Healing and Revealing the Masterpiece
You Were Created to Be.

Healing and Revealing the Masterpiece You Were Created to Be.

Ruined. Flawed. Abandoned.

For twenty-five years David laid on the ground in a cathedral courtyard. He had been tossed out and forgotten.

One day someone was taking inventory for the church and discovered David “badly blocked out and supine”.

Records indicated that many years prior, a large slab of high quality marble was purchased at a great price. The exquisite marble had a noble purpose. It was to represent David, a young Hebrew boy who later became king.

Several artists tried to sculpt David, but were unsuccessful. The first artist was blamed for the failure of each new attempt because he had inaccurately drilled holes and chiseled. It was determined that the marble was now too flawed for creating a statue of any great size.

Is was “unusable for any great work”.
I heard this story when I was in Rome, Italy with my dad, Dr. Dick Versendaal. We taught Contact Reflex Analysis at the annual conference for the Association of Italian Chiropractors. One of the days I took a train up to Florence to see Michelangelo’s statue of David.

Never had I dreamed that a statue could impact my heart as did this one.

As I looked up at David, a large magnificent, powerful statue soaring above me, my heart overflowed. I couldn’t wait to tell my dad what I learned and discovered.

“Dad, you are like Michelangelo!”

He had no idea what I was talking about.

I told him about how a beautiful slab of marble that started out with a noble purpose was ruined and abandoned for twenty-five years. It was considered worthless until Michelangelo, who was only 26 years old, convinced superiors to grant him the commission to sculpt the statue.

In just over two years, the soaring, glorious statue of David was complete.

My dad still had no idea how he was like Michelangelo.

“You do with your patients what Michelangelo did with marble.”

When Michelangelo was asked how he was able to create these beautiful statues, he gave this powerful answer:
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”

Michelangelo started with a vision.

He saw the figure shaped and perfect in attitude. It was one of thought, intent, emotion and character.

He also saw it shaped and perfect in action. The body was actively responding.

Michelangelo got to work.

He chipped away all that was not David.

He chipped away all that was not a part of his vision for each masterpiece.

He chipped away all those things that were a prison to the beautiful figure he was working to free.

Beauty was revealed.

My dad’s eyes filled with tears when I said, “Dad you do this with people.”

It was true.

Many who came to see him felt abandoned and without hope. They were broken, abused, and often considered too physically, emotionally, and/or mentally flawed to be of any great worth. It may have been the story they told themselves, or it may have been a story told to them by others. Often it was both.

Dr. Dick Versendaal started with a vision.

He saw each person as he or she was created to be: one brought into this world for a noble purpose.

He saw them whole physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

He asked each person, “What can I do to make you happy?”

Dr. Dick Versendaal got to work.

Using Contact Reflex Analysis, a subtle energy technique he developed over his lifetime, he worked to free each person. With CRA he was able to determine and use the right tools at the right time to “chip away” all the bad, the unnecessary: those things keeping the whole, healthy person imprisoned.

As a wellness artist he used CRA to determine not only what needed to be chipped away, but also what needed to be restored, repaired, and built up.

The tools in his wellness toolbox were chiropractic, healthy foods, nutritional supplements, essential oils, counseling, specific CRA techniques, SRT technology and more.

Beauty was revealed. A person was healed.

As I write, my heart overflows with gratitude for the gift my dad was to me and to the world.

I miss him.

He left this world too suddenly, too soon (in my humble opinion).

He lived his calling.

He lived his noble purpose.

He loved.

Was he perfect?

No, none of us are.

But it is amazing what God can do with flawed human beings when they choose to love and serve.

Beauty is revealed.

Today let’s start with you.

You can’t serve from an empty vessel.

So, how can you love yourself?

Start by being a Michelangelo, an artist with a vision.

Begin with a vision for you.

The next time you look in the mirror, don’t focus on your flaws.

Stop telling yourself the stories that you are too broken, too sick, too physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually challenged to be of any great worth.

Look in the mirror and see.

Start with a Vision

See yourself as one created beautiful and whole with a noble purpose.

See yourself perfect in both attitude and action.

(The word perfect means “healthy and whole”. It is not to be a picture of perfectionism that can become a prison in and of itself.)

As you create this vision, see the answers to the following questions.

What is your attitude like when it is healthy and whole?

How do you express your thoughts and emotions?

What does your physical body look like even if it comes with challenges?

What do your relationships look like?

Look in the mirror and see it all. Make this vision crystal clear. Let this vision flow from your head to your heart.

Do you want this?

If so…

Get to work.

Using Michelangelo’s words, “I have only to hew away those rough walls…”


This one word makes me laugh because it makes “doing the work” (physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.) seem simple and easy. We all know this is not the case.

It took Michelangelo over two years of diligent work to free David.

When one desires to be free and to live healthy and whole, it may take a month, a year, a decade or even a lifetime. But it always starts with a vision, which is often the most challenging part.

Start today, Beautiful One.

Your vision must be clear and detailed.

You must see and sustain this vision while work is being done.

You are not broken.

You are not flawed.

You are not hopeless.

I see you.

God sees you.

You are loved.

You are beautiful.

You were created with a divine purpose.

You are an artist that can reveal who you were created to be.

Beauty is revealed. You are a masterpiece.

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.