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June BlueSpruce, M.P.H.

Shamanic Practitioner and Life Coach

Category: Violence and war

Deconstruction and Reconstruction

In America we are now experiencing a historically unprecedented assault on our Constitutional form of government and democratic institutions – led by the man who swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” that Constitution. Retiring Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) said on CNN last week, “I’ve never heard of an administration, a president attacking his …

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Sovereignty and Justice

Today is Samhain, the beginning of the dark half of the year. The time of An Cailleach, the fearsome, wild, wise crone, so ancient that she made her home in the western mountains of Ireland before the Celts came. She is the goddess of sovereignty, and it is no accident that men who have egregiously …

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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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Embracing the Crone, Reclaiming Our Sovereignty

Cairn on Sliebh na Cailli at sunrise, Fall Equinox 2016 We are approaching Samhain (SOW-en), the start of the Celtic New Year, celebrated here in the United States as Halloween (All Hallow Even). “Samhain marks the beginning of the giamos season, the time of darkness, the realm of the goddess, where the feminine energy principle …

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Loving in Daylight

On Summer Solstice, June 20, the brightest point on the Earth’s journey around the sun, the day starts early and ends late. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the time between sunrise and sunset is more than 16 hours, twice as long as at Winter Solstice, and the light lasts even longer than that. This Solstice, …

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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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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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Dream Our Way Home

Our dreams can help us find our way home in the darkness. At Winter Solstice we feel the full power of the direction North, which in the Celtic tradition is the direction of battle, “rough places” and transformation.  According to Frank MacEowen, in his book The Celtic Way of Seeing: Meditations on the Irish Spirit …

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Tending our Ancestral Roots

In mid-October I had the honor of participating in the US Systemic Constellations Conference in Bellevue, WA.  As we approach Samhain, the Celtic holiday that initiates the dark half of the year and honors our ancestors, I am reflecting on my experiences at the Conference.  Family Constellations work, individually and in groups, is a wonderful …

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Dreaming with the Trees

What does it mean to dream with the Earth?  To understand this way of dreaming, one must step out of Western thinking and learn the ancient ways of the indigenous peoples of the world.  This takes time, patience, and a willingness to go beyond one’s comfort zone.  To read more about what a shamanic approach …

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