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Technique 9: Orienting to midline

Technique 9:        Orienting to midline

This is a technique that is widely known amongst the Craniosacral Therapy, Core Process Psychotherapy community and people who meditate. Particular thanks to Maura and Franklyn Sills of the Karuna Institute in Devon, UK, who helped clarify this for me from their own deep centre of awareness. (I thoroughly recommend their courses for anyone who is interested in finding out what’re really going on inside.)

The intention is to develop an awareness of your midline, your central vertical axis. This is the part of you that connects your crown down your spine to your tailbone. Awareness of your midline can help you feel really centred and clear, and provide a sense of connection to other people in a manageable way, especially when you come into contact with challenging situations.

All you need to do is sit vertically and comfortably with a straight but not rigid back. Feel your sitting bones on the chair or cushion. Feel your head and notice if it is directly above your tailbone. Sit comfortably with this sense of head to tailbone and feel your way up and down the spine. Become aware of how vertical you are and what the spine feels like.

Does it feel straight? Can you feel one half of your body closer in to the middle than the other? Maybe you have a sense that your midline is slightly ahead of you, or that it is very hard to feel at all. Just notice how it is for you. Become aware of whether it is clear, out of focus, narrow, broad, floaty, strong, vague, and so on.

Once you have a felt sense of this midline, extend it down into the ground like a plumb-line. Imagine a strong connection down through the floor into the earth. Try and get a felt sense of this like a fluid and magnetic density coming out of you and linking into the ground. Notice if anything starts feeling different in the base of your spine as you do this.

Sometimes you can feel floaty feelings up and down your spine. It becomes much stronger and easier to feel if you are surrounded by other people doing the same thing. Your local meditation centre would be a good place to explore this. If you are in the presence of someone else that has a very clear midline, then you may naturally come into resonance with them and find it becomes easier to feel in yourself.

When you have a clear midline you feel grounded and connected to the earth and have a strong sense of being centred. From this space it is easier to notice what is going on inside you and around you. If you lean forward, you can feel the line moving through the earth backwards. If you lean to the left, you can feel a pendulum of energetic connection swinging to the right beneath you. If you lean backwards, it moves forwards under you. The midline is just a continuation of your own central axis and moves in line with that.

Try extending your awareness above your head a little and see if there is a sense of midline continuing up.

Get a sense of where your focus is along the midline. By this I mean is there any particularly clear part of this central axis that feels more intensely aware than elsewhere. Is it behind your eyes, behind your heart, at the base of your abdomen, or maybe above your head? Notice how this focus is. Does it stay in one place or is it shifting?

When you get a sense of your midline, you can move from here our into the day from a centred and manageable place, and feel this centre interacting with people and experiences around you. Its like you respond to things from the whole of you, rather than from just your thinking self, or a part of your body.

So we have come to the end of our journey. I hope that I have inspired you to start taking a look inside yourself and find out how you really feel inside. My advice is always please seek the support of a therapeutic relationship. There is nothing that helps more than being supported by someone else. Just like a little baby needs a loving mother to grow and develop into a happy and balanced person, as adults we still have needs for support and care that only come from being in relationship with another person.

Stick the matrix somewhere where you can see it and get to know it, eg on the fridge or a cupboard. This will help you recognise how you are making progress, and can help motivate you to keep on going. Use the techniques regularly and find out what most helps you.

All your patterns are sitting in your body right now. Get in touch with how you feel just as you are right now and they will probably start changing right before your eyes. I still find this extraordinary.

My advice to you is to get in touch with your body as often as you can. Explore these techniques. Discover your inner felt-sense and learn to work with it. This will bring you closer to your normal state of maximum health.

As you let go more and more into the realm of no resistance, tinnitus ceases to be possible and vanishes! I wish you the best of health and, above all, peace.



Eugene Gendlin, Focusing: How to Open Up Your Deeper Feelings and Intuition, 2003, Ebury Press

Caroline Myss, Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential, 2004, Hay House

Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation. 1998 Rider Books

Ken Wilber, A Theory of Everything: An Integral Vision for Business, Politics, Science and Spirituality, 2001, Shambala

Ken Wilber, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth, 1979, Shambala

Ken Wilber, One Taste: Daily Reflections on Integral Spirituality, 2000, Shambala

Zweig and Abrams, Meeting the Shadow: the Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature, 1990 Tarcher Putnam

Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart, 1993, Random House

Where to find a practitioner of craniosacral therapy or core process psychotherapy

For details on where to find a practitioner of craniosacral therapy or core process psychotherapy, please go to the website:

To find a practitioner in any therapy I recommend contacting the relevant association first. Most organisations have a website for this and can been found using a search engine on the net. Each association website often provides lists of registered practitioners. Taking this route usually provides a certain guarantee of quality and standards.

Tinnitus: From Tyrant to Friend by Julian Cowan Hill


I wish to thank all the tinnitus people I have worked with for providing a constant challenge and a source of inspiration. You have taught me what helps let go of tinnitus, and also what is not helpful. Now I can share this experience with others.

I would also like to thank the Craniosacral Therapy and Core Process Psychotherapy community for teaching me how to be well and let go at a deep level. It is your support, education and deep sensitivity that has opened up a whole new world of well-being for me where tinnitus cannot survive.

Finally, thank you Mario Petrucci, Biggles and Frank Steffenhagen for your keen writer’s eye, encouragement and help with editing.


Well-Being Matrix For Tinintus

Chapter 1
Establishing the Ground
Core Issue 1    Negative People
What is tinnitus?
Core Issue 2    Tinnitus is not an ear based problem

Chapter 2
What are tinnitus people like?
Core Issue 3    Silence
Core Issue 4    Stop trying to cure your tinnitus
Core Issue 5    Are you ready to change

Chapter 3
How to make progress
Core Issue 6    Moaning and groaning
Core Issue 7    Avoiding doom and gloom
Core Issue 8    Don’t let vampires sap your energy
Core Issue 9    Letting go into support
Core Issue 10    Diet
Core Issue 11    Exercise
Core Issue 12    Getting in touch with your body

Chapter 4
Charting your progress

Level 1 Stuck
Technique 1    Crisis Calmer

Level 2 Struggling
Technique 2    Clenching and relaxing

Level 3 Resigned
Technique 3    Better and worst list

Level 4 Motivated
Technique 4    Knowing what matters to you
Technique 5    How do you view yourself?
Technique 6    Running commentary

Level 5 Letting Go
Technique 7    Audiovisualisation

Level 6 Empowered
Technique 8    Breathing technique

Level 7 Liberated
Technique 9    Orienting to midline