operators are hiring out mobile bee-pollinating units and driving from one end of the country to the other with them.

Here Down Under in the last weeks we are all in a rage to discover supermarkets have been selling false honey, adulterated with inexpensive sweeteners like corn syrups, maple syrup, cane sugar and molasses.

Our researches have also revealed to us a shamanic cult, called The Path of Pollen, achieved by rigorous training at The Sacred Trust in Dorset England, under the direction of Simon Buxton and his staff, and described by them as ‘a vibrant and vital gynocentric shamanic tradition that works with the honeybee and the hive as its central motif and living glyph’.

But just when I was about to decide between The Way of the Melissae and The Trembling Veil and the Roar of the Roses I read some disturbing rumours about Simon Buxton. He purports to have undergone thirteen years of shamanic training, involving the twenty-three days of silence and the multiple stingings of bees in various parts of the body, and to be the author of an influential book, The Shamanic Way of the Bee: Ancient Wisdom and Healing.

Many praise his book, BUT, sadly, there  is very damning evidence that this book is not Buxton’s own work, but largely plagiarised  from  P. L. Travers’ What the Bee Knows: Reflection on Myth, Symbol and Story (Codhill Press 1989). Yes, she was the author of the Mary Poppins books,  but she wrote non-fiction as well. (She was also Australian and a very difficult woman, but that’s another story). In his Goodreads review of Buxton’s book, Ross Heaven quotes large chunks taken word for word from Travers’ book, and says, Sadly, this book is not just fiction masquerading as fact, it is also a case of plagiarism and intellectual theft. Buxton’s book is however still available online if you want to examine the Path.

If you wish to make up your own mind about Simon Buxton you can read an interview with him from November 2008 on Andrew Gough’s website, which tells of his awakening as a child, and his apprenticeship  to a Welsh shaman named Bid Ben Bid Bont.

Or, on the other hand, you could read a great deal of discussion as to whether the Bee tradition is truly European at all, or stemming from Native American practices.

There are also numerous websites from initiates offering shamanic healing. One could follow these mazy paths for many wasted hours.


9 thoughts on “The Path of Pollen or Frauds (freuds) 7

  1. Fascinating, as always, and entertaining in equal measure. There are fossilized honeybees in the Americas, in Nevada from the Middle Miocene (which was in the neighborhood of 14 million years ago). They aren’t really relevant to the question of when they returned. The English settlers brought them to Jamestown, Virginia (not the Puritans who went to New England) in the early-ish 1600s to provide honey, not to pollinate crops. The Indigenous peoples soon came to see them as harbingers of the ills of the colonialists. I also saw a reference (just now, distracting myself from other work by looking up history of honeybees) to the notion that the Vikings brought them much earlier, to use as navigators: “[I] would argue that they were already here, brought by Viking ships as navigational tools and honey sources on their ships. releasing a bee or two from a swarm on board, the bee would make a bee-line towards home.. showing the way.” I have not taken the time to follow that up too carefully. If they did come with the Vikings to Newfoundland, they could not have survived in the wild there (too cold). Anyway, pillaging stuff from an Aussie author is bad form, even if you are going to start your own hive mentality cult with it as a foundation.

  2. A friend from book group trained as a beekeeper last year in connection with a school project to support beekeeping. (He is a teacher in a London-based secondary school.) At our last meeting, he gave us all a little pot of honey from their first harvest. Naturally it’s gorgeous, a real treat!

    1. In the country town where one of us spends a fair amount of time there is a young man who describes himself as a Bee Shepherd. I am trying to persuade the Silent Companion to take a course of study with him, but the shamanic healings he also advertises put him off rather.

  3. So Simon Buxton is not to bee bee-lieved? That’s stinging criticism on Goodreads, pointing out Simon B’s bad beehive-iour in stealing from a honey-tongued Queen Bee of Aussie children’s lit, poppin’ her words into his store cupboard. A poor buzz-iness, a real Travers-ty, real wicked of Aus.

  4. The adulteration of HONEY! Intolerable! I’m right up there with Pooh Bear as a fan of PURE honey. You’d better fix that Bee problem.

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