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 obtained his medical degree from Harvard University and worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for over twenty years. He’s famous for his research 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 linked 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 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. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our mind. Our body, including our thoughts and unconscious 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 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 may start by using logic and logical thinking. But as soon as we get caught into our own”logical puzzle” we revert to our emotional memory and behavior 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 think about problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our subconscious 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’s also more immune to negative manipulation. This means 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 in addition to 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 additional tool. Intuition comes into play because 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 mindful information tends to restrict our intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much information at once can have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their own problems. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially valuable for people who cannot afford or do not want 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 inspiration and support.
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 simply a symptom of deeper psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you will not be dismissing the physical one either.