William Spear is a life-long, internationally recognized educator, consultant, author and lecturer whose clarity, humor and insight have inspired thousands of followers. His engaging courses on integrative medicine, feng shui, the I Ching, end-of-life care and personal transformation stem from his ability to synthesize complex and diverse material into inspiring, insightful and empowering content.
His non-profit foundation, Fortunate Blessings Foundation, formed in 1983, is dedicated to education for the well being of human life and the environment. This includes studies on the effect of the environment on health, the relationship between diet and disease and the care and support of people facing life-threatening illness and survivors of both natural and man-made disasters. Internationally, Spear conducts educational programs and numerous projects that acknowledge our common unity as one family on this small planet.
In immediate response to the 2004 tsunami disaster in South East Asia, Spear launched the Second Response initiative that helped to stabilize the emotional health of individuals, especially children, and their communities traumatized as a result of disasters. Throughout Sri Lanka, Java, Samoa, Japan, the Philippines, Nepal, Japan, Kenya and Uganda as well as inner-city neighborhoods in Maryland, New York and Connecticut and other communities, Second Response has trained more than 6,000 parents, teachers, disaster specialists and mental health professionals reaching more than 250,000 children worldwide.
As the first honorary President of the International Feng Shui Society in London, his approach to design is presented in Feng Shui Made Easy: Designing Your Life With the Ancient Art of Placement (Revised Edition – North Atlantic Press, 2010) hailed by the New York Times as “the most user-friendly explanation of feng shui for American audiences.” Shortly after its publication and translation into fourteen languages, the Smithsonian Institution called him “the ultimate Western authority on this ancient Chinese practice.”
In 1997, Spear was invited by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle to serve on advisory board for a support project for bone-marrow transplant patients developed in partnership with Microsoft.
As well as serving as a regular lecturer to Masters Degree students at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut, Spear writes extensively for the Huffington Post and consults privately in the fields of integrative health, trauma and end-of-life care with special emphasis on caregiver training and children’s needs.
Spear gained international respect for his deeply compassionate work in responding to disasters by being included with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, yoga teacher Sean Crone and Jon Kabat-Zinn as one of seven dynamic spiritual teachers featured in the book BE THE CHANGE: How Meditation Can Transform You & The World. He currently lives in Beaux Arts Village.