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Song of Increase

Listening to the Wisdom of Honeybees for Kinder Beekeeping and a Better World
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

The most joyful emanation produced by a colony of bees is known as the "song of increase" - declaring that the hive is flourishing and the bees are happy in its abundance. Song of Increase takes us inside the world of the honeybee to glean the wisdom of these fascinating creatures with whom humanity has shared a sacred bond for millennia.

Within these minutes is a bee-centric approach to living with honeybees, rather than advice for simply maximizing the products they provide. Jacqueline Freeman takes us beyond traditional beekeeping and offers a way to work in harmony with honeybees for both their good and ours. "Our way is one of kind observation," she explains. "Where we create supportive homes and fields for bees to live in, and tend the heartfelt relationships we form by being together."

Song of Increase focuses on hidden aspects of apiculture that lead us naturally to more sustainable practices. Freeman illuminates the unity consciousness that guides every action in the colony and how this profound awareness can influence the way we see both the natural world and ourselves. Each chapter presents a wealth of information about the life of bees, including Freeman's personal insights and direct teachings received from the bees themselves.

©2016 Jacqueline Freeman (P)2016 Sounds True

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Much more 'woo' than expected

I only got eight chapters in before having to give up with this book.
I expected a sensitive observation of bees and their behaviour, explaining subtle signs that a beekeeper might miss, and more natural sympathetic processes for keeping bees.

Instead I was surprised to be greeted by a self proclaimed 'bee-whisperer', who believes that she can directly talk with her bees, ask them questions and receive answers, that bees communicate in certain tones to include her and that bees are part of a world which interacts with fairies.

The sections in the bees voice grated on me, a sort of mythical poetic anthropomorphising of the insects delivered in a strange robotic way. The anthropomorphising continues throughout (what I heard of) the book, to the point where eye rolls were happening too often and I had to switch off.

I am baffled by this book.

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Very good audio if you are a beekeeper

Made me think about how I look after my bees the author has a very open minded aspect on how we think bees live
I love this audio must have listened to it 15 times

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Very disappointing and no applicable or additional knowledge gained. Maybe it got better but I could only get half way through. I was really looking forward to learning from this book.

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Truly wonderful, what a gift!

I am so grateful for this beautiful book!
A blessed insight into the hive and heart of the bees. It was almost a meditative practice listening to it.
I am feeling so much more connected to the bees and more determined than ever to help their cause.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 31-03-17

What a lovely book!

This was fulfilling adventure, I learned so much. I am a new beekeeper and I'll be a better beekeeper & better human... because of this book. I really loved it.

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  • DF1
  • 11-05-17

What a Beautiful way to look at the world!

Jacqueline Freeman is such a kind teacher and storyteller! I loved this book and want to share it with everyone. My beekeeping practice has been impacted by her message in the best possible ways.

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  • Cindy
  • 25-04-17

I loved this book!

While it may be a little to esoteric for the average person, The Song of Increase is an insightful look at how honeybees can open our minds to consider our relationships with the world and beings around us.

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  • Stephen Hopper
  • 10-06-17

Couldn't Get Past the First Few Chapters

Although, I agree with some of the positions in this book I simply could not get past all of the religiosity, earth mother, healing crystals aspects of the narration. It was very difficult to keep my eyes from constantly rolling back in my head. There may be some good information that's in this book but I just gave up having to slog through that mess.


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  • SUSAN TILLMAN
  • 21-08-17

The Spirit of beekeeping put into words

What a lovely, entertaining and informative book . Very cleverly written . I enjoyed this book and learned so many things to apply to my own hives . The author put into words the many things I feel about being a beekeeping and communing with the bees .

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  • Blah Blah
  • 15-02-17

Excellent

I loved this version of bee story telling and learned a lot in the process!

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  • J Campbell
  • 28-01-17

a new perspective on honey bees

I would like to see this perspective for all animals. Jacqueline reads with warmth, a smile in her voice and surprising skill.

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  • Elan Sun Star
  • 22-01-19

Deeply insightful and wise

I am in love with this book
This book weaves together facts about hives with the magic of Nature's true wisdom embodied in honeybees.
this is why we know intuitively and factually how cri'tical bees are for our own civilization and for our scoeity and Nature's systems.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-18

Rich and insightful!

I’ve enjoyed every word of wisdom. Jacqueline brings offers her sensibility to us in a meaningful way for beekeeper and enthusiasts. The voice of the bees transmit a message for humankind as a whole.

It’s a great reading for those looking to a new perspective into how nature functions and organizes.

Bright me a new field to explore an act.

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  • Abraham Areephanthu
  • 28-07-18

beautifully written

The bees perspective. WOW. Its so nice to hear a totally different explanation of how bees function. I am new beekeeper and this book changed the way I will manage/live with my bees.