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William Spear
William Spear, a life-long teacher whose clarity, humor and insight inspire thousands of families who face serious illness, draws from more than four decades as an educator after in-depth training with Michio Kushi, the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center and Sogyal Rinpoche. Through the Fortunate Blessings Foundation, he works regularly with hospice volunteers and health care professionals who seek holistic strategies to overcome trauma. In the immediate response to the 2004 tsunami disaster in South East Asia, Spear created Second Response and led a team of mental health professionals to assist orphaned and traumatized children in Sri Lanka. In 2006 in Java and again in 2009 in Samoa, Spear and his team trained hundreds of medical students, doctors and clergy in response to natural disasters in those countries. In 2011, Spear traveled to Japan twice, in May and October, to care for traumatized children and train parents, volunteers and caregivers to continue his work. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, he met with FEMA officials, policy makers, child protective services, community organizers, relief workers and CERT teams to implement training programs designed to prevent P.T.S.D. after disasters. Second Response dispatched a team to the Philippines in 2013 where they distributed the booklet "Care for Caregivers: Helping Children Work Through Trauma" which is available for download free-of-charge from the Fortunate Blessings Foundation website.

William Spear is also the best-selling author of the revised edition of Feng Shui Made Easy, a featured contributor to Be The Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and The World and is the author of the upcoming Recovering Original Ability. He lives in Litchfield, Connecticut and lectures all over the world.

Entries by William Spear

Concern for Ocean Noise Pollution Still Falls on Deaf Ears

(5) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 2:02 PM

Twenty years ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I gave an hour talk in London at St. James Church Piccadilly as a part of their Alternatives Lecture Series. An overflow crowd of more than 400 people filled the seats, most coming as a result of the recent...

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Check Your Friendships: The Voting Has Begun

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:41 PM

Here are a few of the recent Facebook posts my "friends" have posted:

"Here is a list of Bernie Sander's $19.6 Trillion tax hikes."
"Muslim Refugees Cause Panic: Rapes and Looting Become Widespread in Europe."
"Putin to Show Proof 9/11 was an Inside Job."
"Trump's Claim:...

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The Current State of Total Madness

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 9:38 AM

"Nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could." Sting

We are all mad. Not just angry, crazy or furious; we have all begun to go stark raving mad and there's even some proof to this trend.

French historian and philosopher Michel Foucault...

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My Trip to Help Refugees in Europe

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 5:38 PM

Since traveling to Sri Lanka in 2004 following the tsunami, our foundation has sent trauma teams to Indonesia, Samoa, Japan, the Philippines and Nepal. We've worked with other international disaster groups for weeks at a time in remote mountain villages -- sometimes with only a dozen residents -- and played...

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You Don't Know Me

(6) Comments | Posted September 4, 2015 | 10:50 AM

You don't know me.

I came from a small village where grainy bread, kneaded by the leathery hands of my grandfather, was made fresh every day, sold to farmers and school children who packed it into their satchels on their way to face the world. My grandmother stayed at home...

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Revisiting Sri Lanka a Decade Later: Helping Children After Disasters

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 2:12 PM

December 26, 2004, Galle, Sri Lanka: When we first saw the destruction, we could hardly believe our eyes. The wave hit three times, like a wash, rinse and tumble cycle. Houses were completely swept away, and almost everywhere we looked, all we could see was rubble piled on top of...

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The Inner Landscape of the Children Who Survived Typhoon Haiyan

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 12:11 PM

The similarities are striking - we've been in this place before.

The past echoes in my brain and I feel as if I am sitting in my living room the day after Christmas in 2004. Now, a week after yet another global disaster, the Emergency Phase kicks solidly into...

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After a Disaster, Children Need Special Attention to Recover

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Soon after he became popular, the American humorist James Thurber found himself in front of an elderly socialite at a dinner party who asked, "Don't you think things are getting worse?" Thurber quickly replied, "I don't care about 'things,' madam, I care about people."

Right now, after...

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'Thank You for Your Service'

(5) Comments | Posted December 30, 2011 | 3:38 PM

As our men and women in uniform return from Iraq, many people share a deep sense of gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice they have made by risking their lives as a member of the armed forces. Just a few weeks ago, while returning from a workshop in Texas, I traveled...

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Adapting to a New World of Invisible Toxins

(36) Comments | Posted April 24, 2011 | 6:14 PM

It's a whole new ballgame, folks. Nearly every community in the modern world is facing an invisible enemy. Constant exposures to toxic loads in our environment carry far more serious consequences than ever before. Survival of the fittest, when the best-suited mutations become dominant, may mean carefully rethinking your place...

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Helping Kids in Japan: A Trauma Guide for Caregivers and Volunteers Working With Children

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 4:23 PM

Compassionate response for friends in Japan from all over the world has brought much attention to the needs of children affected by the earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami. Years of work in other areas hit by natural disasters has led my mental health colleagues and me to develop a...

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Radiation Emergency Measures You Can Take Now

(5) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 4:45 PM

Long before the disasters at Chernobyl or Three Mile Island, nutritional scientists, environmental groups and public health educators including proponents of the macrobiotic approach to diet and way of life sat down to discuss what actions one should take in the event of a nuclear attack or accident. It has...

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The World Is Full of Ground Zeroes

(30) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 2:36 PM

After receiving a widely circulated, vociferous and hate-filled recording by Pat Condell, a British commentator, I felt compelled to share my own thoughts, which follow:

It is clear that many people commenting on the proposed Islamic center in New York City are grossly misinformed and acting from revenge, hatred and...

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Helping Children Work Through Trauma in Haiti: A Guide for Caregivers and Volunteers

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 12:02 PM

Compassionate response from the global community has brought much attention to the needs of children affected by the earthquake in Haiti and its aftermath. Years of work in other areas hit by natural disasters has led us to develop a simple guide to support those already in the field or...

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Trauma in Haiti: An Assault On the Senses

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 12:03 PM

The ongoing challenges in response to the devastating disaster in Haiti continue to occupy front-page news around the world. As I wrote in an earlier blog less than a week after the earthquake hit, weeks must pass before any successful, enduring attempts to help tens of thousands of traumatized Haitians...

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Overcoming Trauma in Haiti: Reflections of a Seasoned Disaster Specialist

(7) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 10:18 AM

The circumstances surrounding the tragedy and ongoing relief efforts in Haiti can be immensely frustrating to people everywhere who don't understand why more isn't being done. As the founder and director of a small disaster relief agency based in the US, I have been active for more than 40 years...

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