Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and author 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’s famous 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 reveals how our thought processes are connected to the physical body. In this book he explores how opinion can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you will 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 physiological functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking is not solely a function of our brain. Our entire body, including our mind and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in many different ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, anxious and angry.
Because our conscious mind doesn’t always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we’re forced to rely on our unconscious mind for support. As an example, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we may start by using logic and rational thinking. But as soon as we get caught into our own”logical puzzle” we revert to our emotional memory and behaviour patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another problem and possibly another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious 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 logic and reflection, it’s also more immune to negative manipulation. This means that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much 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 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 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 may have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents 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 those who cannot afford or do not need to spend money on counseling sessions. In actuality, if you feel that 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 advice on the best way to solve problems. In addition, he teaches that there are two parts to a problem; the physical problem and the psychological problem or concern. And he believes these two parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.