Tuesday, May 29, 2007

More than disappearing bees...

I could not help but notice two online articles buried in the "oddly enough" sections commenting on strange, bee behavior. We know that honeybees worldwide are disappearing at alarming rates (the so-called colony collapse phenomenon).

The first article, from Reuters...

LONDON (Reuters) - A passenger plane was forced to land after flying into a swarm of British bees Thursday.

The Palmair Boeing 737, with 90 passengers on board, had to return to Bournemouth Airport in southern England shortly after take-off following an engine surge.

The pilot decided to abort the flight to Faro in Portugal and returned for safety checks. The plane's engine was thought to have become clogged with bees, the company said Friday.

Huge clouds of bees have been seen around Bournemouth over the past few days, a spokeswoman said.

I made a mental note of the article... and then saw another one today, from MSNBC (a site that I rarely visit):

LIGONIER, Ind. - A swarm of honeybees temporarily disrupted a charity fundraising event, but no one reported being stung.

Authorities evacuated the area Saturday after the swarm of about 3,000 bees emerged from the woods around the West Noble High School football field, where 700 people were participating in a fundraising walk for the American Cancer Society.

So it appears that the honeybees that aren't disappearing are behaving in a very erratic fashion; it almost reminds me of the movie "The Birds," except that it's not very funny, and probably belongs a bit above the media radar.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Dream on the nature of time

I have been delving extensively into the Jane Roberts "Seth" series of books; I have actually been a serious student of the material for over twenty years. The information works for me.

I'm able to view most belief systems from the perspective that we are all here on different paths; we belong to different groups, pursuing different goals; we are on different levels of development and maturity. For these reasons, what belief system works for one will not necessarily work for others.

The writing of Jane Roberts simply meshes with me in a way that no other material has.

One reason that the material attracts me is Roberts' extensive exploration into the true nature of time, and how we, as beings blundering through this physical world, relate to it.

For most of my life, I've had the hidden suspicion that time is merely a tool, rather than a rule. Time is malleable; the future is knowable; the past is changeable. This solitary moment, our brief focus on the Now, with billions of years of Past stretching behind us, and a precarious and unknowable future in front of us, was, is, essentially... not so much an illusion, but a theatrical device. A prop. Step behind the stage, and we can glimpse a truer reality upon which our physical māyā, rests.

I don't know why I have always been obsessed with teasing out these issues, but I always have been. I have enjoyed toying with these concepts, following the road where they led, and pondering what the implications were for me, and for humanity as a whole.

So, this morning, I had a welcome dream. In the dream, I seemed to be receiving a lesson of sorts. The human brain was being compared to, for example, the brain of an ant. We all know ants. We know that ants function almost as a group consciousness. As a group, they can locate food; they can avoid obstacles; they can avoid dangers. Science states that ants communicate all of this information chemically.

And we know how abysmally deficient most human groups are at group consciousness sorts of things that are beneficial.

The dream pointed out that while the human brain is "wired" to process physical reality as a series of discrete moments, one after the other, the ant brain is constructed in such a way that time is more malleable. The ant can step outside of sequential time, for example, and anticipate threats in the "future," and thus avoid them.

For me, the notion that time is not absolute, that I am not trapped in it, is profoundly comforting. There is much that I would like to discover from time, to learn, to anticipate, and to change.