- The sensory deprivation chamber has been the most important tool that I've ever used for developing my mind, for thinking, for evolving.
- Joe Rogan
- The floating experience is like non other. It is a place for relaxation, meditation or simply decompression. It is what ever you make of it. Each time I enter the float tank my number one goal is simply to let go. It is a place that I can be with myself without having to be chased by the seemingly urgent and mostly unimportant pressures of life. For 90 minutes I quiet myself and just “be.” For 90 minutes I re-engage with my own existence and am re-energized to attack the remainder of my day.
- Huntington Beach, CA
- Irvine, CA, CA
- I thoroughly enjoyed my first 60 minute session. Being sensually deprived was a new experience for me. Having nothing but my thoughts for those 60 minutes made me realize how connected I am to technology; iPhone, emails, etc. This was a sad realization for me. Float tanks is about the best tool that I have found to meditate and go deep within yourself. The peace and tranquility that I found when being there was fascinating. I can't wait to do it again.
- Irvine, CA, CA
- I consider myself new in floating with 5 floats behind me so it amazes me that I have developed such respect, appreciation, and humbleness about how my floats are impacting my life in such a short period of time.
Backing up a little bit before I started floating. I worked with someone that had floated and was jumping out of their skin to share their experience and that it would be amazing for me to. So each day I was inundated about floating and each day I had a reason why I would “never” do that.
Eventually I did float and it was in essence because of that person. This person ultimately impacted my life which has propelled me forward in to a deeper sense of searching within myself. The ability to do that searching in a safe environment. Finding moments of serenity I have never experienced in life. Opening up my heart to the fears inside of me and beginning to accept each one, embrace each one. Getting to let go and simply be. So much that my mind is simply not able to fathom.
I went to my first float by myself. I pretended that I wasn’t scared a bit because that is what I do. I have a pride that is entrenched in my being and ultimately hides insecurity in my life and where I have come from. Don’t get me wrong I am an incredibly well functioning person but sometimes that underneath the skin is pretty overwhelming.
I have noticed that floating has started to chip away at the pride and is bringing forward what is underneath. When I am in the tank I feel an overwhelming feeling of being safe. Like whatever my brain experiences it can experience without the repercussions of the feelings outside of the tank.
I’ve noticed a couple times where I have started connecting things from many areas of my life involving horrific abuse. I’ve had two experiences, my last two floats, where some of those memories, thoughts have been able to come to the surface and I haven’t felt the emotional pain. I just feel safe, lay quietly with the feelings and they almost float and seem to work together in breaking up and brushing away some of the pain.
I feel an overwhelming experience of safety and I know that when I get out they stay where they are meant to stay and often I don’t necessarily remember what was being processed but simply feel free of something. I feel like crying just now writing about it. The experience is one that you simply cannot put in to words to express the depth of what it is.
For me, I now have my own deep, deep desire to share this gift with others. For lack of a better word. Calling it a gift is almost to undervalue it.
My head just simply hurts sometimes with the things it believes it cannot handle, feel. Walking around like that with no hope is the most debilitating illness that I know, regardless of who is experiencing it.
If I feel this way then I know others do as well. The overwhelming pull inside of me is for just one person to find the peace that I am finding and them perhaps finding the next person next to them and the next, and the next. Before we comprehend, fears will be dissolving, violations will being to unravel and we will be safe.
- Huntington Beach, CA
- During my first float, I was instructed to count my breaths and at some point, I would just stop counting and be calm. I got to breath 160 or so and began to realize, it was my way of continuing to control the environment and if I kept this up, the timer would go off before I ever stopped counting.
I stopped counting breaths and focused on releasing myself (to stop worrying). I focused deeply and I don't know how much time passed but I could tell I was getting close. I was close but something was still holding me back. I found out as soon as I was past this one thing, it was the last thing holding me back.
That last thing was my guard. I was very uncomfortable NOT relying on myself for my own protection. Being completely exposed to the environment around me. Risking being caught "off guard" by whatever could happen.
I tried to break past this point but it was tremendously difficult and I was losing the battle. Mentally I brought anything I could to convince myself I would be ok and it grew into an intense moment of frustration and effort. I knew I was closer than I had been and my internal feud finally reached a boiling point when I said the only two words I spoke out loud in the tank, a command to myself, "I'm Safe."
I had had it. I wasn't listening anymore, I was telling it!
With that, the war was over. The switch had been hit and I started to believe it, I was safe. That part of me that was fighting so hard gave in and began to listen. I started drifting into a foreign comfort. I started drifting into an experience where the previously exhausted resources of my mind were now freed up and started exploring where they could go in this new place.
It was bliss. Existing without the most microscopic concern. Some people may experience this feeling on a more regular basis. I can share from experience, there are people out there who can't remember the last time they felt that way or what it even feels like.
It was the first time I could remember being that disconnected from that "protection" version of myself. As I left the tank and went back into the real world, a resilient thought repeated itself in my mind, practice makes perfect, practice makes perfect. I knew I had likely just experienced the most resistance I would getting to a place where I believed I could put my guard down and still be safe. The more I exercised getting to this place, the easier it would become to identify how to get there and to be there.
- Irvine, CA
- I have heard that everyone's float is a unique experience. I will share mine.
Most people would consider me a very grounded person, as do I. I was not completely convinced that I could gain much from a float, but would never know without trying.
I was surprised how effortless it was to float. Being inside of a dark tank, my natural instinct was to close my eyes. I found that I was thinking more than I wanted to, and once I opened them I was able to absorb the experience. Before I knew it, I did not notice that my arms and legs existed, and my only feeling was the beat of my heart. I was incredibly relaxed.
After my float I proceeded to continue on with my busy plans for the day. What I found very interesting was even though my brain had its "to do" list, my body was still in its relaxed state. It was as if it was asking my brain " Didn't you learn anything from your floating experience?"
I am very excited to learn what my next float will teach me.
- Irvine, CA, CA