Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Dr Matthew An­der­son

Un­der­stand­ing your­self and be who you are born to be.

When Michelan­gelo, the great­est sculp­tor of all time was asked, how he could have pos­si­bly cre­ated his mas­sive and mag­nif­i­cent 17-foot­tall sculp­ture of David out of an im­mense block of mar­ble he an­swered, ‘I sim­ply chipped away ev­ery­thing that was not David’.

What could this sim­ple sen­tence mean for your life? It has the po­ten­tial to awaken you to the true work of art that is your own es­sen­tial self. You have a mag­nif­i­cent David, or Jan­ice, or Su­san, or Bob or (your own name) in you…if you will sim­ply chip away ev­ery­thing that is not re­ally you. The trou­ble is many of us iden­tify with the chips rather than the work of art. And this is not a triv­ial trou­ble. It is trou­ble that shapes, de­fines and ul­ti­mately lim­its every sin­gle as­pect of your life. When iden­ti­fy­ing with the chips, they can dic­tate who you marry, how much money you make, what work you do and how you re­ally feel about your­self.

Our self-im­age is ex­tremely im­por­tant.

It is cru­cial to how we see our pos­si­bil­i­ties and op­tions in life.

Some ex­am­ples are:

• If you have a very high IQ but see your­self as av­er­age in­tel­li­gence, you will not fol­low a ca­reer path that is un­wor­thy of you.

• If you see your­self as unlov­able, you will find re­la­tion­ship part­ners that treat you that way.

• If you have won­der­ful cre­ative tal­ents but see your­self as the ‘loser’ your fa­ther


thought you were, then you will never be the artist you were born to be.

Th­ese are only a few ex­am­ples of iden­ti­fy­ing with our flaws in­stead of a work of art.

There­fore, each of us would do well to take the time and ef­fort to re-eval­u­ate who we think we are and who we were born to be. In fact, each per­son is born with a par­tic­u­lar pur­pose and a va­ri­ety of gifts that sup­port it. Each of us is a work of art that begs to be dis­cov­ered and dis­played. Once this oc­curs we can make our own spe­cial con­tri­bu­tion to this world. Re­mem­ber there are no throw­away in­di­vid­u­als. Every one of us has value and use­ful­ness and we are each unique and spe­cial.

Here are a few ques­tions to ask your­self:

1. Do you be­lieve that you are a won­der­ful work of art?

2. Do you iden­tify with the chips and flaws in the art?

3. How would your life change if you ac­cepted your true art­ful be­ing?

4. Are you aware of your life pur­pose and the gifts that sup­port it?

Just re­mem­ber that you were born for a pur­pose and you have been given gifts and tal­ents to sup­port that pur­pose. Do not stop un­til you know that pur­pose and ac­cept your gifts. No other task in your life is more im­por­tant or more mean­ing­ful.

Dr Matthew An­der­son, Doc­tor of Min­istry spe­cial­izes in coun­selling. He has ex­ten­sive train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence in Gestalt and Jun­gian Psy­chol­ogy and has helped many peo­ple suc­cess­fully nav­i­gate re­la­tion­ship is­sues. Dr An­der­son has a best-sell­ing book, ‘The Res­ur­rec­tion of Ro­mance’ and he may be con­tacted via his web­site.

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