Bruce Lipton, a world famous physician, educator and writer is often quoted by his supporters 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’s best known for his research into the human mind and the world of human consciousness.
In his book The Biology of Belief: Research on the Changing Self, Bruce Lipton shows 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 behavior 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 called 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. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking is not solely a function of our brain. Our entire body, including our thoughts and unconscious 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 are forced to rely on our unconscious mind for help. 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 into 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 issue and potentially another round of frustrated and angry reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believesour subconscious 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 is also more resistant 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 in addition to his classic ones. He says you need to be willing to go outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends using intuition as an additional 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 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 serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical steps to help people solve their own issues. 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 want to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, 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 tips on how 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 both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper psychological problems. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.