Being chased by a bee in your dream can be quite stressful. In fact, a lot of people find themselves waking up in a cold sweat with palpitations as they frantically try to escape a swarm of angry bees in their nighttime vision. Read this to get to the heart of the meaning of a bee sting dream.
Seeing a bee in your dream in different contexts yields many different meanings: some of them predictable, others less so. It all boils down to context.
The General Meaning of a Bee Sting in a Dream
There’s a big difference between seeing bees in your dream and being stung by them.
If you remember being stung by a bee in your dream, your subconscious is telling you that you are crossing boundaries.
You may have found yourself in unfamiliar territory and because you are unprepared, you have a tough time. This should not be a surprise.
Usually, when we’re unprepared, undesirable things happen. At the very least, we don’t get the kind of results we expect.
There is some sort of discomfort or even outright pain.
Being stung by a bee can also mean unleashing creativity. Sometimes, you have to undergo discomfort to crawl out of your shell and discover different parts of your persona.
These discoveries can lead you to push your creative boundaries and get past limiting ideas and beliefs to finally create the kind of life that you’ve dreamed of.
Creativity of course is more than just creating art. It also involves actively putting together a beautiful life.
In more practical terms, a bee sting can mean that you just have to be more careful. This might seem like a generic piece of advice, but a lot of people overlook this.
They end up overextending themselves and finding themselves in places they have no business being in. At the very least, they put themselves in situations where they are completely unprepared for what comes next.
Another meaning of bee stings indicates the concept of sacrifice
When a bee stings you, it may be painful for you but it is fatal for them. They do so because they readily sacrifice their lives for the benefit of the hive.
Being stung in your dream is a reminder of the power, importance, and (yes!) even beauty of sacrifice in your personal life.
Bees are some of the most industrious animals on the planet. Not surprisingly, another common interpretation of a bee sting is that you reap the fruits of your labor.
This is a bit counter-intuitive because a bee sting is normally painful. But in this context, you’re paying more attention to what stung you instead of the pain because you have been stung by a very busy insect indeed.
This leads me to the final common interpretation of a bee sting in dreams. It can mean that you are embarking on a new beginning.
The initial discomfort or pain that you encounter is just the downpayment of the tuition that you will have to pay again and again as you go through this new journey of discovery, most of it involving self-discovery.
The Symbolic Meaning of a Queen Bee
In terms of the context of a bee sting, the queen bee indicates the femininity within you. Even if you’re a man and you’re reading this post, there is a feminine side to you.
This is the part of you that is nurturing, who does things in terms of intuition and emotion instead of cold, hard logic. This is also the part of you that is drawn to warmth and radiates the same.
Not surprisingly, many people view this aspect of themselves as kind, generous, and diligently helpful.
When you see a queen bee in the context of your bee sting, these aspects of yourself are being triggered. Either you are supposed to remember them or you should practice them more readily.
Maybe this has to do with the fact that you have focused so much on the hard, calculating, and unkind aspects of your persona.
Bee Stings Indicate Coordination
A beehive is a well-organized animal organization. Everybody knows their job. Everybody knows their place.
Think of it like a well-oiled machine with its own set of rewards and punishments.
At the end of the day at the center of the hive, we find sweet honey.
When you see yourself being stung in your dream and the context is coordination or some sort of ordered action by the bees, your subconscious is telling you that when you work with others and you know your role and place in your contribution to a shared goal, there is a reward at the end.
Just as sweet honey is stored in a beehive’s core, so too shall you find your reward. It is often wrapped in the guise of duty, responsibility, and challenges.
What Does It Mean to See a Bleeding Bee Sting in Your Dream?
A bleeding bee sting in a dream focuses on the pain of what happened, the pain of your interaction with the bee.
This highlights that you’ve crossed a boundary one too many times, and your subconscious is telling you the reason why you seem to be stuck in certain areas of your life is that you don’t know where the boundaries are. Or, you assume that they are located in places where they don’t exist.
Whatever the case may be, there’s some sort of miscommunication or misunderstanding.
When you get stung because you stepped into the wrong place and you get swarmed by bees, your subconscious is telling you to set your limits and understand the consequences.
Learn to speak up. Don’t automatically assume that the people around you will know exactly what you’re thinking about.
And if you do encounter resistance, opposition, or negativity, remain calm. As long as you’re able to speak up and explain what you think the boundaries should be, chances are, things will work out for the best.
But you have to speak up and not lose your cool.
What Does It Mean to Be Stung by Worker Bees?
When your dream focuses on the fact that the bee that stung you is a worker bee, usually this takes place in the context of another scene that highlights the honeycombs and their hexagon shapes.
This is a very interesting type of bee sting dream imagery because it has little to do with the actual sting. Instead, your subconscious is trying to remind you that you have the ability to create something out of nothing.
Things that may start out as ideas often end up as majestic buildings that are perched high on a shining city. They all started out with nothing.
When you look at the architectural honeycombs inside a beehive, they all started out with empty space.
Your subconscious is telling you to reconnect with your ability to imagine better things for yourself and work towards them.
But you’re only able to realize them if you’re able to convince others that there is something in it for them.
What Does It Mean to Get Stung by Swarming Bees or Witness Bees Swarming?
When you see bees swarming about to attack you, this usually is a warning sign from your subconscious that you should change your routine.
You may have gotten so used to thinking about things in a certain fixed way that you believe that there’s no other way to process information.
This is wrong!
You’ve grown set in your ways and it’s no surprise you keep getting the same results. If you’re not happy with the results, then change your routine.
Make free associations when trying to solve a problem and come up with something new, and this can lead you to faster deadlines, better results, and a happier mindset.
When you reconnect with your sense of creativity, you feel more fulfilled because every day doesn’t look like the previous day.
You look forward to going into the office because now you are going to be looking at your problems and challenges with a completely different set of eyes.
There’s a sense of excitement there.
What Does It Mean to Get Stung by Angry Bees?
If you noticed that the bee imagery takes the form of angry bees swarming, this indicates that your subconscious is perceiving opposition and toxicity.
Your response should start with respect. You’re not on familiar ground.
Respect other people’s territory. Know their rules. Get along while making your voice heard.
This doesn’t mean that you should step back or refuse to try. Instead, you should proceed with caution and keep things as simple as possible.
Read the signals, both verbal and nonverbal being sent to you by the people surrounding you, and you will eventually be able to figure it out.
What Does It Mean to Have Multiple Bees Surrounding You?
If you’re threatened by a bee sting from multiple bees surrounding you, please understand that there is a concept of sacrifice here.
They are willing to lay down their lives for the hive. After all, when a bee stings you, it may give you some pain, but it’s fatal for them.
Your subconscious is telling you that when you see this imagery, there is a reward to sacrifice.
It isn’t a one-way street. It isn’t a situation where you give up something and everybody else gains and you walk away sad, empty, dejected, and feeling like a fool.
Hard work always pays off.
By understanding this and that there is some sort of reward or payback at the end of the process of sacrifice and give and take, you will find the peace that you need to navigate what would be a chaotic period with so many demands and so much stress and pressure coming from different places.
Focus on the future reward. Make sure that it makes sense to you wherever you are in your journey.
What Does an Empty Beehive Represent?
If your bee sting dream imagery focuses primarily on the fact that the beehive is empty, you may be running on empty. Your subconscious may be telling you that you’re getting ready to burn out.
It’s okay to take a break. You’re not going to lose out to the competition.
The truth is more blessings and prosperity await when you are fully refreshed.
If you keep pushing, you will realize in the end that it wasn’t worth it because the beehive representing the success or the reward you are looking for is empty.
What Does It Mean to Be Stung by a Dead Bee?
When a bee stings you, it starts to die. Its internal organs rupture.
What if your dream vision focuses on the dead bee?
Well, it doesn’t mean that the game is over. Instead, what your subconscious is telling you is that it’s okay to start over.
It’s okay to look past the pain, disappointment, and shame of having fallen flat on your face to see what you can build on.
Continue to learn.
And oftentimes, the number one reason why people who get beat down by circumstances remain down and end up failing is that they refuse to give up.
Pay attention to your goals and reconsider them. Maybe you’ve set them too high or set them too low.
Whatever the case may be, look at this dead bee situation as an opportunity.
Work Hard and Play Hard
When you see bees working in the fields, it doesn’t look like they’re working. You see bees seemingly joyfully going from flower to flower, minding their own business and enjoying the day.
So should you!
There has to be a strong synergy between your sense of play, curiosity, and adventure and your responsibility to work hard, not just for yourself, but for those you love the most.
There is a line if you seek to find it.
Whatever You Can Imagine Can Become Real
You can’t turn away from the fact that whatever building you see on the horizon, as impressive as it may be, started out as an idea in an architect’s mind.
In many cases, it’s hard to imagine how a very unruly and overgrown bushy field, sometimes filled with trash, can somehow be transformed into an amazing building made out of steel and glass that seems to punch the sky.
That’s the power of imagination.
If you see bees in your dream, working to build the hive, understand that whatever you can imagine can become reality.
Trust in this aspect of your persona so you can live a life of success.
People who doubt their ability to change their circumstances become a prison of their present circumstances. They never rise above because they’re always looking for a messiah in the form of another person pulling them up from their personal pit.
What’s wrong with that picture?
People already have enough problems of their own. You’re going to have to find your own way out of whatever hole you’re in.
Get in Touch With Your Inner Survivor Child
What if I told you that in the course of a person’s lifetime, there are many different persons trapped within that individual?
They’re all competing. They’re all trying to break through and chart the next step of that person’s life journey.
This is healthy because there are so many different paths you could take and the fact that you went one direction instead of another means that the part of you that wanted to go another way gave out.
Understand how this works.
Reconnect with your inner survivor child so you can better direct its steps.
This also enables you to better control the competition so it’s clearer, and you will be able to make informed decisions that lead to better results.
But if you automatically assume that there’s only one way to go through life, it may turn out that you’ve picked the wrong guide because you have chosen to be blind.
This leads me to the next point: self-ownership.
Take Ownership of Your Life
I know it’s hard to accept, but there’s nobody to blame for how your life turned out.
It’s not the abusive parents you had. It’s not the angry boss that you may have been cursed with at the start of your career. It’s not even the angry and bitter ex-boyfriend or girlfriend.
And the more you point fingers at people who somehow, someway thwart or misdirected the course of your life, the more you’re going to struggle.
You don’t take ownership! You don’t take responsibility for how things turned out because the truth is, your choices are the causes and your life is the result.
Believe that you are the owner of your life and that your decisions do matter.
Because the moment you take ownership of your ability to make decisions, you start the process of deciding differently so you can lead to different outcomes.
Reconnect With Your Sense of Belief
When watching bees swarm in and out of a hive, it’s very easy to think that they really don’t have any minds. Things just seem to magically pan out.
But the truth is, just like a bee, there has to be an instinct within you. There has to be some sort of automatic thinking system that will ensure that what you think, say, and do line up.
This is where belief comes in.
If you’re clear as to what you choose to believe in, eventually the things that you say and the things you think and do will fall into line.
That’s how you turn your internal ideas and emotional states into an external reality that you can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.
It all begins with the power of belief.
And unfortunately, if you are not happy in any area of your life, it’s because your belief system is betraying you. It has let you down.
Maybe you believe that you are not worthy.
Maybe you believe that you are an idiot and you’re not mentally competent enough to achieve success unlike your cousins or other people you compare yourself to.
Maybe you even believe that you are unworthy of being happy.
Challenge your beliefs!
But most importantly, understand that the choice to believe leads somewhere. It leads to reality.
The fact that you are where you are is because you exercised your power of belief a certain way.
It All Seems Impossible Until It’s Done
When John F. Kennedy proclaimed to the world that he will put a man on the moon, people could easily be forgiven for dismissing his claim as yet another example of cold war American bravado.
In reality, a lot of the technologies needed to put a man on the moon simply didn’t exist at the time John F. Kennedy made that announcement.
But the truth is he believed that it can happen. And once that belief is expressed and honestly acted on in terms of budget outlays and hiring decisions, everything else fell into place.
Your loftiest ambitions in life may seem impossible today, but as long as you believe and your thinking, self-talk, and actions fall into line, it will all come together.
It’s not going to be a quick, smooth, straight line from statement of belief to reality. There will be ups and downs, twists and turns, and disappointments.
But that’s part of the territory.
Look at it as an opportunity because when you see failure, it’s actually teaching you certain things about yourself, your limits, and how you make decisions.
When you include those failures and how to overcome them and break them up into bits and pieces that you can use for success, you gain something that can’t be taken away from you.
It all seems impossible until you pull it off.
Deal With Failure Quickly
It’s very tempting for a lot of people to believe that once they set their mind on a plan, things will somehow, someway fall into place.
After all, we live in a world where you can expect in many parts of the United States for your pizza to arrive at your doorsteps 15 minutes after placing your order.
The truth is there is no space for a sense of entitlement. Look at life for what it is.
It’s hostile out there. It’s unfair. It’s never been easy.
Maybe you’re lucky enough for your parents to make it look easy, but in reality, it’s rough. You’re only as good as your last success, and you have to fight and claw your way for every single morsel that reality gives you.
Deal with it!
The sooner you deal with it and stop expecting the world to be something else, the sooner you will rise triumphant.
What You Think You Will Become
One of the most classic lines from the Bible is that “as a man thinks, he is.”
Think of your belief system as an operating system. You can get two personal computers with the same hardware, but if you install different software on each, they will perform differently.
You are no different.
Be careful what you think about. Pay close attention to what your assumptions and expectations are.
If you think that something is impossible, you’re just making it hard on yourself because you already closed the door on the possibility of that thing becoming reality, which distorts your risk calculations.
Calculate Your Risks Based on Reality and Potential
Obviously, you should calculate risks based on how things are. This means looking at how things exist at the present time.
But just like John F. Kennedy announcing the Apollo mission to put a man on the moon, part of the risk calculation also takes into account the future.
So many people leave this out!
They confine themselves to the prison of the present. They refuse to understand that they have the imagination, resourcefulness, and creativity needed to not only forge new paths but recalculate their past until they eventually get to where they want to go.
I hope you’re not making the same miscalculation.
Yes, you need to calculate your risks just as bees calculate the path to their hive.
But you also have to be open-minded enough to change course when your situation changes.
Allow Yourself to Get Busy
If you were to boil down your typical 8-hour day at work, you probably will be shocked at how much actual work you get done. The typical American doesn’t get much work done even though they get paid quite a bit of money to work 8-hour days.
For the typical worker, you would be lucky to get maybe one hour of deep work.
I’m talking about work that moves the needle. I’m talking about work that truly takes the enterprise that they work for to the next level.
This is a warning for you to get busy just like a bee gets busy.
There is no downtime for a bee. There is no leisurely time.
Instead, they find the most efficient path and they work at it.
The same goes for you.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t enjoy your work. This also doesn’t mean that you have to operate with a huge and consistent chronic sense of stress and pressure.
What this means is that you need to get busy, focusing and working on the things that truly matter.
And once you’re able to double your real, productive deep work from one hour to two hours a day, your results will also change dramatically.
The Right Effort Yields Prosperity
Human beings are very powerful adaptive organisms. We really are masters at adapting ourselves to whatever situation we find ourselves in.
Sadly this can also mean that we are quite gifted in making excuses for the disappointment and failures of our lives.
If you want to enjoy the very best life has to offer, you have to put in real effort, not just go through the motions.
I’m not talking about busywork that seeks to impress your boss or whoever else might be looking. Instead, put in real deep work and this can only happen when you get in touch with your deep, personal creativity and resourcefulness.
Allow your sense of curiosity to push you forward, and this will yield to a world of prosperity.
It may not involve dollar figures, but it can mean a deep and abiding sense of completion, purpose, and worth.
In most cases, those are worth far more than extra dollars in your bank account.
Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.