Bruce Lipton, a world famous physician, educator and author is often quoted by his supporters 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 is 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 shows how our thought processes are connected to the physical body. In this book he explores how belief can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behavior patterns. To understand how this works you need to look at how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, once we believe, our brains release chemicals known as 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 produced with these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our entire body, including our thoughts and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in a variety of 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 subconscious mind for support. As an example, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we may start by using logic and logical thinking. But as soon as we get caught to 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 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. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far more easily and effectively 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 must be willing to go beyond your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he advocates 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 into the subconscious 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 instinctive skills, consciously processing too much information at once may have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers several practical steps to help people solve their own problems. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for those who can’t afford or don’t want to spend money on counselling sessions. In fact, if you feel that you want more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a terrific source of support and inspiration.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere advice on how to solve problems. In addition, he teaches that there are two parts to a problem; the physical problem and the emotional problem or concern. And he believes both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.