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William Spear, a life-long teacher whose clarity, humor and insight inspire thousands of families who face serious illness, draws from nearly four decades of teaching Macrobiotics and in-depth training with the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Center and Sogyal Rinpoche. He works regularly with hospice volunteers and mental health professionals who seek holistic strategies to overcome trauma. In immediate response to the 2004 tsunami disaster in South East Asia and following the May 2006 earthquake in Central Java, Indonesia, Spear led teams of mental health professionals to assist orphaned and traumatized children. In 2009, Spear traveled to Samoa where he and his team trained hundreds of medical students, doctors and clergy in response to the earthquake there. In 2011, Spear went to Japan twice, in May and October, to care for traumatized children and train parents, volunteers and caregivers. In all four regions, Spear met with local officials, policy makers, child protective services, community organizers, relief workers, etc. to devise strategies for preventing with P.T.S.D. While in each country, he wrote and distributed a small booklet in the local language, Care for Caregivers: Helping Children Work Through Trauma, available for download free-of-charge from the Fortunate Blessings Foundation website.

William Spear is 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.

Entries by William Spear

The Inner Landscape of the Children Who Survived Typhoon Haiyan

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2013 | 1:11 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 | 4:45 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 | 4:38 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 | 7:14 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 | 5:23 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 | 5:45 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 | 3:36 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 | 1:02 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 | 1:03 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 | 11:18 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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