Bruce Lipton, a world famous physician, educator and author is often quoted by his fans 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 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 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 coordinating all our thinking, communication and physiological functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are produced with these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our mind. Our body, including our mind and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker believing can manifest in a variety of 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 are forced to rely on our subconscious mind for help. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we might begin by using logic and logical thinking. However, as soon as we get caught to 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 issue and possibly another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes much 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 far 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 much 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 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 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 serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents 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 helpful for people who can’t afford or do not need to spend money on counseling sessions. In actuality, if you believe 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. 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 psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.