Pain is inevitable, Suffering is not
My name is Jeff Rubin. I have been a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for almost forty years, which has served as my North Star through some very difficult times. Unconditional Healing came about through my personal journey with a progressive degenerative illness, which first surfaced all the way back in 1999. Even after visiting dozens of health practitioners, and undergoing countless tests, I was unable to secure a firm diagnosis, never mind a cure.
In 2006, inspired by my own experiences of working with my illness, and by my study of various teachings on working with illness and pain, I developed a program entitled "Unconditional Healing: Embracing Illness and Adversity and Discovering One's True Self. The workshop presented bedrock principles of unconditional health and well-being and a unique way of working with painful situations that reduced one's suffering, fears, and feelings of helplessness immensely. In addition, the ability to meet with others in an open and frank forum was a game-changer for me, soothing my feelings of isolation. The workshop was well received, and I have since offered it at a variety of places around the country. I also learned that this approach could help people not only to cope, but even to thrive while undergoing immense difficulties.
In response to the workshops, and the need for ongoing support for people who were struggling, I established group meetings called Healing Circles. Healing Circles are support groups that meet
regularly in a safe confidential environment for those wishing to be acknowledged and heard without judgment. Unlike other support groups that form around a specific malady or illness, Healing Circles coalesce around a desire to not only acknowledge and support each other through tough times, but to use our difficulties to transform ourselves and find our deepest self. We ask - what can I learn from my pain and how can I use it to become gentler, wiser, and more resilient? Healing Circles are now operating in Manhattan and Los Angeles,
While my journey has been difficult for me and for those that I love, I now see it as a blessing, bringing a sense of focus and urgency to my life, along with the opportunity to share what I have learned and experienced. It was with that motivation that I created this website to reach a broader audience looking for support, community and resources to help unlock their own storehouse of resiliency and confidence in the face of difficulties. I hope you will find a measure of solace, support and wisdom from the various offerings within, and from studying and practicing together as a community.
Director, Unconditional Healing