Donald & Cheryl Lynne Rubbo, Compassionate Warriors and Powerful Healers, Bring Innovative Healing Techniques to “Heal the World, One Person at a Time”

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NewsweekÂ?s recent Health for Life issue, Â?The New Science of Mind & Body,Â? listed Qigong as one of the Mind/Body/Spirit methods that cancer patients use to participate in their own recovery.

Newsweek’s September 27, 2004 issue features “The New Science of Mind & Body” in their Health for Life series. In the article on “Cancer: Techniques that Help Patients Cope,” Peg Tyre reports on the growing use of the mind-body practice of Qigong nationwide in hospitals and cancer centers. For cancer patients, and indeed all others, these mind-body practices can be a blessing, as they help to reduce stress, improve mood and enhance overall health.

The form of Qigong listed at the beginning of Tyre’s article is a form that the Rubbos have been teaching for many years at Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation, Center for the Healing Arts. It is called 5 Element Balancing Qigong, and is based on the 5 Element Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

“The ancient Chinese sages viewed humankind as a reflection of nature and by observing the cycles and changes in nature they developed a theory to explain the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body. This theory holds that all things in the universe are either yin or yang,” says Donald Rubbo. “However, there are no absolutes: nothing is ever all yin or all yang, but a balance between the two forces. Yin and Yang theory is represented by a circle divided by a curved line into a black (Yin) and white (Yang) side. The curve symbolizes the constant change of balance between yin and yang, and each side contains a small circle of the opposite color, demonstrating there is some of yang in yin, and some of yin in yang.”

By viewing the human body as a reflection of nature, each component of the body has a relationship with all aspects of nature. Thus, our yin organs (hollow) and yang organs (solid) have a corresponding element, color, direction, season, sound and a negative and positive emotion. The five elements and their colors are: Wood (green), Fire (red), Earth (yellow), Metal (white), and Water (black or dark blue). The relationship between each of the five elements and correspondences provide a framework for the understanding of the cause and development of disease, as well as diagnosis and healing.

The Rubbos teach the 5 Element Balancing Qigong to bring the mind and body into harmony, and connect with the natural cycles of the universe. They emphasize that to get the greatest benefit you should practice this profound form of Qigong on a daily basis.

“We were so excited to hear that the Five Element Theory may inspire the Olympic Village design for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China,” says Cheryl Lynne Rubbo. “International artist and poet Lin Xiangxiong, the head of a design team that includes more than 50 architects and artists, is combining the Chinese traditional philosophical theory of Five Elements with the five Olympic rings, which symbolize the earth's five continents. The colors of the elements - wood, water, fire, earth and metal - exactly match those of the Olympic rings.”

PDP II Center for the Healing Arts provides classes, workshops and retreats featuring:

•The time-tested healing methods of Qigong

•The powerful, rare Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi for self-defense

•The dynamic Shao Lin Ch’uan for strength and flexibility

•The profound systems of Hsing Yi and Bagua for internal power

Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo, internationally acclaimed Qigong masters, are co-founders of Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation, Center for the Healing Arts. They are dedicated to “Healing the World, One Person at a Time.” The Rubbos teach locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information, call 415.456.9095 or visit their website

“Donald is one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had. He is truly a warrior dedicated to healing the planet,” says Julie Bernard.

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