HoneyComb, Hexagons and the Divine Nectar: The Mystery of Working Together


Recently, my co-worker Ben Taylor posed a question on Facebook whilst I was writing this article

He asked, ‘What’s more important? A clear Vision/purpose – or Unity?’

Whilst some answered along the lines that unity was more important, others said that a common vision brought unity. Of course, there are reasons to assume both are important and go hand in hand resulting in people united around a clear vision/purpose; ‘Where there is no revelation (prophetic vision), people cast off restraint’ (Proverbs 29:18)

United you can build anything- with one common purpose, working together in synchronicity, all things become possible. But how does that work in practice?


Beeswax is incredible, it’s a very high-energy substance made by young bees. But creating beeswax is a fairly expensive business as, to get that energy, bees use lots of nectar. Honey feeds their young, it sustains their hive, it’s the wax that holds the honeycomb together that bees use to store their valuable honey…

But have you ever wondered why honeycombs are shaped as hexagons? Mathematicians have been studying this for thousands of years! Bees choose hexagons. Always hexagons. Wonderful golden hexagons…and not just your basic six-sided hexagon, bees like perfect hexagons- where all six sides are of equal length.

Marcus Terrentius Varro set out to solve this as long ago as 36 BC and put forward ‘The Honeybee Conjecture’…

Hexagons are the shape closest to a perfect circle that can be placed in a series next to each other without leaving spaces. Tightly packed as possible, they do not leave any space unused, providing the most space with least amount of materials- it’s most convenient and requires less energy

So, the reason bees build honeycombs in the shape of hexagons is that they are able to store the most valuable honey. The hexagon is the most energy efficient shape. But it’s also the most efficient way to tesselate. Bees can make honeycomb simultaneously because they know their perfect hexagon will fit neatly with all the others…

As Charles Darwin notes, ‘The honeycomb is a masterpiece of engineering. It is absolutely perfect in economising labour and wax’



‘And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. let them be a living and holy sacrifice- the kind he will find acceptable. This is the true way to worship him; your spiritual worship- your reasonable service.’ -Romans 12:1

A hexagon is a six-sided shape. It just so happens that six is also the number of mankind. The spiritual principle goes as follows…As Six surrenders itself and it’s work; yielding to God and others, it emits a sweet-smelling aroma. When you give of yourself and work together with others wholeheartedly, it’s a sweet smelling sacrifice to God that pleases him

The word ‘Karbanot’, translates ‘sacrifices’ or ‘offerings’ and means to ‘give up something’ but paradoxically, it also means ‘to draw near’

Giving up something, offering ourselves first to God and then to others as a living and holy sacrifice actually causes us to ‘draw nearer’ to God and others…

‘And the LORD was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice…’ (Genesis 8:21a)

God takes pleasure in inhaling the soothing odour of this kind of offering. We are encouraged to follow the example of Christ and ‘Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.’ (Ephesians 5:2)

‘[…] now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God…’ (2 Corinthians 2:14b-15a)



Benzene is a colourless and highly flammable liquid with a sweet smell. Because of its pleasant smell it’s used as an after-shave lotion among other things…it’s also a natural constituent of crude oil.

The usual structural representation for benzene is a six carbon ring; it’s the simplest aromatic compound with a hexagonal shape. Many aromatic compounds have an hexagonal chemical structure and Benzene is the archetypal parent compound system of all of these as this stable six-carbon core is now accepted as a characteristic of ALL aromatic compounds

Aroma compounds shaped in hexagons have healing properties and so are often used in Aromatherapy -for example, the fruity strawberry smell (Benzyl acetate) and Methly (fruity grape) all have hexagonal shapes

The hexagonal Benzene ring is a defined as a ‘resonance structure’ where the electrons/bond is shared around the entire ring. Resonance is very important in understanding both the structure and the reactions of aromatic compounds, resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes restricting loses of energy from cycle to cycle. Resonance stabilisation is especially strong when structures of equal energy are available. However, resonance stabilisation rises to its highest level when the conjugated system is also cyclic. Such cyclic conjugated systems are sometimes referred to as aromatic

Benzene rings (hexagons) may be joined together (fused) to give larger polycyclic aromatic compounds

CRYSTAL CLEAR: The Power of our Thoughts and Words

The cyclic nature of benzene was confirmed by crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale. In Crystallography, the hexagonal crystal family is one of 6 crystal families

Crystallisation is the (natural or artificial) process where a solid forms where the atoms or molecules are highly organised in a structure known as a crystal. A crystal is formed following a well-defined pattern, or structure, dictated by force acting at the molecular level. Some examples- ice, snowflakes, diamonds, table salt, bedrock, snow, sea ice and glaciers, ice cubes

In the 1990’s, in his work with Hydro Crystals, Dr Masaru Emoto performed a series of experiments observing the physical effect of words, prayer, music and environment on the crystalline structure of water. Incredibly, the water stamped with positive words appeared far more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing than the water stamped with dark, negative phrases. Positive and negative thoughts and words do seem to have a major impact on our environment

If words and thoughts that come out of our hearts have this effect on water crystals, consider what kind of effect they have on the people and events that that come into our lives (after-all, the average human body is made up of 60% water)


ELAN VITAL: Productive Energy 

‘They worked together with joy, enthusiastically and with all their might (energy)’

Interestingly, when things bubble up they are also hexagonal in structure

Elan Vital is a concept that refers to the self-organisation and spontaneous morphogenesis of things in an increasingly complex manner. It’s the vital impetus – evolution and development of organisms.

Energy is the ability to get things done perpetually; to work well and, particularly, to work well with others. As Brian Dunning says; ‘that’s all that energy is: a measurement of work capability. But in popular culture, ‘energy’ has somehow become a noun. ‘Energy’ is often spoken of as if it is a thing unto itself, like a region of glowing power, that can be contained and used. Here’s a good test. When you hear the word ‘energy’ used, substitute the phrase ‘measurable work capability’. Remember energy is the measurement of work performed or of potential’

The East Asian concept of ‘qi’ or ‘chi’ (energy), particularly the notion of negative qi is typically understood as introducing negative moods such as fear, anxiety or awkwardness. Negative energy in the long term leads to a break down of productivity. In Hebrew the word for ‘life’ is ‘chai’, which has a numeric value of 18 and has led to the custom in Jewish circles of giving donations and monetary gifts in multiples of 18 as an expression of blessing for long life. Perhaps that’s why the apostle Paul all through his letter to the Movement in Philippi writes instructions such as;

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticise you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy…’ -Philippians 2:14-17

In this way, ‘positive energy’ leads to productivity and prosperity and ‘negative energy’ leads to a break down of productivity

As the old Jamaican Proverbs goes, ‘Encouragement Sweetens Labour’


SIX SERVANTS: United Acts of Sacrifice

‘Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment’ (1 Corinthians 1:10)

The number six in Chinese sounds similar to the character which means ‘FLOW’ and can also mean ‘smooth’ or ‘well-off’ as in ‘everything is running smoothly’ or ‘well-oiled’ a bit like hives flowing in nectar or the sweet smelling oil Benzene

Perhaps that’s where we get the idea of High Performance Teams and the notion of slick, well oiled organisations; a kind of organising that performs well and produces work of real lasting value. In this sort of slip-stream, many hands make light work. Rather than going it alone, Together Everyone Achieves More as many sacrifice themselves to serve God and others with all their heart, mind and strength in a perpetual motion that’s greater than the sum of it’s parts

‘Kingdom Productivity can only emerge from a personal and corporate environment that is void of the ‘noise’ of self-life. Silence the noise’ – A. W

For those seeking to truly give themselves to God and others, to serve wholeheartedly in a hive of collective action, rhythms and patterns are needed…

Rudyard Kipling speaks of Six Servants that can help us work together synchronistically in such rhythms;

‘I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who

These Six Questions are relevant for all work that takes place under the sun. When everyone understands the why, the what, the how, the when, the where, the who and offer themselves willingly and enthusiastically; playing their part in a larger whole, it leads to perpetual productivity

‘They even did more than we hoped, for their first action was to give themselves to the Lord and to us, just as God wanted them to do’ (2 Cor 8:5)

Giving begins in the heart and cannot be forced. It has to be offered willingly. It cannot be demanded.


SUNISTEMI: Holding Together and Fitting Together Perfectly

The Greek word sunistemi, ‘to stand together’ or ‘to be compacted together’ and ‘to cohere’ occurs in the book of Colossians and Ephesians, originally circular letters sent to the growing movement in the ancient Turkic world…

‘He [Jesus] existed before anything else and he holds all creation together -Colossians 1:17

He [Jesus] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does it’s own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so the the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love’ – Ephesians 4:16

In both cases, sunistemi refers to something similar to the hexagonal honeycomb structure and liquid benzene attributes. We become living stones (hexagons), all shaped by Christ that join and interlock together in a beautiful way creating an interlocking pattern or tapestry, forming a living temple, garden-city ecosystem, a resting place for the presence (glory/honey) of the living God…

We are held together in Christ through a strong force, like honeycombs held together by nectar, we are compacted together through a similar glue or adhesive to benzene, a sticky bond described in Colossians 3:14 and Ephesians 4:3- it’s the bond of love that binds us together in peace and perfect harmony

THE FRAGRANT OIL: Collective Action

‘How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aarons head, that ran down his beard and onto the borders of his robe. Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Herman that falls on the mountains of Zion. And there the LORD has pronounced his blessing, even life everlasting.’ (Psalm 133:1-3)

Everyone and everything working well together for a higher purpose and following a well-defined pattern causes things to run smoothly. Flowing in harmony with one another- flowing in anointed fragrant oil, doing everything without complaining or arguing causes us to so shine like stars in the universe…

This is the secret of the Hexagon, the Honeycomb and Benzene-like aromatic oils….

Vision AND Unity as we Build Together…

Does this resonate with you?

Are you Self-Centred?

Does what you’re doing fit with others?

Is your community, organisation, movement following well-defined patterns of structures for growth and multiplication?


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin Corner November 13, 2017 at 9:25 am

Looks like I stand corrected!


Peter J. Farmer November 13, 2017 at 9:26 am

What do you mean Robin?


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