Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer is often quoted by his fans 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’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 opinion can control and shape our conscious information processing and our behavior patterns. To understand how this works you 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 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 understand that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our body, including our mind and unconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking 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 begin by using logic and rational thinking. But 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 issue and possibly another round of frustrated and angry response.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believesour unconscious mind provides the critical 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 resistant to negative manipulation. It follows 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 along with his classic ones. He says you need to be willing to go beyond your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he advocates using intuition as an additional tool. Intuition comes into play because it helps us connect what we know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections into the subconscious 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 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 problems. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially valuable for people who can’t afford or don’t want to spend money on counselling sessions. In actuality, 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 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 psychological problem or concern. And he believes both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper psychological issues. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you will not be dismissing the physical one either.