I promised a follow up, so here it is. The orca imagery (described here) worked. It did. I flew. For the first time in over a dozen years, I flew without medication. I'm very proud of this.
The take off from SEATAC was smooth, but still nerve wracking, as it was my first moment to test my new-found confidence in flying. I used good positive self-talk ("you are ok") and was fine. We did hit some turbulence near Mt. Shasta, and I pictured an orca swimming over a large rock in ocean currents. Perhaps the water gets choppier, but the orca is perfectly safe and happy swimming along.
The challenge came on the return flight. If you live in Seattle you know we had a HUGE windstorm on Sunday. Twenty thousand people lost power. The 520 bridge was closed due to wind damage. A semi truck overturned on the Tacoma Narrows bridge. It was rough. And that was when we were landing back in SEATAC.
The landing was bumpy. Very, very bumpy. When I'm swimming at Alki and a container ship goes by on the way to the Port of Tacoma, about 20 min later a HUGE wake comes in. And it is choppy. Very, very choppy. So I pictured an orca in that boat wake. Swimming along. Possibly getting pushed about. But totally safe. And happiest swimming.
I'm happy to be a flying orca!
Here's the crew that I "swam" with: