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 obtained his medical degree from Harvard University and worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for over twenty years. He is best known 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 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 behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, once we think, 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 by 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 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 unconscious mind for support. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we might start 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 behavior patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another problem and potentially another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious mind provides the critical information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this part of our mind is much more difficult to influence than logic and reflection, it’s 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 in addition to his classic ones. He says you need to 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 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 develop 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 instinctive skills, consciously processing too much information at once can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers several practical steps to help people solve their particular 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 need to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, if you feel you need 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 only a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.