Flotation and sensory deprivation tanks

I’m often asked what is flotation and what is a sensory deprivation tank.
This is something 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.

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The sensory deprivation tank is basically a tool for evolving, developing your mind and becoming who you really are. By the latter I mean becoming the observer, the being that feels emotions, enjoys the sun, and is a part of nature.

The tank is filled with water, the water is heated to the same temperature of your  body, inside the water 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 become senseless.

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You enter this room, and inside there is a bath and the chamber. You get undressed, take a shower, put ear pods in your ears and step into it. 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 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. This is something that needs correction. We have to calm that little animal and put it into a cage. Because remember, you are not your mind.

After a while you begin to relax and get into a meditative state of mind. You start breathing deep, your body becomes more vibrant, you become more aware.The first twenty minutes or so, are a sort of a seminar of your life. It shows you all the different issues of it that you don’t like, things that are bothering you, things about your behavior, disappointments and so on. Things that had happened, why they happened this way and how you should have reacted or done differently.

Once you are done with this contemplation, 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, having different experiences in each others lives and you just go deeper and deeper. All of this without the body in the way.

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Imagine yourself like an onion. When you first start doing the isolation tank you peel only a couple of  layers. Couple of skins loose, you can’t really go to the core. It’s too hard to completely let go of who you are. But as you keep doing it and as you get more and more comfortable with the experience you really start letting go. You let go of things that have happened to you, either negative or positive, you let go of emotions, you let go of past relationships, you let go of letting go. And this is the point where you become gone. You disappear. What fades away is the ego, the shell that we have around ourselves. There is a point where you completely relax and feel how everything and everyone is connected.

This is an environment that doesn’t exist anywhere in the world, its 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.
Everybody should do the tank, you will learn more about yourself, develop your thinking and gain wonderful insights. It’s an amazing way to think.
It 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.

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:
Float Nation

Who are we in the information society?

From the rise of the World Wide Web we have changed our lifestyle for 3rd time. Once after the steam engine and second one after the light bulb. And here we are today using all the knowledge from our ancestors. What do we do with it?

While everybody has different interests, we all need information to increase our quality of life. So we are part of Information society. Speaking of which, it is like a hungry wolf, like it never gets fed, no matter how much food you give him. And we are part of it. Why is that?

It is human nature that we always seek for more, more clothes, more shoes, more food and especially more information. We are dependent on it daily. When was the last time you spent a day without a phone or a laptop? Lucky me my laptop broke for a few days this week. The point is that we constantly use information even  if we are not aware of it. At first glance simple operations like checking for the weather forecast and watching the news, planning a trip, commuting to work while using maps seems like very normal. Yet they still require a significant use of data.

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Here it is a very simple picture vividly showing the information model. First data emerges into information, on which we can gain knowledge based on the context. And finally, if we apply that knowledge  we might get a wisdom out of it.

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Business create and use information there is a constant loop around it. Because information is money. It is money only if you know how to use it. And here we are getting to consume whatever we want. And sometimes for free. But do we value it?

This 3rd industrial shift is making our choices different as our possibilities. We move from local citizen to global citizen. That is giving us a lot of possibilities of sharing ideas and meeting new people. It might start virtually but it doesn’t take long to be paste in real world. That’s where real action takes place. That’s where change happens. And we all want to get the positive outcomes, but it this starts with positive inputs. Someone need to dial the first bit of data.

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As we get along with technology revolution we gain that superpower to create more. Switching from CONsumer to PROsumer. We all know what is a consumer means. Prosumer, briefly, is an individual, not professionalism, who is able to create media by consuming it. That might be a photo lover getting in touch with a camera and producing his own content. But the key point is that you create on top of your initial consumption. That is what businesses do too.

Are you a creator or consumer?

Information is addictive as many bad things, perhaps even more. Can you resist a beep from your cell phone without looking at it? It is super hard, maybe you can resist it when you have a meeting, but we all know what is the first thing what we do when we enter the restroom. Click, click ….

And there is nothing bad as far as you controlling your informational intake. It can be so overwhelming, and that is what I want to prevent you for having. Get in tune with yourself and find out if there is any benefit that you gain from that news or TV show or movies. And don’t get me wrong they are a lot of them which are remarkable, but they should serve you a purpose. Entertainment is assumed to be relaxing, but not by all means. A fun solution is to try making an origami after a short YouTube video. Make it relevent to you. But without action information is useless.

PS: It was a busy week for me, that made me write this post. Get inspiration from information, but don’t stop there. Act upon it!