Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and author is often quoted by his fans 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 shows 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 look at how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we believe, 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 produced with these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our body, including our mind and unconscious 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 support. For instance, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we might start by using logic and rational thinking. But as soon as we get caught to our own”logical puzzle” we revert to our emotional memory and behavior patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another issue and potentially 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 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 is also more immune to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much more easily and efficiently than we can 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 extra tool. Intuition comes into play as it helps us connect what we know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections to the unconscious mind. Another tool he proposes is to develop an inner filter to remove conscious information and focus all attention on the instinctive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to limit our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical actions to help people solve their particular issues. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for people who cannot afford or don’t want to spend money on counseling sessions. In actuality, if you feel you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a great source of support and inspiration.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere tips on how 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 both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper psychological issues. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be ignoring the physical one either.