Bruce Lipton, a world famous physician, educator and writer is often quoted by his supporters as an icon of self-help and physical 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 famous 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 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, once we think, our brains release chemicals called neurotransmitters, which flow through pathways in our brains. These neurotransmitters are responsible for organizing all our thinking, communication and physiological functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are produced by these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to realize that our thinking is not solely a function of our brain. Our body, including our mind 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 does not always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we’re forced to rely on our subconscious mind for support. For instance, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we might begin by using logic and rational thinking. But as soon as we get caught into 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 problem and possibly another round of frustrated and angry response.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we consider 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 portion of our mind is far more difficult to influence than reflection and logic, it is also more immune to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns much more easily and efficiently than we can with logic and rational thinking alone.
Bruce Lipton recommends using several problem solving techniques along with his classic ones. He says you must be willing to go outside 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 suggests is to create an inner filter to remove conscious information and focus all attention on the instinctive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to restrict our intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much information at once can have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers 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 cannot afford or do not need to spend money on counselling sessions. In fact, if you feel 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 advice on the best way best 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 psychological issues. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you won’t be dismissing the physical one either.