Jet Lag in India as Divine Blessing:
Secret Teachings on The Goddess Mahalag Devi: Is She Friend or Foe?
Going to India is a Pilgrimage, not a vacation…think of
the pilgrims who went to Jerusalem on their knees, or Tibetans who do
prostrations all the way to a holy site. It is a transformative fire in
which we change.
It begins with flying as a rite of passage, like the
ritual enactment of entering the grave before re-birth; we allow ourselves
the hardship of the journey. Embracing the truth of being totally out of
control and subject to the abuses and whims of international travel, which
prepares us well for the rest of the pilgrimage…
Mahalag is more than mere "jet lag". She is our
bodily limit acting as an initiator, a constant companion on our
pilgrimage. She only really leaves us a week or two after we’ve returned
home, if then. She is actually part of the journey itself, someone to be
embraced, an ally. A rawness that has the potential to be heart softening.
She is not gentle; She is the goddess using the friction of restrictions.
She loves forgiveness, laughter and apologies. She strips
us down and opens us up; she delivers humility and humble nectar. She is a
fire and the bringer of "tapas", we fight her at your own peril. Go with her
and give her room and she blesses you with her gifts of heart transformation
and a sense of humor.
Mahalag’s 4-fold blessing: 1) preflight 2) in flight 3) after flight
1. Preflight blessing:
The effects of the anticipation and all the crazy planning and getting
ready before travel as well as any sleepless nights associated with the
2. Flight blessing:
The effects of "hurry-up-and-wait" for over 30 hours. The rushing,
followed by waiting, followed by rushing, followed by waiting that world
travel often is.
The effects on the body of being in an enclosed, not comfortable, cramped
place for long periods.
The effect of being in a metal tube that is dryer than the desert and
slowly quietly dehydrates you.
The effects of being in a small place with lots of people with all their
different germs and all their different minds in such close proximity.
The effects of in-flight sleep deprivation, airline food and bad movies.
3. After Flight blessing:
For a couple of weeks after flight your bodily rhythms are catching up.
This is perhaps the least appreciated and strongest Maha-factor of them all.
Not just sleep, but body temperature, digestive acids, hormonal release,
all these cycles (and more) are exactly opposite to usual rhythms. It takes
1 to 2 weeks.
There also seems to be a genuine energetic-field effect, needing extra
4. And the pervasive blessing:
The more than mere "culture shock" of being in a totally foreign culture
with entirely different cues and information entering your body-mind and
emotions. Different, sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile sensations
than you're used to. Even having different thoughts and emotions than usual.
India always wins.
"Wellbeing Alertness Puja": Krishna’s offerings of
thanks to Mahalag Devi
I don’t ever do all of these all the time, but when realistic and
Days before departure
- Not always possible… I set my watch to my destination's time and sleep
- accordingly: calculating local time, or keeping a second watch with
- Get plenty of sleep, exercise and water
Before boarding the Plane
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Drink a lot of water, less alcohol and caffeine
- If I eat, I eat light.
On the Plane
- Set my watch to my destination's time: sleep and wake accordingly
- "No Jet –Lag" homeopathic pills and supplements easing into
- I drink more water for good hydration and less alcohol and caffeine
- Exercise and stretch while sitting and get up out of my seat and walk
- Get as much sleep as I can. I use an inflatable neck pillow, eye-mask
- If I use a blanket, I buckle my seat belt over the top so flight
- wake me. If I don’t want to be woken up for meals, I put a note on
- "Please don’t wake me up". If I find I don’t sleep in flight, at least
- Listen to relaxing music on my ipod or good vibe hypnosis and
- Follow the new time schedule. Don't sleep until the evening.
- I get out in the sunlight to reset my body's clock, avoid sunglasses
for a week
- Long walks, swimming ( if possible) and stretching
- Take baths (submerge) for a few days( if possible), or pour water over
- Drink a lot of water everyday throughout the trip but especially the
- For re-strengthening the energetic-body-field: massage, Sufi-whirling
- "twirling" right to left for westbound travel, shaking all over,
brushing the body,
- using polarity screens, deep slow even breathing through the day.
- Meditate, "tune in" and use earplugs as needed, give myself permission
And Pervasive Mindset
- Pilgrimage is on the schedule of The Goddess in the form of India
Herself so I take the events of the entire journey as a relationship with
the Divine and what-ever appears is the plan of the Divine so savor small
blessings that happen
- Tune in to feelings, rest in Calmness, feel good and let go of
expectations and thoughts about how you believed things should happen,
enjoy what is.
- At the least, be entertaining while complaining and do it with purpose
- A Generous Heart forgetful of fault: I cut myself and everybody else
lots of slack.
- A good sense of humor is delighting in (and thus honoring) the
- Love, Relax, Have Fun, forget difficulties, Appreciate the Moment and