william morris

Herbal Guide: William Morris, PhD


William Morris, PhD has 38 years of experience as a professional astrologer. Will is a pulse diagnosis teacher of world renown, he considers the most important studies in his career to be his eight-year mentorship under Drs. Shen and Hammer in the Menghe through the Ding family lineage of internal medicine. He was instrumental in the founding of a single national professional association, now the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). Currently he is the president of AOMA in Austin, TX. Will is a jazz drummer and sound healer.


Do you have a personal ritual with medicinal plants/trees/fungi/the power of the natural word? How does this help to heal yourself and others?

I do regular journey work with different flower essences. I see the plant and planet world as continual. My daily practices involve calling upon planetary spirits. The structure of these works are placed upon the tree of life. This is then conveyed into the selection of medicinals and also influences the placement of my hands and other materials that are used to create a transformative experience for the client.  


What tonic herb has consistently supported your health and vitality. How do you prepare and consume it?

There are many favorites for me over the years. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) reigns supreme as a spirit tonic. I take it in teas and concentrations, rarely in tinctures. I keep it on one of my alters which is presided over by the medicine Buddha. 

Ginseng (Panax sp.) is another favorite. I see it as an intelligent wisdom keeper that connects to source. It is best when kept in a sacred space soaked in alcohol — my preference is very fine tequila. My most recent extraction is in vodka. The ginseng sits upon the alter under Ganesha in the sonic healing chamber where I access precosmotic source qi which is then transferred into the cosmos via planetary frequencies. I like it because it connects to source. 

Fo Ti (Polygonum multiflorum) is another of my all-time favorites. I see it as a key agent in my formulas and efforts targeting the transformation of familial karmas. I see it as the guide to the wellspring of the potentials carried forth in the family blood line: that is, awakening epigenetic potential.  


How do you gain access to the spirit realm of plants, was this something you worked to developed or inherently in you. If you feel called to share the plant that most helps with this portal of access we’d humbly love to know. 

Plant spirit work has been a part of my life since working with mushrooms in high-school. Then the Daoist approach of maintaining a relationship with a plant for 90 days or a quarter of the year formed my plant relationship foundations. My favorite portal plant is the one I am working with at a given moment. That said, I return often to holy basil as an agent which allows me deep reflection upon my contracts with myself and others. It is therefore useful in the Toltec practices of ‘stalking’ the roots of one’s agreements. 


What do you love about being an herbalist? How do you help others free their hearts through herbal medicine?

It is my lifeblood. Bringing the wisdom of the plant world into the human dialog heals and soothes the wounds of life.  

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What is your favorite medicinal herb to incorporate into your food? How do you prepare it?

Roots. Dioscorea. I prepare it any way I can — sautee is my favorite.  


How do you most enjoy creating relationship with the natural world?

Dream time is my most common contact with plant spirits.  


What plant or element from the natural world has most put you in touch with your personal power as a healer?

All elements are essential to realizing personal power. One must be able to scale the elemental worlds. Having said this alchemical fire is a universal substrate of experience that I resonate with in particular.



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