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 is 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 shows 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 behavior patterns. To understand how this works you need to examine how we think and why. According to Bruce Lipton, once we believe, 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 all produced with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our entire 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’re forced to rely on our unconscious mind for help. For instance, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we might start by using logic and rational thinking. However, 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 potentially another round of frustrated and angry response.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes much beyond our intellectual capacities. Instead, he believes, our subconscious mind provides the important information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this portion of our mind is far more difficult to influence than logic and reflection, it is also more immune to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far more easily and effectively than we can 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 beyond your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he recommends 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 create an inner filter to get rid of conscious information and focus all attention on the instinctive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to limit our intuitive abilities, consciously processing too much information at once can have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers several practical actions to help people solve their own problems. These steps are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for people who cannot afford or don’t want to spend money on counseling sessions. In fact, if you feel that you need more help with problem solving, Bruce Lipton can often be a great source of inspiration and support.
Bruce Lipton’s problem solving techniques go beyond mere advice 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 simply a symptom of deeper emotional problems. . .so if you ignore the emotional problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one either.