Bruce Lipton, a world famous physician, 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 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 reveals 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 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 by these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize that our thinking is not solely a function of our brain. Our body, including our mind and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker believing 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 are forced to rely on our subconscious mind for help. For instance, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we may begin by using logic and rational thinking. But as soon as we get caught into our own”logical mystery” we revert to our emotional memory and behaviour patterns. And before we know it we are back at square one, with another problem 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 subconscious 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 reflection and logic, it’s also more resistant to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much 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 need to be ready to go beyond 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 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 intuitive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to limit our intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much information at once can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers 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 valuable for those who can’t afford or do not need to spend money on counselling sessions. In fact, if you believe 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 tips on the best way 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 both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.