Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and writer is often quoted by his supporters as an icon of self-help and physical 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’s 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 opinion can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you will need to look at how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when 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 realize that our thinking is not solely a function of our brain. Our entire body, including our thoughts 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’re forced to rely on our unconscious mind for support. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we may start by using logic and rational thinking. But as soon as we get caught to 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 potentially 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 part of our mind is far 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 efficiently 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 willing to go beyond your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he advocates 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 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 intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much info at once can have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their own problems. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially valuable for those who can’t afford or don’t need to spend money on counselling sessions. In fact, if you believe you need 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 tips on how to solve problems. Furthermore, 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 only a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.