The name “med-i-xin”
dates back to about Mid-1990
It came about as a play of words, composed of
“med” for medicine …
… “i” for the chinese character, also meaning medicine …
… and “xin” for the
chinese pictogram of the heart
The name “med-i-xin” (pronounced: med-ee-shin) dates back to about Mid-1990. It came about as a play of words composed of “med” for medicine, “I” for the Chinese character also meaning medicine (**see explanation at the end of this text), and “xin” for the Chinese pictogram of the heart.
In brief “Medicine-Heart – 毉心”, or “Restoring Heart and Soul in Healthcare” – in other words, med-i-xin emphasises the importance in two ways. First, that we as physicians and therapists are required to practice medicine with heart and soul – and second, that the heart plays an important role in the development of disease as well as in the healing process.
This picture of the transition from the character heart 忄as written on the side to the basic pictogram heart 心 reflects the paramount importance of the heart at a glance:
Tai Ji of the heart – from 忄to 心.
I had studied with Taoist Masters for many years and my medical practice in Hong Kong had developed into a unique format integrating the essentials of Eastern and Western medical approaches into a synergistic healing modality with fasting and herbs, acupuncture and cupping, as well as healing movements (Daoist Nei Gong). But above all these methods stood the “patient-physician-partnership”, the integration of the client as a self-responsible partner in health and healing, and most important the “healing through the heart” or the principle to intervene before physical disease manifests.
As physicians and therapists, we witness the oneness of body, mind and spirit in our daily work. It is always the human being as a whole who is suffering. There is no such thing as separation between thoughts, emotions and the physical body. On the contrary – as expressed in Chinese philosophy: “heart and physical existence are merged into each other” ( 心 物 相 融 ) and “heart and body are amalgamated” ( 心 身 交 融 ).
Modern research confirms what healing traditions have known since times immemorial – whatever happens in our consciousness, in thoughts and emotions, is manifested in our inner world as well as in the world around us, is manifested in our body and in our life.
Consciousness-Information from thoughts, sentiments and perceptions, impulses, emotions and desires is encoded into our heartbeat, and the Tai Ji of heart broadcasts them like a radio transmitter and influences everybody and everything around us. As soon as we change our consciousness, which we encode into the vital field of our heart, we change everything within and without.
Roland Heber (2015)
The Logo of med-i-xin – the pictogram 心 “xin” written in the cursive calligraphy style called “Cao Shu” – expresses for me this very own innermost power, a wave from the depth of the heart.
** From the two Chinese characters for medicine I have intentionally chosen the pictogram 毉. It is very rarely used and in modern dictionaries hard to find. The reason for doing so is because the bottom consists of the character Wu 巫, depicting two human beings; namely healer and sufferer, physician and patient.
The shaman, the healer and spiritual guide in one person is the companion, the mediator who assists the sufferer, who lost his way, to reconcile with his inner and outer world.
As healthcare professionals who took the Hippocratic Oath, we witness in our clients the oneness of spirit, psyche, soul, mind and body every day. Now is the time, that we aspire to become once more the professionals we have originally been – physician, spiritual guide, psychologist and philosopher in one person – the profound and deeply empathetic practitioner of holistic medicine. As medical practitioners we have to be the living proof of the inseparability of spirituality and medicine, as the priestly physicians of ancient times and shamans of the indigenous traditions impersonated.
Spiritual Medicine is primarily an INNER development and INNER quality of each one of us – the physician for whom healing is a calling and the patient who looks for hands-on treatment – and only secondary a method. Based upon such a conscious attitude, spirituality in medicine will develop naturally from the INSIDE out, from the HEART SPACE of each one of us.
Dr. Roland G. Heber
Lans, September 2020
Lecturer and course instructor for
Energy Medicine and Spiritual Medicine