Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, 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 is 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 reveals how our thought processes are linked to the physical body. In this book he explores how belief can shape and control our conscious information processing and our behaviour patterns. To understand how this works you 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 with these neurotransmitters. However, it’s important to understand that our thinking is not solely a function of our brain. 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, angry and anxious.
Because our conscious mind does not always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we are forced to rely on our unconscious mind for support. As an example, if we’re solving a problem or developing new skills, we might start by using logic and logical thinking. However, as soon as we get caught into 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 issue 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 capacities. Instead, he believes, our subconscious mind provides the important information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this part of our mind is much more difficult to influence than reflection and logic, it’s also more immune to negative manipulation. It follows that we can change undesirable behavior patterns far 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 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 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 restrict our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once may have a serious inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton presents several practical actions to help people solve their own issues. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for those who can’t afford or do not need to spend money on counselling sessions. In fact, if you believe 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 advice on the best way 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 these two parts can be separated because the physical problem is only a symptom of deeper psychological issues. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you won’t be ignoring the physical one either.