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 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 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 behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, once 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 bodily functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are produced with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to realize that our thinking is not solely a function of our mind. Our body, including our thoughts and unconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker believing 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 are forced to rely on our subconscious mind for help. For instance, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we may begin 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 behaviour patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another issue and possibly another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious mind provides the important information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this part of our mind is much more difficult to influence than reflection and logic, it is also more resistant to negative manipulation. This means 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 ready to go outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends using intuition as an additional tool. Intuition comes into play as it helps us connect what we already know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections into the subconscious mind. Another tool he proposes is to create an inner filter to get rid of 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 may have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers 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 do not want to spend money on counseling 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 tips on how best 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 only a symptom of deeper emotional issues. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.