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.


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

  1. Of course our body communicates with itself and us, if it didn’t we wouldn’t be alive. If there is anyone out there in the world who thinks differently, then perhaps they need to go back to school and take a class in Human Biology. Even plants respond to verbal communication and there is a brilliant piece of research with water that when frozen, the particles of water freeze differently when spoken to harshly or kindly. Now that seems to me to be amazing and showed me the possibility that the energy in our words has a greater effect than we realise.

  2. The body does talk to us, not it words but in a feeling that often the brain then has words for. I find this my experience everytime I ask my body a question.

  3. “… 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.” The body is truly amazing, and it’s intelligence is so far ahead of the mind, the body and what it does daily is a true source of wonder and awe. We may find in the future that talking to ones body and listening to its response (as a conversation) becomes quite the norm and is a part of our health care. For some of us exploring Serge Benhayon’s work on whole body intelligence and body awareness this is already a reality.

    1. Why are we so determined to treat our bodies as though they are like some sort of machine and instead treat our bodies as the delicate organism it is? I remember quite clearly my body recoiling at the taste of alcohol so I drowned the taste of the alcohol by adding sugar which was a double insult to my body. I compromised my body just so I could fit in now looking back on that part of my life I wonder why on earth I was so wayward. Thankfully through the teachings and presentations of Serge Benhayon I have learnt to love and appreciate myself and to treat me as the precious being I am.

  4. I love the simplicity in which our body communicates with us. It’s very revealing and truly transforming when we simply listen to it.

  5. Dianne yet again I read another article about your conversations with your body. I am wondering whether this is a clear message for me to communicate with my body parts, clearly unhappy with how I am eating or treating it, from time to time.

    In all honesty what you present, is a no brainer (pun taken). The cells are living, they communicate, just like nature communicates to each other or to us. I feel I need to take my relationship with my body to another level, or to a level when I was first born. There’s nothing whacky about it, if it’s worked, then no harm done to another. I much rather this, then a voodoo doll, myths or what ever beliefs we carry thinking it will help.

  6. If we can be fascinated by certain animals’/plants’ ability to communicate telepathically amongst themselves to migrate or mate etc., it makes so much more sense to embrace the possibility, and afford the same appreciation, that we humans can communicate with our own body, and it is actually very evolutionary to do so.

  7. How beautifully simple Dianne, highlighting how tuning in and communicating on a deeper level with our body and its wisdom is possible the more we connect and build a true relationship with it.

  8. Our body is constantly communicating and when we tune in we can be in tune with all that it is sharing with us.

  9. When science comes with a label and boundary of ‘do’s and don’ts’ it can’t truly be science, because as soon as exploration stops the science is lost. A great line here “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.” It seems that everything is communicating all the time. If we felt the true Universal or divine intelligence behind everything, including our bodies, and opened to a communicative relationship we would be in a very beautiful exploration of the science of life.

    1. Melinda, I feel there’s a whole spectrum of the unexplainable, science cannot fathom or explain. Why is it, that everything has to be scientifically proven? Why couldn’t there be another way, the intelligence of the body and the universe.

      Could we be open to the fact that there’s more to life than the physical body? I’m open, are you?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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”.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

    1. Unfortunately Carolien Braakenburg this is exactly what is happening. Modern science is only offering us its own reduced version of science and what is even worse is that we seem to be accepting it without questioning whether there is more.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. Try putting your hand over a flame and see what your body has to say – in my experience it will speak very loudly.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

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

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

  31. 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.’

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