|Posted on 10 August, 2014 at 19:30|
Hypnotherapy and learning how to modulate the attention can be very helpful for those who struggle with tinnitus, or 'ringing in the ears,' Here are some thoughts for those who have tinnitus.
Tinnitus, like many other symptoms, including chronic pain, is often a manifestation of an underlying disharmony or imbalance in the body-mind system. I also believe that a problem with tinnitus can be approached in two quite different, yet mutually reinforcing, ways. One way is to look at and harmonise underlying anxieties and stresses and other exacerbating factors, both physical and psychological (though remembering that one's 'physical' and 'psychological' parts can never be separated). And the second way is to approach the symptom itself, not with a view to suppressing it, although it may well settle and diminish or resolve itself, gradually or even suddenly, but to approach it, and as it were give it something that it needs.
Tinnitus, like pain, almost demands our attention. And where we place our attention, whether involuntarily or intentionally, becomes a place of increase of force. This is particularly noticeable for negative emotions. For example, concentrating on being irritated or afraid of tinnitus can make the strength of the tinnitus, as well as the irritation and fears, escalate to unbearable levels.
But tinnitus brings its own energy, and wherever we experience a sensation or feeling of energy, there is the possibility of using it for healing, for harmonisation of functions, and for the development of oneself as a human being. Whether this energy is experienced as positive or as seemingly negative or uncomfortable, there is a possibility of turning it to use.
So what happens if you direct your attention to the pure sensation of tinnitus without any attached emotion? That is, to the sound primarily, but also perhaps to any physical discomfort that accompanies it, a sensation of pressure, or deafness, then does the sound etc increase? Strangely, this is not usually the case. As long as you simply notice, reject nothing, and quietly accept, as is said, mindfully. This in itself is inwardly calming and gives a quiet power.
Tinnitus can be compared to muddy water. Entering a place of stillness allows the particles of mud to sink and settle, leaving the rest as pure clear water. The mud is still there, but is collected and remains in its place. In a place of stillness, the noise of tinnitus recedes and settles in the background. If you take the stick of agitation and stir the water, it will soon become muddy again. So put that stick down and come to rest. Let the sound of tinnitus do what it needs to do, but know that it need not enter the quiet place of peace deep within you.
What is the sound of tinnitus like? If it is like bells, you can bring to it for example the sweetest imagined bell-like sounds, or the most evocative bell ringing. If it is like crickets, bring to it a peaceful Summer evening in Southern Europe with cicadas chirping their calming and soothing monotonous song. If it is a single tone, bring to it a pure heavenly tone to meet it. Whatever sound it is, meet it with some gift and welcome, then enter into the sacred space of quiet and peace deep within.
I have a special interest in tinnitus and also intentionally evoked 'inner sounding' as a means for healing change. If you would like to discuss this further with me or arrange a session, I would be very happy to hear from you.
(I have also done a hypnotherapy recording specifically aimed for those with tinnitus, 'Entering the Silence Beyond the Sound.' This is available from me for £10 via Paypal.)