Art can Heal the Human Heart – Artwork to uplift and heal the human spirit


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Art can Heal the Human Heart Program

Have you been inside of a hospital, or doctor’s office, recently, and taken the time to notice the insipid artwork that is hanging on the walls? Or maybe you noticed the lack of any artwork at all, nothing to relieve the drabness and free-floating anxiety of the place? There may be a few plants here and there, but nothing inspiring and beautiful to rest your eyes upon, to allow yourself a few moments of peace, of spirit-lifting contemplation.

Donald and I are passionate about shifting this paradigm, and we intend, through PDP II Research Foundation, to provide RubboArt photo-paintings to inspire, heal, soothe, restore, regenerate and renew health and healing for millions, through our ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program.

Donald and I are uniquely qualified to head this important program. We were among the first in this country to bring integrative health and wellness into hospitals, when Leslie Davenport, director of the Marin General Hospital’s Institute for Health and Healing, invited us in 1995 to start a Wellness Class at the Hospital, which ran as a free weekly class for the community for thirteen years. We were also invited to bring a Wellness program to Kaiser Hospital Novato, and to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in San Francisco.

We are very proud that today, many hospitals and doctor’s offices across the nation offer integrative care to their patients.

Drawing on his decades as an extraordinary healer, and visionary in the Health and Wellness fields, Donald is ‘returning to his roots’ (his father, Don Rubbo, was known as ‘the godfather of Pop Art, and was mentor to and business partner of Peter Max, and started Donald on his artistic path when Donald was eleven) and he is creating art that inspires, heals, soothes, restores, regenerates and renews.

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Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation’s ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program will provide inspirational RubboArt photo-painting artwork to hospitals, veteran’s administration hospitals, health care centers, doctor’s offices, senior centers, youth centers, retirement residences, rehabilitation hospitals and where needed.

We have thousands of images, from our travels around the world, and it gives us great joy to look through our archives and choose the best images for this program. We will be inviting other artists to collaborate with us, and provide artwork for this inspiring program.

We are setting up our fundraising campaign, and we’ll be offering direct sales to doctors, health care professionals, banks, hotels, and restaurants to support this program. Think of the inner glow you will have when you purchase and hang an exquisite, framed, RubboArt photo-painting in your home or business: you are not only uplifting the spirits of yourself, your employees, patients, clients, customers and the general public, you are also making it possible for PDP II Research Foundation to place RubboArt photo-paintings where they will do the most good – and help us bring hope and healing around the country to those who need it.

‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946, signed by representatives of 61 countries.

“Implied in this definition (by WHO) is the tie to health outcomes or changes in health as a result of an action; in the present case, the connection between artistic engagement and the psychosocial and biological manifestations of that connection. More specifically, there is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.” The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature. Heather L. Stuckey, DEd, and Jeremy Nobel, MD MPH.

‘….Medical professionals are now beginning to recognize the role that creative arts play in the healing process; surgery or critical care patients who participated in guided imagery or had a picture of a landscape on their wall had a decreased need of narcotic pain medication relative to their counterparts and left the hospital earlier…….’
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We would love your support for this important ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program.
How you can bring the ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ to those who most need it:

•Purchase RubboArt photo-paintings for your home and/or office
•Make a donation
•Spread the word, and encourage your colleagues and friends to support this important program

And any other support for this program that you would be willing to offer, we would be honored and delighted to accept. Click here to support ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program!

Gifts represent support to ‘Art can Heal the Human Heart’ program of Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation. We use your gifts to place inspirational RubboArt artwork in hospitals, retirement residences, senior centers, youth centers, and where needed, to enhance people’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states to encourage healing and wellness, and to transform entire communities. And, because you are helping Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation bring healing and hope to thousands of families and communities, your gift is tax deductible. Our tax ID number is 91-1770533

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The Veil Between the Worlds Thins………


I had known Bob Valadez (he was also known by his Free Family name, Bob Santiago) since I was 11, he was among the people from the ‘Free Family’ of the Red House (in Forest Knolls) who came to our funky family house in Lagunitas to visit with my father in 1967\68(?), and hang out.

There is a lot of history with this story, but I’m going to keep it short, as it is the dream I had in the early morning hours of November 10, 1997, that is what I am writing about.

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In early 1973, while we were living on Harrison Street, San Francisco, Bob and my brother, Owl (Paul D. Pickens II), started studying Shao Lin Chuan with Sifu Kuo Lien Ying in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I followed them there six months later. The three of us were among the best of Kuo’s Shao Lin Chuan students, enthusiastic, flexible and very talented. We became known as ‘The Three Musketeers,’ and we are legends to this day in the martial arts community.

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Paul understood the heart and soul of Shao Lin Chuan and he was flawless in his execution of the sets, Bob was known as ‘The Technician’ for his purity of form and attention to detail (and his audible snorts if someone messed up), and I was the Shao Lin princess: graceful and powerful with an envied limberness, and a favorite of Sifu Kuo’s.

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Years later, Bob married ‘Sam’ Eileen Ewing, and they had a beautiful baby girl, Miranda Rose, who has grown up to be a very beautiful young lady, and a very talented artist.

Although I had lost touch with Bob after the late 1980’s, I occasionally heard news of him through my sister, KayAnne. I knew that he had cancer in his hip, and that he had chosen to not have surgery (they would have amputated his entire leg and he did not want to have this done), and was pursuing the Native American medicine path.

On October 19, 1995, my beloved brother Paul passed away, an immeasurable loss to me and my family.

Two years after my brother died, early on the morning of November 10, 1997, I had a very vivid dream of my brother. I was always so happy to have dreams of my brother, I missed him so much (it took many years for me to stop grieving.)

In my dream, I found myself standing in a small, wood paneled room, and my brother was sitting in a chair to my left. I noticed that he was weak and frail, as he had been in the last months of his life.

As I was standing there, I looked over to my right and saw a large, open double-doorway into another wood paneled room. Against the back wall of this room was a couch, and I saw Bob Valadez sitting at one end of the couch.

Bob saw me, stood up, and started walking toward me and my brother. Paul stood up, and as he was standing I put my left arm around him to steady him and hold him upright.

Bob walked all the way to us and stood right in front of us, and then my brother put his left arm around Bob and I put my right arm around him. We stood that way for a few moments, the three of us holding each other.

And then I woke up.

I turned to Donald and said excitedly, “I just had a dream about my brother!” I treasured the dreams that my brother appeared in, although there weren’t many appearances in those two years since he had passed. I happily related the dream to Donald, not having a clue as to its significance, and then got dressed and went off to work.

A couple of hours later, Donald called me at work to tell me my sister had just called with the sad news that Bob had just passed away early that morning.

Bob Valadez died at almost the exact moment that I had been dreaming of him and my brother.

I found out later that Bob had spent the last year of his life on a couch, unable to walk because the tumor had grown so large that it dislocated his hip.

It was rather a shock to me to know that my brother and I, more important on a spiritual level to Bob Valadez than I had ever realized, had embraced him at the moment of his death, and helped him cross over.

Art can Heal the Human Heart – RubboArt heals………….


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“Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God,” said Pope Benedict in August 2011.

‘There are many more things, between heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.’ – Shakespeare, Hamlet

‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946, signed by representatives of 61 countries.

“Implied in this definition (by WHO) is the tie to health outcomes or changes in health as a result of an action; in the present case, the connection between artistic engagement and the psychosocial and biological manifestations of that connection. More specifically, there is evidence that engagement with artistic activities, either as an observer of the creative efforts of others or as an initiator of one’s own creative efforts, can enhance one’s moods, emotions, and other psychological states as well as have a salient impact on important physiological parameters.” The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature. Heather L. Stuckey, DEd, and Jeremy Nobel, MD MPH.

Art and health have been intertwined since the beginning of recorded history, and probably even going back to the dawn of time. Creative expression making a powerful contribution to the healing process has been embraced in many different cultures. Throughout recorded history, people have used pictures, stories, dances, and prayers as healing rituals, long before the advent of what is known as ‘Western medicine.’

Indeed, for centuries there’s been much philosophical and anecdotal discussion about the benefits of art and healing. Art helps people express experiences that are too difficult to put into words, thus releasing the negative emotions that can hinder profound healing.

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‘Medical professionals are now beginning to recognize the role that creative arts play in the healing process; surgery or critical care patients who participated in guided imagery or had a picture of a landscape on their wall had a decreased need of narcotic pain medication relative to their counterparts and left the hospital earlier.’

Drawing on his decades as an extraordinary healer, and visionary in the Health Wellness fields, Donald is ‘returning to his roots’ and creating art that inspires, heals, soothes, restores, regenerates and renews.

And, due to the passionate and enthusiastic response for Donald’s art, we’ve released a few pieces for sale on our website, 8′x10″ matted RubboArt photo-paintings, and RubboArt Greeting Cards (packets of five.)

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All of your purchases of RubboArt support the global healing work of Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation!

Click here to shop RubboArt now!

Selected from Donald Rubbo’s vast collection of images, these stunning works of art are now available for you to purchase! You will find the perfect photo to hang in your home or office, and support the work of PDP II Research Foundation.

Shifting the paradigm of health, healing and wellness for millions – PDP II Research Foundation


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For those who are interested in knowing about the healing work we’ve been doing for the world for the past several decades, take a look at our Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation webpage listing some of the programs and free community healing events and classes our nonprofit has been offering.

Because Donald and I concern ourselves more with actually doing the work, and have never been comfortable talking about it, many people aren’t aware of the pioneering work we’ve done. Donald and I, through PDP II Research Foundation, have shifted the paradigm of healing for millions.

We founded Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation in 1997, to educate and empower people to take control of their health and their lives. You can read about the history of the Foundation by clicking here.

Through P.D.P. II Research Foundation, Donald and I were the first to bring Wellness Programs into American hospitals (beginning with Marin General Hospital.) You can support this important work by clicking here to make a tax-deductible donation and help us continue our global healing work!

In 1996, at the request of Leslie Davenport, director of the Humanities Department at Marin General Hospital, we brought mind/body medicine into the hospital setting, benefitting patients, nurses, doctors and the public. Although in the beginning Ms. Davenport and Donald and I faced stiff opposition in running this important complementary therapy series from many of the doctors associated with the hospital (including being booted out of the room in which we ran the class!), this popular program served thousands in the Marin area for thirteen years, continuing at Marin Ballet, and then the Garden Room at Marin Art and Garden Center.

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Beginning in 1997, we’ve been invited to bring our Wellness programs into Kaiser Hospital Terra Linda, the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in San Francisco, Chinese medicine conferences, senior centers, retirement residences and youth centers.

It has been an honor, a privilege and a blessing to bring health and wellness to our community, and countless people benefitted from our programs. Our students come from all socio-economic levels: judges, lawyers, psychologists, CEO’s, health care professionals, cancer survivors, stroke survivors, healthy young people, healthy elderly people. Everyone is treated with compassion, love and understanding.

Donald and I know that what we have to offer is unique, and our standards are extremely high. We have compassionate hearts, hard-won wisdom, and deep intuition, and we apply this to everything we do. Many have experienced what can only be called miracles through our work, and we are quick to give credit where credit is due; we are merely ambassadors of God’s healing love.

We bring this same extraordinary quality to all of our classes, retreats, programs, and community events. No matter the size of the group, every individual is cherished and taken care of.

We were among the first to recognize the seismic shift toward digital publishing, and in 2008 we converted and released our first book, ‘The Extraordinary Breath,’ as an eBook. An Extraordinary Breath is your intention merged with your breath. The Extraordinary Breath is different from many other deep-breathing methods, along with bringing a greater volume of air into your body, which has profound health benefits, your positive intentions are synchronized with your breathing. Every time you think a thought, feel an emotion, or perform an action, your neuro-circuitry changes. When you take charge of this process, through the Extraordinary Breath, the positive changes you control can become limitless!
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We were among the earliest of the Wellness experts to understand the importance of the latest research on the brain and neuroplasticity, showing how movement, thoughts and intentions (self-directed neuroplasticity) can positively change the brain (‘re-wiring’ the brain!), and bring about greater health and recovery from illnesses and diseases.

During a period of great global suffering, the economic meltdown brought on by the collapse of the subprime mortgage programs, in 2008, PDP II Research Foundation released a shortened version of The Extraordinary Breath eBook as a free download. We wanted to offer a quick, effective and long-lasting way to reduce the stress and panic millions were experiencing, and had the eBook translated into six languages. This free eBook has been downloaded tens of thousands of times, in almost every country in the world. We are grateful for the opportunity to bring healing and the alleviation of suffering to humanity.

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Five Tigers Martial Arts Summer Day Camp:
We ran the first martial arts summer day camp for kids in Marin, from 1995 to 2000, combining traditional Shao Lin Chuan kungfu with arts and crafts and hiking in the incredible mountains and forests of Marin County. Amanda Lucas, the professional Mixed Martial Artist (and daughter of George Lucas) was one of our Five Tigers, she began her martial arts career at our Five Tigers Martial Arts Summer Day Camp!

Donald and I, through PDP II Research Foundation, continue to bring health and wellness to our world. Our latest project, merging ancient healing wisdom with modern technology, is a very large, ambitious vision of healing for the world (we always dream big!), and will take a lot of support. If you’d like to find out more about this exciting, cutting-edge vision, and how you can help, email us at Fivetigrs@gmail.com.

We need your help! Be part of this healing vision – your donations, large and small, are needed. Our goals are far-reaching, and will positively impact generations. You may never know which individual in need, or community, your donation to PDP II Research Foundation will benefit, but you can rest assured it will help us reach millions, now and in the future. Please click here to make your tax-deductible donation now.

Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.

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Return to His Roots – ‘Life is Art, Art is Life’ Donald Rubbo – ART SHOW


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Please join us for ‘Return to His Roots – Life is Art, Art is Life – Donald Rubbo’, a solo show of photographs, a fundraising event for Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation. Il Davide Restaurant (in the beautiful new Private Room), 901 A Street, San Rafael, CA. The Artist’s Reception will be Saturday, February 8th, 2014, please join us and find the perfect photograph for your home and/or office and support Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation! More information will be available on our website soon!

Donald will be selecting photos from his collection for the following categories: Landscape, Portraits and Architecture.

Donald is a phenomenal artist, he began creating art early, when at the age of 12 he picked up a camera. He spent most of his time in the darkroom his father built for him in their artist’s loft on Canal Street, New York City.

Donald’s father was Don Rubbo (known as the Godfather of Pop Art, (visit Don Rubbo Sr.’s website by clicking here), and Donald grew up surrounded by artists and unbelievable creativity. Many famous artists sat at the Rubbos dining room table, discussing art and sharing their wisdom. The great visual artist Romare Beardon lived next door to the Rubbos, and took an interest in Donald’s artistic talents.

And Peter Max, the king of Pop Art - Don Rubbo Sr.’s student and business partner – recently honored his mentor by painting a portrait of Don and Donald Rubbo:

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Now, Donald is delighted to take the time and opportunity to return to his roots, and create art again, and he is focusing on digital photography. He has taken thousands of photos during our travels over the last few years, and he is building a body of work in preparation for this fundraiser.

Paul D. Pickens II Research Foundation Mission: To improve health and elevate consciousness worldwide by raising awareness of the profound health benefits of ancient healing systems. What we do: Through teachings, eBooks, Youtube videos and DVD’s, and by creating global healing events, we give people the tools to take control of their health and their lives. As a nonprofit organization, we define success in terms of enriching people’s lives and building healthy communities. Established in 1997 as a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit global health organization, PDP II Research Foundation is in the forefront of new medicine: merging ancient healing systems with modern technology.

Please join us and support this important global healing work!

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“Expect a Miracle, Chetana!”


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Many of you may remember that we’ve written about our dear friend Chetana Judith Karel Michaan, the great Shakespearan actress. Donald and Chetana first met in 1971, at the Rubbo family artist’s loft on Canal Street in Manhattan. Donald’s father, Don Rubbo, photographed Chetana as ‘Joan of Arc’ in 1971, at the Cloisters in Manhattan.

A tiny dynamo, in 2005 Chetana did a special reading at the gala celebrating Donald’s 25 years of teaching, and she blew the room away with her command of the stage. In front of 200 people, alone on a bare stage, she literally transformed in front of us and no one could tear their eyes away from her.

Chetana is a precious soul, and has been passionately involved for decades in making this a better world for everyone. In frail health, she’d been on dialysis for almost three years, and Donald and I have been visiting periodically to do intense healing work on her as she was preparing for a kidney transplant generously offered by a friend of hers. This past late October we drove up to Bellingham, WA, to be with her for more healing work, and the day we arrived she was in a terrible state. She had just found out that morning that her antibodies were not a match with her friend, and so could not receive the kidney. Her spirits were low, and her will to continue living was flagging.

Donald immediately said to her, “This is great news, Chetana! That means that this transplant was not meant to be, and a better match will come to you very soon. Expect a miracle, Chetana!”

All of Chetana’s caregivers were morose and fatalistic over the news, as Chetana had been taken off of the organ donor list when her friend had offered her a kidney. We encouraged each one of them, every day, to expect a miracle for Chetana.

We were there for 10 days, and Donald taught Chetana a powerful, effective visualization technique, incorporating past, present and future visualizations and felt-sensations, and he constantly reminded her, and her caregivers, to ‘Expect a Miracle.’

We left Bellingham, and drove down to the Bay Area, as we had a 2-day Primordial Qigong workshop scheduled in Santa Rosa. On Saturday, November 16th, in the middle of our workshop, we got a call from Chetana.

She was calling to tell us that she was recovering from surgery, the previous Monday (four days after we left) she had been unexpectedly called into the hospital and she had received a kidney the very next day.

Chetana had received her miracle. 

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If Chetana’s miracle inspires you, and you’d like to support the work of our global health organization, PDP II Research Foundation (a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit) and be a special part of this awe-inspiring healing work for our world, click here to make a tax-deductible donation!

The power of the mind at standstill is without limit


Concept Blindness keeps us from creating a limitless future.  Concept blindness is a metaphor for the inability to see one or another aspect of something, whether it be an idea, a theory, a way of life or another’s opinion.

I’ve used the term color blindness  –  the inability to see some colors or to perceive color differences  –  when I’m teaching my students to illustrate the difficulty some people have with concept blindness.Red

For a person who is color blind to the color red, he or she must take it on faith that the color red exists. But because almost everyone else can see red, and red is such an important part of the reality of humankind, the colorblind don’t disbelieve that red does in fact exists. But we can’t give the colorblind person a felt sensation of red, or teach them to feel all of the emotions that all of the shades of red bring up in the rest of the population, no matter how hard we try to explain red to them.  Interestingly, 5% to 8% of men and 0.5% of women are born colorblind.

But with concept blindness there is fierce opposition to accepting the possibility of other aspects of ideas or theories, and I believe that positive progress (scientific, philosophical or practical) is hindered by this to the detriment of humankind.

To show how to shift your perception, on a visual level at least, take a look at the cube illustration. We can perceive the two-dimensional figure below as a three-dimensional cube, with the back of the cube on the top and the right side, or with the back of the cube on the bottom and the left side. There are at least two ways to do this, and the switch between the two is called a ‘Gestalt shift’. It is not a voluntary shift, although one can try to bring it about. If you fix your eyes first on the corners a and only glance at b, a appears in front and b behind, and vice versa.cube gestalt shift

A Gestalt shift is the visual experience of seeing something, visually or mentally, first one way and then another way. The shift is actually more like a snap; it is not gradual but instant; and it may shift back despite our unwillingness for it to do so. Once you have understood something on more than one level, it is impossible to shift back to the old way of thinking.

Gestalt is a German word for ‘shape’ or ‘form’ in English. A “form shift” is an involuntary perceptual jump from one shape, form or pattern to another, e.g. from the top-right as back of the cube to the bottom left as back of the cube. By ‘Gestalt shift’ we may mean seeing a single pattern now as this, now as that, this is an involuntary visual shift from first one “aspect” (form/shape) to then another “aspect” (form/shape) without the pattern itself changing: all that changes is our perception of the pattern.

A couple of years ago I read a diatribe by someone I’m very fond of, a student of ours who, on his blog, took exception to my use of the phrase, ‘Does the flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Cause a Tornado in Texas?’ (citing the Butterfly Effect of chaos theory).  This person was incensed that I ‘misunderstood’ the meaning of the term Butterfly Effect, when in fact I had done much research to make sure that my understanding of the term was in fact what was in general use in the physics world.

The description in Wikipedia (to use only one reference) for ‘Butterfly Effect’: In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependency on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.’

I am always willing to examine, and adjust, my understanding of reality, and all the permutations of meaning humans ascribe to language. To make sure that I had indeed understood the meaning of ‘Butterfly Effect,’ coined by Edward Lorenz, I did more research and found this little gem:

Wittgenstein’s logic of language requires a Gestalt shift: “In a large class of cases a word’s meaning is its use in the language” versus “The meaning of a word is the thought or idea it stands for”?

An open heart and receptive mind allows the universe to yield its wisdom. By carefully, thoroughly, examining one’s beliefs, and releasing outdated, outmoded belief systems, deeper knowledge is available to everyone.