Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, 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 research 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 linked to the physical body. In this book he explores how belief can control and shape our conscious information processing and our behaviour 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 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. But it’s important to realize that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. 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 help. As an example, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we may begin by using logic and logical 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’re back at square one, with another issue and possibly another round of frustrated and angry response.
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 reflection and logic, it’s also more resistant to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much more easily and efficiently 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 must be willing 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 already know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections to the unconscious mind. Another tool he proposes is to create an inner filter to remove conscious information and focus all attention on the intuitive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to restrict our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers several practical steps to help people solve their particular issues. 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 fact, if you believe that 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 tips on how best 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 only a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.