Bruce Lipton, a world famous physician, educator and writer is often quoted by his fans as an icon of self-help and 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 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 control and shape our conscious information processing and our behavior patterns. To understand how this works you will need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, once 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 bodily functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our mind. Our body, including our thoughts and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker believing can manifest in many different ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, anxious and angry.
Because our conscious mind does not always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we are forced to rely on our subconscious mind for help. As an example, if we are 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 puzzle” we revert to our emotional memory and behavior patterns. And before we know it we are back at square one, with another problem and possibly another round of frustrated and angry response.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believes, our subconscious mind provides the critical information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this portion of our mind is much more difficult to influence than reflection and logic, it is also more resistant to negative manipulation. This means that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much 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 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 as it helps us connect what we already know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections into the subconscious mind. Another tool he suggests is to develop an inner filter to get rid of conscious information and focus all attention on the instinctive part of the brain. Because mindful information tends to restrict our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much information at once can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their particular issues. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for those who cannot afford or do not need to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, if you believe that you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a great source of inspiration and support.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere tips 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 psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.