Pain is inevitable, Suffering is not
My name is Jeff Rubin. I have been a student and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition for over 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". 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 and feeling stigmatized. The workshop was well received, and I have since offered it at a variety of places around the country.
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 explore our view of "health" altogether. In this more expansive view, we view health as unconditional, an intrinsic quality of being or potential we all possess from birth, regardless of current circumstances. Unconditional health includes the physical plane of course, but also includes our mental, emotional, and spiritual health as well.
You can read more about Healing Circles HERE.
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. I hope you will find a measure of solace, support, and wisdom from the various offerings within, and from joining us at a future Healing Circle.
Director, Unconditional Healing