“Everyone has their own psycho-physical structure, their own unique background, and everyone needs a life path that takes all of this into account.” EnneaMediCina is exactly this: a path that allows us to activate the potential within our DNA, and to learn how to take control of our own destiny.
Published by Fontana Editore, EnneaMediCina presents a new model, a new way of understanding human beings and their internal, social and cultural surroundings.
The book brings together, in an enthralling combination, traditional Chinese medicine and the Enneagram. The author is Dr Liliana Atz – psychologist, expert in traditional Chinese medicine, and Enneagram teacher.
The book includes a historical overview that begins in the late 16th century – when the world was revolutionized by the split between mind and body initiated by the theses of Descartes – and continues to the present day with the rediscovery of the importance of a holistic approach to people’s lives.
The book focuses on two ancient disciplines: traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), and the western doctrine of the Enneagram that, after centuries of being relatively unheard of, has recently regained prominence. These two diverse systems are brought together because, as is made clear in this clear and intuitive manual, east and west are two worlds that complement each other.
This is, perhaps, the challenge that awaits us: to overcome the western cultural-scientific model – which, for centuries, has divided and classified – in order to embrace a more holistic vision, typical of the Orient.
EnneaMediCina is a work that goes beyond the classic canons of positivistic society, offering the reader a wide range of ancient interpretations. A section of the book is dedicated to an in-depth examination of the meaning of numbers.
The author recounts a fascinating story. “Numerology is an ancient science, of which Pythagoras was one of the most distinguished scholars. Saint Augustine, too, believed that everything has a mathematical relationship, and wrote, “Numbers are the universal language given by the deities to humans as a reconfirmation of the truth”. Finally, Jung, the famous psychotherapist, considered numbers to be numinous, sacred entities.
“Quantum physics explains how the observer becomes part of what is observed. The consequences that can be drawn from this are revolutionary, disconcerting, and fundamentally in concordance with what the great spiritual illuminati have always stated, that time is bidirectional; material is not reality. Reality is consciousness.”
Quantum physics and neuroscience now agree in stating that our level of consciousness stimulates the nervous system, creating one of an infinite number of possible realities, both at an individual and collective level. This was already known in ancient times and has been handed down to us by means of the symbolic language of numbers. Numerology, the author concludes, thus becomes an important gateway to the universe (macrocosm) and humankind (microcosm).
Although the book addresses quite complex themes – it is undoubtedly an instructive work – the style is clear and the language used is suitable for a non-specialised audience. It avoids convoluted turns of phrase, the ideas and teachings presented being aimed at a varied audience with an instinctive inclination to learning. Nonetheless, we asked the author how a young reader who might not be familiar with these themes might draw valuable insights from this book.
She replied, “In our western society, we can truly say that we are not lacking anything important at a material level. Food is not a priority and most of us can afford other things. Different needs are projected onto these induced necessities: the urgent needs for inner fulfilment that are left ‘voiceless’.”
“What is the meaning of life?” Liliana Atz asks herself, attempting to offer us an answer to a question that has tormented humanity for centuries. “According to the World Health Organisation, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, not just the simple absence of illness or infirmity. However, in our image-centred society more and more people manifest their problems with destructive and self-destructive behaviour.
“Unfortunately, we have learnt to conceal our inner emptiness, out existential malaise: forgetting about ourselves, we adapt slavishly because ‘everybody else does’, losing touch with our inner selves. I believe it is important for everyone – and particularly for young people – to prepare for the future by knowing and practicing ‘EnneaMediCina’.”
A number of chapters are dedicated to our organism that, far from being ‘set in stone’, can be influenced by factors that, until a few decades ago, were not taken into consideration. In the chapter dedicated to the endocrine system, Atz writes, “An optimistic approach to life will lead to a good functioning, a pessimistic view will produce imbalance.”
The author continues: “Starting from childhood, various psychological studies have shown how the relationship with the mother (and/or other role models) is crucial in activating the behavioural traits manifested by the child from its first year of life. The psychologist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby put forward the ‘theory of attachment’ in the 1980s. Science has already proved how the positive emotions in the brains of mammals facilitate the activation of a series of reactions that trigger the functions of the immune system, while depressive states lead to a decrease in immune resistance. This has been stated for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine…”
What caused this cultural delay, and why are these themes not taken into consideration in school? “To answer these questions would require a broad socio-political-cultural analysis. Every change of paradigm needs time, and this is particularly true in a society accustomed to the language of western science, where the old model continues to be propped up, even when its shortcomings are revealed by scientific evidence. There are too many interests at stake… It is therefore up to each of us, as Gandhi said, to be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Oriental culture, then, offers us extraordinary points on which to reflect. The brain, for example, is tightly bound to the heart, the latter being the control centre for the entire body-mind structure. An increasing number of cardiologists are proposing a heart-brain system. Is this correct?
“Yes, it is correct”, confirms the author. “According to traditional Chinese medicine, the heart oversees emotions, awareness, thought, and spirit, and the coordination of emotional and cognitive aspects. It carries out the instructions sent by the five senses: interpreting, converting and assimilating them, and generating a reaction to the trials of life, adjusting the senses to our inner self.”
The heart and the brain are, therefore, centres of intelligence: the organs of consciousness and the spirit. “The heart,” continues Atz “is the support for emotional intelligence, immediate and instinctive consciousness, while the brain handles rational consciousness. Western medicine is also investigating this relationship between the brain and the heart. When the emotional brain is out of phase, the heart suffers and, in the long term, wears itself out. However, the most amazing aspect is that this relationship is bilateral: in every moment of our lives, the equilibrium of the heart influences the brain.
“Neurocardiological research”, Atz concludes, “shows that the heart is a sensorial organ and a sophisticated centre for receiving and developing information. In practice, the heart encompasses the entire organism in the variations of its wide electromagnetic field; it is able to perceive and feel, and to influence the whole physiology, starting with the brain.”
Can this book lead us to a new way of viewing the world and ourselves? “It was my existential malaise that brought me to begin this personal research. My life has changed in that I now have new levels of awareness. My needs really are ‘what I need’: I no longer waste time with those who propose ‘ready-to-use’ solutions.
“Everyone has their own psycho-physical structure, their own unique background, and everyone needs a life path that takes all of this into account.”
EnneaMediCina is exactly this: a path that allows us to activate the potential within our DNA, and to learn how to take control of our own destiny.
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