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 studies into the human mind and the world of human consciousness.
In his book The Biology of Belief: Research on the Changing Self, Bruce Lipton reveals how our thought processes are linked to the physical body. In this book he explores how opinion can control and shape our conscious information processing and our behavior patterns. To understand how this works you will need to look at how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we think, our brains release chemicals known as 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 with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking is not solely a function of our mind. Our entire body, including our thoughts and unconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in a variety of 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’re forced to rely on our unconscious mind for support. As an example, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we might begin 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 behaviour patterns. And before we know it we are back at square one, with another problem and potentially another round of frustrated and angry response.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believesour 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 logic and reflection, it’s also more immune to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far more easily and efficiently 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 need to be ready to go beyond 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 develop an inner filter to remove conscious information and focus all attention on the intuitive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to limit our intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much information at once may 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 people who can’t afford or do not want 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 how best to solve problems. Furthermore, he teaches that there are two parts to a problem; the physical problem and the emotional problem or concern. And he believes these two parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper emotional issues. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.