Settling in for the 16-hour flight on my way home from presenting at the Pacific Rim Energy Conference, I had an amusing experience. The huge airliner was filled to capacity, and several families were traveling with infants on board.
When I requested a bulkhead seat so I could stretch out my legs, I had no idea that—during long flights—this section was also used to hang baby beds off the bulkhead. As a result, I found myself surrounded by infants including an adorable baby boy and his family traveling next to me.
Before the flight, I had noticed the parents in the lobby—playing with their happy infant, while awaiting boarding instructions. Unfortunately, by the time we boarded, it was 9:30 p.m. and the babies were already tired and stressed. Of course, when the airplane took off, the crying began.
I expected that.
Yet when the plane leveled off, the cries simply escalated. Mothers and fathers took turns walking their babies around. Nothing worked.
Hoping to help, I turned to my seat mates and told them I thought I could calm their infant. Of course, they didn’t believe me. So I went on to explain I had just come from Singapore, where I was teaching energy therapy, and that I was pretty sure it would work on their son.
By this time, they were willing to try anything (and so, I imagine, were the passengers). Tapping on myself to illustrate, I showed them how to tap out the simple anxiety algorithm (eye, arm, collarbone). They did it twice and the baby calmed down immediately. In fact, he was asleep within minutes. Placed in his hanging bed, he slept almost 12 hours. And when he awakened, he remained calm for the rest of the flight.
Another parent had been watching and asked me to show him the same tapping sequence. I treated yet another infant with the same result. Mission accomplished.
Peace was restored —Susan Wright