Bruce Lipton, a world famous doctor, educator and author is often quoted by his supporters as an icon of self-help and 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 belief can shape and control 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, 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. But it’s important to understand that our thinking isn’t solely a function of our brain. Our body, including our mind 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 doesn’t always control our conscious information processing, sometimes we are forced to rely on our unconscious mind for support. As an example, if we are solving a problem or developing new skills, we might start by using logic and logical 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 are 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 part of our mind is much 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 far more easily and efficiently than we could 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 beyond your comfort zone when solving complex problems, and he advocates using intuition as an extra tool. Intuition comes into play as 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 get rid of conscious information and focus all attention on the intuitive part of the brain. Because conscious information tends to restrict our instinctive skills, consciously processing too much info at once can have a severe inhibitory effect.
Bruce Lipton offers several practical steps to help people solve their particular problems. These measures are based on his years of clinical practice and research. These steps are especially helpful for people who cannot afford or don’t need to spend money on counseling 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 how 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 .