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 is best known for his studies 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 linked to the physical body. In this book he explores how belief can control and shape 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, once 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 bodily functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to understand that our thinking is not solely a function of our mind. Our entire body, including our thoughts and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in many different ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, angry and anxious.
Because our conscious mind doesn’t always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we’re forced to rely on our unconscious mind for help. As an example, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we might start by using logic and rational thinking. However, as soon as we get caught to our own”logical mystery” we revert to our emotional memory and behavior 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 consider problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious 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 is 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 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 intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much information at once can have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers several practical actions to help people solve their own issues. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially valuable for those who cannot afford or don’t want to spend money on counselling sessions. In actuality, if you believe you want 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 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 psychological issues. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.