Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer is often quoted by his supporters as an icon of self-help and physical fitness. Born in 1906, Bruce Lipton obtained his medical degree from Harvard University and worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for over twenty years. He’s best known 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 opinion can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we think, our brains release chemicals called neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for coordinating all our thinking, communication and physiological functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to realize that our thinking is not solely a function of our mind. Our entire body, including our mind and unconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker believing can manifest in a variety of ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, anxious and angry.
Because our conscious mind doesn’t always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we are forced to rely on our subconscious mind for support. For instance, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we may start by using logic and rational thinking. However, as soon as we get caught into our own”logical mystery” we revert to our emotional memory and behavior patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another problem and potentially another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our subconscious mind provides the critical information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this part of our mind is far more difficult to influence than logic and reflection, it’s also more immune to negative manipulation. This means that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far more easily and effectively than we can with logic and rational thinking alone.
Bruce Lipton recommends using several problem solving techniques in addition to his classic ones. He says you need to be ready to go outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he advocates using intuition as an extra 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 proposes is to create an inner filter to get rid of conscious information and focus all attention on the intuitive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to limit our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much information at once may have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their own issues. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for people who can’t afford or don’t need to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, if you feel that 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. Furthermore, he teaches that there are two parts to a problem; the physical problem and the psychological problem or concern. And he believes these two parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be ignoring the physical one either.