Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer is often quoted by his supporters as an icon of self-help and fitness. Born in 1906, Bruce Lipton received his medical degree from Harvard University and worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for over twenty years. He is famous for his research into the human mind and the universe of human consciousness.
In his book The Biology of Belief: Research on the Changing Self, Bruce Lipton reveals how our thought processes are connected to the physical body. In this book he explores how belief can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you will need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we believe, our brains release chemicals called neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for organizing all our thinking, communication and physiological functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced by these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to realize that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our mind. Our entire body, including our mind and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in many different ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, angry and anxious.
Because our conscious mind doesn’t always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we’re forced to rely on our subconscious mind for support. For instance, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we might begin by using logic and rational thinking. However, as soon as we get caught to our own”logical mystery” we revert to our emotional memory and behaviour patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another issue and potentially another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious mind provides the important information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this portion of our mind is far more difficult to influence than reflection and logic, it’s also more immune to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far more easily and effectively than we could with logic and rational thinking alone.
Bruce Lipton recommends using several problem solving techniques along with his classic ones. He says you must be ready to go outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends using intuition as an additional tool. Intuition comes into play because it helps us connect what we already know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections to the unconscious mind. Another tool he suggests is to create an inner filter to get rid of conscious information and focus all attention on the intuitive part of the brain. Because mindful information tends to limit our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once may have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their particular problems. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for people who can’t afford or don’t want to spend money on counselling sessions. In fact, if you feel you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a terrific source of inspiration and support.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere advice on the best way to solve problems. In addition, he teaches that there are two parts to a problem; the physical problem and the emotional problem or concern. And he believes both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be ignoring the physical one either.