Healing my heart arrhythmia – from atrial fibrillation to an open heart with conventional medicine and Universal Medicine

by Doug Valentine, BSc Eng, window cleaner, Frome, Somerset, UK  

It had been a great day and a very enjoyable evening. I was feeling a warm contented glow and I was feeling blessed as I took in nature briefly before retiring for the night in a remote Bed and Breakfast establishment deep in the countryside. I settled into bed early looking forward to a replenishing sleep when suddenly everything changed.

My heart suddenly started to go crazy in my chest, big fast jerky beats, then a stop, followed by more racy beats. In that moment it occurred to me how much I had taken my heart’s regular rhythmic operation for granted, never thanking it for the amazing job it had done for so many years. I regretted this lack of gratitude on my part and was feeling very scared by what was happening. I was not sure if I was having a heart attack or was perhaps about to have one. I lay there for an hour or two not sure what to do and praying that it would stop. It didn’t. I began to realise that perhaps lying there was not the best approach, so I got dressed and got in the car.

I had no idea where to find a hospital and so I headed for the nearest town where I found someone to ask. It was past midnight, so there were few reliable witnesses to call on, but I decided to believe the couple I spoke to, who said the nearest hospital was in a town over 30 minutes drive away. I decided that if I was about to have a heart attack it would be best if I was not driving at my normal speed and so it took me over an hour to get to the town and locate the hospital. I found the Accident and Emergency building and as I was parking my car, my heart slipped back into its normal harmonious rhythm. I explained all that had occured to the staff, who said they were sure that they were wasting their time but would put me on an ECG machine. Sure enough everything was normal and there was nothing wrong with me, so I was sent back into the night.

Having been a student of Sacred Esoteric Healing with Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine for several years, I had come to understand how important caring for myself was, and that included not ignoring issues that arose in my body. Therefore, when I arrived back home a few days later, I booked up straight away to see my GP. I explained to him that the irregular heart beat was happening every night since that first time a few days before, as that was the pattern that had emerged, and his response was that there was nothing they could do unless they could see it happening.

Because it only occurred in the middle of the night, it was two months later before I awoke one morning with the arrhythmia still running, so I took myself straight to the surgery – not stopping to grab anything to eat or any money or a mobile phone – that turned out to be three mistakes, not one.

I had to wait half an hour for a nurse to strap me in to the ECG machine and she was all relaxed until she saw the printout. She disappeared out of the room and a couple of minutes later my GP and another GP appeared, having seemingly abandoned their patients. I learned that I had a type of arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation happening and the other GP started applying heavy pressure to an artery in my neck, and when that didn’t work similar pressure to my eyeball, warning me that she could only try each once or she could harm me. Meanwhile my GP was dialling 999 and requesting an ambulance for urgent transfer to the nearest hospital. In the ambulance I started to feel very unwell, possibly due to a combination of the infectious panic at the GP’s surgery and not having any breakfast perhaps. I learned from the paramedics that I had very low blood sugar and that low blood sugar and arrhythmia were a dangerous mix. Fortunately they had some glucose to feed me, which felt like a lifesaver.

At the hospital the cardiologist undertook some tests and then came to inform me that my plumbing was in good shape, but it appeared that I had an electrical problem. I asked him what could be done about it and he said: “I am going to prescribe you some medication that will help control the arrhythmia.” I asked him if he thought this was a short-term thing or would I be on them for life. He confirmed that it would be for life and so reluctantly I went home and started to take the medicine.

The symptoms immediately worsened – instead of just happening in bed at night, it happened around eight times a day. I called the cardiologist and went to see him again and we agreed that I would not medicate and just live with the symptoms if that was what I preferred.

So why had this happened to me, what was the underlying cause of the arrhythmias? From a session with Serge Benhayon a couple of years before, I had come to understand that the way I had been living all of my life, with a deep layer of protection to keep people at a distance, had caused a big contraction in my vascular system, which was the cause of my long term high blood pressure. I had very effectively shut down my heart from its natural and innate fullness and by doing so I had contracted my whole vascular system over many, many years, thereby increasing my blood pressure and putting a constant stress on my heart, which sooner or later would result in a physical problem. So the arrhythmia that arrived that night had been brewing in my body for many years because of my choices to live shut down to the love that I naturally am. Or to put it another way, I had chosen to live almost exclusively from a loveless mind rather than living from my heart, the centre of love in my body.

From working with esoteric practitioners I came to understand the role that I had played in causing my own medical condition, and this gave me the opportunity to choose to change the behaviours which were harming myself as well as all those around me. I began to understand the importance of removing the protection I had built around myself to keep people away and instead to start to embrace letting people see all of me, to let them in rather than keeping them out. I feel the changes I made following the understanding gained from Serge Benhayon and other esoteric practitioners were a crucial part of the overall healing, facilitated also with the assistance and techniques from conventional medicine.

A year or more after the initial symptoms occurred, I was talking about my arrhythmia to a friend who is a doctor and she suggested that I investigate a procedure called an ablation, which I did, and I discovered that it offered a complete cure in quite a high proportion of cases. Serge Benhayon supported me to go back to conventional medicine and explore what they could do and so I re-contacted the cardiologist and asked to see him again. And at the meeting when he asked me what he could do for me, I said I would like to get the arrhythmia fixed. He looked slightly stunned and said ‘you mean an ablation?’ That was exactly what I meant and so he referred me to a different specialist at a another hospital where they ran a lot of tests which showed that I had a brace of arrhythmias so would need two ablations, but these could be done at the same time in a six hour procedure. The cardiologist said to me that there were very few patients that he would recommend or indeed even be able to agree to do one ablation on, let alone two, because almost everyone that he saw had several other health problems as well as the arrhythmia.

The procedures were both done the same day with 100% success and the cardiologist said to me that he was sure that the fact that I clearly took very good care of my health was a large factor in the success of the procedures. I too know, without any doubt, that the part I played in changing my behaviours, as well as the part played by Serge Benhayon and the other esoteric practitioners, when combined with the amazing skill of the cardiologist and his team all came together to bring the healing that I was blessed to receive.

860 thoughts on “Healing my heart arrhythmia – from atrial fibrillation to an open heart with conventional medicine and Universal Medicine

  1. I am appreciating more and more how much my body reflects my Livingness. No open heart, no true flow of love to and fro – something has to give! Your awareness was sensational Doug and the way you have taken responsibility for your wellbeing supports everyone on the planet. Much appreciation of you!

    1. It is as simple as that bernadetteglass. The ingredients to the ever increasing rates of heart disease, heart attacks, heart conditions and so on come from “opening your heart”. This is the incredible simplicity of esoteric medicine that works with western medicine to bring the quality of life back in full rather than continue to bandaid it will pills and potions that have us returning back to the old ways that have been tried and tested and of course leave us feeling comfortable and no where near the path of true healing.

      1. I love it. Esoteric Medicine gives us the answers that no lifetime supply of pills can do. And when we hear the answer, it is simple and it is obvious and it makes perfect sense.

  2. A great realisation Doug that we take the steady rhythmic beating of our heart for granted until it is out of balance and calls us to pay attention to the way we have been living.

  3. I love reading about everyday miracles such as yours Doug. It shows us how simple it is, once the choice is made, to restore true harmony to the body. We are designed to beat in tune to the great love that we are and are born from, and not move against it.

  4. I had a similar experience with a different type of tachycardia (SVT) and had an ablation which fixed it. I agree, it is essential to bring understanding to and deal with the energetic reasons for what our body is telling us at the same time as allowing our amazing doctors to do their work. Esoteric Medicine and Conventional Medicine are indeed a marriage made in heaven.

  5. This is a beautiful example of western and conventional medicine working together. Without the greater understanding of why you had atrial fibrillation you would not know what necessary changes you would need to make in your life. Knowing that living a life of protection and not letting people in or your love out is something that western medicine has yet to fully understand and appreciate and yet this would make sense as to why heart disease was and may still be the number one cause of death in our society today.

  6. Beautiful how our heart is able to let us know when there are more open and loving choices to be made for ourselves and others, and how willingly it responds when we listen to what is needed from both conventional and complementary medicine.

  7. It is so important to have a deeper understanding of what causes our illness and disease as you demonstrate Doug, ‘to change the behaviours which were harming myself as well as all those around me. I began to understand the importance of removing the protection I had built around myself to keep people away and instead to start to embrace letting people see all of me, to let them in rather than keeping them out.’ Beautiful.

  8. Inspiring to read Doug how by taking responsibility for your health, and taking the necessary action, you have been able to heal a significant medical condition. What’s also inspiring is that taking care of your health is so much more than visiting the doctor and being open to what’s needed – it’s also about looking more closely at the choices we make on a day to day basis so that we can understand how and why the condition arose in the first place: are we open and the same with everyone we meet, and do we let others in, and allow ourselves out to be who we are, in full?

    1. This is spot on Bryony. We need to understand that if we close down to a person or to people in general we are imposing a contraction on our vascular system and also upon our heart and that this contraction will lead to heart disease. Our hearts are designed to let love in and let love out and so if we block this it leads to a contraction and that contraction is instantly harming us. And long term contraction which I and so many others have indulged in leads to heart disease.

      1. Your awareness is awesome and serves us all deeply Doug. There will be time when this is more commonly known, but until then it is the responsibility of us who do have this awareness to be living, breathing, walking, talking reflections of this – which you are.

      2. Thanks Lucy, but all my awareness and wisdom have been reawakened by listening to Serge Benhayon. Before that both were severely capped and under utilised.

  9. It wasn’t until I came across Universal Medicine and started attending some courses that I realised just how much protection I’ve layered myself in over the years. It’s like I built a version of myself for the world that is totally not who I am, and have spent many years perfecting this and hiding behind it. But trying to be something you’re not is an exhausting way to live. Allowing myself to be me feels a bit new and scary at times, because I’m so unused to it, and so unused to not relying on recognition or acceptance by others to validate myself. But at the same time, it’s liberating, and builds a trust within that relies on nothing from the outside, and a steadiness and an openness with myself that flows outwards.

  10. “I too know, without any doubt, that the part I played in changing my behaviours, as well as the part played by Serge Benhayon and the other esoteric practitioners, when combined with the amazing skill of the cardiologist and his team all came together to bring the healing that I was blessed to receive.” The marriage of conventional medicine with Esoteric Healing modalities is a match made in heaven.

  11. How often we take things for granted until something goes wrong. And what does that reflect? The disregard and arrogance that we have been living in. What a change there is when we take loving care and responsibility of ourselves as you demonstrated so well here Doug.

  12. Thanks for sharing your story, Doug, I have had atrial fibrillation for 14 years and not had any procedures to ‘cure’ it. I’m on warfarin to reduce the possibility of a clot and a stroke, but other than that, no medication at all. I have had an ultrasound scan that showed where my heart had developed extra muscle to compensate and a 24 hour monitoring that confirmed my heart rate is adjusting to exertion and sleep. The only suggested procedure is possibly a pacemaker in the future. I take your point about opening up to people, and am working on that as well as developing intimacy with myself – getting to know my body better, in allowing myself to feel what’s going on.

  13. Goodness, I have learnt so much in this blog. There is clear validity to combining complementary and conventional approaches in medicine, one cannot do all the work without the blessing of the other. We see the doctor for 5 minutes but we are on our own to carry out the doctors instructions and take responsibility for our own choices and way of living for the other thousands of minutes in a 24-hour cycle. We cannot ask the doctors to do it all, we have to be our own practitioner in equal measure.

  14. Valuing our health and making changes where we are responsible for the way we are living is a welcome conversation you had with your doctor, Doug Valentine. I often hear friends who are GP’s share that the quality and lifestyle that most people are living is one of the major causes that prevent the healing of another ailment. How often do we seek support from a medical practitioner knowing that our choices have not supported but increased the concerns we have had in the first place? Thank you for sharing that there is more here to look at beyond the Western Medicine but one cannot be healed without the other. They are definitely a marriage of the two that have allowed you to bring back the quality of life you knew you were missing and this blog is a great sharing for ALL.

  15. It was interesting reading how you described your lack of gratitude to your heart and the amazing job it had done when it got into trouble. We are often like that with our bodies. You only have to hurt your big toe to discover how important it is or get an infected finger to discover how incapacitating that is. We have a tendency to take our body for granted and not always give it the love, care and respect it deserves.

  16. This is very inspiring Doug. I have learnt the meanings of a few more medical terms from reading your blog. How cool that you were in such good health to be able to have two ablations done in the same day. There is so much to be said for us taking good care of our bodies. This holistic approach and marriage of western medicine and esoteric healing is a powerful combination.

  17. It never stops to amaze me how the state of our body is a reflection of how we are living yet this not truly taken into account when receiving medical treatment.

  18. This is amazing Doug. A lot of people these days are only interested in pills or the ‘easiest bandaid’ to ease the discomfort, pain or exhaustion in their bodies, but as you’ve shared there IS a way to look after ourselves and set high standards of how we want our body to heal and feel, which is what you sought out with the operations.

  19. ‘In that moment it occurred to me how much I had taken my heart’s regular rhythmic operation for granted, never thanking it for the amazing job it had done for so many years.’ We take our body very much for granted, until it doesn’t function in the way we expect, beautiful to acknowledge that our body performs in relation to the choices we make on an everyday basis.

  20. ‘I had chosen to live almost exclusively from a loveless mind rather than living from my heart, the centre of love in my body.’ Doug, I hear you – and it would be good if the rest of the world did too, for my understanding is diseases of the heart remain our number 1 killer. Time for us all to move to a cardio-centric way of living.

  21. We so much take for granted the amazingness of the human body and when it corrects itself in response to our ill-choices in the form of an illness we blame it, accusing it of failing. What greater example is there that we just want to blame someone or something rather than taking responsibility for our own choices and actions?

  22. When we live in protection keeping everyone out, we actually stop ourselves from living all that we are, and as a result our body takes on those issues which eventually show up in some form of illness and disease.

  23. This is a life changing read. Anyone who knows the pain and fear of heart problems or diseases greatly benifits from what is shared here. It really doesn’t matter if they find their way to this article or not. The simple profound sharing of Doug’s experience is now out there for all, supporting everyone to bring acceptance and understanding to their own body.

  24. A beautiful example where one chooses to seek support in more ways than one and truly heal. We can think we have all the answers or pretend that it’s ok and it will pass but when we take ourselves to the doctors and seek advice it is such a responsible thing to do. I am realising more than ever that it is so much more fun and life becomes so much easier when I open myself up for support and as I do I am finding there is always someone willing to listen, help and assist me no matter what it is in relation to.

  25. Perhaps we have not experienced something quite like this, but my feeling is we all have our own versions of warning signs. We might not have had Fibrillation, but none the less we are told. Our body does not tolerate holding back and keeping other people out. It’s poisonous to its well-being, like injecting petrol in your veins. For me it’s the emotions like sadness and anger that I’ve used to hide from connecting with the world – but my body, just like yours Doug, is showing me this way of being is so harmful to me.

    1. That is a great understanding of how life works out in our bodies Joseph. We can either live a life in disregard of who we are, as in your case to choose to contract in sadness and anger, or we open up to live in full and surrender to its abundance of love and joy.

  26. Thank you Doug for sharing your healing with us. I appreciate that what you have shared is very similar to some heart issues I have at times that have not been diagnosed as Arrhythmia. It has opened my eyes to also expressing to my heart the appreciation I have for the way it supports my body.

    1. So great to appreciate the amazing job each and every part of our bodies does for us and to deeply care for it also. I did mostly the opposite for 57 years taking its total marvellousness completely for granted.

    2. Appreciating how amazing the body is would be a great starting foundation to self care and understanding how precious we are. Imagine if we understood (even basically) about the body and how it worked, and held it in awe and wonder? Imagine how preciously we would care for it? It’s not uncommon for someone to be like this with a prestige car, yet we aren’t with our one and only vehicle – the body!

  27. Only when we too work on the underlying cause of the physical manifestations, which in general is letting more love into our lives, successful healing is possible as you share so generous in this love filled blog.

  28. Amazing Doug, to feel how you took deep care of you and the changes you made which supported you to heal. Life really is medicine.

  29. Very inspiring Doug; I love how you have highlighted the amazing collaboration and partnership between Conventional Medicine, Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine;
    “I too know, without any doubt, that the part I played in changing my behaviours, as well as the part played by Serge Benhayon and the other esoteric practitioners, when combined with the amazing skill of the cardiologist and his team all came together to bring the healing that I was blessed to receive.”

  30. Inspiring for everyone – including those in the medical profession – that when we care for our bodies deeply and look at the energetic reasons for the disease, we bring a very different body to the operating table, to the doctor etc. One that is equal and understanding of their part in the healing process. Eventually, this will be what medicine is like in the future.

  31. I am still feeling very blessed to have received this healing from what is quite a debilitating condition. The cardiologist that performed the procedures informed me that he felt very lucky to be able to deliver a cure to patients as most of his colleagues were limited to managing conditions. I try to never take my heart for granted any more and often stop to appreciate it beautiful rhythm.

  32. Doug it’s truly amazing to be let into someone’s life so intimately as you have allowed in this blog, thankyou. We have so much to learn from one another if we get together and simply share openly about our life and healing. I have learnt much about the heart and how we can create heart issues, thankyou.

  33. Imagine someone snuck into your bedroom at night and burst a balloon! You’d understandably be given a big fright. I know from my experience that my body would react and become very tense. And it’d be easy to understand if that tension carried on for a long time after. As other nights came, you might think back to the earlier scare and get apprehensive about lying there. This is how I see the protection you describe Doug and the way it creeps into our life incrementally. We end up living crippled inside, perpetually scared of getting a fright. Yes incidents happen that are not easy but we are much better off if we just dust ourselves off and keep opening up to life.

  34. Esoteric Medicine and conventional medicine are an unbeatable combination and in time, this will be widely accepted as the fact it is and always has been.

  35. Fabulous sharing Doug. I am appreciating my heart beating rhythmically in my body as I write as I felt that was a very good point you made about taking your heart for granted. I can imagine that it is very distressing to have something like this to happen and also how very important it is to look at what the condition is reflecting back to us when an ailment does present. This combined with the appropriate medical attention whist all the time making sure we are taking full responsibility by taking great care of ourself is great all round medicine.

  36. The more blogs we have like this the better because they bring a truth to what illness and disease is all about.

  37. Wouldn’t it be interesting if all illness and disease were looked at and understood in this way, that nothing just ‘suddenly happens for no reason’, but that there has been a momentum of behaviours and habits from our daily choices that have led to the consequent sickness. Great will be the day that conventional medicine embraces this awareness and understanding across the board of all illness and disease.

  38. We definitely take our heart for granted, what if the way we choose to live, and how deeply we choose to love actually has a physical effect on our heart and our body?

  39. Another awesome example of the power of combining conventional and esoteric medicine in the healing you were able to initiate. It is beautiful to imagine how this will eventually revolutionise western medicine who are currently doing an amazing job but with only half the pieces of the puzzle.

  40. Wow, its very confirming that you always knew something was not right with your heart, so even when you were fobbed off, you persisted and ended up getting a diagnoses. I love that even after this, you did not just settle with what you were told but instead were active in the way you cared for yourself and researched other possible options like the surgery that ended up being successful.

  41. Amazing Doug! I love the way that you recognised that understanding the underlying issue and making changes to the way you lived was a big part of the healing but that you needed both Esoteric Medicine and Conventional Medicine to complete your treatment of the condition.

  42. Wow wow wow and wow Doug, that’s quite something, how utterly amazing you nominated what had been the cause, worked on it, dealt with it and healed it.
    Absolutely awesome.

  43. Doug I love how you are a model for how true healthcare can be achieved, through joint responsibility of the patient and doctor and the choice to look at not just what the condition is, but heal the route that led to the condition in the first place.

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