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 received 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 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 opinion 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 coordinating all our thinking, communication and bodily functions.
Our thoughts, emotions, memories, skills, wisdom and creativity are all produced with these neurotransmitters. But it’s important to realize that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our entire body, including our thoughts and subconscious mind also affects our thinking. Weaker thinking can manifest in many different ways, from poor concentration and problem solving to cranky, anxious and angry.
Because our conscious mind does not 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 begin by using logic and logical thinking. But 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 reaction.
Bruce Lipton believes that the way we think about problem solving goes far beyond our intellectual abilities. Instead, he believes, our subconscious mind provides the critical information that guides and directs our behavior. And although this part of our mind is much more difficult to influence than logic and reflection, it is also more resistant 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 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 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 mindful 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 steps 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 can’t afford or don’t want to spend money on counselling sessions. In actuality, if you feel that you want 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 how 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 these two parts can be separated because the physical problem is simply a symptom of deeper emotional issues. . .so if you ignore the psychological problem, you will not be ignoring the physical one .