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June BlueSpruce, M.P.H.

Shamanic Practitioner and Life Coach

Category: Dreams

Finding Beauty in Darkness

Early Monday morning, in clouded darkness misted by rain, two hundred people gathered at the Port of Tacoma to block the gates to a construction site. Puget Sound Energy, a utility company that is now owned by a profitable group of private equity firms, leased this land to build a huge plant to process and …

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The Golden Hat

Our dreams can bring visions of horror, mystery and beauty. If we take a little time to sit with them, the meaning can emerge and enrich our lives. On January 28, the morning after the Republican administration’s ill-conceived, discriminatory executive order on travel and immigration wreaked havoc on airports nationwide and travelers worldwide, I had …

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April Fool

On April 1, I retire from my job at Group Health Research Institute. No kidding! It’s a big change; I’ve worked for Group Health Cooperative for almost all of the last 34 years, more than half of my life and almost half of Group Health’s. I chose that day for practical and logistical reasons, and …

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Rebirth

In a time of grieving, I received a dream image that I thought was a harbinger of death. To my great joy and relief, I discovered it was something else entirely. Our sister-in-law, Victoria, died of lymphoma last fall. She was 57 years old, and this isn’t the way anyone expected it to go. At …

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Fear Itself

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror…” – Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933 The night of December 3, I asked for help and guidance from my dreams. What, if anything, was I called …

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Spawning Wisdom About Life and Death

At Samhain, celebrated on November 1, the veil is thin between the worlds of the living and the dead. Fall is a good time to see spawning salmon swimming upstream in rivers around the Puget Sound area. Salmon can teach us a lot about death as part of the natural life cycle. In the Celtic …

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Hope

At times like this, hope can feel almost disrespectful, a denial of the severity of what we are facing. The Polar Pioneer, a gargantuan drilling rig that looks as if it dropped from outer space, is traveling north by barge to Alaska, undeterred by colorful, intrepid kayaktivists led by indigenous people in traditional canoes. Royal …

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Warning!

Bealtaine, usually celebrated around May 1, is a festival that honors the bright, warm, and transformative power of fire and the sun. Traditionally, people would walk and drive their cattle around a bonfire or between two bonfires, or leap over flames or embers, for protection and growth. Yellow flowers representing the sun adorned doorways and …

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Seeing What Needs to Be Seen

Dreams can help us see what we need to see but don’t want to, for the good of all. In February, I vacationed in Florida with my wife, our son Mikaelin and his girlfriend Luina.  We floated with manatees, watched a pod of dolphins cavort from the deck of a boat, saw a mama alligator …

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A New Story

  Right before Winter Solstice a year ago, while cleaning out a closet, I found an effusively loving telegram my father had sent me four decades earlier when I was having a very difficult time.  The experience of finding it, misplacing it, deeply grieving its loss, and then finding it again within a few hours …

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