Finally did the flotation tank after watching the movie Altered States back in the day. John Hurt and Drew Barrymore’s screen debuts by the way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_States The movie deals with John Lilly’s sensory deprivation research while under the influence of psychedelics.
I did it for 75 minutes although I had the tank for 90. The water and air in the pod are 93-94 degrees which is your skin temperature so you don’t feel the temperature of the water. The water is filled with a ton of salt so that you float on the top of the water held up by all the sodium chloride chemical bonds. You could have total darkness or soft background lighting. You could have light background music or none.
I went with both on and relaxed and closed my eyes and when I was completely relaxed I began spinning. After about five minutes of that I finally opened my eyes to validate that in fact I was not spinning. Bumping in to the sides of the tank with your head or body part would be occasionally distracting but other than that you could go as deep as you wanted for as long as you wanted.
I would describe it as Extended Liquid Savasana. For those who practice yoga this can come at the end of the class and provides the opportunity for meditation. It had the similar feel of being in hot vinyasa flow too since it was the same temperature and that made my mind tell me it was time to finish class and leave but I got past that.
I thought about reunion with my dead sister and that was too overwhelming to explore any deeper so I sat up and opened the pod and took a break.
I learned that all evolution is co:evolution since no organism or particle changes except in relation to and connection with other beings or things and that this is happening all the time.
I explored a deep fear I had that came from flight school training. Before allowing you to get in a helicopter you had to have a month of ground school. We learned about optical and proprioceptive illusions and did the famous altitude chamber. We also did training to avoid the serious killer vertigo. This could result from the three different chambers of the cochlea (representing pitch, roll and yaw) being spun out of control in some maneuver. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochlea Maybe you were in a turn and then you also leaned over to change the radio frequency. When you sat back up you could feel like you were still in the turn or worse upside down, sideways and backwards even.
That’s what happened to me after the put me in a huge, heavy barstool with a seat belt. They would have you leaning forward with your head hanging down in front of you with your eyes closed. They would spin you clockwise at a constant rate. Eventually your brain blocked out the constant and continuous stimuli and told you that you weren’t spinning at all and then eventually with no more stimuli that you were spinning the exact opposite way at the same rate of rotation.
When you arrived at this state the instructor told you to sit straight up and open your eyes and they simultaneously brought the stool to a dead stop. I wasn’t moving at all but my brain was telling me that I was spinning in every possible direction all at the same time at the same speed I had been moving. It was the most disorienting feeling and nauseating feeling I can remember. When I finally came down out of that I went home and lay on the couch for hours without moving. I never ever wanted to feel that way again. Way worse than any hangover I could ever remember from my younger days.
I have been hypersensitive to things like circus rides or strong g forces ever since which of course was the successful result of the programming to begin with. The military wanted me to be immediately nauseous any time I was flying out of 3-d balance and alignment. That made me think about both the good and bad programming that the military did on me and what of that code I willingly brought on board and what I removed from my OS. I think most of the apps I kept are pretty useful. except that swearing app, it’s oh so bad with veterans.
So float on!