On the Saturday night before Memorial Day slightly before 10pm I walk into Liquid Floats to relax in a flotation tank, isolation tank, aka sensory deprivation tank.
They show me to my room, explain things and close the door.
I take off my clothes and take a quick shower. Get the soap off. Turn off the room lights and slip into this pod with heavily salted water. Push a button and the isolation tank inside light goes off.
It is absolute darkness. No spec of light. It is slippery on the skin with so much salt in the water.
I am now floating in this water that is so salted that I float half above and half under the water. The environment is pitch black even with my eyes wide open. The temperature matches my skin temperature. At some point in the relaxation process the defining line between my skin and the water blurs and goes away.
These defining lines between my physicality blur so that I am left with my consciousness. Aahh
You have a choice of listening to music or not. I wanted this ninety minutes to be absolute silence outside so I could find absolute silence inside myself.
I did my inner energy activation cycle, my deep relaxation countdown and a spiritual mind treatment to let go of the world, of my concerns and find silence and peace within.
Then I heard a familiar voice from within say: Stop doing; Stop controlling, Just receive. STOP. Breathe. Receive. Let go. There is nothing for you to do. So, I did. Some people will understand how important it is to listen to those inner cues. I then just floated into a very peaceful place inside and floated with no imagery and a quiet mind.
Aaahhh, I am happy I am a meditator and a stress management specialist. The ability to deeply relax with deep breathing and mental focus works very quickly. Then I focused to release thought and external reality to quiet my mind which is one of the most empowering mind skills that is in my tool bag.
I did not think that I went out, as in sleep, but the time seemed to be shorter than expected. So, I was at least in the Intuitive Mind where time is not linear.
I lifted myself out as I opened the pod lid…wanting another 90 minutes.
One instant benefit is that my core temperature dropped a couple of degrees; I tend to run warm. So the ac thermostat at home went up 2 degrees that night.
[Stay tuned for float #2 which was a very different experience.]
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