Last night a wasp tried to drown itself in my beer. Do wasps get drunk? It sure seemed strange at the time, because at that very moment I was reading in a book about how alcohol affects our lives and bodies, and how alcoholism destroys lives..
That evening, I wanted to relax. So I fixed myself a bath and poured myself a glass of beer. While taking my bath, I was reading a spiritual book that dealt with souls, and the possibility that we as souls choose certain challenges for our lives. This particular chapter was on souls who choose to become alcoholics.
Right about then, I heard a buzzing. A wasp had made it through the open window. As I watched, it flew undeterred right into my glass and plunged itself into the beer. Kamikaze style. I couldn’t believe it! I watched it splash around, and eventually was able to fish it out with a pen, so that it could once more buzz off, out of the open window.
Now, wasps do indeed like beer; they are attracted to the sweetness. And for a wasp to fly into a glass of beer it not that unusual.
But what made it weird to me is that it happened right at that moment when I was reading about souls and alcoholism. For the little creature to appear and plunge itself into my beer right at that moment, sure, this could be a coincidence. But if something external is synchronous with a mental process, like me reading that section, then I believe there may be something deeper going on.
Because everything is connected.
You see, in my extended family there have been several alcoholics. I have witnessed the negative effects on the person and their family. When people cannot function without alcohol or drugs, then this is a horrible affliction.
So reading that chapter hit home. When that wasp crashed into my beer, it was like an exclamation mark! That’s what I got out of that moment: “Take note!”
In retrospect, the whole thing seems like a mini metaphor for alcoholism. Just like that little creature would have drowned in the alcohol, some humans do so as well.
So is there a lesson here? What I got out of it was that it was the act of helping that made the difference.
The same is true in real live. If you feel you have alcohol or drug addiction, please do get help. Life can become great again.
You can see a counselor and learn better coping techniques. Or visit one of the are many great and free programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
In the case of AA, the path to healing is based on accepting God’s guidance. Given the premise of that book I was reading at that moment, this may indeed be a spiritual issue to be resolved. I also believe that healing involves Love. It starts with self-love, forgiveness, and self-acceptance, to help break the vicious cycle. Of course, to me, Love is synonymous with God. So the idea is similar, to accept Love, or God, into your heart.
Maybe a person reads this, and gets inspired to find some help. So thank you, little wasp, for helping and setting up this story.
Namaste — I bow to you and the Divine in you.
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