The Meaning of Shen Men
The character Shen refers to Spirits. Divinities.
The vital principle. Something marvelous. The
Spirits are Heaven within us. They conduct us
and guard us, and we must guard them.
The character Men refers to a gate, it can be
thought of a reference to acupuncture points
According to ancient Chinese thought our health
and well-being depend on the harmonious dwelling
of the spirits (shen) in the heart. At the deepest
level the practice of medicine involves the proper
communication between the practitioner and shen.
*From Rooted In Spirit by Claude Larre and
Elizabeth Rochat de la Vallee