The story however, of how these sacred stones came into my life and work is interesting, and I often find myself sharing their simple wisdom with students and friends.
To do this though I must start at the beginning with a friend of the bees....
In this story she shares that she was caught out in a lightning and thunder storm while trying to gather up a swarm of bees.
The swarm as successfully gathered and allowed to rest for a few days before being placed into their new hive. At this time she noticed many tiny pebbles at the bottom of the hive and intrigued she gently gathered them up using small tweezers and took them back home.
Suspecting these were precious and rare, she began to do some research and found that when bees are caught in bad weather, such as rain and wind, and most especially if they have just swarmed they will pick up tiny stones and use them as ballasts to weight them down so they can make it back to the hive!
This is not common information, and really only gleaned from old books on the subject written by old time beekeepers.
To my delight a small parcel arrived in the mail some time after and inside I found the tiniest pebble wrapped in a small pice of cloth and placed lovingly in a vial. The stone was last touched by a bee and carried back to the hive, as Laura only used tweezers to touch it, thus keeping the powerful bee medicine intact.
What I needed to do was to ask what I was to use it for, and as always with bee medicine the answer was as simple as it was complicated....
Of course what I am sharing here is the short version of what took over a year from the time I first received the ballast stone gift in my hands, as these things sometimes require time to settle and speak...
The ballast is about balance, simple and yet hard to achieve especially when the winds and storms of life batter us around.
I was told simply to find my own ballast stone, and to hold it whenever I needed grounding and balancing.
What the heck are Ballast stones anyways, you may ask?
River cobble stones of all different shapes and sizes were stored in the ship's hold near the keel to enhance stability, as the tall masts made them extremely top-heavy.
These Ballast stones were added or removed as the weight of cargo, supplies, changed and gave balance to the ship.
Over the years I have worked with my ballast stone and even added a second so that I have have one in each hand to hold, as I am not a bee I am human.
This story along with the wisdom has been shared around a few times with students and clients who all have said that the effects were instant and that they now too keep ballast stones on their altars for tough un-grounding times.
This year now a new medicine has come forward, an elixir that will combine the medicine of the stone with honey and other plant medicines that will serve to support the balancing and integration needed while journeying through changing the landscapes of our lives, both our spiritual lives as well as our external, busy changing lives....
This process has only just begun, but I imagine that it will be ready to use by the fall!