Can EFT Cure Jetlag?

Ever had a jetlag? Whenever flying back to Europe I have to keep the first week free. Don't know why this only occurs when flying east, but always has been like that for me. Flying to the west never gave me any trouble at all, but flying eastward is my ticket to jet lag hell.

I experience jetlag as if being sucked into the mud: My body becomes sluggish with sore joints, aching muscles, burning eyes, and my brain feels... brainless. Having a jet lag I feel like a zombie and I just want to sleep, nothing else. Probably that's the way for my body to catch up with the time field. I searched high and low for a 'cure', but everybody assured me there was none.

So you'll understand that I jumped up when I bumped into this article (below) that explains how to use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) against jetlag. Wow! I have been doing EFT for some months now, and I know it works. I'll be flying to the Netherlands next July (am in Montreal, Canada), so that gives me an 8-9 hours flight to give this a try. I'll keep you posted!
May 26, 2005

Posted: August 7, 2005
My follow-up on EFT and Jetlag


Jet lag--tuning your time field

Hi Everyone,

Willem Lammers, one of our esteemed colleagues from Switzerland, offers insights on jet lag--a common problem for world travelers. Please note that he uses the term "MPT's" in his message. It stands for Meridian-based PsychoTherapies and is his shorthand label for the various techniques in this field.

Cheers, Gary


By Willem Lammers

Dear Colleagues,

Jet lag is an unpleasant consequence of traveling. I regularly fly over the Atlantic and found out that MPT's are a very effective treatment for jet lag.

Jet lag is caused by a discrepancy between the circadian rhythms, the biological clock of your body and the real time zone you're in. The circadian rhythms play an important role in the release of hormones like adrenaline and melatonin, which keep you awake and let you sleep.

You feel good when your body's circadian rhythms are in tune with real time on the earth's surface, we could say that the "time fields" are "in tune".

You can measure the disturbance in the time field, the discrepancy between body time and geo-time in hours, and normally it takes a few days to adapt the body to geo-time for the place you are. You can also measure this disturbance in SUDs (subjective unit of distress, scale of 1 to 10): You feel bad, irritated, nauseous, sleepless on a scale from 0 to 10.

MPT's are the most effective treatment for jet lag I have discovered so far. The melatonin bottles stay in the bathroom closet unused. The best way to apply the treatment is during the flight every two hours until immediately before landing.

You can use the whole EFT algorithm, BSFF (Be Set Free Fast) or the TFT (Thought Field Therapy the forerunner to EFT) shortcuts ue (under eye), ua (under arm), c (collar bone) for traveling east and eb (eye brow), c (collar bone) for traveling west. Focus on the difference between the time field of your body and the time field of the earth and find the gap between the two. A good way to find this out during the flight is by self-testing, or muscle testing (by) your traveling companion: "My inner clock is on time / ??? hours behind/ahead". Some people accurately estimate their inner clock, others don't.

You can tap for "the disturbance of the time field", or simply for "jet lag". After having read this your subconscious mind will know what is meant.

If you focus carefully on your "feeling" for the time of the day, you can literally feel your body shifting time zones during the application.

On my flight to the US it took three times three rounds of EFT to arrive in Newark, N.J. in tune. On my flight to San Francisco a week later I tuned the time field in two times two rounds.

I didn't have a trace of jet lag symptoms. Of course traveling west is much easier than traveling east, so I decided to wait with sending this post until I arrived home. I flew back to Switzerland after a week in Toronto and a week in California, so I had to overcome a nine hour lag. After arriving I had to correct for only one hour.

The first night home I was awake for an hour between 4 and 5 a.m., but for the rest there were no signs of jet lag.

Hope this helps,

Willem Lammers
(see original article


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My follow-up on EFT and Jetlag:

End of last month (July 2005) I flew back from Canada to Europe (Montreal -> Frankfurt -> Amsterdam). By the time the plane took off darkness had fallen, showing Montreal laying like a glittering jewel in the arm of Saint-Laurent. My heart was very heavy about having to leave my boyfriend and our cats behind. As soon as there was nothing left to see but darkness outside the little window, I curled up in my seat with my eyes closed, feeling sorry for myself. I let my consciousness expand, and... fell asleep. :)

About an hour or so later I woke up, feeling a bit better. Though still aware of the sadness about having to leave my Canadian life behind, I was looking forward to seeing my children again, and all the things that were waiting for me in the Netherlands, ---including a massive jetlag. So this is where I remembered the article I had read about EFT and jetlag.

The article by Willem Lammers is rather technical, talking about the how and why of jetlag. All I was interested in was getting rid of it, or even better, avoid it completely.

Not really in the mood to experiment with different setup phrases for time fields and circadian rhythms, I decided to stick to a simple "Even though I'm having this jetlag, I fully and completely love and accept myself", with "this jetlag" as the reminder phrase. The cabin lights were off and most passengers asleep. I quietly tapped a few rounds, and took another nap. A few hours later, I tapped another two rounds, same setup and reminder phrase.

We flew into the morning and the captain reported things about the weather at our destination in Germany and mentioned the local time. I realized the time difference felt weird, so I tapped on "Even though I have to move six hours forward in time now, I fully and completely love and accept myself", with "this time difference" as the reminder phrase. After tapping a few points I changed the reminder phrase into "this big time-difference", and then into "I don't like this enormous time difference". I had never realized I actually felt bothered so much by time differences when traveling. While tapping, this resistance to having to reset my inner clock came up, --and was taken care of. I took a minute to relax and I realized my time sense, my inner clock, had shifted to local time with no trouble at all.

In Frankfurt I had two hours between flights. I managed to find my gate about half an hour before departure and settled down in the waiting hall with some coffee. According to Canadian time it was around 8 o'clock in the morning, but here I was, in Germany, and quite ok seeing people having a late lunch at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. In the restroom I did another round on "this jetlag" and then I heard my flight to Amsterdam Schiphol announced, boarding time.

Twenty-four hours after leaving my boyfriend's apartment in Montreal, I finally arrived at my Dutch place in the early evening. I felt tired but ok. Before going to bed around midnight, I did another round of "this jetlag". Tired as I was I had a good night sleep and woke up around 8 in the morning. No jetlag. My mother, knowing my zombie-like state after a flight like that, couldn't be more surprised to see me up and about, active as usual, eager to set up my cyber stuff.

Thanks to a few simple rounds of EFT my body adjusted itself perfectly while traveling eastward for almost 6000 kilometers in less than a day, and the jet lag didn't even get a chance to make me sick or disrupt my sleep.

So, does EFT cure jetlag? Yes, for me it does. :)

August 7, 2005

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