A Different Approach to Problems

Louise Hay, bestselling author of You Can Heal Your Life, said that life is very simple. Every thought we think is creating our lives and if we change our thoughts, we can change our lives.

We all have an average of 60,000 thoughts going through our minds each day (according to Dr. Fred Luskin at Stanford University). And around 80% of these thoughts are negative, and 90% are the same as the day before. To put it simply, the thoughts we think over and over throughout our lives become hardwired in our brains. These learned pathways in the brain can cause us to repeatedly recreate the same outcomes in our lives, even if those outcomes are not what we want.

Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Thought patterns are also intricately connected to our bodies and our health. Every cell within our body responds to every single thought we think as well as to our emotions. Thoughts and emotions (and even memories) set off chemical reactions in the body. Negative emotions, such as anger, may suppress our immune system for up to six hours, whereas positive thoughts and feelings boost the immune system.

So what can we do about this? How do we change our thought patterns and create different outcomes in our lives? How can we find a new response to our problems?

Louise Hay offers tools to change our thoughts and thereby create a new reality. When we intervene by changing our thought patterns and learning to perceive, feel and respond differently, this can reverse the chemical dependency and rewire our brain – freeing us to change our reality. This process takes commitment, consistent practice, time and effort, though it is well worth it in order to change our lives.

Alexey Buchev, a Bulgarian psychologist, has a different and very interesting take on approaching problems and changing your mindset. I first came across Alexey’s theories through an author I worked with, Ivinela Samuilova. In her bestselling book, Life Can Be a Miracle, Ivinela shares some of Alexey’s unconventional and fun techniques for approaching problems in a completely different way in order to change the way we perceive life and bring about a new reality. Alexey’s theories became the basis for my children’s book series, Humorous Healing Anagrams. You can read more about this here.

Humorous Healing Anagrams

Alexey Buchev’s work is not available in English at this time, other than in a few articles which Ivinela translated and in Ivinela’s book, so I’m thrilled to be able to share my understanding of it with you.

As I explained earlier, the thoughts we think over and over become hardwired as learned pathways in our brain and this causes us to repeatedly recreate the same outcomes in our lives.

Alexey calls this our map-matrix. Without changing our map-matrix, we can’t change our reality. However, instead of reprogramming our thoughts to create a new reality, Alexey’s approach suggests techniques that we can use to rewrite a specific scenario, causing us to think and act differently thereby helping to break through our thought boundaries.

In other words, instead of following our usual hardwired thought pathways in relation to a problem, we can instead “jump over” those pathways by applying non-standard tasks. The tasks he suggests are fun and frivolous, and sometimes totally whacky! By trying something entirely different, we thereby trick our brains and create a new reality. You can read this article by Alexey Buchev which explains his theory in more detail. Many of Alexey’s other techniques can be learned from Ivinela’s book.


Leila Summers is an author and book coach, as well as a trained Heal your Life® teacher. The way our minds work and the mind-body connection has always fascinated her.