Feeling for Healing: Neural states and their assessment

Feeling for Healing: Neural states and their assessment

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



[1] Rosenberg S. Accessing the Healing Power of the Vagus Nerve. Berkely, California: North Atlantic Books; 2017:87-93.

[2] Porges SW. The polyvagal theory: new insights into adaptive reactions of the autonomic nervous system. Cleve Clin J Med. 2009;76 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):S86-S90. doi:10.3949/ccjm.76.s2.17]

[3] Porges, S.W. Dana, D. Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies. New York: WW Norton. 2018: 53, 52

[4] “Heal documentary: A film about the power of the mind.” www.healdocumentary.com. Retrieved October 20, 2022.

[5] Strittmatter B. Identifying and Treating Blockages to Healing: New Approaches to Therapy-Resistant Patients. Stuttgart, Germany: Thieme; 2004: V, 128.

[6] Mercante B, Deriu F, Rangon CM. Auricular Neuromodulation: The Emerging Concept beyond the Stimulation of Vagus and Trigeminal Nerves. Medicines (Basel). 2018;5(1):10. Published 2018 Jan 21. doi:10.3390/medicines5010010

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