Conversations with my body – Part 1- the cure for hiccups

By Dianne Trussell, BSc Hons, Goonellabah, NSW

As a child I suffered from hiccups. And when I say ‘suffered’, I mean SUFFERED! Once they started, they’d go on and on, every 5 to 6 seconds, 24/7, for days and days. I’d be sleepless, frustrated, irritated, driven crazy by them. I was in despair. I tried every remedy suggested: held my breath, breathed into a paper bag, put sugar under my tongue, drank water upside-down, fasted, ate…. all to no avail. By the time the hiccups would subside (by themselves) I’d be exhausted and very sore in my throat and chest. And in dread of the next bout. It’s one of the reasons I became such a slow eater – to help avoid the ‘hell’ of hiccups!

One time when I was in my early teens I had absolutely had it with the hiccups. This had to stop. I was determined to find out what would work. What did my body want to do? I sat down, relaxed, and closed my eyes. When my mind had settled, I asked my body: “What do you want me to do?” and to my unending surprise, I got a clear answer, rather unusual, but very logical. The method my body ‘told’ me is this:

Breathe in slowly, but not all the way. Stop breathing in before it feels finished or satisfying. Then breathe out slowly, but not all the way. Stop breathing out before it feels finished or satisfying. There were a couple of hiccups at the start, but I ignored them and kept steadily doing my shortened breaths. Suddenly there was a flush of heat, then a hard-to-describe feeling of ‘descending’ or relaxation in my diaphragm. At the end of this feeling – no more hiccups! The method worked every time, and my hiccups diminished until they became a rare event that didn’t take long to stop. And it worked for some other people with intractable hiccups too. On later reflection I could see that this method solved one of the failings of all the breath-holding methods for me: that I’d run out of air before the hiccups would stop!

So there you go, years before I’d ever heard of Universal Medicine, and me being a skeptical, practical young scientist-in-the-making, I had a conversation with my body that solved a long-running and very annoying health problem.

Various detractors and ‘skeptics’ have criticized Universal Medicine practitioners for claiming to ‘talk to patient’s ovaries’ etc. Well for starters, they don’t do that or claim that at all. But consider this: we can certainly talk to our own organs, as I did with my errant diaphragm in the hiccups saga. Anyone who arcs up and says this is non-scientific garbage ought to remind themselves that their bodies are made of cells, and all cells in the body (including the brain) communicate with each other in both close proximity and at a distance, using chemical, electric, quantum and magnetic signals. This is how the entire body knows what’s going on inside it from moment to moment, and what to do about it. So it’s perfectly reasonable that, if one so chooses, one can ‘tune in’ to one’s body and access the messages that are flying hither and yon like information packets on the internet. It is also possible to tune in to a particular part of the body to find out what’s going on there and what is needed.

 

706 thoughts on “Conversations with my body – Part 1- the cure for hiccups

  1. I love the simplicity you bring to us and how beautifully experimental you are in knowing your own body, and how inspiring that is for us all.

  2. Instead of limiting our body’s movements and expression by our own expectations, if we allow ourselves to be open to listening to what our body is constantly communicating we deepen our relationship with ourselves and align to our body’s true rhythm and intelligence that responds the more we respect and honour the truth of how we are feeling.

  3. I love how you bring science based information together with the ‘Body being the marker of all truth’ that simply communicates with us when we are in conscious presence with our body.

  4. To pause and take a moment to communicate with the body, be open to receive its reply and take action from this, is life changing and empowering.
    “Anyone who arcs up and says this is non-scientific garbage ought to remind themselves that their bodies are made of cells, and all cells in the body (including the brain) communicate with each other in both close proximity and at a distance, using chemical, electric, quantum and magnetic signals. This is how the entire body knows what’s going on inside it from moment to moment, and what to do about it”.

  5. I so love this – how the answer is in simple asking, and in the asking, we allow communication and relationship. How often we avoid this and try computing an answer instead via complicated analysis and thinking, that is a sheer indulgence.

  6. This is a great example of how our body’s purpose is to communicate to us what is needed to live harmoniously or return to living in harmony. Our body is always guiding us, even when we are not listening it never ceases to reflect the truth, and we are already living in response to a degree of this communication or intelligence. When it’s cold we put a jumper on, we have a drink when we are thirsty and so on. We respond every day with the needed basic functionality when our body communicates to us, but we limit the degree we are willing to live in connection to this intelligence due to the responsibility and honesty, that through the truth of our bodies, we are being called to live.

  7. Our body will always have an answer when we genuinely ask, “what you want me to do”? Unfortunately, our relationship with our body is most often the other way around, with us telling it what we want it to do, and like a dictatorial parent saying, ‘and no arguments!”. What the body shares will always be simple and involve being more aware and more respectful of ourselves.

  8. I so love your blogs Dianne, as you did not only show the ease of being able to communicate with our own bodies – become still and be open to receiving it – but you also gave scientific facts and understanding to the sceptics. Just because someone disconnected from their body to the extent that they cannot even fathom a communication from it does not give them the right to write off the personal experiences of others.

  9. Dianne, I love your down to earth practical, and no nonsense approach to your relationship with your body and your simple to understand explanations about how its workings. It is quite amazing that we can actually have these conversations and that they do clearly have an impact on how our body responds to them.

  10. I was shopping in a local supermarket recently and had gone on auto pilot plucking things from the shelves not realising I was in my head and had left the wisdom of my body behind. My mobile phone rang and it was a good friend and in the course of our conversation I realised how I had been shopping and immediately started to feel into what I had chosen to put into my trolley. several special offers found their way back onto the shelves and when I went to the check out the contents of my trolley positively beamed at me in their freshness and clarity.

  11. We can help ourselves and our body by simply tuning in and listening to our body, there is a huge amount of wisdom that our body holds that is conveyed to us when we listen.

  12. There is such a power in stopping and listening to what we are feeling in our body. Could it be that we are avoiding this simplicity and power by always being on the run?

  13. As I child I did the same thing Dianne, my hiccups weren’t as severe as yours were but they were certainly annoying. I did the same ideas of drinking water backwards, holding my breath and getting people to shock me with back slaps none of which worked. It was not until I listened to my body and explored my breath that I too was able to stop my hiccups. It’s interesting how without being consciously aware of the wisdom from our bodies (because it is not taught and celebrated) we all to a greater or lesser degree tap into those messages that are constantly on offer.

    1. I am curious now that we have two childhood ‘hiccuppers’. If the answer to hiccups is in the breath, could this indicate that a disharmony in the breath is part of the problem? As a nurse I know that the breath is the first vital sign to change if there is any stress or imbalance in the body. I wonder what you had in common with the way you breathed when you used to have serial hiccup attacks.

  14. To deny the wisdom of the body leads to all sorts of problems, I know I did it for many years and ended up pretty exhausted and sick, I now listen to the messages my body is sharing as it can be amazing what can be offered to us.

  15. Conversations with my body.. great title, the more conversations I have with my body, and listen, the more it reveals to me in how I live and the choices I make in how I live, bringing me the truth of these and therefore the choice to make changes.

  16. Reading this, ‘talking to our body’ starts to sound like the most basic scientific approach we can apply in solving any physical issue, and ridiculing this way of building a connection with the body feels very unscientific – after all, it is a physicality, and it sure does produce a series of evidence and we call that a life.

  17. There is no doubt we have a very very very beautiful and intricate master piece of science and magic, order and flow, harmony and rhythm with us all the time. Imagine what this says about us, the being inside and who we truly are if our body is but a mere smidgen of the stupendousness we come from?

  18. This is so fascinating to read, allowing for the understanding that our ability to breathe our own natural breath not too long, deep, shallow, fast or slow is innate within us all.

  19. That is an extraordinary story of listening to your own wisdom, and through that you offer a great lesson for us all.

  20. Listening to your body makes so much sense. If you listen to the radio without tuning in you won’t hear anything.

  21. I love the science you bring to your example of the body’s wisdom with your hiccups, practical and undeniable in what it offers. ‘bodies are made of cells, and all cells in the body (including the brain) communicate with each other in both close proximity and at a distance, using chemical, electric, quantum and magnetic signals.’

  22. I simply love your practical science lessons. And this one is no exception. It simply goes to show that we are enhoused in one amazingly wise and intricate vessel which most of the time we ignore. Taking the time to stop and listen to our body is one of the wisest and self-loving choices we could ever make.

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