Can you change your state of wellbeing through positive thinking? Sure. But, positive thinking alone cannot overcome a negative autonomic state. In other words, you cannot simply think yourself into a better state, you need to feel it — even unconsciously — from signals deep within your brainstem. Individuals who are in a dysfunctional state of fight-or-flight, or shutdown — no matter their rational understanding of their own safety — have a very difficult time moving towards healing.[1-4] So, the question is, how do you get past the ‘noise’ of thought, past the pre-frontal cortex involvement of your clients?
Palpation of the Autonomic Vascular Signal (VAS), is a means by which therapists can gain deeply rooted neural insights, including fear responses seated in the limbic system and brain stem. While measuring autonomic nervous system response using VAS, therapists can use a variety of stimuli (e.g. clinical tests used in the practice of Auricular Medicine), to make highly specific assessments. Such assessments using the VAS are extremely helpful in identifying and treating health problems at the root cause, dysfunctional neural states underlying the symptom picture of what a patient is truly feeling — regardless of their positive thinking.[5-6]
For Dr. Joe Dispenza, Doctor of Chiropractic, this is, in essence, a holy grail for healing. As he says, “the feeling is the healing.”
As Dr. Dispenza suggests, a practice of gratitude is one way towards a neural state for healing. The neurology of every individual is uniquely complex. Auricular Methods using the VAS help gain insight to begin untangling that complexity — to help identify effective pathways for healing.
Vascular Autonomic Signal | To learn more about the VAS, watch: 8 Benefits of Using the Vascular Autonomic Signal
Medical Frequencies | To learn more about clinical tests used in the practice of Auricular Medicine, watch the free course section video in The Most Important Frequencies in Auricular Medicine (sign in to the CIAM learning platform for access)
Polyvagal Applications | For application neuro-auricular modulation to support Polyvagal-informed therapy, please visit the course, Neuro-auricular Modulation for EMDR: Defense Mechanisms
On-site Training | Contact CIAM to request a VAS Workshop