One of my students shared a terrific experience she had recently which proved the mental nature of encounters with others, in this case, with bees!
She loves bees. She loves nature. She loves.
In her community, a swarm of bees had gathered on a tree in the middle of her town. Because of the swarm’s proximity to the public and people walking up and down the street, she wanted to act quickly to remove them before someone sprayed and destroyed the creatures.
Acting on short notice, she had only a bucket and her garden gloves to work with.
Climbing into the tree with a short sleeved shirt and face exposed, she began the process of pulling thousands of buzzing bees into her container.
She was not naïve about the act and prepared her thought ahead of time to be safe. She filled her thought with pure positive love for the bees.
She said that she quietly spoke to them while moving them down, expressing her love and care for their well being and assuring them they were safe and had nothing to fear.
Countless bees lit on her body, on her face, on her arms, moving about, curious and searching for direction and home. But she worked on without fear and concern.
When almost finished, the swarming mass in her bucket realized the queen was not there and they all flew back up into the tree where the queen still sat. And she had to start all over again. But she did without resentment or complaint. She kept on loving the swarming brood until she finished the task, queen and all, and was able to take them home to an empty hive she had waiting for them.
After the task was done, she had 2 mild stings on one arm that were quite harmless to her. The bees were rescued and in a place no one minded.
As she told the story, I saw in her face all the love and care she had for these special creatures. She had no fear of them, and they had no fear of her. They had no reason to attack her because they felt safe in her presence.
And the same rule applies to all people we encounter. Enemies often attack because they see someone or something they fear. But if there is no reason to fear, they lose fear themselves, and see no reason to act in defense.
Love, love, love… It’s the route to peace and harmony amongst all God’s creatures.
Jesus got it right when he taught, “Love your enemies.” Why? Because, as he knew, love has no enemies.