Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and author 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 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 connected to the physical body. In this book he explores how opinion can control and shape our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, when we believe, 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 physiological functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are produced with 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 many different 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 subconscious mind for help. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we may begin by using logic and rational thinking. But as soon as we get caught to our own”logical mystery” we revert to our emotional memory and behaviour patterns. And before we know it we’re back at square one, with another problem and potentially another round of frustrated and angry response.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our unconscious 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 reflection and logic, it is 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 outside your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends using intuition as an extra tool. Intuition comes into play because it helps us connect what we know to our subconscious mind, which in turn helps us make connections to the unconscious mind. Another tool he suggests is to develop an inner filter to remove conscious information and focus all attention on the intuitive part of the brain. Because mindful information tends to limit our intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much information at once may have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical actions to help people solve their own issues. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially valuable for people who can’t afford or do not want to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, if you feel 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 the best way best 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 both of these parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.