What the hell is flotation?
I’m often asked what is flotation and what is a sensory deprivation tank.
This is something that I have experienced not too long ago on my semester abroad.
And I can tell you that it is one of the best things I have tried in my short existence.
This is an experience that expands your consciousness, turns you inside out and makes your ego shallow.
The sensory deprivation tank is a tool for evolving, developing your mind and reaching the point of ultimate connection.
The tank is filled with water which is heated to the same temperature as your body. Inside there are ~500kg of magnesium sulfate (MgSo4) which makes your body float above, just like in Dead Sea. So basically, you are just laying inside, relaxing and because the water is heated as the same temperature as your body, after a while you stop feeling it and you become senseless.
Entering this room, inside is a bath and the chamber. After undressing yourself and taking a shower, you put ear pods in your ears and step into the tank. Then by your decision you can float either with an open door, or a closed one.(not everyone can do it with a closed one, but this is when the magic unfolds).
Already inside, you are in this dark alien-like place, floating, not feeling anything, not hearing anything, and it’s just you and your mind. And this is the moment when you actually see what really is going on. You begin to listen. Your mind is running like a crazy monkey, jumping from thoughts to thoughts without stopping. We have to calm that little animal and cage it or it will cage us.
After a while you begin to relax and get into a meditative state of mind.
You start breathing deep, you become more aware, you feel your body like never before. The first twenty minutes or so are easy mode. The more time passes the more focused you get. You start to think about your life, the impact that you have on people, what has happened, what went wrong, what is coming and so on.
Once you are done with such contemplation’s, and clear all that bullshit in your life, you start to think about the big picture. Your body completely settles into the experience and your mind slowly becomes more clear. I personally have thought about the universe, the human beings, each individual’s actions, the environment, the simulation theory, aliens, other entities, drugs and so on.
Imagine yourself like an onion.
The first couple of times into the tank are not a big deal, but the more you do it, the more deep you immerse into the activity. I became more conscious of my environment, of my programming and how the outside world affects me. The first three or four times I couldn’t really go to the core, it’s hard to completely let go of who we are, or who we are told to be. The more I did it, the more I learned how to let go. There is a point where you become completely gone, you dissapear. The ego dissapears.
This is an environment that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world.
It’s free of distractions, that is what it makes it so special. It’s like you find yourself again in your mother’s womb. You get to your center of consciousness and its a hell of a ride.
The tank was built by the scientist John Lilly, a psychonaut who used the tank under the influence of different psychedelics in order to achieve greater and more profound understanding of himself and the world.
Thanks for reading, and if you want to know more about the topic, you can shoot me a message or take a look at this documentary: