“Salt is the best thing in life…”

“Salt is the best thing in life…”


A French fairy tale, collected by Paul Sébillot, and included in The Green Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang.

Once upon a time there lived a King who had two daughters, and he loved them with all his heart. When they grew up, he was suddenly seized with a wish to know if they, on their part, truly loved him, and he made up his mind that he would give his kingdom to whichever best proved her devotion.

So he called the elder Princess and said to her, ‘How much do you love me?’

‘As the apple of my eye!’ answered she.

‘Ah!’ exclaimed the King, kissing her tenderly as he spoke, ‘you are indeed a good daughter.’

Then he sent for the younger, and asked her how much she loved him.

‘I look upon you, my father,’ she answered, ‘as I look upon salt in my food.’

But the King did not like her words, and ordered her to quit the court, and never again to appear before him. The poor Princess went sadly up to her room and began to cry, but when she was reminded of her father’s commands, she dried her eyes, anthedirtyshepherdess-borderd made a bundle of her jewels and her best dresses and hurriedly left the castle where she was born.

She walked straight along the road in front of her, without knowing very well where she was going or what was to become of her, for she had never been shown how to work, and all she had learnt consisted of a few household rules, and receipts of dishes which her mother had taught her long ago. And as she was afraid that no housewife would want to engage a girl with such a pretty face, she determined to make herself as ugly as she could.

She therefore took off the dress that she was wearing and put on some horrible old rags belonging to a beggar, all torn and covered with mud. After that she smeared mud all over her hands and face, and shook her hair into a great tangle. Having thus changed her appearance, she went about offering herself as a goose-girl or shepherdess. But the farmers’ wives would have nothing to say to such a dirty maiden, and sent her away with a morsel of bread for charity’s sake.

After walking for a great many days without being able to find any work, she came to a large farm where they were in want of a shepherdess, and engaged her gladly.

One day when she was keeping her sheep in a lonely tract of land, she suddenly felt a wish to dress herself in her robes of splendour. She washed herself carefully in the stream, and as she always carried her bundle with her, it was easy to shake off her rags, and transform herself in a few moments into a great lady.

The King’s son, who had lost his way out hunting, perceived this lovely damsel a long way off, and wished to look at her closer. But as soon as the girl saw what he was at, she fled into the wood as swiftly as a bird. The Prince ran after her, but as he was running he caught his foot in the root of a tree and fell, and when he got up again, she was nowhere to be seen.

When she was quite safe, she put on her rags again, and smeared over her face and hands. However the young Prince, who was both hot and thirsty, found his way to the farm, to ask for a drink of cider, and he inquired the name of the beautiful lady that kept the sheep. At this everyone began to laugh, for they said that the shepherdess was one of the ugliest and dirtiest creatures under the sun.

The Prince thought some witchcraft must be at work, and he hastened away before the return of the shepherdess, who became that evening the butt of everybody’s jests.

But the King’s son thought often of the lovely maiden whom he had only seen for a moment, though she seemed to him much more fascinating than any lady of the Court. At last he dreamed of nothing else, and grew thinner day by day till his parents inquired what was the matter, promising to do all they could to make him as happy as he once was. He dared not tell them the truth, lest they should laugh at him, so he only said that he should like some bread baked by the kitchen girl in the distant farm.

Although the wish appeared rather odd, they hastened to fulfil it, and the farmer was told the request of the King’s son. The maiden showed no surprise at receiving such an order, but merely asked for some flour, salt, and water, and also that she might be left alone in a little room adjoining the oven, where the kneading-trough stood. Before beginning her work she washed herself carefully, and even put on her rings; but, while she was baking, one of her rings slid into the dough. When she had finished she dirtied herself again, and let the lumps of the dough stick to her fingers, so that she became as ugly as before.

The loaf, which was a very little one, was brought to the King’s son, who ate it with pleasure. But in cutting it he found the ring of the Princess, and declared to his parents that he would marry the girl whom that ring fitted.

So the King made a proclamation through his whole kingdom and ladies came from afar to lay claim to the honour. But the ring was so tiny that even those who had the smallest hands could only get it on their little fingers. In a short time all the maidens of the kingdom, including the peasant girls, had tried on the ring, and the King was just about to announce that their efforts had been in vain, when the Prince observed that he had not yet seen the shepherdess.

They sent to fetch her, and she arrived covered with rags, but with her hands cleaner than usual, so that she could easily slip on the ring. The King’s son declared that he would fulfil his promise, and when his parents mildly remarked that the girl was only a keeper of sheep, and a very ugly one too, the maiden boldly said that she was born a princess, and that, if they would only give her some water and leave her alone in a room for a few minutes, she would show that she could look as well as anyone in fine clothes.

They did what she asked, and when she entered in a magnificent dress, she looked so beautiful that all saw she must be a princess in disguise. The King’s son recognized the charming damsel of whom he had once caught a glimpse, and, flinging himself at her feet, asked if she would marry him. The Princess then told her story, and said that it would be necessary to send an ambassador to her father to ask his consent and to invite him to the wedding.

The Princess’s father, who had never ceased to repent his harshness towards his daughter, had sought her through the land, but as no one could tell him anything of her, he supposed her dead. Therefore it was with great joy he heard that she was living and that a king’s son asked her in marriage, and he quitted his kingdom with his elder daughter so as to be present at the ceremony.

By the orders of the bride, they only served her father at the wedding breakfast bread without salt, and meat without seasoning. Seeing him make faces, and eat very little, his daughter, who sat beside him, inquired if his dinner was not to his taste.

‘No,’ he replied, ‘the dishes are carefully cooked and sent up, but they are all so dreadfully tasteless.’

‘Did not I tell you, my father, that salt was the best thing in life? And yet, when I compared you to salt, to show how much I loved you, you thought slightingly of me and you chased me from your presence.’

The King embraced his daughter, and allowed that he had been wrong to misinterpret her words.

Then, for the rest of the wedding feast they gave him bread made with salt, and dishes with seasoning, and he said they were the very best he had ever eaten.

(I read this fairy tale when I was a girl, and it was one of my favorites!)

We are getting ready to release another batch of Rubbo Salt of the Earth!


Come taste and see! Gourmet Cooking Salt that bursts with Exquisite Flavor: Fleur de Sel and Organic Herbs!

Come taste and see! Gourmet Cooking Salt that bursts with Exquisite Flavor: Fleur de Sel and Organic Herbs!

A Salt Banner Facebook October 2015Taste the richest of fare!

We are putting together another batch of our popular Rubbo Salt of the Earth gourmet cooking salt for the upcoming holiday season! I am so thrilled, and we are now deep in the creative process once again.

Cooking with Chi Arroz con PolloRubbo Salt of the Earth started as a holiday gift idea in 2006 when Donald wanted to share his love of flavorful food infused with health-giving properties with our friends and family. He remembered the herbs and spices from his childhood, the ones his father taught him to cook with (we’ve written the story of how Donald’s father taught him to cook in “My Father’s Magic Rock Soup”), and he brought to life creating food with the love that he learned from his father, with this Salt. He shares this love, and superb flavorings, with you through Rubbo Salt of the Earth.
Our Salt of the Earth is made with only the finest ingredients: each 4 oz package contains hand-harvested Fleur de Sel de Guérande, the creme de la creme of salts from the northwestern coast of France. The salt is skillfully and slowly raked, one half inch at a time to collect a mound of exquisite crystals – fleur de sel – harvesting maybe two pounds a day. This salt is touched only by the sun and the raker. The salt marshes of Guérande are from antiquity, and when we visited Guérande in 2011 (see our photo of the marshes in the header above!) we found the perfect combination of sun, wind, and lowland marshes, and evaporation intensifies the flavors of the nutrient-rich and trace-mineral-rich waters of the Bay of Biscay. Fleur de Sel de Guérande is revered by gourmands as the highest culinary salt in the world.
We blend Fleur de Sel de Guérande with nine organic herbs and spices, chosen by Donald for their exquisite flavor profile and profound health benefits.
  • Fleur de Sel de Guérande
  • Organic Garlic
  • Organic Onion
  • Organic Sage
  • Organic Oregano
  • Organic Basil
  • Organic Parsley
  • Organic Marjoram
  • Organic Rosemary
  • Organic Thyme

Rubbo Salt of the Earth will be available soon, and since we are only able to make limited quantities, please let us know now what your needs are so that we can assure that we can get this precious salt into your hands for the holiday season!

Only $16.00 for each savory 4 oz package of love, fleur de sel and organic herbs (plus shipping)! Email us here to pre-order: Fivetigrs@gmail.com!

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A basketful of miracles

Yesterday was a very interesting day. We drove out to Limantour Beach, as we have been doing frequently, as part of our health-restoration routine.

We bring with us snacks, water, camp chairs, warm clothes and our Bible. Depending on how Holy Spirit moves us, we’ll walk along the water, or sit in the chairs soaking in the healing energy of the crashing waves and the uplifting smell of the seaweed and marine life of the ocean.

Although the skies were mostly clear and blue yesterday (and the temperature in San Rafael was in the eighties), the wind blew cold from the north on the beach. This is not unusual for Limantour, and is one of the reasons why this beautiful beach is not as popular as Stinson Beach. That’s fine with us, we like the solitude.

We planted our camp chairs close to the water, arranged our stuff in front of the chairs, and sat watching the waves.

As we usually do when we are at beaches, we said powerful prayers to bring healing to the oceans and waterways, to all of the sea creatures, to the earth and to all of the living beings who draw sustenance from the earth. We feel the urgency of the earth as it struggles to come back into balance from the foolish and destructive choices man is making and the consequences of those choices (islands of debris floating in our oceans, the damaging radiation that permeates the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima, overfishing, fracking, releasing of toxins into our rivers by the EPA, our precious air fouled by factories and cars, etc.)

We have done these prayers for years now, to heal the earth, and have been heartened by the small and large advances right-thinking people are making.

There were a few people on the beach yesterday, some sitting as we were, and others walking along the water. Many people walking past us smiled at us, and we smiled back at them.

We saw a couple walking from the south to the north, in front of us. Older women, one of them was carrying a large round-bottom basket, stooping down periodically to pick up stones and sand dollars. I assumed the basket was for collecting these beach treasures.

Three seals popped their heads out of the water, very close to the shore, staring intently at us. We think of these seals as our friends, we see them every time we go to Limantour, and they always pop up in front of wherever we sit, and we wave and say hello.

Two young women came along, walking along the water from the south, and passed us. One of the women stopped short, then turned and walked toward us. As she came closer, she asked us, “Do you want a kitten?” As it was an odd question to be asked while sitting at a beach, we were a bit taken aback. She was carefully holding a towel, and showed us a tiny kitten resting there. The kitten could not have been more than a couple of weeks old, grey and white, and just cuter than cute.

She told us that she had found the kitten in a dune, and she didn’t know what to do with it. She kept asking us if we’d like it. My heart was torn, I love kittens, and cats, and have had several in my life, but I knew that it was not the right time to bring an animal into our lives.

Donald said prayers for the kitten, asking God to protect the kitten and to help it find a good home. We thanked the young women for their good and compassionate hearts, and we very sorrowfully said we couldn’t take the precious little thing. We knew that she’d probably take it to the ranger station, or give it to someone who would love it.

She and her friend continued walking north, and she kept saying, “I don’t know what I’m going to do with it!”

Donald and I speculated that the mother of the kitten must have been a feral cat, and somehow left the kitten on the sand. Perhaps the mother had gotten killed, and couldn’t return for the kitten. We were happy that these women had found the kitten, and that the kitten was saved from a terrible death.

We sat in front of the water for another couple of hours, until the wind got too cold, even after piling on more clothes. As we were packing up our stuff, two women came walking down along the water from the north and as they got closer they approached us.

They appeared distraught. One of them asked us, “Do you remember seeing us walk past, I was carrying a large basket?”

We said yes, we do remember! She told us that she had lost a kitten, could we help them in any way?

Stunned, but not surprised, I said, “Two young women found the kitten, and asked us if we wanted to take it. We said we couldn’t.”

With palpable relief, she asked us how long ago that had been. We said a couple of hours.

She told us that they had driven back to their home in Berkeley before they realized the kitten wasn’t in the basket. She was fostering three rescue kittens, hand-feeding them with a bottle.

Her partner walked north, to ask the people farther up the beach if they had seen the two young women. As I walked with the first woman back to the parking lot, she explained that her beloved seventeen year old dog had died the day before, and the last thing her dog had done before dying was to wash the three kittens. She had come to the beach to grieve for him, and brought the kittens in the basket.

She said she had been fostering kittens for years, and had fostered hundreds. She was beyond relieved to hear that someone had found ‘Pavarotti,’ as she knew that he would be okay whatever happened to him from then on.

(If Donald and I had taken the kitten, we would have left immediately to feed it, and thus we would have missed seeing these women and giving them the information they needed to heal and forgive themselves.)

We got to the parking lot before she did, and we packed our stuff away. As she approached her car, I went toward her and said, “Let me give you a hug!”

She hugged me back, and said her name was Nancy. Nancy asked me, “Do you like jam?” She said she makes jams, only for her family and friends, and wanted to give us some of her homemade, organic jam. From the trunk of her car she brought out a jar of the deepest red-orange apricot and handed it to me. “I am so grateful to know that Pavarotti will be okay, thank you so much!” Then she got another jar, dark red strawberry, and handed it to me. Donald came up and hugged her, and said thank you. She got another jar out, bright raspberry, and I said, “That’s too much!” She said no, it wasn’t, that was what she made her jams for, to give to her loved ones.

She then said, “Let me show you something!” In the front seat of her car was the basket, and the two other kittens were inside. ‘Yin’, was a ginger color, and Trevi was black and white. Tiny, tiny, and still with scabs from having been rescued from near death.

As we drove off, we waved to Nancy, and we were in awe to be part of this miracle. Pavarotti, the spunky one, rescued once by Nancy, had crawled out of the basket, unseen, and on a sparsely populated beach, was rescued again by two lovely young women.

How blessed is he, and how blessed are all of us.


Lemon Sea Salt Cleanse – Amazing Life-Enhancing Elixer!

Lemon Salt WaterThis Lemon Sea Salt Cleanse is a phenomenal rebalancing, detoxifying, rehydrating and restorative elixir. Sea salt stimulates your intestines and removes toxins, and lemon juice has many health benefits for your body. Donald and I have been drinking this daily for three months, and we both feel the positive difference in our bodies.

We recommend drinking the Lemon Sea Salt Cleanse (to create an alkaline environment in your body) before taking any probiotics. Probiotics flourish in an alkaline atmosphere, and you will get greater benefit the more probiotics remain in your stomach.

Lemon Sea Salt Cleanse:

One lemon (we prefer organic lemons as they do not have the resins, waxes and chemicals applied to the skin)

¼ to ½ teaspoon sea salt (amount of salt depends on your taste preference)

8 oz filtered water

Measure salt, and put into glass

Slice the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice into the glass

Add water and drink!

(We recommend pure, sun-kissed sea salt, fleur de sel from the coast of Brittany.)


Lemons have vitamins and minerals, essential for a healthy and functioning body; the antioxidant vitamin C, also vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin B1 (thiamine), Minerals present lemons include copper, calcium and potassium. Copper has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Calcium is good for bones and teeth while potassium helps maintain PH and water balance.

Alkaline vs. Acidic

Lemon water with salt balances your body’s pH levels. A pH level above 7.0 is alkaline and below 7.0 is acidic. Although it may seem counter-intuitive, since lemon is acidic, when we drink lemon juice it turns alkaline in our stomachs. And salt is alkaline in nature, so the lemon juice and the salt together bring your body into pH balance. For optimal health, your body should be in an alkaline state, rather than acidic. Maintenance of pH balance is a fundamental component of good health, as poor pH balance can create digestive problems, skin diseases, osteoporosis, arthritis etc. Proper pH balance also allows better nutrient absorption, digestion, toxin elimination, etc.


Our bodies need minerals for optimal health. We don’t produce these minerals on our own, so we have to get them from food. Proper absorption of minerals is necessary for our bodies to perform important functions like maintenance of pH balance and keeping the nervous system healthy, acting as a co-factor for enzyme reactions, formation of bones and teeth, metabolic stimulation etc. Drinking lemon water with sea salt improves the absorption of minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium etc., and can help prevent health issues like osteoporosis (calcium deficiency), anaemia (iron deficiency), muscle weakness and abnormal heart rhythm (magnesium deficiency).

Healthy Heart

The heart is a vital organ and its health and care is extremely important. Lemon juice consumption has been found beneficial maintaining a healthy heart. Potassium controls high blood pressure, while vitamin C will lower cholesterol levels and prevent blood clotting within vessels. Lemon juice has antioxidant properties, helping to eliminate harmful toxins and purify blood. A steady diet of lemon water can help to preven strokes, heart attacks and other serious heart problems.

Lemon Sea Salt Cleanse: simple to prepare, inexpensive ingredients, and life-saving properties!

Celebrating 8 years of our Extraordinary Breath!

BreathStrong_042108When Donald and I first conceived our campaign to help the world gain greater health, happiness and peace of mind through these profound, ancient, effective deep breathing techniques, in 2007, we called it Breathe Strong. These two words, we felt, best described the benefits people would acquire through practicing this full-body breathing system, besides the physiological changes – lowering blood pressure, calming the mind, releasing toxins, reducing stress – the process also strengthens the   entire body: lungs and other organs, muscles, connective tissues and bones; and it strengthens and uplifts the spirit.

We even wrote some lyrics to accompany the launch of the program:

You’ve got to breathe strong, to be strong

You’ve got to breathe strong, to live long

Our desire to share this life-enhancing and health-reinforcing breathing method with the world was born from seeing the suffering caused by the global economic meltdown that began in 2007, also known as the Global Financial Crisis. We knew we had a way to bring comfort and certainty to humanity; a simple, effective, easy to learn, natural method to strengthen the bodies, minds and spirits of our global community.

One thing we all have in common, as humans, is that we all breathe, and anyone, anywhere, can learn to re-train their bodies to breathe continuously in a way that brings instant relief to all types of debilitating symptoms.

After we were threatened with a cease and desist order over ‘Breathe Strong’ from a well-known nonprofit, concerned that the public would be confused, and that their brand would be harmed, we changed the name of our transformative breathing system to ‘Extraordinary Breath.’

A few years after we abandoned our BreatheStrong website, we found a competitor has taken it, and is promoting, without hindrance, a breathing system to athletes.

The words Extraordinary Breath, though, best describe the quality of the process, as shallow breathing has, unfortunately, become the norm; ordinary breathing is shallow, life-shortening breathing.

 The normal breath merely sustains us

The Extraordinary Breath fulfills us

 To celebrate the eighth anniversary of our Extraordinary Breath eBook, we are updating and expanding the original eBook, getting it ready to relaunch soon! Check our website, ExtraordinaryBreath.com, for the release date!


An extraordinary breath:  Our intention and our breath are one;  with every long, deep and even breath we consciously balance mind, body and spirit.

The deep knowing, and abiding faith in yourself  –  what we call ‘The Certainty Principle’  – is a powerful force.

The deep knowing, and abiding faith in yourself – what we call ‘The Certainty Principle’ – is a powerful force.

We send our thanks, from the deepest parts of our beings, to all who have joined their hearts with ours to uplift Donald as he continues this remarkable journey to full and permanent healing from chronic neuro-Lyme. Your love and support sustains us and propels us that much more quickly to our goal.

For everyone who is in perfect alignment with us, in Love and Wisdom, in the beautiful Truth, blessings will continuously rain down upon you!

Unwavering intention and fearless faith of healing and full recovery for Donald, and indeed for every one of their loved ones whom they hold in their hearts, is the fundamental component of creating that which you desire.

Every thought (intention) of creating positive change in the external is like planting a seed. You must take on faith that the seeds (positive outcomes) you have planted are germinating beneath the soil (and out in the Universe). The results may take a while, or they may manifest in the instant.

Do not have doubt, or misgivings, about whether your good intentions are having an effect, because doubt is like uncovering the soil to see if the seed is growing. Do not be impatient, for impatience is like once the seed has sprouted and the young tender shoot is moving slowly up through the soil to the sun, you tug on it to make it grow faster.

And the deep knowing, and abiding faith in yourself – what Donald and I call ‘The Certainty Principle’ – is a powerful force.

Your pure expressions of compassion, of selflessness, of perfect love for Donald, speaks volumes of your higher characters. This is your identity, your beautiful Truth, and this beautiful Truth has a power that is the Power of the One. The Power of Oneness is where all positive outcomes are possible, your beautiful impression (thoughts, words, actions) becomes then the beautiful expression – the manifestation of your thoughts, words and actions.

Love heals. Love, inseparable from fearless faith and guided by the Divine, creates the conditions for miracles to occur.

So rest in the certainty that what you desire is already done, a completeness in the Universe that was set into place with your fearless faith and perfect Love.

Donald says, “My fearless faith, my personal fearless faith, my personal receptivity, my personal unconditional pure love allows only pure intentions (thoughts, words and actions) to take root in the fertile ground of my consciousness, which then brings forth the beautiful radiant appearance of the flowers that bloom from the seeds of your intentions.

How blessed am I, how blessed are Cheryl Lynne and I, to receive this love from people the Divine has guided to us.”

Donald offers this teaching, as he honors his loved ones desires to deepen their self-knowledge and self-mastery:

Stand in Wuji, and become One with the One. Incorruptible, indestructible, filled with fearless faith, allow yourself to be a perfect nonresistant instrument for the Universal Energies to work through. Let every atom, every molecule, every cell of your being radiate perfect Agape Love. Say out loud, “I am One with the One.”

And then say out loud, “My intentions, my words, and my actions shall not return unto me void, but shall accomplish perfectly that where they are sent.“

When you rest in the Wuji posture, you are engaged in a process of unification, of returning to the One.

In Primordial Qigong, your practice is finding how to never be separate from the One, and deeply understanding this relationship of inseparability, and developing the wisdom to control and direct the two forces, the yin and yang. Your thought that becomes divided, your Word that becomes divided, your Action that becomes divided, becomes the expression of the separation of the two forces, manifesting in the external.

Your Qigong practice refines your journey through life, and since you are in alignment with the working of Universal Law, rest assured that you are undivided, and being certain in your thoughts, words and actions, there can only be achievement and accomplishment.

Bless your heart! While Donald has not yet reached full recovery, we are seeing daily signs and healing miracles that he is on the right, Divinely guided path.

Love always, Cheryl Lynne

Lateefah Simon: “I love you. I just can’t get enough of your words (on a personal video from Donald thanking Kevin and Lateefah for their support). Kevin (Weston) adored you. I will never forget your visit to our home when you performed a healing on Kevin. He felt so free for weeks after. You are a blessing. Your life and health are so important.

Emily S.: “After talking with Cheryl Lynne last week, it occurred to me that while Donald is enduring great suffering presently, his ability to heal others is as powerful as an ocean tsunami. How do we account for this? A cosmic conundrum! On the soul-level something very blessed is happening here. Very big shifts are moving people to higher levels of consciousness; I believe Donald and Cheryl Lynne are members of specialized healers that are assisting people to higher levels. We are all being led into the Light. I have felt the powerful, warm and loving healing energy from these masters of energy: Cheryl Lynne and Donald. Thank you.”

“A glimpse of a greater interconnectedness of all of nature……” excerpt from our upcoming eBook

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An excerpt from our upcoming eBook, Tai Chi Ch’uan, the lost Yang-style Tai Chi Ch’uan form, brought to the U.S. in the 1960’s by Kuo Lien Ying:

Donald studied with Kuo Lien Ying, at his studio in Portsmouth Square park, San Francisco, for many years beginning in 1976. Early one morning while practicing out in the park, Donald was shown a glimpse of a greater interconnectedness of all of nature that convinced him there is more to what we perceive of as reality than he had ever previously imagined.

One of the standing meditation practices that Sifu Kuo taught is Universal Post, from  Yi Chuan (from the Xingyiquan tradition); the practitioner literally stands like a post, with arms upraised and rounded, as if hugging a tree. The goal of this practice is to settle your mind, and develop an awareness of the internal systems of your body and of your connection with the external energies around you, and ultimately the wisdom to direct them flows from this awareness. Sifu Kuo did not speak English and couldn’t explain to his students who spoke only English the purpose of this exercise. Donald noticed the other students, after they had completed their physical practices, going to stand under the trees, so he did the same.

We were encouraged, by the older students, to stand like this for as long as possible, and to stand for a longer period each time. For the beginner, this was an extremely difficult thing to do – your arms would start to burn, your legs would start to shake, and your monkey mind would be screaming, “How much longer do I have to stand like this? What is the point of this? I can’t take another second!”

The Universe Expands

Early one morning, while Donald was standing next to a tree after an hours-long rigorous practice of Shao Lin Chuan, Sifu Kuo walked up to him and reached out to touch him. Kuo adjusted Donald’s hand positions, bringing the left hand slightly forward and the right fingers pointing to the center of the left palm. As Sifu Kuo adjusted his hands – which had an immediate effect of also correcting his posture, Donald felt the energy from his teacher flow into his own body, and in that moment Donald experienced something almost beyond words, he felt the universe in complete alignment and perfect harmony; he could see the truth in all things and he felt connected, on a deep and profound level, to the universal order. Then Sifu Kuo released his hands and walked away chuckling, and that expansive, all-pervading wisdom disappeared, and Donald returned back to his normal, suddenly narrowed, perception.

Having felt this connection, this all-encompassing power and exquisite beauty, even for so brief a moment, Donald knew he could find it again. This set him on his life-long quest for what he refers to as the Holy Grail of Tai Chi Ch’uan and Qigong: living in the seemingly elusive state of being that is the total integration of inner and outer reality, where all of the senses are in a heightened state and the doors of perception are cleansed, not by psychotropic substances, but by resting in the natural state of the mind.

Donald knew that if he could experience this connection and flow, then every person has the     potential to experience it as well, and decades ago he determined to find a way to transmit this ability to others who are ready, who have open hearts and receptive minds, and show them how to expand their consciousness and transcend the limitations of everyday existence.

Fast forward to September, 2014. Donald received a phone call from a former student. Donald had not talked with Richard for 20 years, and he told Donald how much he valued the teachings he received from him, 20 years ago, and he practiced daily the Qigong that Donald had taught him. Every day he would do Donald’s Long Life exercises, he stood in Wuji meditation, and he did the dissolving technique. He said that he had gone for a physical recently, and was given an excellent bill of health by his doctors. He was calling because he couldn’t calm his monkey mind, he had ADD and he felt he wasn’t accomplishing all that he could accomplish in his life, his monkey mind seemed to be in control.

Time and space are not obstacles in the Universe, the power of a highly-trained mind is limitless. Donald gave Richard a teaching and sent a transmission to his mind over the phone.

We received an email from Richard a couple of days later:

“Thank you for giving me that teaching on the phone the other day, and for emailing me those life-changing affirmations. I had a profound experience the first time I uttered them. When I said, “I am one with the One,” I was instantly overwhelmed by a feeling of pure love and absolute compassion. I felt that I was in touch with the chi that animates the universe and gives consciousness and is a consciousness. I felt every plant and animal tuned to it, in my perception even flies have awareness. I was part of this vast web of an endless cycle of birth death and regeneration that the stars and planets are a part of and I felt everything pulsing in and out.

Although I am a scientific realist about extra-terrestrials [I’m waiting for empirical evidence] I was aware of countless sentient beings experiencing the same thing. My eyes were closed and I saw total blackness with no racing thoughts for the first time. Yet the darkness was moving rapidly in all directions at once with a slight phosphorescent blue tint to it. I wasn’t afraid and embraced it and the only way to describe it was just total love and compassion. I tried to absorb that into my body and it was so warm. After that, it was over. This was as intense as any psychedelic experience I’ve ever had.           I realized that the efficiency I was requesting was just a small part of the balance of the universe. I felt the relationship of predator to play, of plants and their environment, and I felt the stars spinning in harmony with each other. My needs were miniscule and yet so easily granted. Thank you so much.”

We know that anyone can have this life-changing experience as well. Diligent and continual practice is the key; as the I Ching states, ‘Perseverance furthers.’

(c) Donald and Cheryl Lynne Rubbo