A psychiatrist, namely, James Mallory, said, 'A person can never understand why he behaves the way he does nor the importance and implications of his behaviour until he understands who and what he is. If we don't understand how God has created us then we will not fully understand how we can grow to accept and love ourselves more.
A.W.Tozer said: 'We can never know who and what we are till we know at least something about what God is. So before we look at the psychological blocks that get in the way of self-acceptance, lets briefly explore something about God and his relationship with us. The Bible tells us that He is a personal God who created us in His image. (Gen. 1:26) as unique individuals, relating to us with love and acceptance.
God has made us with five distinct areas of functioning: we are physical beings, thinking beings, behavioural beings, emotional beings and spiritual beings.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 'May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.'
Selwyn Hughes, said that the 'soul' refers to our thoughts, feelings and decisions (in other words, our mind, emotions and will).
These different ares of functioning are not designed to work in isolation but in an integrated way. This helps us towards self-acceptance.
To live as God has designed us is to have these areas working together in harmony so our lives connect to God with a deepening relationship.
In my next postings, we shall explore the 'Waverley model', it explores how one area of our functioning can affect another. An example of this is, if we think we are 'stupid' then we will feel awful about ourselves, we may feel the need to conform to this label, and this will affect us spiritually.
We shall look at this briefly in my next postings.
When I read through this short passage, it makes me see that when looking after your whole self, that everything you do has an affect on your spiritual wellbeing, regardless whether your religious or not.
Many people often disregard holistic healing, as a waste of time, when in actual fact this probably helps you more than any prescribed medication.